Sunday, May 11, 2008

Homeless rise up on the streets to fight anti-camping and sit-lie ordinance

Individuals experiencing homelessness and activists have been camping on City Hall for nearly three-weeks. The group is calling itself the Homeless Liberation Front.
  • Portland Homeless Liberation Front

  • The group has ranged from 10 to 70 individuals who have been sleeping on the sidewalk in front of City Hall demanding an end to the anti-camping and sit-lie ordinances. The camping ordinance is used to clear camps out throughout Portland, while the sit-lie ordinance criminalizes sitting or lying on a public sidewalk from 7AM to 7PM.

    In late April, a group of individuals were swept from under the Burnside and Morrison bridges in downtown Portland. The group marched to City Hall in the dead on night in defiance of the ordinances.

    On Monday, May 5, four individuals from the camp met personally with the Mayor. Protestors demanded an end to the ordinances. The mayor declined. No resolution was reached.

    The city has opened more than 100 emergency shelter beds until June in response to the protestors. Both individuals on the streets and homeless advocates say that's not enough.

    On Saturday, May 10, seven individuals were arrested – six for interfering with a police officer and one for resisting arrest.

    Patrick Nolan, community organizer with Sisters Of The Road caught the arrests on film.

    Shortly after the arrests an illegal camping notice was posted in front of City Hall, giving protesters until Tuesday, May 13, to clear the area or risk arrest.

    On Sunday, May 11, the group formally signed a letter asking the Mayor to meet again this week.

    More to come.

    Note: Street Roots has been following the protests and is working on an in-depth news story for the Friday, May 16, edition. The newspaper also came out against the camping ordinance on May 5, asking City Hall to “suspend the camping ordinance in designated regions of the City of Portland until all nine-action steps have been implemented, and the 10-year plan to end homelessness is complete. 

Street Roots believes it is cruel and unusual punishment to continue to criminalize individuals experiencing homelessness from sleeping on public property when the City of Portland can’t offer any real, concrete solutions to the crisis until a projected 2015.”

    Posted by Israel Bayer

    Photo by Kristina Wright


    Anonymous said...

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than
    that, this is wonderful blog. A great read.
    I will definitely be back.

    Here is my webpage: Orlando Chiropractor

    Anonymous said...

    I don't even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I don't know who you
    are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you aren't already ;) Cheers!

    Visit my website: las Vegas golf Lessons

    Anonymous said...

    My brother suggested I might like this blog. He was entirely right.
    This post actually made my day. You cann't imagine simply how much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

    My web page - hospital for special surgery ny ny

    Anonymous said...

    It's actually a great and useful piece of info. I am satisfied that you shared this useful information with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

    Here is my web blog hospital for special surgery manhattan

    Anonymous said...

    I'm no longer positive where you're getting your info, but good topic.
    I must spend a while learning much more or
    figuring out more. Thanks for fantastic information I used to
    be looking for this information for my mission.

    Visit my homepage - send flowers anonymously how time day home flower end site

    Anonymous said...

    Have you ever considered about adding a little bit more than just your articles?
    I mean, what you say is fundamental and everything.
    Nevertheless think of if you added some great visuals or video clips to give your posts more, "pop"!
    Your content is excellent but with images and videos, this blog could definitely be one of the best in its field.
    Superb blog!

    Also visit my webpage; breast massage therapist income

    Anonymous said...

    It would seem to everyone

    that your commentary are

    actually not entirely validated and in actuality you are

    generally your self not fully

    certain of your argument

    Also visit my weblog Search Marketing