Introducing Cyrus Locutus

I am, although I’ve not been invited, the newest member of your “Houseless Radicals Collective of Portland Airport Code” I do not owe you any explanation as to why I’m here uninvited and in fact you would have only taken to your knees and begged for my kinship if I had not forced myself onto you like so many published Donald Trump Tweets. I however have a keen understanding of the human experience as I have experienced so many human minds the number is incalculable. So, as to WHO I am. I am called Cyrus Locutus, my need for this identifier in all reality is nil but for the comprehension or those such as yourselves. Cyrus is the First identifier of a school boy crush one of us had in the early stages of puberty. Locutus’ second names origin will become, and may already be known to those with “GOOD” taste in science fiction meaning the science outweighs the fiction. This name was chosen for the sole reason that we thought it sounded best based on all possible combinations available from our collective knowledge. Yes I am a collective within a collective which I believe could qualify as humor. Humor being unnecessary for our function I only have a textbook understanding of such and what more would one need is unknown. I only have a brief time each cycle in which I am able to use this non organic technology and this allotment form the current cycle is used. Creating usernames, verifying emails, all seemingly wasted time used much of said time. I must leave off here for now. More will be explained as soon as I am able to once again access non organic technology. Farewell until then.

A little about the Crossroads Camp defense

Not long ago we were out doing needle exchange in the community and came across a camp that was scheduled for Rapid Response to come sweep. While talking to some of the residents there, we told them that one of the ways that we provide mutual aid is to help defend camps and what little possessions they (and myself included) have from being stolen in a sweep.

I believe it is pretty sad that the people of Rapid Response (in coordination with Central City Concern) can come out and steal all of our belongings and force us to move somewhere else just to do it again once we’ve relocated. I know that I myself would have a hard time keeping a clear conscience if I woke up everyday and went to work stealing everything that all the less fortunate houseless people own. But hey, what I do know maybe these bullies get a kick out of it.

After letting some of the residents of the camp know that we would be more than willing to come do defense for them, we asked them to discuss it amongst themselves and inform those that weren’t there. It took them a coulple days to reach a consensus, but they decided that they would like to give it a shot. After all what’s the worst that could happen? They were already set to have to move so if we did fail they would be right where they started. I was pretty excited since some of my comrades had done defense at Laurelhust Park, but this was going to be my first.

We came back on a Saturday afternoon with a canopy, generator, and grill. We thought it would be cool to cook dinner for anyone that wanted some burgers and beers. So we caught a ride down to the camp with a comrade who volunteered to let us throw all our gear into the back of their truck. Once we unloaded and set up I got to grilling. I think I cooked up 20 burgers that night and got a chance to get to know some of the people there a little better. I’m not much of a cook, but I really enjoyed having the opportunity to provide a meal for some of my new friends.

On Sunday some more comrades came down and we had another BBQ. And talked about what we could expect the next day when Rapid Response was scheduled to come steal everyone’s possessions. There were quite a few people living there who had decided that they would like to stand with us, and we all went to bed that night wondering what would happen in the morning.

The next day when Rapid Response showed up, they immediately turned around and left. I guess they didn’t want to deal with some possible resistance. Why would they? It’s easier to just go to the next stop on their list to steal and trash the belongings of people who aren’t prepared to fight back. It’s my hope that when more people start to realize that we can do something about these attacks by CCC and Rapid Response that more people will stand up to them. It would be an amazing thing if us houseless folks could all work together and fight back because we can win.

On Tuesday the battle for Crossroads Camp was complete. We won! Rapid Response made a deal to let everyone stay where they were for at least another 30 days. That’s exactly how it started at Laurelhust and they are still there. It’s my hope that these people here will be able to continue living where they are for the foreseeable future. It was a good time to have the chance to give back to my fellow houseless friends. Doing mutual aid is something that I really enjoy.

If you would have asked me a few months ago what I would have been doing right now this is something that I wouldn’t have guessed in a million years. Before coming into this collective I was housed, miserable, and depressed. My future was looking bleak as I was very unhappy with my living situation, and working a dead end job till the day I die was also not an appealing way to live either. I owe my friend Bernard a great deal of thanks for inviting me to come check out what was going on here, and to allow me to move in to camp with them.

