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Whoa! Way to go Occupy with Aloha!

Update3:  Another good livestream from DamaskPortland.  The occupiers are moving from main street to Pioneer Square.  More riot police have arrived.  There are twitters of many arrests.  There are people showing up to stand in solidarity.  The square is filling up.

Update2:  Very strange Tiannemen Square type action going on.  Some guy is scooting on his butt, crab style, right up the the police line.  The police take a few steps back.  He scoots up closer, they step back.  Not sure what that’s all about.  

Update:  Occupy Portland is having a stand off with police right this minute.  The police evicted them from the parks and are setting up fences to keep the public out of them.  You can watch the livestream here.  They are trying to decide where to move or even whether to move.  Right now, they are occupying Main Street. And there are riot police who have promised to use chemical and impact weapons to get occupiers to move.  The whole world might not be watching but over 5000 visitors to the livestream are.  The GA is deliberating calmly and trying to organize a graceful retreat to another location.  If they can’t find another location, well, that becomes a big problem for the mayor of Portland.

I saw this story at Susie Madrak’s blog.  It’s about a Hawaiian musician, Makana, who previously was invited to play at the White House.  At the APEC meeting dinner last night in Honolulu, he was invited to play for world leaders, including Barack Obama.  This security for this meeting was very tight.  They probably thought they would be able to sell us to each other without any protest or interruption.

They wuz wrong.

Makana wore an “Occupy with Aloha” T-shirt under his button down shirt.  When the time was right, he unbuttoned his shirt and played a song he had composed for the event called “We are the Many”- for 45 minutes.

Makana has balls that are tougher than kukui nuts.

Read the whole story here.

Here’s a video from the event. Pass it along to your friends and family.

And here’s the video of the song, “We are the Many”.  Not too shabby.  Sounds very Woody Guthrie/Bob Dylan-ish/ Pete Seeger-esque  Love the graphics.  I was in that crowd at Foley Square in front of the courthouse.

Just goes to show that no matter how hard they try, they can’t get away from us.  We are everywhere.  We play the music, we serve the appetizers, we park the cars.  We are legion.  We are the 99%.  Being an occupier means being creative.  In that spirit, grab a piece of chalk and head out to the sidewalk.