Everyone knows the classic image of Uncle Sam. On Tuesday, July 9th, a new, 30-foot-tall version of Uncle Sam appeared at Portland’s Jeld Wen field. In honor of Team USA’s Gold Cup soccer match against Belize, Uncle Sam is shown wearing not a stars hat, but a Cascadia hat. Cascadia is a fantasy “nation” movement that is promoted throughout the northwest. Cascadians seek to arrange for Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia to secede and form a new nation that is based on environmentalism and socialism.
This is hardly the first time elements of the Cascadia movement have appeared at commieball, er, soccer games in Portland. The Cascadia flag and its tree symbol appear regularly at Portland Timbers games, the city’s MLS team.
Update! Video has now surfaced of the unveiling of “Cascadian Sam”, which immediately followed the singing of the National Anthem. (I suppose we can at least give them credit for singing the Star Spangled Banner, rather than the Internationale) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ5vvvL7Ur8
The Cascadia movement made headway during Occupy Portland, as their members were often seen flying the flag at rallies.
And oh yeah, the USA kicked the crap out of Belize, 6-1.