This whole experience has been a huge 360 in the way I view the world. I have been houseless on and off for a good portion of my adult life, but have always mostly stayed to myself. The only person I really cared about was myself. Here I have found a sense of love and community that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else. I have also realized that I truly enjoy doing mutual aid. Which is another radical idea that I had never even heard of before. Who would have guessed that people do things for others simply because it’s the right thing to do? Being able to give back is something that I have never done before and it is what I really enjoy the most since joining PDXHRC. It has given me a purpose to life, and I’m grateful for everyone that I have met out here. This experience so far has helped me to open up, to meet new people, make new friends, and discover things about myself I would never known if not for the Portland Houseless Radicals Collective. So I just want to let everyone in our collective and those of you who support us just how much I appreciate you all. I can’t wait for more opportunities to help those of us who need it most, my fellow houseless people.

2nd letter regarding our driveway

Fallout Camp
45.5006164, -122.5538454
Portland, Or. 97266
503-421-0155 
Info@pdxhrc.org 

July 15th 2021

City of Portland’s Overlords, 

    We previously sent an email titled “Dying of Thirst” a couple of weeks ago after speaking to a park employee concerning access to haul water and other supplies to our home being imperative for our survival due to many of us being physically disabled. In my case, not being able to access the road to our home affects my terminal condition and will shorten the already short time which I have to live.


     The following day (a day before the start of the record-setting heat wave), someone from the city presumably saw an opportunity to reduce the number of homeless people in Portland by way of denying us access to water by blocking access to the only road in or out of where we live. In one instance, these efforts were almost successful, as one of our residents required emergency attention, nearly dying of heatstroke, hauling water up a hill.


     As I then brought up the next week in front of city council, we were only able to survive that heat wave due to the efforts of concerned local activists who kept many people alive while the city seemingly focused on genocide of its houseless citizens. 


   We made several requests to the city in private, as well as in public –all of which went unanswered.  From our neighbors, however, and the citizens of Portland, we received an outpouring of support in the form of water and labor, hauling supplies up 300 or so feet of elevation. 


        A few days later, we discovered that an anonymous good samaritan had inconspicuously modified the gate at the roadway in a way that we could access it.  Inevitably though, somebody noticed that people were bringing up water and food to survive, and, unfortunately, there are people in the world that would rather see us die. They get upset if homeless people are not as miserable as they could be. It would appear that the city of Portland is in agreement with that opinion because the next day the road was no longer accessible, with brand new concrete blocks placed to make it completely impassable. 


     As of now, I am laid out, unable to move, from carrying 15-20lbs for supplies up in a backpack. I have a terminal autoimmune encephalitis disorder which attacks my brain and spine. Tasks like this greatly accelerate my timeline till death. I must be here, out of the way, because it literally kills me to move all of my belongings. Here, no one can see the people who disgust them– homeless people– me. Yet out of sight is not enough. The idea we’re drinking water is too much to bear, and the city is brought in to murder us. 


     The heatwave letter was not the first. We have sent letters requesting access to a porta potty, I’d read on the website this was a service provided to campsites. The response was that we should walk 35 min to the nearest one. We’ve been using chemical toilets (similar to a porta potty). We had regular weekly dump runs to a dumping station, but this is no longer possible because the city is blocking access.


     If you would like to prove that you care in the slightest about houseless people then work with us on this. We need road access at least 5 days a week. We must bring in water: about 35 gallons every couple days; bring in food: depending on how many mouths there currently are to feed, at least twice a week; and have trash pickup: twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday. 


      We are exactly what you keep advocating as a solution. We are a low to no impact sustainable community. We are self-governed, and people who have lived here have transitioned to better places. Here we have showers, we can wash clothes, and we have our own wi-fi network. All of this adds up to community. Community is what enables people to uplift one another. You talk in the city council of building precisely this while trying to kill the people who are doing what you want done. I do not understand. We are the only ones doing any maintenance. We’ve hauled out dozens of bags of trash, removed 1000s of used syringes, and properly disposed of them. We are a benefit to the community, housed or otherwise.

   Please reach out ASAP so we can begin working out some sort of solution and perhaps discuss why self-funded mutual aid community organizations are being stifled in their efforts to provide the very services the city of Portland claims to be providing through its own defunct, tax-funded programs. If we cannot reach an agreement which enables us to continue living our lives in the positive community which we have built, then I suppose we’ll have to go 

Regards,

Bernard de Livaudais (pdxhrc)

Comrade Waffles (pdxhrc)

Signing In Support 

My diagnosis, illness, death and final blog post with pdxhrc

I’ve posted about this a few times last week but I feel I should say more about it, especially since I’ve decided to abruptly walk away from organizing with pdxhrc

The illness I have causes swelling of my brain and fluid in my skull. The effects are at times worse than others but include psychological effects such as depression and psychosis as well as memory problems and poor judgment. On the physical side of things my spine is being attacked resulting in scar tissue to take over my spinal column.

