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Questions about new city policy toward homeless camps

Dave Brook
 

From OPB radio Think Out Loud interview with  Marisa Zapata, Director of the PSU Homeless Research Center. (20 min.)
https://www.spreaker.com/user/oregonpublicbroadcasting/new-rules-aimed-at-homeless-encampments-


Oregonian today: "Homelessness in downtown Portland? Poll results rank popular solutions"

Houseless First
 

Homelessness in downtown Portland? Poll results rank popular solutions offered by area residents

downtown portland

Tents line the sidewalk of a block in downtown Portland on Thurs., May 20, 2021. The OregonianThe Oregonian

Portland-area residents unhappy with city leaders’ response to homelessnessstrongly favor more frequent garbage pickup at downtown homeless camp sites but otherwise differ on what solutions should be used to remedy the situation, poll results show.

Increase trash pick-ups at camps where people are homeless live
Support
Oppose
Metro-area residents
85%
9%
Portland residents
90%
6%
Provide more portable toilets, outdoor showers and other sanitary services
Support
Oppose
Metro-area residents
68%
26%
Portland residents
79%
17%
Open a large congregate shelter for people who are homeless
Support
Oppose
Metro-area residents
75%
18%
Portland residents
81%
14%
Provide motel vouchers to people who are homeless
Support
Oppose
Metro-area residents
59%
33%
Portland residents
73%
24%
Allow more areas for people to camp or sleep in cars or RVs
Support
Oppose
Metro-area residents
41%
53%
Portland residents
53%
41%
Force campers to leave downtown
Support
Oppose
Metro-area residents
61%
30%
Portland residents
53%
42%

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Residents of the city’s suburbs generally favor tougher treatment of people without homes of their own while those in Portland proper would far rather offer campers motel rooms than order them to vacate downtown.

Overall, Portland-area residents support a variety of immediate solutions ranging from adding more portable toilets to forcing campers to leave downtown. Setting aside more areas where people could safely camp or sleep in cars or RVs, however, was a no-go for many residents.

The findings come from a poll of 600 adults in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Clark counties commissioned by The Oregonian|OregonLive about people’s perceptions of downtown Portland. The poll was conducted from April 30 to May 6. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

None of the people contacted to take part in the poll were experiencing homelessness. And while many of the poll-takers regularly or sometimes visit downtown, others reported never having visited downtown either before or after businesses closed down due to the pandemic. Nearly half of metrowide residents reported they have not come downtown at all since coronavirus arrived in Oregon and almost 30% more said they’ve visited just a few times.

Marisa Zapata, director of Portland State University’s Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative, questioned whether some of the solutions presented in the poll would truly help people experiencing homelessness or if they would simply help housed people feel more comfortable downtown because they wouldn’t have to see homelessness or its impacts.

“When we are thinking about what is helpful, it is very different to ask a housed person what helps someone who is unsheltered to live a better life when they have never lived unsheltered,” she said. “But it really gets more into answering the question of what you, as a taxpayer, would be willing to fund.”

TRASH REMOVAL

The poll showed 85% of Portlanders support increasing trash pickup at tent clusters downtown. Many individuals experiencing homelessness and advocates agree with this.

Sonny Smith, who was sweeping the area around the tent where he sleeps downtown on a recent Thursday, said “more trash pickup is needed downtown because garbage cans are always packed full.”

He said it would be easier to keep tent areas clean if nearby trash cans were emptied more frequently.

Kaia Sand, director of Street Roots, a homelessness advocacy and resource organization, said trash removal is not something that is tackled at an infrastructure level in Portland. Instead trash services are divided up piecemeal between nearly a dozen different agencies, though none sees the task as its top priority. And trash collection at encampments isn’t done on a consistent schedule.

“Both with garbage and hygiene services,it is interesting that we don’t have a full sanitation department,” she said. “Those are things we could look at in a big way.”

TOILETS, SHOWERS

The poll found 67% of residents support providing more portable toilets, showers and other sanitary services. Residents living in the city proper supported this solution more strongly than their suburban counterparts. It is also a resource that individuals experiencing homelessness have continued to say is a priority – not just increasing the number of toilets on the street, but increasing how often the city cleans them.

