portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article announcements portland metro

actions & protests

Call out for Solidarity with Homeless protest at City Hall - Report back

we also need more housed people to come out and sleep on the sidewalks around city hall. until we have more housed folks out here showing that they are on our side and that this is in fact a WHOLE community issue, we will likely and unfortunately not be taken as seriously. pull out your sleeping bag, ground pad, tarp and sign, and set up shop with us. there's lot of friends down here who are willing to help you navigate our protest while sleeping on the street. see you there!
Repost:

we also need more housed people to come out and sleep on the sidewalks around city hall. until we have more housed folks out here showing that they are on our side and that this is in fact a WHOLE community issue, we will likely and unfortunately not be taken as seriously. pull out your sleeping bag, ground pad, tarp and sign, and set up shop with us. there's lot of friends down here who are willing to help you navigate our protest while sleeping on the street. see you there!

---------------------
Yesterday while doing Food not Bombs at protest until late, I did my best to listen to what the organizers there needed and others requested.

The big one is more people that aren't homeless.

Tarps and Blankets

Food not Bombs served on Tuesday at City hall. Weds. Food not Bombs will be held at City hall instead of outer SE. We will also be serving on Thursday. It was requested that Saturday Food not Bombs be held at City hall. We would actually like to request that all food not bombs be held at City hall.

There is the looming response of a police ticketing sweep of City hall. But there are still no where near the about of beds needed for people on the streets.

City Hall Protest Hits Associated Press 07.May.2008 15:49

Dan

The Oregonian article, about the homeless protest, by Anna Griffin has been picked up by Associated Press.
I don't have access to their news service but this is the oregon live link.

 link to www.oregonlive.com


Letter writing campaign 07.May.2008 18:25

Dan

I think a letter writing campaign would be helpful also. Responding to editorials and blogs about the protest can be a way for people to contribute.

This is a response I wrote to a Oregonian editorial:

The article, published by the Oregonian editorial board May 6, 2008, entitled "End the slumber party" perpetuates the concept that enforcing laws against the homeless will end homelessness. This argument ignores the systemic causes driving the increasing numbers of homeless Americans.

The economic boom times of the past decade have left behind the middle class and those living a paycheck from the street. Poor credit, an eviction or a felony conviction can leave a person unable to compete in the tightening job and rental markets. Homelessness is a market failure of our current economic system.

The people protesting in front of city hall and leaving themselves open to public scrutiny are an example of living up to the requirements of a democratic society. Laws that push the problems out of sight do nothing to work toward solution.

If the effort of the Oregonian Editorial board was to end homelessness I would expect them to be advocating affordable housing for people earning less than the poverty level. I would expect them to advocate for jobs for felons. I would expect them to advocate for more federal, state and local funding for "Ten Year Plans To End Homelessness".

Instead the Oregonian Board has dictated to Mayor Tom Potter to sweep it under the rug!

Today at noon the AP published an article about the protest:
 link to www.oregonlive.com


i feel ya 07.May.2008 22:30

hymn

i believe the US economy is going to tank within a year or two. I live close to the bone but i'm housed. I feel the homless issue cuz i job downtown and a lot of homless people help me out. If it's warm one night i just might (probably not) come down. I like street people more than subaru driving mother fuckers...

it's a worthy cause. I hope i'm not lame enough to miss the opportunity to be solidarity with yall.

you're right to take it to em

Noon Press Conference at City Hall Protest 08.May.2008 08:37

Dan

The press conference will start at 11:45 at the east entrance to city hall on 4th street. Any support is appreciated.