This is a video I created for the Portland Mercury highlighting the Occupy Portland event.

Occupy Portland is a nonviolent movement for accountability in the United States government that was held in Portland, OR on October 6th, 2011.

They gathered in solidarity with the ongoing protest in New York City, Occupy Wall Street, and the growing number of cities whose people will no longer sit back watching corporate and special interests run their government.

It is no longer enough to vote and to participate in the political system because our political system has been altered drastically from its intended and proper function. Currently, we are allowed to pick from a few candidates whose campaigns are funded more and more by large organizations, corporations, and special interests. The success of their campaigns depends largely on how the corporate mass media presents them. When our elected officials enter office they then pander to the small groups responsible for their election. Even good men and women cannot make real improvements that benefit the American people.

Our government is divided. We, the people, are united.

Informational text from occupyportland.org

Below is the link to The Portland Mercury blog that hosted this video.

blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2011/10/06/occupy-portland-24-hour-live-blog

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