Their faces may be hidden, but they have their own propaganda machine, or as the young rads would have us call it today, an “Information Warfare Spoke” from which the following video originates.
–notice how it begins by commemorating the history of the first May Day in America (1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago) when a dynamite bomb was thrown at police. Yep, dynamite bomb. And according to these useful idiots that same world returns to America on May 1st, 2012…
The cohorts responsible for the above propaganda call themselves The Portland Liberation Organizing Council (PLOC). They believe in [quote], “collective control of community resources, including land, housing and space to organize.”
For the uninitiated or uneducated, this is called Communism. A failing philosophy and political system that was and remains ultimately responsible before God and man for the deaths of millions of real living innocent persons.
According to their website,
PLOC is coordinated through a spokes council comprised of working clusters (see diagram). Each cluster is comprised of groups or members within groups from the radical community that are focused on a specific area of work.
So, Portland police aside, guess if they have their own way about it the specific focus of work on May 1st this year will be that “nobody, and nothing works” and anarchy alone prevails in the streets of Portland until Capitalism is done away with.
This is a day when those heavily involved in working groups within Occupy Portland have an opportunity to exchange announcements, connect, and decide proposals affecting the inner workings of Occupy Portland. Anyone not associated with a group is welcome to attend and participate by sitting in the open caucus. Currently held in the Cafeteria at St. Francis.
Here’s a question I would like answered: Why does the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, permit St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church to house, promote, and support Occupy Portland, when it’s obvious that in pursuing its goals OP plans, promotes, and enables lawlessness and violence, in effect endangering society?
I can’t believe the Sacred Heart is pleased with His body contributing to the scandal of police and thieves slugging it out in the streets on May 1st, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. I do believe, however, that the following suggestion would be more merciful and in accord with the mind of Christ: May 1 is celebrated in Communist countries as the Day of the International Solidarity of Workers. Today would be a good day to pray for atheistic Communism’s influence to cease and a proper application of the principles explained by Leo XIII in Rerum novarum and John Paul II in Centesimus annus to be the guide used by nations–including our own.
To voice your charitable objections…
ARCHDIOCESE OF PORTLAND – WESTERN OREGON
838 E. Burnside St.Portland, OR 97214-1895 http://www.archdpdx.org/
Not sure why St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, is supporting this movement known as Occupy Portland, but it shouldn’t.
Portland, Oregon, Sunday, 4.22.12
After being warned by Central Precinct sergeants about attempting to re-occupy Chapman Park, OWS protesters not only harass and spit at cops, but one guy even goes so far as to suggest that they go get guns. Later in the evening a 15-year-old is arrested and the scene then spirals out-of-control, especially for one citizen filming the horde and their crimes of vandalism to public property.
In Video 1 below, an unnamed Central Precinct officer remains patient and professional despite obnoxious verbiage spewing forth from the mouths of Occupy Portland cohorts.
In Video 2, Portland officers walk away amid insults. Towards the end of this clip you can hear an occupier state, “I’ve got a solution, man, let’s go get guns”.
In Video 3, A citizen filming crimes almost takes a punch by the “peace and Justice” horde, known as Occupy Portland.
This blog thanks Portland Police officers for their professionalism, patience and self-control. You can too, following the story below:
On Saturday, April 21, 2012 at about 11:00 p.m. Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct became aware of a group attempting to re-occupy Chapman Square. PPB supervisors went to Chapman Square and observed approximately 30 people congregating in the middle of the park.
At 11:30 p.m. Central Precinct sergeants walked through the park and contacted the group telling them the park closed to the public at midnight. The group responded with argumentative and aggressive behavior, shouting, “who’s park? Our park,” and “lets go back to our home!”
Chief Michael Reese and Mayor Sam Adams were informed of the clear intention by this group to “reoccupy” Chapman Square. Per their direction, Central Precinct Command, Sergeants, and Officers entered the park and told the group the park was closed, that had to leave, and if they did not leave they would be booked in jail. PPB personnel communicated their understanding that “reoccupying the park” was a political statement that could result in arrests, which could be performed peacefully and respectfully.
