It took less than an hour for OSP to show up and inform our sign holders that they had received complaints that we were running into the interstate and obstructing traffic. I suspect the complaint is real, but we certainly weren’t jumping into traffic. Our safety expert helped us make sure we complied with all ODOT rules while keeping everyone a safe distance from traffic while setting up. Eventually, OSP asked us to stop around noon, an hour before our planned finish time.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Occupy Salem will greet spring on Saturday, March 10 by “Occupying the Freeway.” Taking a page from the old “Burma Shave” advertising campaign of the 1920s-50s, Occupy Salem has constructed large (6’x6’) signs to hold along I-5. The signs will say:
IS OFF TRACK
TIME TO TAKE
OUR POWER BACK
A team of volunteers, working in pairs, will hold the five large signs well to the right of vehicular traffic along the freeway on the northbound side between Market Street and Portland Road beginning at 10 am. [PHOTO OP]
The Burma Shave campaign was one of the most popular advertising campaigns of all time, known to practically everyone who was alive in the U.S. at that time. Occupy Salem is using the concept to remind the public that the issues which brought out demonstrators across the nation (and the world) last fall still need to be dealt with and that it will take a massive public effort to do so. Far too many crucial decisions affecting all of us are being made by a tiny elite motivated mostly by greed rather than concern for the welfare of the public or the planet. The result has been job loss, unfair trade agreements, home foreclosures, the energy crisis, unnecessary wars, crumbling infrastructure, and loss of control over our government.