Photographs in Portland, Oregon of Greenpeace Protest: WPC Inspiration

31 Jul

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This week the world was buzzing with news that Greenpeace activists had repelled themselves off of the St. John’s Bridge in Portland, Oregon to attempt to block the passage of an ice breaker from the Port in Portland, Oregon where is was getting repairs and scheduled to return to the Arctic to help an oil drill from Shell gain access to the area it needed to be to start work. I was able to take this evening and go to Cathedral park and see their inspired effort and take a few photographs of them hanging off the bridge.

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I almost always head into Portland on Wednesday nights to run so for me the timing of the protest was perfect. I really wanted to go down and see the protest and I am glad that I did. It was a beautiful Portland night with the almost full moon and 80 degree night. Standing on the dock looking at the St. John’s Bridge seeing these activists with their flags was really beautiful and it really was an inspiration to see such a peaceful dedication to protesting and standing up for what they feel was right.

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I think whether you agree with what they were doing or not it still creates a feeling of awe when you see something like this in action. Portlanders showed up to watch, photograph, and support both on the land and in the river. There were kayakers supporting on the water and someone had donated a bunch of kayaks and personal flotation devices so anyone that wanted to could join on the water. I thought that using the flags in Shell’s colors was great it made this a beautiful site seeing those giant flags blowing in the wind.

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I was sad to hear the next day that two of the protesters were cut down and the coast guard pulled kayakers away, created a no boat zone, and the ice breaker made it through.

5 Responses to “Photographs in Portland, Oregon of Greenpeace Protest: WPC Inspiration”

  1. sylvain landry photographe July 31, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    Maybe you’ll like participate to my challenges

    • emiliabrasier July 31, 2015 at 10:45 am #

      Maybe someday. Right now I feel I hardly have time to post to the one I am already doing. 🙂

  2. c2avilez July 31, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    I’m also inspired by this and was transfixed following along on Twitter. It gives me hope that grassroots actions can still work in this country. Great photos!

    • emiliabrasier July 31, 2015 at 11:12 am #

      It was really moving to be there in person, it was beautiful seeing so many people come out just to watch and yell support every once and a while.

  3. Stephen Kane August 2, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    What a moment! Back up those images somewhere in a “digital shoebox,” so that your grandchildren can pore over them some day …

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