City Council Assures Citizens There Will Be No Houseless People Camping In Parks

Mar 26th 2021

Portland city council has been meeting to discuss proposed changes to City laws dealing with shelters and homeless camps. Citizens have expressed concern, while at the same time pretending like they give a shit for our well being, about camps popping up in parks and natural areas. During a city council meeting on Wednesday council members assured them that wasn’t going to happen.

The proposal makes changes to many laws which loosens some regulations. However it only allows camping at sites which are managed by the city or a approved non-profit agency and cannot be located on public land. This means that once again where we are allowed to exist is being limited as usual. Why is it that government feels that they have the absolute right to control one of our most basic rights. The right to freedom of movement. Telling us we must live concentrated into a camp of their choosing, forcing us to live with people we may not get along with. This takes away more of our dignity, and it’s all done to satisfy the classist homeowners who don’t want to see those they view as “undesirable”.

The main reason the council is sighting as justification is the issue of sanitation. Which is a completely valid concern. It’s a concern of ours as well. Our mission is to create safer mutual aid based communities for people experiencing houselessness. Part of safer as we see it is building sanitation systems for trash and for human waist. We’re looking for solutions for fresh water storage so that we can clean ourselves without using a unsanitary shower shared with 100 other people like what’s currently available. The government has failed in all It’s past efforts to “deal with” the houseless “problem” and we no longer ask for or want their help when all we’ve gotten in the past is a loss of our dignity and a bad case of athletes foot.

PDXHRC isn’t interested in placating anyone’s classist feelings of entitlement. No one is entitled to ANYTHING more than anyone else is. The parks in the city of Portland belong to us houseless people just as much as anyone else. We don’t have a problem with anyone else enjoying them with us.

Bernard PDXHRC

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Rose City Downtown Collective?

I was doing some Googling awhile back, looking for other collectives – past or present – with similar goals as we have and ran across this: I got a excited, then confused and then just pissed off. There’s plenty of toxic opinions about the demonstrations trying to make you shed tears for the poor capitalists who had their windows broken. There’s already plenty of that bullshit going around. Never mind the fact these people seem to be masquerading as some kind of radical organizers, I don’t think their fooling anyone. What really bothers me is the very first bullet point on their outline to save downtown.

“Compassionate and effective care for our streets and the houseless population.”

-Scumbag capitalist

I think I’m not alone in thinking that these dicks are not who should be formulating any plans that target myself and my houseless comrades downtown. This is nothing new. I learned early on not only in PDX but most everywhere I’ve been through my travels that the downtown area is usually only good for harassment from the most classist factions in town. Not all of us, for various reasons, have the luxury to NOT reside downtown however. The part that bothers me most is this:

“Encourage the movement of individuals toward services provided by low barrier shelters and enclosures and or moved to the Convention Center or other designated safe locations similar to or an expansion of Dignity Village. The bottom line is that there need to be safe options available for these Portlanders.”

-Some other scumbag capitalist

We whole heartedly agree that we need “designated safe locations”. What we don’t agree with is the underlying message which says “we will force the houseless population anywhere but here whether they want to go or not.” I’m not trying to shit on Dignity Village, not any more than is necessary, but sadly it’s not the revolutionary experimental community it once was and not a solution for near enough people. There’s all sorts of terrible not solutions in this supposed collectives plan. In the end it’s all dog whistles for more police and less “undesirables” These selfish capitalists can’t be allowed to call the shots. If I need advice on harming vulnerable population some day. I’ll be sure to keep these guys in mind.

Bernard, Houseless Radicals Collective

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