Subject: Giving Thanks!
Mayor Sam Adams, Commissioner Nick Fish, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Commissioner Randy Leonard, Commissioner Dan Saltzman, City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade, Chief of Police Mike Reese, Police Capt. Sara Westbrook, County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, Rep. Mitch Greenlick, Sen. Suzanne Bonamici, Rep. Lew Frederick, Rep. Tina Kotek, Sen. Chip Shields
Nov. 23, 2011
Dear Public Officials:
As the founder and the coordinator of the #OccupyPortland Interfaith
Guild of Chaplains (http://chaplainsoccupypdx.blogspot.com), I would
like to express all you have done to make #OccupyPortland a successful
model for the world to see, and your willingness for dialogues and
working together to seek a uniquely Portland solution to both the
messages of the Occupy movement and various issues arising from this
As an independent and autonomous organization, closely working with
the #OccupyPortland community, we are committed to promote mutual
understanding, peaceful dialogue and reconciliation. Though recent
press coverage and social media exposures have brought much rift
between the #OccupyPortland movement and the government officials, we
hope that a new stage of the Occupy movement in Oregon is now taking
off the ground with a renewed energy and spirit of cooperation.
Personally, I feel that my experiences with the #OccupyPortland has
been one of the most meaningful learning opportunities in my life. I
gained a community, a voice, and skills for community organizing in a
fertile and nurturing environment. This, you may agree, is most
likely one of the best things that have happened in recent history of
Oregon that brought back the spirit of civic engagement and
community-building. I am thankful both for all Occupiers -- even
those whom I did not agree with, and even those who were causing
troubles -- and also for each and all of you.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I have put together a small
Thanksgiving get-together at the Wallace Park in Northwest Portland
(NW 25th Avenue and Quimby Street). This is not another "occupation"
(as I had stated clearly several times already elsewhere) but rather
an opportunity for some of the Occupiers who may be away from their
loved ones to celebrate with what had become a kind of new family
through the 39 days of our occupation of the downtown parks. We will
be there from noon to around 7 p.m., and we would love to see you stop
by, although we understand this is kind of a short notice and I am
quite sure that you all have family commitment. Nevertheless, we
thought it would be a great gesture to invite you as our sign of
thanksgiving to your hard work for all Portlanders.
The #OccupyPortland Interfaith Guild of Chaplains