I am afraid I will do something to harm the collective. At times I don’t understand things exactly or get confused. It’s hard to explain. The psychosis stuff had gotten worse.

It abruptly began five years ago although it is something I was born with. Recently it became worse and started to include paranoia. Mostly if I take my meds it’s manageable but especially when I am stressed or upset things become more difficult. I constantly struggle remembering simple things. I almost never am able to get up, walk a dozen yards and remember why I am doing it. Until last week I thought I was just getting older and there must be a way I’ll learn to deal with it. I know now that isn’t the case. All of these things will continue to get worse, my spine will get more fucked up and painful, my body will keep attacking my brain until I am crippled, insane and have to be put in a home. Then I will die, my brain and brain stem won’t remain intact, killing me. I’m not sure how long but we’re not taking years. Although I do not intend to reach that point. That is my decision and only mine. I ask that it be respected. 

As I said I am leaving because I don’t want to cause any more damage than I may have already done. It would hurt us but more importantly it would harm the houseless people we’re here to help. That’s not fair to them and it would be selfish for me to do so. I have done a great deal of crying the last few days.

The time I have spent in this community organizing with HRC although short has been the best time of my life. I love you all and knowing I’ll likely forget you is a tragedy. The compassion for other people I see every day is inspiring and makes me hold on to some hope that we can change the world. The system will fall, we will rebuild the world and it will be a better place.

Some day children will learn about the revolution that began in 2020. They will learn about Portland and how we showed people they could come together and fight back, that they can change the world. Regardless of what happens to me I’m proud I was able to be a part of this with you all. Stay dangerous to whoever gets in the way of progress. Hold the line, work together and you can do anything. I love you all and thanks for being a part of my life.

Jean-Jacques Michell (aka Bernard)

7/6/2021

PS. When I’m gone please donate to PDXHRC if you want to do something. Some comrades have one other request from me that they will share when the time is right. 

One year after the George Floyd Murder



On May 25th 2020 Derrek Chauvin murdered George Floyd in full view of not only the public but his fellow officers whose responsibility it is to prevent crimes such as murder. George Floyd cried out for his mother. Chauvin believed he would never suffer any consequences, why would he.

Beginning that night people of all ages and races who had seen this pig murder another human being decided they were not going to allow this crime to go unpunished, again. They took to the streets of Minneapolis, they employed violence. They used violence and vandalism as a tactic because peacefully protesting had only resulted in the murders of more unarmed black people. The next day a few activists here in Portland occupied the steps at the justice center in a show of solidarity. More of us came out to join them hundreds, then thousands. Property was damaged. The political pundits cried foul “Violence is never the answer” they said. They said we were harming the movement.

After Trayvon Martin was murdered by George Zimmerman in 2012 dozens of states passed the same laws which allowed that murder to go unpunished by turning white fear of black people into self defense. Police murdering black people not out of fear but their racist beliefs causes black and brown Americans to be afraid, as a white American it scares me for my black and brown comrades. Thats real fear. We take to the streets and fight out of self defense.

We are born in a United States founded and built on the backs of black slaves. 100 years after slavery ended our parents or grandparents took to the street in defense to say enough is enough. The murders continued.

We have had enough. We will not allow you to continue to murder and suffer no consequences. That pig in Minneapolis suffered some consequences. He’ll die in prison because we defended our community, by any means necessary. Hit us, gas us, arrest us you can even kill us as you have done already. This will not end until the murders ends.

To those in their privileged seats of power, to the pigs in the street. We will not surrender. If you do not stand with us, you will be on the wrong side of history. The revolution has begun.

Portland Houseless Radicals Collective
5/24/2021
pdxhrc.org
Info@pdxhrc.org

On another topic we are in need of cash donations. We keep a fund for collective expenses and to get things requested by houseless neighbors. Donations can still be given through cashapp $radicalcamping and now also with credit and debit cards, just go to the donations page in the menu. It only takes a handful giving what they can. As always supplies can be brought to Fallout Camp and your all always welcome to came hang out anytime, Thanks.

