Yesterday, I went with 30 of my friends from Portland Rising Tide to a luncheon where Millennium Bulk was attempting to drum up support for their proposed coal export terminal by talking about their environmental stewardship. The terminal would be in Longview, WA and would export 44 million tons of coal per year. Millennium was attempting to get support from the Marine Commerce Club in Portland, OR.
First, 30 Rising Tide activists entered the luncheon (uninvited) and sang an anti-coal export song. Next, one activist served a platter of coal to the VP of Millennium. After 10 minutes or so, the group was pushed out by security chanting and singing the whole way.
20 minutes later, two activists who were pretending to be part of the luncheon (they paid to get in, and were dressed in a business casual disguise) began their clowning.
One began coughing loudly until she fell on the floor pretending to choke. The other pretended to be worried and the very loudly announced that the woman coughing has a deadly allergy to bullshit. He went on to inform the audience that no coal could ever be clean and that everyone in the room would be aligning themselves with a dieing industry if they support coal.
Thankfully, the woman’s allergic reaction subsided as the meeting was interrupted. She stood up to inform her “boyfriend” that she was feeling much better. Happy at the successful treatment of her condition by decreasing the level of bullshit in the room, the couple began vigorously kissing. The security and luncheon guests were so confused by this act of clowning that they allowed the protesters to make out for a few minutes before attempting to interrupt.
Finally, the lovers were also escorted out but not before nearly half of the luncheon was taken up by unexpected presentations, interruptions and juicy make out sessions.