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Sleeping Bag Giveaway to Protest Anti-camping Ordinance

Members of crossroads, a homeless people's organization, will be distributing sleeping bags to people experiencing homelessness in front of City Hall. This is part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness about Portland's Anti-camping Ordinance.
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Members of crossroads, a homeless people's organization, will be distributing sleeping bags to people experiencing homelessness in front of City Hall. This is part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness about Portland's Anti-camping Ordinance. After the giveaway, housed and homeless citizens will address City Council about the impact of this ordinance on Portland's most vulnerable citizens, and ask Mayor Katz to repeal it. Please come down and join us for this event. Your presence will and the weight of the community to this action. The vent will be tomorrow, June 25th, 9:00am at City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Avenue. The City of Portland has only 370 available emergency shelter beds on any given night. With these beds full, over 1,500 people are left to live on the streets, in their cars, or under bridges. The current Anti-camping Ordinance makes it illegal to sleep in any of these locations. Without enough shelter beds, and with the city's lack of low-income housing, this population of displaced people has no where else to go. The anti-camping ordinance was ruled unconstitutional by Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Gallagher. Gallagher ruled that given the city's lack of shelter space, this ordinance violates residents' freedom from cruel and unusual punishment. Because Gallagher was a circuit court judge, and the case was not taken to appeals court, this ruling was not binding outside of the specific court case. crossroads, a homeless people's organization currently a program of Sisters Of The Road Café, Inc. crossroads is committed to securing and preserving the human rights, civil rights and liberties of all people in poverty and homeless circumstances; and to promoting civil and community action on their behalf.

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