Third Request For Human Contact Tuesday, June 12, 2012
**"These are the times that try men's souls," a quote from my favorite founding father, Thomas Paine.
This action by Cameron Whitten is becoming echoes of whispers of long ago conversations in a small tavern where dreams were shared and revolution feared. You can almost hear Paine lecturing those who would listen about dignity, equality and hope for the future. If you look close you may see Adams rolling his eyes and thinking, "Does Tom ever stop and think that he may get all of us arrested by talking about over-throwing the British, I wish him to be more careful, less violent."
Cameron is not careful, he speaks the truth to anyone who will listen, he is a fighter, just like Thomas Paine, he does not like smooth politicians like Adams, or Jefferson.
Mr. Whitten has only three demands, and he tells people who pass him that they are simple demands for the beginning of a new era of compassion for the everyday people among us. He does not want to over tax the people in power, he does not want to confuse the political system, so only 3 demands are shouted from the curb, or said softly at night when the rain comes:
1. "For City Commissioner *dan saltzman, withdraw the fines on co-owners of the Right 2 Dream Too Rest Area, and seek a peaceful resolution for this cost-free solution to homelessness for the remainder of the lease agreement."
commissioner saltzman has not even stopped to talk to Cameron, even though they are only a few hundred feet apart every day of the week. There is a solution here and saltzman should get off his ass and spend sometime with Cameron. dan, you may learn something or be reminded of what it is to be human; feel something. I always get the feeling dan has long since forgotten what it is to be human and work for the betterment of others. I may be wrong and would love to be proven wrong by you dan, just go and talk to a man who is now on his 11th day of a hunger strike. Jefferson Smith had the good sense to stop yesterday and talk to Cameron, and he may be our next mayor.
2. " For City Council to propose a housing levy measure to the November 2012 General Election ballot."
Well, this one is just too much, Cameron wants the city reps to ask the people of Portland what they wish to do. That is truly revolutionary and should only be whispered in dark hallways and not out in public. My god just think what would happen if our city council actually spent some time asking us what we want to do, we could end up with a republic--Jesus H. Christ!
3. "For Sheriff Daniel Staton to issue a 1 year moratorium on evictions for bank foreclosures in Multnomah County."
My my, this could be done so easily, just stop throwing people out of their homes. There is vast amount of evidence that fraud was committed by the banks when it comes to mortgages. There are other municipalities that have taken this very action. A little research by your city employees will show you the way sam, please get on it. This would make your legacy. "It would be a good thing."
Yesterday there were many of us who stopped to say hello to Cameron, for me it is a trip of about 1 hour each way to go from my home to city hall. I have to pack up my oxygen and use a cane to make the trip, not an easy adventure for me, but one of importance. What I am asking all five of you is that you take a few minutes and talk to a noble man outside your office. I guarantee you it will be fun.
"We have it in our power to begin the world over again." Tomas Paine