Descriptions of Workshops, Panels and Facilitated Discussions
About the terminology: "Workshop" refers to an event that is mostly instructive and often involve hands-on or role-play activities. "Panel" is a structured discussion that is primarily one-way, involving up to five pre-selected panelists who are knowledgeable in that particular field, with additional time allocated at the end for questions and answers from audience. "Facilitated discussions" are mostly open-ended and participatory conversations on specific topic or topics.
Time and location: "A" means it will be held at the St. Francis Parish Center basement. "B" means it will be held at Hawthorne Room (#11) on the main floor of the Parish Center, across the hallway from Occupy Portland Information office. "C" means it will be held at the Fremont Room (#12). Session 1 is from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Session 2 is from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Session 3 is from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Session 4 is from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
This program, including time and room assignments, are subject to change.
Creating a New Community from Within (Panel, 1A, 11 a.m., Basement)
A number of community-based ventures creating a new form of community and economy have spawn off Occupy Portland since the end of the original Occupation. In this panel we are inviting people from several such projects to share their experiences, challenges, and visions.
Housing and Human Rights (Panel, 2A - 12:30 p.m., Basement)
Occupy Portland and its community allies have long participated and led in struggles for housing, one of three fundamental human needs. Much of the Occupy Movement was in response to the housing and foreclosure crisis, and we have actively organized to defend homeowners and renters from eviction. On the streets of downtown, the 24/7 Vigil against Camping Ban became one of the longest physical Occupations anywhere in the world, for full 600 days. The demonstration, despite the hostile actions by the City officials, still continues at Terry Schrunk Plaza every day. Our friends in solidarity at Right2Dream Too remains strong, but fighting excessive fines. Why is all this important? Do people have an inherent right to housing in America? Why have public policies failed, time after time, after having wasted so much of taxpayer dollars? This panel is presented by Angela Eisenberg-Hammit, one of the long-time active members of the Vigil, and others from the Vigil (and potentially from HIFE also).
Occupy Main Street: Building a Lasting Movement for Ordinary People and Their Families (Facilitated discussions, 3A - 2 p.m., Basement)
What made the Occupy Movement uniquely strong in its early days was its broad appeal to the ordinary, mainstream Americans and their families. Though its more radical elements were often the subject of media coverage and police attention, the mainstream America was the heart and backbone of this unprecedented movement in October 2011. The demands of the 99 Percent -- clean politics, good education, safe environment, healthy standards of living, economic human rights -- are common concerns that continue to appeal to the working class and the middle class of all stripes and partisan affiliations.
Strike Debt: a Global Rolling Jubilee (Presentation, 4A, 3:30 p.m., Basement)
One of the newest additions to Occupy Portland community is the Portland chapter of Strike Debt-Rolling Jubilee. Already implemented with success in other major U.S. cities, this project seeks to release people from indebtedness and financial slavery by purchasing securitized debts at discount. Daniel Hong, a Rolling Jubilee PDX organizer, presents how this works, why it is important, and how you can get involved.
Potentials of Decentralized Monetary Systems (Workshop, 1B, 11 a.m., Hawthorne Room)
Steven Wagner will speak about the liberating potential of Bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency not controlled by any government or corporation. Bitcoin is an emergent internet technology which gives us freedom of choice in which financial system we choose to be part of. Bitcoin is 2 things: a payment network as well as a currency. He will discuss how to start replacing our communities use of the credit card systems and federal reserve notes (dollars) so that we can be independent from a system of violence and war. You will learn how you can use bitcoins to split the bill for lunch with friends, as well as how you can benefit from being a participant and visionary in the digital cash revolution. This is your chance to get clarity on what bitcoin is. Bring your mobile phone or laptop if you would like to start using bitcoin. Steven has spoken about Bitcoin at Occupy Portland in the park, the PCC Business Technology class, and the Beaverton precious metals group.
Introduction to Non-Violent Communications (Workshop, 2B, 12:30 p.m., Hawthorne Room)
Non-violent communication (NVC), also known as compassionate communication, proposes a fundamental change in a way we communicate. Based on works of Marshall Rosenberg, this workshop will provide a sampling of basic NVC skills that can be used in any social context, to create strategies that meet the fundamental human needs of all persons involved, in a non-aggressive manner, without drama or power games. Presented by advanced-level students of Upgaya Pew's NVC class.
Occupy Yourself: staying sane, grounded, and focused in this insane world (Facilitated discussions, 3B, 2 p.m., Hawthorne Room)
This is a "talking stick" circle on psychological, mental health and self-care issues associated with challenges of community organizers and activists. Facilitated by Jim Seger.
Women in Popular Social Movements: Finding Voices and Power in Occupy and Beyond (Facilitated discussions, 4B - 3:30 p.m., Hawthorne Room)
During the encampment, at one point Occupy Portland had more women than men. It was also an environment once friendly to mothers with small children. Yet, pervasive masculism, misogyny and sexism had long plagued our community, and women's voices were routinely trivialized and silenced. Issues such as sexual assaults within our community had divided us and has driven away many women, making the movement further male-dominated and detached from women's struggles, needs and concerns. This discussion group is for open-ended conversations around finding voices and power in popular social movements and activist communities. Due to the nature of this group, participation will be limited to women only.
Make your own buttons! (Workshop, 1C - 11 a.m., Fremont Room)
This is a drop-in workshop. Come any time between 11 and 12:15.
Dan Keller, our official king of buttons, shares techniques and fundamental skills needed to create your own buttons. Materials provided.
Saturday Plenary Movement-Building Circle, 5-6 p.m.
- What are the lasting legacy of Occupy Portland/Wall Street?
- Has Occupy movement outlive its usefulness, did it become irrelevant, and if so, why?
- In your opinion, what was the "Occupeak moment," that is, when the movement began weakening? Why?
- Was Occupy too radical, too inclusive, too mainstream, or too exclusive?
- In your opinion, what are the top 3 priorities for Occupy Portland?
- What does "capacity-building" look like?
- Finally, what is your vision for the next evolution of this movement/community?
Four "guerrilla workshop" slots are available to anyone by sign-up, first-come, first-served. The guerrilla workshops will be held outside at St. Francis Park, and sign-up will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and will close as soon as all four slots are filled.