“It would be better if people could just use the many bathrooms downtown in actual buildings,” Zapata said. “However, porta-potties are not a bad choice, so (increasing the number of portable toilets) would be something that supports people who are homeless, but it will not solve homelessness.”

Additionally, Smith said while there are homeless services agencies downtown that offer showers, the resource isn’t something that is accessible daily since there is such a high demand for it.

MOTEL VOUCHERS

The poll showed 58% of residents support temporarily sheltering people in individual hotel rooms. Residents who live in the city supported this at a higher rate, 73%, than suburbanites at 53%.

Currently, the joint city-county homeless office is offering motel shelters to homeless individuals with a higher risk of experiencing severe symptoms or death from COVID-19 or to those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Zapata said the joint city-county office should provide additional motel vouchers to individuals experiencing homelessness – an expense that can be fully reimbursed by the federal government. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Zapata’s team conducted their own survey asking people experiencing homelessness where they would want to go since congregate shelters were limited due to pandemic social distancing precautions.

“The number one choice was a motel,” Zapata said. Solutions should be driven by the realities of people experiencing homelessness, she said.

SANCTIONED CAMPING SITES

The potential solution that drew the least support from poll participants was to open more alternative outdoor shelters such as sanctioned camp sites and safe parking lots for individuals to sleep in. In all, 53% opposed that option and just 41% supported it.

A man named Shane, who declined to provide his last name because he didn’t want his homeless experience to impact his job, said he sees a need for more sanctioned camping sites or tiny home villages.

downtown portland

A tent sits at the corner of 3rd Ave. and Main St. in downtown Portland on Thurs., May 20, 2021. The OregonianThe Oregonian

“Ideally, those would be program-oriented and help people set and reach goals while they are there,” he said.

Johnny Lee Robertson, who was formerly homeless but now lives in a subsidized apartment, said he often observed people pitching tents side by side to create a semblance of safety but living on the street wasn’t truly ever safe. He believes offering people sanctioned sites to camp would create a much safer environment.

City officials and advocates for unsheltered people are currently discussing options for more alternative shelter as they how to respond to one of the city’s largest homeless encampments currently located near Laurelhurst Park. Many of the campers at that site said they would be willing to move to a sanctioned camping village but not an large indoor shelter with shared sleeping and living space.

While the city does not currently have the resources to pop up new alternative shelters in the coming weeks, the joint city-county budget proposal includes $3 million to do so in the coming year.

FORCE CAMPERS OUT

The survey showed 61% of residents support the city forcing homeless individuals to leave downtown, with most of that support coming from residents living in the suburbs. Individuals experiencing homelessness and advocates do not support this, nor do court rulings suggest it would be legal for the city to do so.

“I am trying to exit the street,” said Smith, who lives in a tent downtown. “But I am trying to do it the right way and save up my money for a car. I think people should be allowed to sleep in tents if they are trying to save up their money because there’s no place else for me to go until I have enough saved.”

Shane added that many social services, including housing, behavioral health and food services, are clustered near the downtown area. Forcing people from downtown would make those services much harder to access for individuals experiencing homelessness who often don’t have a car or money for transportation.

Sand, of Street Roots, was dismayed that so many responders wished to push people out of downtown.

“Asking people to go into mass shelter or leave downtown definitely solves the fact that people don’t have to see that person who is homeless,” she said. “But that is all, it doesn’t actually help solve the real issue of housing.”

On Wednesday, city officials announced intentions to move more quickly to clean up, downsize or completely remove encampments throughout the city saying their more passive strategy was failing to keep the city clean from public health hazards. However, homeless individuals and advocates argued that is harmful policy for people living on the street.

CONGREGATE SHELTERS

The survey showed 75% of residents would support more congregate, indoor shelters opening. However, individuals experiencing homelessness overwhelming say they would prefer to live on the street, to access alternative shelter like sanctioned camping or tiny home villages or start the process to get in line for an apartment of their own.

