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The police visited the camp this morning and threatened to enforce an ordinance that prevents blocking a right of way – which they say is the “road” that the camp is currently using. Anyone who has been to the camp can clearly see that there is no road there. There are blackberry brambles and dirt paths. They say the neighbors are complaining. The “neighbors” are the Portland Water Bureau, and Portland Public Schools. They are situated in an industrial district, not a residential district. So, how can the city & police commissioner Sam Adams displace these people (most of whom are on waiting lists to get into housing, many of whom are struggling from health issues that make employment all the more elusive). Where will they go? What will they do?
If you have a piece of land that you are willing to lend them, or a church that could open up it’s parking lot or basement, while they regroup, and figure out where to go from here, in a city where being homeless makes you an illegal – where every act of survival – sleeping, cooking, shitting, building shelter – will endanger the few things you have, and your freedom. Where do we go? is the question I’ve heard at sweep after sweep… Do you have an answer for them.
If so – contact Right 2 Survive – r2spdx@gmail.com

Here’s the update:

The camp is up and running again. The police said that they will leave the campers alone for the time being. Campers are requesting these items from supporters:

-zip-ties
-water
-non perishable food
-camp stove (and fuel)
-2 X 4s
-shovels
-pocket knives
-blankets

People are welcome to stop by and say hello. The camp was very small when we went down but campers are expected to return now that the police presence is over. Also, with sweeps under the Belmont Bridge anticipated soon, we expect that a safe camping place in the city will attract many more people.

In addition to supporting campers, Right 2 Survive has a 2 members preparing to move into a home this weekend. If anyone has furniture that they would like to donate, we are specifically looking for 2 beds and a couch. They have hardly anything, so lamps, tables, etc are also very much appreciated.