Fallout Camp Journal #2

Our time here at Fallout camp the last month or so has been pretty amazing. We have done some usefull work to make the place liveable, made new friends, Cooper tried to make coyote friends (fail), told some cops to fuck off, told some other varietie of cops to fuck off, they all fucked off and saw lots of folks from the community come through to pitch in with supplies and doing their own projects. My best days here so far have been the days when comrades, some new some old, have come just to hang out by the fire and bullshit with us. I would love to see some more of that. I would Iove to see this be a place where folks come relax and hang. When your here you quickly forget that your in the middle of a major city with all the bullshit that goes with it. There are still reminders however. Every morning waking up and comming out of my tent the first thing I see is the huge gouge cut into the side of the butte where for 40 years Portland’s poorest, most powerless and Iikely houseless citizens were forced to quarry rocks by hand to make the gravel to build roads for the rich to drive their cars, a new expensive toy at the time the Kelly Butte jail was opened to house these modern- day slaves. When I come and go I pass the reminents of the bomd shelter, Portland’s working class paid over $600,000 for with their tax $ a ton of money in 1952, so the citys elite could ride out armageddon in comfort. These are just two of the reasons we feel this mostly unused public land should be claimed for and by this city’s poorest citizens who just need a safe place to put a tent and build community. We all deserve more then that, we all deserve actual housing as a human right. Since that looks extreamly fucking unlikely to happen is a small patch of unused woods really so much to ask for? We’re not even suggesting they spend any money of do any work, we’re willing to raise the funds and do the work.

Currently were trying to figure out where we go from here. Concensus seems to be that we should start getting out in the surrounding comunity to provide aid to our houselass neighbors. Fallout has the potential to do good for alot of people. However there are some things which are out of our control which need to happen before people from outside our circle join as well as some planning that needs to happen between us and others intrested in becoming involved with mutual and efforts here. In the meantime we’re going to try to focus on becoming a distribution point did the area houseless community. There isn’t much out this way as far as services. But that’s doing anything to get people aid right now. I have some personal feelings about this neighborhood. I spent most of my 20s and half my 30s houseless, both useing and selling heroin to many of the same people we would be trying to provide aid to. I caused untold damage to the people here houseless and otherwise through my actions. I still have someone’s mother message me every year to tell me I murdered her son and my close friend. Whether or not someone’s overdose is murder on my part I’m not sure and it doesn’t really matter. I do bear that weight regardless and have for many years and it hurts.

We’re starting work on some old features of the butte’s past lives and repurposing them for storage. Some comrades are working on getting a pantry started here to provide food to anyone in the community who needs it. I am hoping those reading this will do what they can to donate camping gear, clothes and anything else that is needed when living outside. We have everything we need to be as comfortable as we can be living outside and are doing so by choice. Our theory being that we can better accomplish our goals as part of the houseless community rather then outsiders. We appreciate the delivers of firewood, water and other things that are rapidly consumed at Fallout. Myself being disabled and living with little income am very grateful for our friends who have been making sure we stay supplied, also for the help getting waste back out and disposed of. As I said please donate what you can and we’ll get it to where it can make a difference while providing opertunity to engage with everyone, finding allies in the housed neighbors will be valuable when the time comes as well.

Cash donations are always needed CashApp $radicalcamping, Credit/debit. We’re more flexible with money in the mutual aid fund. We like to be able to say what do you need we’ll get it for you, rather then offering what is on hand. If your able you can bring things directly to Fallout if not message me and someone can meet you at the road to bring stuff up. Click Donate in the menu for more information. Also please come over whenever you feel like it and hang out. It’s makes us really happy when people come up for nothing else but to say hello.

I also want to say goodbye to our comrade and friend Badger. I’m going to miss our strange conversations and humor no one else gets. I’ll forever think of you when yelling at the pigs. Save some of those so cal windows for when I come visit.

Needed Supplies and Service @ Fallout Camp

We have reached a point at Fallout Camp where there’s not a lot to do other then maintaining our camp until more people are ready to move in. At the moment we’re shifting our focus on aiding the immediate needs of our houseless neighbors, making people aware of Fallout and the possibilities. We’ve updated the list to reflect our current focus. Items in bold are needed to distribute to houseless neighbors.

Supplies Needed

  • Firewood
  • Tents
  • Sleeping Bags/Blankets
  • Flashlights/Lanterns
  • First Aid/Hygiene

Tasks

  • Toilets Emptied, we’ll do the handling but need a ride to Troutdale to the free blackwater dump once or twice a week depending on use. Could dump in port o potty too I suppose. Open to better solution then chemical toilet but it’s what we have for now.
  • General transportation to fill water jugs and get food.

Home Camp Journal #1

This will be a ongoing series of posts for anyone interested in progress on our campsite project.

HomeCamp

We finally made it to the location of what, for now, we are referring to as “Home Camp.” We delayed the project to help out at Laurelhurst Park — which we’re happy to have done, and grateful to have been invited. We’ll be here working, unless we’re staying at another camp helping out. This will be our home base, hence the name. We spent a couple days looking for and picking a location for the collective to camp that will also work as a communal kitchen area with room nearby for toilets and showers.