Smith said he doesn’t feel comfortable sleeping at indoor shelters next to strangers. He said there is little privacy and his personal items have been stolen when he previously stayed at a shelter, which is why he prefers to live in a tent on his own.

“Mass shelter is simply just temporary shelter; it is not a solution,” Sand said. “Mass shelter does work for some people, though, which is good in the sense that we need many different resources to solve such a herculean problem, but it won’t end homelessness and we often hear that mass shelter isn’t right for many people.”

OTHER NEEDS

Additional solutions that participants of The Oregonian|OregonLive survey were not asked about include expanding affordable housing, providing more access to housing caseworkers and better access to health care.

Individuals experiencing homelessness who were surveyed by Zapata’s team with help from Street Roots found that people overwhelming reported stable housing as the top solution to their homelessness. Additionally, people reported they needed help connecting to those resources.

“One thing from our survey conducted last fall, was that people are looking to have more contact with outreach workers and mobile health teams,” Zapata said. “That to me is a really important investment. Having those relationships developed now so that people are more comfortable and willing and trusting to move into housing.”

Zapata said there is also a lack of mental health care workers serving the homeless.

“Over and over again people said they valued and needed those personal relationships, especially relationships that reflected their own culture,” she said. “So, when you say we can spend $100 on trash pickup or $100 on a meaningful connection, which do you choose?”

Nicole Hayden reports on homelessness for The Oregonian|OregonLive. She can be reached at nhayden@...or on Twitter @Nicole_A_Hayden

Today’s report is part of the ongoing series Downtown in Distress.



Re: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

Emerson This
 

@Mimi I’m interested to know more about why you don’t think composting toilets would work. I have some experience with this and I was also skeptical at the outset but then very pleasantly surprised by the results. I don’t want to hijack this thread but I’m happy to talk more about this offline if you’re interested. 

I’ll say one last thing here, in case other folks are curious about composting toilets. They aren’t complicated and they aren’t gross at all! If done properly, no one ever interacts with sewage. They don’t even smell. (I didn’t believe this either but it’s true). I’m not sure if composting toilets will be “the” way of the future, but flush toilet are definitely the way of the past. Our days of shitting into precious drinking water are numbered...

On May 22, 2021, at 6:47 AM, Mimi German <mirgerman0000@...> wrote:


When we first had the toilets removed twice by Nick Fish, we talked about that. We only got as far as bringing in the buckets w/ the toilet seat in a tall tent. Shitting into bags was just not going to work for folks. They tried it and said no. We didn't go through with more detailed compost toilets. I don't think we can do that where we are located now, either. We need to bring in toilets and talk a contractor into cleaning them for us. We can probably buy the toilets. We just need a company to commit to cleaning them twice a week. We'll be looking into that this coming week.

On Fri, May 21, 2021 at 7:38 AM Emerson This <emersonthis@...> wrote:
@Mimi Have you considered making composting toilets? They’re way less disgusting and we could build them ourselves. They still require a bit of upkeep but it’s not difficult. Let me know if you want to talk more about that. 

On May 21, 2021, at 6:22 AM, Mimi German <mirgerman0000@...> wrote:


One more thing.

We filed a tort claim against Rabid Response for a sweep they conducted months ago. We will be filing lawsuits and/or tort claims for every sweep that goes down in St Johns. If there are any lawyers on this list, please come forward to help out. There is a lot to learn about the process of sweeps. We can teach you every single thing you need to know in order to win the lawsuits. My first wish is that the unhoused get housing and/or temp villages to live in, but my second wish is that people help the houseless sue the city and RR for each and every sweep.

Mimi
503-453-9005

On Fri, May 21, 2021 at 6:06 AM Mimi German via groups.io <mirgerman0000=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
I'll be writing up what we're doing at Jason Barns Landing and will send it to Sharon Meieran and asking for her help to keep JBL where it is, at least until the trucks are absolutely ready to start their dig for the so-called new housing they'll be building in some far off unknown future. At that point, we can discuss moving if the build is, in fact, a build for low-income displaced BIPOC families who were gentrified out of the city. This latter piece is what they say the housing is allocated for, but so far, no proof of that has been shown to us. If that's truly the case, we will, in good faith, move the tarpee village when the trucks are scheduled to dig.

