today 12:30pm at City Hall - Hazelnut Grove gathering and petition presentation
Hazelnut Grove residents working with Poor People's Campaign, Oregon will be gathering starting 12:30pm and presenting their online petition to officials at 1pm (see event guidelines, below).
Sign the petition (I think, you can still sign, it just won't be on the list presented at City Hall): https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/c33f808411c740f5007c6dacefb3e9dfc5466dbf.
View press conference from Saturday Jan 23rd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOr1cK3cjtc.
Background, from petition:
"Hazelnut Grove, a self-governed tiny cabin village, has provided stable, long-term permanent and transitional housing for dozens of people for more than five years.
But residents of the Hazelnut Grove Village are being threatened with displacement by the city even as the pandemic ravages our community, the Center for Disease Control has encouraged all people to shelter in place, and Multnomah County has enacted and renewed an eviction moratorium.
Self-governed tiny cabin villages provide just one solution to the public health and housing crises. People who are currently sheltering in place in tent and tarp structures, personal pods managed by the city and social service agencies, traditional shelters, RVs and vehicles, and motels should also not be displaced until permanent solutions are provided."
Guidelines from Poor People's Campaign, Oregon:
at City Hall - 1:00pm
We will gather at City Hall (1200-1220 SW 5th Ave) on Monday afternoon beginning at 12:30pm and begin the program promptly at 1:00pm.
Village residents are calling unhoused and housed eviction defenders together to hear the story of Hazelnut Grove, celebrate the grassroots organizing our community has engaged in during the past month, deliver our collective outrage to Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Ryan, and demand a sit-down negotiation with the city.
If being in a setting with unhoused and housed people together is new for you, welcome. Please listen well, observe the culture of the Hazelnut Grove community, and follow the lead of Village residents.
Forward Together, Not One Step Back!