PORTLAND Members of Occupy Portland gathered Monday afternoon for a peaceful protest to mark the one-year anniversary of the national movement.

Their protest started just before 4 p.m. and included a march from the intersection of East Burnside and MLK to St. Francis Park, near SE 11th Avenue and Stark Street. A rally took place at the end of the march.

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Portland s Occupy movement included encampments at Chapman Park, Lownsdale Square and Terry Shrunk Plaza during October and November of 2011. The protesters lived in the camps for more than a month before police in riot gear forced them out.

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Rallies and protests continued after the activists were evicted from the parks and the number of events slowly decreased into the next year.

Paige Shell-Spurling is one of several organizers behind Monday s march in Southeast Portland. She said it was about celebrating the one-year mark of the national movement, and also shedding light on what she called General Motors' exploitation of Colombian workers.

For me, I can t let my friends starve on the streets. It s really an issue of getting the word out so General Motors will feel the pressure to resolve the situation, she said.

Randy Blazak, a sociology professor at Portland State University, said Monday s rally was held to remind people that the Occupy movement is still here and relevant.

What is it that s going to Occupy peoples minds, no pun intended, is to give them something to care about and it s interesting to see how this unfolds, he told KGW.

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Blazak said Occupy lost momentum because of a lack of leadership to help translate the cause to a larger audience.

It didn t really have that person to make that case for the average people, and sort of just left it to the people in the street, he explained. So I think that s one of things that took a little bit of steam out of the movement.

But Blazak said it did manage to shift the way people communicate.

That notion of the 1 percent vs. the 99 percent has sort of become part of the language now. It s even in the presidential campaign and that s something that came out of the Occupy movement, he said.

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