My partner and I remove the trash that is now hauled up to the corner of Oberlin so we can access it w/ our truck/trailer. Sarah Iannaorone has been facilitating donations that pay for the dump runs. We do the work for free, which is egregious since Rabid Response and Central City Concern are paid millions of dollars for actual trash removal, by which I do not mean, "people!" 

Speaking of Rabid Response and CCC, I was talking w/ one of our tarpee builders yesterday about how the public does NOT know that the toilets all over town that  have PR about them being a human right, are all filled to the brim with feces and are overflowing. These "toilets" are toxic bio hazard that should be removed, if not cleaned. The PR from Ted Wheeler is truly a full-on propaganda machine. And how do I know about the toilets? Because we actually talk to unhoused people daily, something Ted has never done in his life, at least meaningfully. And it's the same reason the city keeps throwing money at "shelters" instead of homes for unhoused people. How do some of us know that unhoused people don't want shelters for myriad reasons? Because we talk with them about what they want and what they need, how they are doing, what is actually happening re services or more like, services are just PR and never really show up.

The language used with this "new" PR campaign against the houseless reminds me of one thing as I am a Jewish queer activist. The language Wheeler and the City Council are using is from Mein Kampf ideology. Hitler wanted to "clean" the country/world of those whom he deemed beneath him, of those who were dirty, of those with whom the white elite should never have to see...ever. I am disgusted, freaked out, appalled and horrified by the language and actions against the houseless by the Council.

Things we need at JBL. We want to get toilets brought in. We'll pay for them if a contractor will bring them. The contractors (Sani Can, etc) were threatened by Nick Fish with loss of contracts if they put toilets at JBL again. Nick is dead now, but did he start a precedence w/ contractors only bringing toilets to "sanctioned/permitted" sites? I'd like to find out. I also sent a 2nd letter to the housing authority to talk with them about who we are at JBL and why we should be allowed to stay until the build. No response.  Clearly, they are just waiting for us to be swept.

Apologies for the meandering email. It's early and the only time I have to write. I'll be over at JBL today. If anyone wants to meet, come on by. We'll be working on Tarpee 5 next week. We have some adjustments to make on one of the tarpees today. We need more heavy duty trash bags if you want to bring anything...And water. Thanks to Tim for coming by yesterday.

Mimi
503-453-9005



On Thu, May 20, 2021 at 8:09 PM Elise Aymer <elise@...> wrote:
So beautifully written, Jeff.

On Thu, May 20, 2021, 9:59 PM Jeff Liddicoat, <outsideartsale@...> wrote:
Speaking of impacts and impact reduction...
The fact is the homeless are practically saints when it comes to the environment and climate change. We have very little, we buy very little, even if we have a car we mostly use bikes or tri met. Bottom line the homeless have a very low carbon footprint.
If everyone had their carbon impacts down at the level of the homeless the human species would be much more likely to survive.
So yeah, some of the homeless do an inadequate job of keeping their garbage concealed from public view. But even then it’s lack of fair and equal public support that makes it an apparent problem. Why not extend public garbage removal for those who lack the ability to transport and remove solid waste. The fact is if it weren’t for a garbage pail on every corner downtown and an army of street cleaners plus the fleet of specialized trucks for street garbage the downtown core would be neck deep in McDonalds wrappers and Oregonian newspapers in about two weeks.
And yes what little trash is visible at homeless camps could be dealt with better. But consider what would happen if you were to see all the garbage produced by all the housed people - if it doesn’t make you sick to your stomach it should. Hiding it doesn’t make it go away - the giant plastic patches in the oceans should be proof enough of that.
Again the reality of negative impacts don’t indicate homeless people as guilty. When you see a pile of garbage next to a homeless encampment it’s usually not their garbage, instead for the most part it’s waste material the homeless have diverted from the waste stream of housed people - all in an attempt to squeeze some value out of the scraps that fall from the table of plenty to the poor down below.
 It’s the same the  world over. It is exactly the same haves that complain about and victimize the have nots. And so for impact reduction perhaps rather than sweeping the homeless, what we need to do is sweep away those who have a nasty, sickening, planet threatening, future destroying high carbon footprint.
Seriously, from City Hall to some shifty house in Lents get off our backs. And keep in mind when it comes to a street fight those who know the streets will eventually win. Why? Because we know where you live.
Jeffrey Liddicoat
(503) 482-3188
1227 S.E. Burnside
 Portland Oregon

