According to Rozie Sizer, Commander of Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct, the Portland Peace Encampment across from Portland City Hall at SE 4th & Jefferson was notified at 1:30pm Thursday April 10th, 2003 that we were in violation of the Public Camping Ordinance. We have 24 hours to pack up everything, including chairs and move it out.
I plan to take this sitting down. After talking with attorneys Allen Graf of the National Lawyers Guild and Mark Jolin who is an expert on the Public Camping Ordinance, I will peacefully cooperate with the police if they decide to cite or arrest me and will urge anyone else there to also peacefully cooperate. I have left a messages with Cmdr. Sizer stating this and have since talked to Sgt. Miller, the Central Precinct evening supervisor, in person. I have been assured by Sgt. Miller that the police will not move in early, as they did with the Dignity Village Protest Camp after September 11th, 2001.
The Peace Camp requests peaceful observers and both corporate and independent media to video and witness the proceedings. The 24 hour notice is set to expire at 1:30 pm Friday April 11th, 2003.
Thank you all for the help and support shown to the Portland Peace Encampment.
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