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.
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