On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 4:49 PM Joseph Purkey <jpurkey@...> wrote:
This is very frustrating. What "Impact" is the Impact Reduction Team "Reducing"? It certainly seems like the priority is the comfort of the housed population to the detriment of the unhoused population, which then will exacerbate the very impacts they intend to reduce. If the focus could be on reducing the impact of homelessness on the homeless population there could be some positive movement. This new policy really feels like kowtowing to the political power base instead of truly serving the public, which makes the unanimous Mayor/Council statement all the more confusing. Am I missing where this will actually improve the situation?

-Joe


On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:51 AM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
the Oregonian's lead politics writer, clarifies that a reader is wrong in pointing out something possibly wrong about an article if the paper has or does subsequently alter it online.

One must grant, ongoing maintenance work is to be expected from, not protested to, the local ministry of news, to keep the public discussion and first draft of history going smoothly. 

I mean, it's hard work, the truth business! Reminds me of this story by. oh, forgot the name. 

"With the deep, unconscious sigh which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day's work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. Then he unrolled and clipped together four small cylinders of paper which had already flopped out of the pneumatic tube on the right-hand side of his desk.

In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.

Winston examined the four slips of paper which he had unrolled. Each contained a message of only one or two lines, in the abbreviated jargon -- not actually Newspeak, but consisting largely of Newspeak words -- which was used in the Ministry for internal purposes. They ran:

times 17.3.84 bb speech malreported africa rectify

times 19.12.83 forecasts 3 yp 4th quarter 83 misprints verify current issue

times 14.2.84 miniplenty malquoted chocolate rectify

times 3.12.83 reporting bb dayorder doubleplusungood refs unpersons rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling

With a faint feeling of satisfaction Winston laid the fourth message aside. It was an intricate and responsible job and had better be dealt with last. The other three were routine matters, though the second one would probably mean some tedious wading through lists of figures.

Winston dialled 'back numbers' on the telescreen and called for the appropriate issues of The Times, which slid out of the pneumatic tube after only a few minutes' delay. The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, to rectify. For example, it appeared from The Times of the seventeenth of March that Big Brother, in his speech of the previous day, had predicted that the South Indian front would remain quiet but that a Eurasian offensive would shortly be launched in North Africa. As it happened, the Eurasian Higher Command had launched its offensive in South India and left North Africa alone. It was therefore necessary to rewrite a paragraph of Big Brother's speech, in such a way as to make him predict the thing that had actually happened. Or again, The Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Today's issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winston's job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones. As for the third message, it referred to a very simple error which could be set right in a couple of minutes. As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a 'categorical pledge' were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week. All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April..."



On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:31 AM Betsy Hammond <betsyhammond@...> wrote:
No, Tim, you've got it wrong: The reporter went out and GOT the quotes/reaction from folks camping on the streets. It's been added. We wanted to post the city's change in tactic as soon as it was made public.

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From: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:25 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Cc: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Subject: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments
 
Joint statement from all 5 members of City Council, from 9:05am:

Oregonian:
"Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments."
little more than the City press release, except put behind Oregonian subscribers-only paywall, and with an aggressive tendentious headline. 

"The city released the new rules at 9 a.m. The Oregonian|OregonLive is seeking comment from people experiencing homelessness and others likely to be affected by the change."
[but what a bad idea, from a public standpoint, to suggest that people submit comment privately into an unaccountable & opaque mailbox drop, to possibly be allegedly referred to hours or days later. When they could send it to PDX Shelter Forum and assuredly have it be instantly seen by hundreds of the people in city most interested to hear and ready to act, and also the newspapers]. 
 