After this message was communicated, demonstrators became hostile, argumentative, and defiant and refused to leave the park. They were told they would be given a short time to voluntarily leave and anyone that remained in the park after its closure would be arrested. After further discussion between the group and Central Precinct officers, all members of the group left the park voluntarily. While the group left the park, they remained gathered just outside the park on the southwest corner of Fourth Avenue and SW Madison. On that corner, demonstrators became mildly aggressive and repeatedly threatened that the real confrontation would happen on May Day (May 1st). May Day is traditionally an opportunity for labor groups and activists to peacefully protest throughout Portland. This year, many sources have indicated that some groups are interested in causing more extreme civil unrest through more direct, disruptive action. PPB officers understood the threats of this group to signify their intention to cause direct civil disobedience on May 1st.
Based on the initial compliance with park rules, officers were able to withdraw from the park and attend to more pressing public safety matters. Some officers remained in the area to monitor the demonstrators who chose to not reenter the park. However a short time later, an officer reported seeing one of the demonstrators re-enter Chapman Square then go on to climb on the elk statue in the middle of Southwest Main. During Occupy Portland’s occupation of Chapman and Lownsdale Squares, the Elk Statue was considerably damaged. Donations through the Regional Arts Council had refurbished the elk at great expense. The demonstrator also tore down some of the green temporary fencing in the park. Officers responded by taking the demonstrator into custody.
Once in custody, officers learned that the demonstrator is a 15-year- old. The 15-year-old was referred to Juvenile Court on Trespass in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, Interfering with a Police Officer and charged with a city code related to being on the statue (20.12.070). This was the 15-year-old’s second Occupy related arrest and he was released to his mother.
In advance of May Day, the Portland Police Bureau and Mayor Sam Adams want to remind the community that demonstrations of free speech are an important part of our community. However, violations of the law will not be tolerated. We encourage the community to work with PPB representatives to ensure a peaceful and safe event.
Public Information Officer:
Lt. Robert King
Sgt. Pete Simpson
In its December 18, 2011 issue, the Catholic Sentinel featured an odd story promoting Occupy Portland, a satellite of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
In her article, ‘Should the church connect with the Occupy movement?’, St. Francis of Assisi Pastoral Administrator Valerie Chapman, whom at least one local journalist erroneously identifies as “pastor” of the Southwest Portland parish, attempts to convince readers that Catholic Social Teaching tends to support the work(s) of Occupy Wall Street.
I doubted that. And decided to look into it a bit.
With the exception of our archdiocesan paper promoting the new faction, it remains unclear what the position of the archdiocese actually is when it comes to identifying Catholic Social Teaching with the OWS movement, much less promoting our involvement. As of this writing, I’m unaware of Archbishop Vlazny having ever commented publicly on the the subject. I may be wrong, of course, and welcome input from any reader with information I may have missed.
What is clear from my own study, however, is the presence of darker more sinister organizations either involved with or having shown support for OWS/OP. A fact that should certainly lead proper authorities within the archdiocese to give pause and discern carefully before allowing further promotion of the group to nearly 400,000 Oregon Catholics via its official newspaper.
I found Valerie Chapman’s positive spin for the cause of our supporting public disorder in the streets as shallow as the superficial statements made by President Barack Obama in the early days of the Occupy Wall Street movement 3 months ago.
It was his contention at the time that Occupy Wall Street protesters were simply ‘giving voice to a wider more broad-based frustration as to how our financial system (i.e. capitalism) works’. For Chapman, there is a “sense of betrayal by the system and growing desire for change.” Neither, however, go into any great depth explaining or even mentioning the leaders, supporters, sponsors and sympathizers by name–and probably, wouldn’t care too…
All this above goes to show that in making her case for marriage between the Catholic Church and Occupy Portland it’s what Chapman hasn’t said within her piece that is more important than what little has been said. It’s not enough for us to fall for resort to authority arguments or follow empty propaganda-laden cheerleader phrases such as, “something new is happening” so that we might lend support. That’s not logical. “Something new” is happening all the time in the world, but that doesn’t necessary make everything happening in the world virtuous. Does it? Especially, when it comes to crowds of malcontent people taking it to the streets.
