Historians’ Roundtable Focuses on Portland’s Heritage of Political Protest

Posted: October 25, 2011


The Occupy Portland movement is getting lots of attention in our area and in other communities across the U.S., but did you know Portland has a history of political protests?

Come to the annual Historians’ Roundtable, Nov. 17, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC).  History instructors Pat Casey and Elizabeth Milliken will present “Protesting in Portland,” a firsthand look at the 1970 Battle of the Park Blocks, as well as a handful of other demonstrations that occurred in and around the Rose City.

Panelists will talk about Portland’s role in the 1934 West Coast dock strike. They will also reference the White House’s description of Portland as “Little Beirut” for the intense protests that occurred here when President George H.W. Bush visited in the 80s and 90s. Panelists will also talk about protests against the 1991 and 2003 Iraq Wars.

“Portland has a rich heritage of organized protest going back to its founding,” says Casey. “The recent Occupy Portland effort is only the latest – the city has experienced contentious union organizing, student unrest, anti-war rallies and any number of social justice and civil rights marches. It’s quite a story.”

The public is welcome to attend this free event and bring their memories and questions. Historians’ Roundtable will be held in room 1575, located on the Gresham Campus, 26000 SE Stark St. A one-day parking permit costs $3 and may be purchased from either of two kiosks located by the flagpoles (Kane Rd./257th  St.) and just south of the gym, by “Q” parking lot. (The former is closer to the location of the Historians’ Roundtable.)

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Please call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.

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