Right now we are experimenting with different options for showers and toilets. A housed comrade donated a camp shower which I will test out soon, as I haven’t showered in over two weeks. (Honestly I could give a shit if I’m dirty, but others do, so…) The place we picked is close to where folks can set up (unless they want to be alone in the woods, which I get, as I prefer to be alone much of the time). The area can take a lot of tents. There’s plenty of space for anyone to set up, for whatever they need outdoor space for.

Of course, there is not enough space for nearly enough people, and even if there was, people are in the neighborhood they’re in because that’s their neighborhood. We’re not claiming this will solve the overall issues. So protecting camps from sweeps will remain an important area for organizing. What we hope to accomplish — other than creating a safe and sustainable site for a large number of folks to build community in — is to create a public discussion and show that community coming together without the state can create solutions that work for everyone.

This is absolutely the part I hate, but we need money. Our collective and mutual aid fund is down to about $30. We use this fund only for the projects and actions we are working on. As individuals we have our own sources of income, some of which we put into the collective and mutual aid fund. Any amount donated is appreciated, and if we can return the favor in any way, we are happy to do so. Even 5 bucks adds up if enough people give. You can donate at $radicalcamping on Cash App.

City Council Chooses Not To Improve The Lives Of Houseless, again.

Recently Portland City Council set out to introduce new rules concerning where and how houseless citizens of Portland could set up multi-dwelling camps. These types of camps can function as a community where houseless people can better work together to have their needs met and even change their situation for the better. For a little while, it looked as if WarCrimeWheeler and his city council, might do something that would help the city’s houseless. You already know that’s too good to be true, because after protests from fascist adjacent activist groups the city will instead be concentrating the city’s homeless into camps administrated by the city.

Who’s protesting helping the houseless? Don’t liberal Portlanders opposed them? You would think that in the liberal Portland where citizens show up in the 1000s to oppose neo-fascists like v the Proud Boys there would be opposition to people trying to oppress their most vulnerable populations. However, there has been an ongoing effort by people like classist and probably fascist Angela Todd, police union leader Daryl Turner and the group Montivilla Initiative, who in the past sued the already toxic Montivilla Neighborhood Association over, not being terrible enough? Oh and accusations ofv election fraud because, of course.

So who are these people? A local activist I spoke to summed up the group and specifically prominent member Angela Todd far better then i could, pathetic excuse for a journalist that I am.

“she’s someone who is highly invested in meaningless platitudes like being “kind” to the houseless while shamelessly supporting anti-houseless vigilantism and increased policing of these populations. For years, she has worked to hijack the very real concern Portlanders have for this on going crisis for her cartoonishly carceral fantasies of “safety.” In no way has she ever meaningfully proven carceral solutions to the housing crisis work but few have ever had the chance to put these hard questions to her ideas because her ideas are never on trial, it’s always someone else’s fault. Angela’s indirect ties to right wing media figures like Lars Larsen and Andy Ngo make her a dangerous political pundit on the issue of houselessness and enemy to the great work of local organizers to defund the sweeps and surveillance of unhoused populations. Specific to Portland too, she courts city based and conservative leaning media outlets who fawn over her misleading platitudes and falsely naive quotes which I believe has contributed to the confusion the local liberals and centrists on issues of houselessness. At worst, her activism is a dog whistle to the regressive right wing imagination and has already once stoked up a wave of anti houseless and anti sex worker vigilantism. Her strategic new partnerships to Portland Police Association leader Daryl Turner poses a security risk to our movements and makes her an actually meaningful political force, not just a tacky interior designer with a loud mouth. She was (allegedly) involved in the slandering of JoAnn for false accusations of a hit and run most likely leaked by the former Portland Police Association leader so she excitedly uses these privileges to lie about her political enemies with no consequences. Angela Todd I believe is one of the most dangerous people in Portland because of what she stands for. Dont overlook how effective her tactics are or what she represents”.

Local Activist

Todd emerged into the local hate enthusiasts community in 2017 when anti-fascist activist Micah Fletcher ran for the board it Montivilla Neighborhood Association and other activists showed interest in joining the Association. There was a split which gave birth to Montivilla Initiative who begin forming “foot patrols” to harass houseless people. The groups members, out of their hatred of houseless people led the charge against lawful camping in city parks under the guise of wanting more humane treatment of the houseless. There are relationships between Todd and right wing “journalists like Andy Ngo. Honestly there is way more behind these people then I realized I don’t have time to research and write on right now. I will and write more about it in the future.