'Occupy Gorge' to meet in Mosier

November 2, 2011

A one-week "Occupy the Gorge" demonstration and encampment is set to start Friday in Mosier.

The gathering is scheduled to start at 5:30 at a yet-to-be-determined location that will be somewhere in city limits, according to spokeswoman Kari Lahr of Mosier, who said she represents "a loosely organized group of people who form a unified voice for the people of the Gorge who wish to take action."

The Occupy Portland group is now in its third week at two town squares, modeled after the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstration in New York City that started what has become a nationwide movement at cities large and small across the United States.

Lahr said the "Occupy the Gorge" group plans a one-week encampment for anyone who wants to stay but that anyone who wishes to show support can attend for as long as they wish.

Meanwhile, an "Occupy" prayer vigil is planned for Nov. 10 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Hood River. (See details below.)

Each night at 5:30 p.m. in Mosier, the "Occupy" group plans to have speakers give brief talks on the Occupy the Gorge's concerns including corporate influence in the Gorge, home foreclosures and proposed coal export transit through the Gorge.

The organization calls itself "Occupy the Gorge," and includes people from Hood River, Mosier, The Dalles, Home Valley, Mount Hood and Bingen.

"After a one-week 'Occupy' in Mosier maybe the torch will be passed on to other towns, possibly next in Hood River," Lahr said.

An Occupy Prayer Vigil is set for Nov. 10 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 11th and Eugene streets.

The vigil will begin at 11 a.m. with the ringing of a bell and prayers offered in solidarity with the Occupy Movement, the government and all those in authority, and for those in need, according to church spokeswoman Jeanie Senior.

"Prayers will continue hourly with time in between for silent meditation and reflection," Senior said.

People may come and go as they need. The vigil will conclude at 6 p.m.

A healing service with Holy Eucharist begins at 6 p.m.

People also are invited to follow on Facebook; search for "Occupy Prayer Vigil" through the day for a virtual prayer vigil.

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