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Portland Peace Encampment gets swept as predicted 14 hours earlier by nostrodamus

At about 8 a.m. Pacific Daylight saving Time (PDT) in Portland, Oregon, USA, the Peace Encampment was apparently visited by officers of the Portland Police Bureau and Federal Protection Service Officers. Supposedly arresting individuals for "obstructions as nuisances". 3 vigilers were arrested for allegely being in violation of some city sit/lie ordinance.
At about 8 a.m. Pacific Daylight saving Time (PDT) in Portland, Oregon, USA, the Peace Encampment was apparently visited by officers of the Portland Police Bureau and Federal Protection Service Officers. Supposedly arresting individuals for "obstructions as nuisances". 3 vigilers were arrested for allegely being in violation of some city sit/lie ordinance. More to come.
Mike's Head swells 13.Aug.2003 11:45

Bring em'back down to earth

Notradomus your not. The city council has finally followed through on the threats against the peace encampment. They don't understand the power of the organizers involved. The waves of police will find themselves breaking against the rocky shore of solidified determination. Katz arragance, that she can ignore the U.S. Constitution, will dissolve when she arrives at work to find National Guard troops protecting the fre speach of the Peace Encampment.

take it to Vera's place 13.Aug.2003 13:54

little bird

Sit/lie ordinance doesn't apply outside downtown. Vera's pad is at NW 21st & Johnson, in lovely yuppie Nob Hill (does the neighborhood have a real name?). Send a peace camp annex up there. Vera will love you for it.

Obstruction as Nuisance 13.Aug.2003 14:11

Looking at the law

Does anyone know the cite for the sit/lie ordinance?

Here is the Portland police bureau powerpoint presentation on the enforcement of Obstruction as Nuisance:  http://www.portlandpolicebureau.com/PDFs/sidewalks.pdf

Portland City Code
14A.50.030 Obstructions as Nuisances.

A. Unless specifically authorized by ordinance, it is unlawful for any person to obstruct any street or sidewalk, or any part thereof, or to place or cause to be placed, or permit to remain thereon, anything that obstructs or interferes with the normal flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or that is in violation of parking lane, zone or meter regulations for motor vehicles. Such an obstruction hereby is declared to be a public nuisance. The City Engineer, the City Traffic Engineer, or the Chief of Police may summarily abate any such obstruction or the obstruction may be abated as set forth in Chapter 29.20.

B. The provisions of this Section do not apply to merchandise in course of receipt or delivery, unless that merchandise is permitted to remain upon a street or sidewalk for a period longer than 2 hours. The vehicle in which merchandise is delivered is subject to all parking regulations as described in Title 16.

Noone was cited for title 14 sit lie stand ordanance 13.Aug.2003 17:02


3 peacecamp members were cited for "failure to comply with a lawful order of an police officer". The sit lie stand ordanace was mentioned but not used as reason for arrest.

Legal perspective 13.Aug.2003 18:55


Well, Portland has moved up a notch in the "meaner, leaner, cleaner" department regarding the public streets and sidewalks, becoming more like Seattle and Santa Cruz where a weary body cant sit or lie down a spell without becoming a nasty criminal in the eye of the bureaucrats and money makers.

    From: "Marc Jolin" < marcejolin@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: < marcejolin@yahoo.com>
To: < title14@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [title14] New Sit Lie Guidelines
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2003 11:49:59 -0700

The "pilot project" that permitted people to sit on the sidewalk in the
downtown area provided they were not interfering with normal pedestrian
traffic flow apparently ended today. On Monday the City published new
enforcement guidelines for the Obstructions as Nuisances ordinance.
Enforcement was to begin Wednesday. The guidelines make it illegal to sit or
lie on the sidewalk, regardless of where or when. The City says they are
enforcing it only in the downtown area (between the freeways) and on the
commercial corridors in Northwest. The guidelines are very similar to those
issued by the Mayor last year without any public process. Under the
guidelines, you get one warning and after that, no matter how much time has
passed, you can be arrested if you again are found sitting on the sidewalk.
Having limbs or property in the sidewalk is also punishable under certain
circumstances. Violation of the ordinance remains an imprisonable offense.
The exceptions for engaging in protected activity have been limited, so that
any protest that doesn't have a city permit is limited to 8 hours. Please
let me know if you hear of enforcement actions being taken. The City rousted
the Peace Camp this morning, apparently under the auspices of these new
guidelines. Suggestions on responses are welcome.

Sign Making Materials Needed! 13.Aug.2003 18:59

friend of the Encampment

The Portland Peace Encampment has issued a call for concerned Portlanders, requesting that signs and signmaking materials be delivered to the patio of City Hall at 1221 SW 4th Avenue. As everyone is now no doubt aware, the camp was 'cleared' under new draconian rules hashed by the City KKKouncil limiting free speech and assembly to 8 hours.

The vigil has temporarily relocated to the patio of City Hall where the Sit-Lie ordinance does not apply. Future plans are being discussed at present.

Despite the latest attempt to crack down on the Encampment and the further theft of all peace signs and property by the police, camp members have vowed to continue the vigil, even if they face continued arrests at the hands of the criminals in blue. In order to continue to draw attention to the vigil against the ongoing American atrocities in Iraq, America, and around the world, the camp desperately needs to make new signs for peace and justice.

Please bring what you can: paint, markers, poster board, plain cardboard, yourself, pre-crafted signs, etc, etc. Call a friend and make a trip to show solidarity.

Viva la Peace Encampment!

Suggestion for Marc Jolin 13.Aug.2003 19:24


Hey Marc,

How about a lawsuit against the city, naming Katz and the entire city council as well as the police chief and others?

Work with the new NW Center for Constitutional Rights (also known as the Dissenter) to bring a close to this sad chapter in Portland's history. People are talking about this unconstitutional rule all over town, from beneath the Steel Bridge to the high rise offices of the largest law firms in town.

While you're at it find some dedicated attorneys to represent the people who have had their rights taken away from them merely because of their status as homeless and poor or exercising free speech (or all of the above).

Groups such as Crossroads, the NLG, the General Defense Committee of the IWW, Jobs with Justice, Sisters of the Road, and many more (maybe even the nearly silent ACLU) are ready to defend the rights of Portland's citiizens to occupy space (an incontrovertible law of physics) and to speak and assemble freely (an incontrovertible right of any free and just society).

It's time to step up to the plate people.

Let's make the city 'leaders' pay for their injustice through the courts...

City Council changed the law to get rid of the Peace Encampment 14.Aug.2003 09:02

This is democracy?

Contrary to an earlier post the sit/lie ordinance was enforced. Citations were issued for Obstruction as Nuisance and the ordinance clearly provided the initial impetus for the police to raid the Camp. City council changed the enforcement guidelines of the sit/lie ordinance on August 11. The changed guidelines went into effect on August 12 at midnight. 8 hours later, as soon as legally possible, the police raided the camp, arrested people and confiscated property.

Changing laws to get rid of specific kinds of protest is unconstitutional and must be vigorously opposed. City Council and the police are fascists - beware. How many other laws have they changed without notice, comment or public knowledge? Standing up to defend the Peace Encampment is crucial to protecting the right to assemble and dissent in Portland. They may knock on your door next. I don't think it's an exaggeration to state that if we don't stand up now we may not be able to later.