17 Nov '11, 11am

Bike Swarm! It's the Occupy Movement's New Tool

Leave it to Portland. If, as Alexis Madrigal writes in the Atlantic , that the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York is best seen as an API (application programming interface) for a global movement, Portland has added a typically Portlandia twist to its Occupy activities. As police began to move in to evict Portland's encampment early Sunday morning, November 13, a swarm of bicycles continually encircled the two park areas, to serve, one organizer said: "as another thing the police have to focus on, and a huge booster for the crowd." Now, with actions such as occupying the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Brooklyn Bridge planned for November 17 in New York, Portland (in inimitable fashion) plans to occupy corporate banks in the city. And another bike swarm will be along for the ride. A bike swarm, or large collection of bikes rolling along together in civil disobedi...

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