Portland Mercury:
"City Updates Guidelines for Clearing Homeless Camps During COVID."
Policy annlouncement from HUCIRP department which overseas this: 

No story or post I've seen mentions the crucial context that Oregon bill #HB3115 looks to be on the verge of passing, which would make OR cities subject to legal action for having (like Portland) on the books a camping/sleeping prohibition endorceable even without adequate alternative places available to sleep/camp:

Bcc: 

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Re: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

Mimi German
 

When we first had the toilets removed twice by Nick Fish, we talked about that. We only got as far as bringing in the buckets w/ the toilet seat in a tall tent. Shitting into bags was just not going to work for folks. They tried it and said no. We didn't go through with more detailed compost toilets. I don't think we can do that where we are located now, either. We need to bring in toilets and talk a contractor into cleaning them for us. We can probably buy the toilets. We just need a company to commit to cleaning them twice a week. We'll be looking into that this coming week.

On Fri, May 21, 2021 at 7:38 AM Emerson This <emersonthis@...> wrote:
@Mimi Have you considered making composting toilets? They’re way less disgusting and we could build them ourselves. They still require a bit of upkeep but it’s not difficult. Let me know if you want to talk more about that. 

On May 21, 2021, at 6:22 AM, Mimi German <mirgerman0000@...> wrote:


One more thing.

We filed a tort claim against Rabid Response for a sweep they conducted months ago. We will be filing lawsuits and/or tort claims for every sweep that goes down in St Johns. If there are any lawyers on this list, please come forward to help out. There is a lot to learn about the process of sweeps. We can teach you every single thing you need to know in order to win the lawsuits. My first wish is that the unhoused get housing and/or temp villages to live in, but my second wish is that people help the houseless sue the city and RR for each and every sweep.

Mimi
503-453-9005

On Fri, May 21, 2021 at 6:06 AM Mimi German via groups.io <mirgerman0000=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
I'll be writing up what we're doing at Jason Barns Landing and will send it to Sharon Meieran and asking for her help to keep JBL where it is, at least until the trucks are absolutely ready to start their dig for the so-called new housing they'll be building in some far off unknown future. At that point, we can discuss moving if the build is, in fact, a build for low-income displaced BIPOC families who were gentrified out of the city. This latter piece is what they say the housing is allocated for, but so far, no proof of that has been shown to us. If that's truly the case, we will, in good faith, move the tarpee village when the trucks are scheduled to dig.

My partner and I remove the trash that is now hauled up to the corner of Oberlin so we can access it w/ our truck/trailer. Sarah Iannaorone has been facilitating donations that pay for the dump runs. We do the work for free, which is egregious since Rabid Response and Central City Concern are paid millions of dollars for actual trash removal, by which I do not mean, "people!" 

Speaking of Rabid Response and CCC, I was talking w/ one of our tarpee builders yesterday about how the public does NOT know that the toilets all over town that  have PR about them being a human right, are all filled to the brim with feces and are overflowing. These "toilets" are toxic bio hazard that should be removed, if not cleaned. The PR from Ted Wheeler is truly a full-on propaganda machine. And how do I know about the toilets? Because we actually talk to unhoused people daily, something Ted has never done in his life, at least meaningfully. And it's the same reason the city keeps throwing money at "shelters" instead of homes for unhoused people. How do some of us know that unhoused people don't want shelters for myriad reasons? Because we talk with them about what they want and what they need, how they are doing, what is actually happening re services or more like, services are just PR and never really show up.

The language used with this "new" PR campaign against the houseless reminds me of one thing as I am a Jewish queer activist. The language Wheeler and the City Council are using is from Mein Kampf ideology. Hitler wanted to "clean" the country/world of those whom he deemed beneath him, of those who were dirty, of those with whom the white elite should never have to see...ever. I am disgusted, freaked out, appalled and horrified by the language and actions against the houseless by the Council.

