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.
The newly penned enforcement guidelines would cover the restriction of pickets/demonstrations/gatherings of people for festivals (anything without a permit from the city that lasts for more than eight hours). This change was done secretly - there was no comment period and no notice given to the public. Believe it or not this is within their legal rulemaking power.
Changing laws to get rid of specific kinds of protest is unconstitutional and must be vigorously opposed. City Council and the mayor 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.
Call the mayor and city council to express your disgust for this fascist assault on the civil rights of the citizens of Portland. (503) 823-4000
Michael - (503) 823-4125 can get you a copy of the new enforcement guidelines.
There is a sit in at the Peace Encampment at noon on Friday.