"We aren't leaving until they give us what we want" is our general consensus, although the diversity of our growing crowd has brought many new angles as to how we would accomplish such. Mayor Potter has basically refused dialog, and continues to be narrowly focused on the federal mandated "Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness," as well as on opening temporary shelter beds which do nothing over the long-term.
Last night our entire camp met to discuss issues and decide what's next. It was determined that we wanted to extend an invitation to the Mayor for an open community conversation, in essence to lead by example and not shut him down as he seems to have already given up on us. We also reminded ourselves about the importance of keeping the sidewalks clean of trash and being respectful of our neighbors and fellow protesters. There was talk of meeting to discuss tactics for civil disobedience since certain members of the community will choose to act in solidarity and resist police orders that have been given by the Mayor to remove us from City Hall on Tuesday the 13th. Many are determined to stay the course even though they face multiple arrests and jail time by returning to City Hall no matter what happens. Others are making plans for local actions.
Regardless of your part, we are calling out the masses this moment, this afternoon, this night! NOW is the time to lead the nation and bring others hope in communities that experience economic injustice at the hands of our deaf leaders! Come and eat, converse, fly a sign, and/or sleep with us. Put your bodies on the line for justice and never stop hoping and being the change.
Bodies in mass, Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday, and keep coming back!
EVERYONE to show up and sleep/offer your body Monday night, since midnight Tuesday morn is likely when the raid will happen
EVERYONE to show up at the Wednesday morning City Council meeting, 9:15 am; we have four 3 min. slots
CALL the Mayor's office, 503-823-3597, and demand he listen to ALL members of the community; don't forget tell him why you care
P.S. We'll be posting the open letter to Tom Potter later today, so keep an eye out for that.
SEE YOU IN THE STREETS!