My guess after looking over this list, is that no properly catechized Catholic loyal to the magisterium of the Church, with even a rudimentary knowledge of recent Cold War history and the Church’s ongoing persecution and struggles under Atheistic Communism (see: China), would desire an OWS/OP solution to this so-called broad based discontent with the American financial system. I tend to agree with this OWS commentator:
“This movement has fooled a lot of folks… And […] it’s “an anti-Christian, anti-capitalist, anarchist movement bent on the destruction of America and other free societies.”
For instance, something newdid happen last month within the OWS/OP movement. The hacker coalition known as ANONYMOUS [mentioned above] publicly published the email, physical addresses and home phone numbers of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the country in retribution for police evictions of OWS protest camps.
Now, it doesn’t take much to connect-the-dots here and figure out that these actions could seriously endanger not only the lives and well being of the officers involved, but their families and homes as well. One has to wonder too, what might be the percentage of Catholic officers and families placed in harms way by this foul act.
If this type of violent fruit coming from the movement isn’t enough to turn common sense against it, the movement also reveals as one faithful Catholic Sentinel commenter has recently noted, “cursing, disobedience to the law, drug use, rape, defecating on the American flag, filth, as well as public nudity.” Each and all, verifiable through various news and media outlets. Here’s a current leader of Occupy Portland at a recent family friendly event:
So, should the church connect with the movement?
Apparently Chapman has answered that question for us and the archdiocese with this surprising announcement to St. Francis of Assisi parishioners found within the 12.18.11 parish bulletin:
“I want to let you know that Occupy Portland now has an office in our building. Metanoia Peace Community is renting the space on behalf of Occupy Portland until the new group has its own non-profit status. Occupy will be having some larger gatherings in the Dining Hall as it is available in the evenings.”
She goes on to note that,
“The energy of the movement and the younger folks who are participating has been very positive. I hope more of you will have the opportunity to participate…”
No thanks, Valerie, no thanks…
In concluding part 1, I have to wonder at the wisdom, (not to mention the authority(?)), behind allowing Occupy Portland Headquarters to be planted within an archdiocesan parish. This apparent lone action by Chapman seems problematic in other more serious areas as well—as in possible archdiocesan legal liability issues that may arise from future OWS/OP protest actions…
More on this in ‘The Archdiocese of Occupy Portland? (Part 2)’….
To voice your charitable objections…
ARCHDIOCESE OF PORTLAND – WESTERN OREGON 838 E. Burnside St.Portland, OR 97214-1895 http://www.archdpdx.org/
After reading here, that Portland Mayor Sam Adams has issued a proposed resolution of the Portland City Council supporting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that makes clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech, I had an idea.
In fact, I believe it to be a brilliant idea whose time has come, if I do say so myself. (And no doubt, probably will…)
Yet, here it is:
We Pro-Life nuts scattered about the country promise to support non-personhood status for all corporations, if you Occupod nut-job types promise as well to support personhood status to all unborn children.
In a nutshell, (so to speak), “we’ll dump the fat cats for you, if you give us back our babies.”
I propose here…
to occupy together…
a common ground moment…
most American’s say they’ve long-yearned for…
by a shared initiative dubbed…
‘The ‘Fat Cats Lose, Babies Win!’
Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The only requirement of both sides is to work together equally hard in passing one amendment with language that will satisfy each of our goals, these two premises:
—corporations are not peopleand money is not speech.
—define personhood as beginning at conception and that the purpose is to protect all life, regardless of age, health, function, physical or mental dependency, or method of reproduction.