I Ibrahim, am very disturbed at the city officials and the police department. As everyone knows that I conduct a Right 2 Survive bi-weekly “Under the Bridge Walks”. Where we go into the houseless community that lives under the bridges and in the bushes to talk with them, hear what they have to say, & teach them their Human, Constitutional,and Civil Rights. We also pass out Right 2 Survives bi-weekly news letters, and hand out any information that may be helpful to the houseless community. In one of the newsletters articles was a topic called; Sweep/Swept. Which tells how the police sweep camp sites where people sleep that have no where to go. You should get a copy of the news letter and read.
Yesterday, early morning it was brought to my attention that there was a major sweep under all the bridges, where houseless people sleep and try to stay out of the way of the public for numerous reasons. I was told of many forms of the sweeps and certain numbers of people were arrested. Ok! I get all kinds of calls and people tell me all kinds of things.So, I waited till it was time for the “Under the Bridge Walk”. As we gather to go people were telling us that there was no one under the bridges. When we got to our normal place, to my surprise, all the places were empty. Not one person was there, it was like a ghost town. As noisy as under the bridges are, you could hear the silences, the pain, and the hurt. I fought back my tears in my 12yrs of living on the Portland streets. I’ve never seen nothing so devastated, when I say NO ONE! I mean NO ONE! was there. Where is everybody? Where did they go? As we walk more and more we saw people running and O! that’s it . It was a marathon, WTF here it is folks sweep the trash under a rug so your guest will not see what your house really looks like. Well Portland and the World there is a HOUSELESS problem in this country in every city in America. Live with it until the people that we vote in political office do something about it, OR WE WILL!