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Down by the Ol' Peace Camp Deux

My day at City Hall
I ambled on by the Peace Camp at about 1PM today. I noticed some people were decamping. They were carrying a lot of stuff with them. I kind of thought the Police woulnd't have anyone to arrest. But there were a couple of people sitting in chairs and so on, so I decided to hang around. I was hoping to get some action shots, but my digital camera was full.
As I was hanging around, I noticed reverend Sewell of the Unitarian Chruch in the middle of the protesters. I went down and asked her if she was planning on getting arrested today, but she said no.
The Police were supposed to come by and break up the camp at 1:09 PM, but never showed. After awhile, one of the protesters handed me a sign that said "Honk for Peace", so I did that for awhile. Somebody told me the Police were Massing on the far corner of City Hall out of sight of the camp. I went over, but saw nothing.
Eventually KEX and the Channel 8 people got bored and left. Lots of people honked, so I kept at it for awhile. Two officers came by after awhile and talked to some of the protesters. Basically, they said to have fun protesting, but don't camp out. One of the people there wondered what the rules were for camping out, so he and I went over to the precinct and asked for information on the subject. The Officers kindly made a couple of copies of the specific ordinance, and we gave it to the protesters. It said that it was illegal to have bedding or stoves or there would be a fine, or jail time.
all and all it was a fun and informative day for me. It's worth a stop by to visit with the protesters, they appreciate the support.
Shifts? 11.Apr.2003 16:51

olga

Maybe, instead of blatantly camping out, you could just get people to take shifts out there, some during the day, and some at night. That way you can avoid those pesky arrests by working around all their bullshit ordinances. Just a thought.

more of the same... 11.Apr.2003 18:23

The One True b!X's PORTLAND COMMUNIQUE

...can be found here.

Part of which if the text of the public camping ordinance, which is as follows:

14A.50.020 Camping Prohibited on Public Property and Public Rights of Way.
A. As used in this Section:
1. "To camp" means to set up, or to remain in or at a campsite, for the purpose of establishing or maintaining a temporary place to live.
2. "Campsite" means any place where any bedding, sleeping bag, or other sleeping matter, or any stove or fire is placed, established, or maintained, whether or not such place incorporates the use of any tent, lean-to, shack, or any other structure, or any vehicle or part thereof.
B. It is unlawful for any person to camp in or upon any public property or public right of way, unless otherwise specifically authorized by this Code or by declaration by the Mayor in emergency circumstances.
C. The violation of this Section is punishable, upon conviction, by a fine of not more than $100 or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed 30 days or both.