In response to the targeting of poor and houseless people in the community, a
demonstration is planned for Wednesday, July 9th. It will start in the North
Park Blocks at 5pm. "Hands Off the Poor," a demonstration organized by the
Portland Coalition Against Poverty demands an immediate end to police
harassment and arrest of poor and houseless people in the community.
Bring drums, noisemakers, friends, family, and neighbors. All are welcome. A community forum will be held afterward to address the issues of poverty and houselessness.
Over the last two weeks, over 170 people have been swept from under the Burnside, Hawthorn, and Morrison bridges. Portland city policy provides 24 hour notice before sweeping a campsite. For unknown reasons, the Police Bureau and Clean and Safe have been ignoring this provision and sweeping camps without notice. Campers are awakened with a loud speaker (although reports have come back of people being kicked in the head to awaken them) and given two minutes to collect their possessions. Tents tarps and sleeping bags are slashed with box cutters by Clean and Safe and thrown in dumpsters. There have been threats from the Portland Police Bureau and the Parks Bureau against campers.
Portland Coalition Against Poverty is a group dedicated to ending poverty through community empowerment and the dismantling of the institutions that perpetuate inequality and oppression. Our major campaigns are formed around immediate issues within the poor and houseless communities, while building a framework for long term community driven solutions.