Portland Business Alliance lobbying for a return of sit-lie laws

Posted: March 5, 2013 in Uncategorized
Portland Business Alliance lobbying for a return of sit-lie laws
By A. Trudeau
Four years after Portland’s sit-lie ordinance was declared unconstitutional according to Oregon law, Portland Business Alliance is in Salem lobbying for a change in state law that would make bans on sitting or lying on the sidewalk possible again.
Portland Business Alliance is our city’s Chamber of Commerce, an organization of business people that wields a lot of power, or tries to. The PBA started the “Clean and Safe” program downtown, which has been described as a private police force for business owners
The proposed House Bill 2963 says that the state cannot pre-empt city law regarding sidewalk “management”. It is not clear yet whether the bill will make it out of committee and come up for a vote.
The housing rights movement will continue to speak out against the criminalization of homelessness. Safe, decent affordable housing and a jobs program are the answers, not harassment and assaults on people’s basic rights.  Right 2 Survive and our allies know that we have to be strong and stand up for people’s constitutional rights to be in public areas, for the human right to sleep, sit, lie, dream and survive and more. —A. Trudeau

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