Portland's Parks and Recreation Bureau sent out a beaming email this afternoon announcing that Umpqua Bank has donated $25,000 to help plant new grass and do other work at Chapman and Lownsdale Squares, two parks better known for the past few weeks as Occupy Porltand's Alpha and Beta camps, respectively.
It's a pretty big gesture for Umpqua—and it comes only a week or so after some self-styled anarchist rock-throwers, on the night of Occupy's eviction, mistook the Portland-based community bank Alberta Streeet branch for something that lives on Wall Street.
The gift brings the Portland Parks Foundation's restoration fund up to $32,000, with dozens of regular citizens also pitching in to help with the work. The city's latest ballpark cost estimate is $50,000 to $100,000. The foundation fund appears to be the go-to place for donations. Occupy also has a fund for restoration, but it's only got $85.
One bit of bad news: A leaf-raking and cleanup event for volunteers, planned for tomorrow (and also hyped on the Occupy website), has been postponed because... shit, have you been outside today? It's terrible out there. And it's going to be just as lousy tomorrow. So stay home.
Where to begin with a ridiculous narrative? People like local capitalism. Stumpqua Bank is deforesting Oregon but it’s OK because they are a “community bank.” It’s community bank for a community people who are gentrifying the neighborhood where the bank’s windows were broken. If any of the corporate newspapers read the short statement that was emailed to them by the people who did it — they would have 90% of the stupid questions they’ve asked, answered. Stumpqua wants to pay the City of Portland $25,000 to replant some fucking grass — who can correctly spell the word “kickback”? Occupy Portland had a fund to replant the grass, but why would they want to pay for inflated clean up prices — after the city violently evicted the camps? The anarchists (where did they 150 from?) didn’t do what the police expected when Occupy Portland was set to be evicted, whatever that expectation was, and whatever the corporate media complains about. But some comrades took the message to the source — to the banks. And a self-styled “local” bank at that — because deposing this shit has to start locally.