This week’s photo theme is “possibilities.”
And I think people–and dogs–gathered for a demonstration expresses the possibility of political change. (I thought I had the cute white dog as well as the sign, but he hid as I snapped.) This gathering, far south of Occupy Portland, supported them as well as expressing its theme of Jobs, Not Cuts. Since it was a coalition, we also urged single-payer healthcare so that healthcare is not dependent on holding a job and the elimination of corporations as persons in order to get democracy back into the hands of the people. The site, the park under Sellwood Bridge, was chosen for a special reason.
The site was chosen to emphasize the need for maintenance on infrastructure. On a scale of 1-100, the Sellwood Bridge is rated 2. Remember the bridge that collapsed in Minnesota? It was rated 50. Improving infrastructure would have two beneficial effects: upgrades and jobs for the people.
I sometimes wonder how much to hope from such gatherings, knowing how much more there is to do than gather. But this I also know. Doing nothing will accomplish nothing and keep the 1% rich while the rest of us 99% get poorer. And so we gathered, encouraged each other, expressed our goals, and we hope to ignite interest in others as they get more informed and to awaken the politicians to the people.