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HOUSING JUSTICE ADVOCACY -- Ways you can support Cameron Whitten in his Hunger Strike

Housing justice activist, Occupier and former Mayoral candidate Cameron Whitten will reach the thirtieth day of his hunger strike on Sunday, July 1. There will be a "Slumber Party" at City Hall on Sunday, July 1, in the evening. There are also other ways concerned Portlanders can support Cameron Whitten in his advocacy for housing justice.
From Occupy Portland's website:


Proud activist of Occupy Portland and former mayoral candidate Cameron Whitten will be entering the thirtieth day of his hunger strike to bring attention to housing justice issues. On the thirtieth day of his hunger strike (Sunday, July 1), community members from all around Portland will join Whitten for a Slumber Party at City Hall. Sleeping people will surround City Hall to show city officials and Portlanders coming to work in the morning how fining individuals for sleeping is unacceptable. Sleep and shelter are human rights and everyone deserves a safe place to rest. From Whitten's letter to Portland City Commissioners:

"I protest for housing justice. Not just in advocacy of the homeless, but for the prosperity and survival of the entire working class. Housing is a basic human need, cheaper to fund than incarceration or war. Yet, we seem to always fall short in supply. Our resources aren't limitless, but there are avenues we haven't tried, or turn a blind eye to."

Whitten's grievances for redress are the following:

1. For City Commissioner Dan Saltzman to withdraw the fines on the co-owners of Right 2 Dream Too Rest Area, and to seek a peaceful resolution of this cost-free solution to homelessness for the remainder of the lease agreement.

To contact Dan Saltzman: (503) 823-4151 or e-mail  dan@portlandoregon.gov
Cc: Mayor Sam Adams at  mayorsam@portlandoregon.gov
CC: Mayoral Candidate Charles Hales at  contact@charliehales.com
CC: Mayoral Candidate Jefferson Smith at  info@jeffersonsmith.com

2. For City Council to propose a housing levy measure to the November 2012 General Election Ballot.

3. For Sheriff Dan Staton to issue a one-year moratorium for bank foreclosures in Multnomah County.

To contact Sheriff Staton: (503) 988-4300 or e-mail  webmaster@mcso.us

Whitten's hunger strike has already gained national attention from the Associated Press. On Sunday, July 1, Portlanders have the opportunity to continue to shine the light on those whom our policymakers often prefer to keep out of sight and out of mind.

Take action and show your solidarity in any or all of the above-mentioned ways: Contacting Commissioner Dan Salzman asking him to withdraw the fines on Right 2 Dream Too Rest Area and/or contacting the City Council to propose a housing levy measure to the November 2012 General Election Ballot and/or contacting Sheriff Dan Staton to issue a one-year moratorium for bank closures in Multnomah County and/or participate in the Slumber Party on Sunday, July 1, at City Hall.

To participate in the Slumber Party, bring yourself, a sign, a flyer or a banner down to City Hall. Bring a sleeping bag if you intend to sleep. Out of respect for Cameron Whitten's hunger strike, it has been suggested that no food be brought.

For more information, please see Cameron Whitten's blog, "Inspire the World with Positive Change" at

Cameron also recommends that allies work with the following groups:
We Are Oregon ( http://weareoregon.org/)
Sisters of the Road ( http://sistersoftheroad.org/)
Wrap ( http://www.wraphome.org/pages/)

In solidarity!

Typo -- Oops 29.Jun.2012 15:42

Apologies from ***

I made a typo in the paragraph starting with "Take action and show your solidarity," regarding Sheriff Staton, the request should be "issue a one-year moratorium on bank FOREclosures in Multnomah County."

Sorry about that....