Things we need at JBL. We want to get toilets brought in. We'll pay for them if a contractor will bring them. The contractors (Sani Can, etc) were threatened by Nick Fish with loss of contracts if they put toilets at JBL again. Nick is dead now, but did he start a precedence w/ contractors only bringing toilets to "sanctioned/permitted" sites? I'd like to find out. I also sent a 2nd letter to the housing authority to talk with them about who we are at JBL and why we should be allowed to stay until the build. No response.  Clearly, they are just waiting for us to be swept.

Apologies for the meandering email. It's early and the only time I have to write. I'll be over at JBL today. If anyone wants to meet, come on by. We'll be working on Tarpee 5 next week. We have some adjustments to make on one of the tarpees today. We need more heavy duty trash bags if you want to bring anything...And water. Thanks to Tim for coming by yesterday.

Mimi
503-453-9005



On Thu, May 20, 2021 at 8:09 PM Elise Aymer <elise@...> wrote:
So beautifully written, Jeff.

On Thu, May 20, 2021, 9:59 PM Jeff Liddicoat, <outsideartsale@...> wrote:
Speaking of impacts and impact reduction...
The fact is the homeless are practically saints when it comes to the environment and climate change. We have very little, we buy very little, even if we have a car we mostly use bikes or tri met. Bottom line the homeless have a very low carbon footprint.
If everyone had their carbon impacts down at the level of the homeless the human species would be much more likely to survive.
So yeah, some of the homeless do an inadequate job of keeping their garbage concealed from public view. But even then it’s lack of fair and equal public support that makes it an apparent problem. Why not extend public garbage removal for those who lack the ability to transport and remove solid waste. The fact is if it weren’t for a garbage pail on every corner downtown and an army of street cleaners plus the fleet of specialized trucks for street garbage the downtown core would be neck deep in McDonalds wrappers and Oregonian newspapers in about two weeks.
And yes what little trash is visible at homeless camps could be dealt with better. But consider what would happen if you were to see all the garbage produced by all the housed people - if it doesn’t make you sick to your stomach it should. Hiding it doesn’t make it go away - the giant plastic patches in the oceans should be proof enough of that.
Again the reality of negative impacts don’t indicate homeless people as guilty. When you see a pile of garbage next to a homeless encampment it’s usually not their garbage, instead for the most part it’s waste material the homeless have diverted from the waste stream of housed people - all in an attempt to squeeze some value out of the scraps that fall from the table of plenty to the poor down below.
 It’s the same the  world over. It is exactly the same haves that complain about and victimize the have nots. And so for impact reduction perhaps rather than sweeping the homeless, what we need to do is sweep away those who have a nasty, sickening, planet threatening, future destroying high carbon footprint.
Seriously, from City Hall to some shifty house in Lents get off our backs. And keep in mind when it comes to a street fight those who know the streets will eventually win. Why? Because we know where you live.
Jeffrey Liddicoat
(503) 482-3188
1227 S.E. Burnside
 Portland Oregon

On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 4:49 PM Joseph Purkey <jpurkey@...> wrote:
This is very frustrating. What "Impact" is the Impact Reduction Team "Reducing"? It certainly seems like the priority is the comfort of the housed population to the detriment of the unhoused population, which then will exacerbate the very impacts they intend to reduce. If the focus could be on reducing the impact of homelessness on the homeless population there could be some positive movement. This new policy really feels like kowtowing to the political power base instead of truly serving the public, which makes the unanimous Mayor/Council statement all the more confusing. Am I missing where this will actually improve the situation?

-Joe


On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:51 AM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
the Oregonian's lead politics writer, clarifies that a reader is wrong in pointing out something possibly wrong about an article if the paper has or does subsequently alter it online.

One must grant, ongoing maintenance work is to be expected from, not protested to, the local ministry of news, to keep the public discussion and first draft of history going smoothly. 

I mean, it's hard work, the truth business! Reminds me of this story by. oh, forgot the name. 

"With the deep, unconscious sigh which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day's work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. Then he unrolled and clipped together four small cylinders of paper which had already flopped out of the pneumatic tube on the right-hand side of his desk.

In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.

Winston examined the four slips of paper which he had unrolled. Each contained a message of only one or two lines, in the abbreviated jargon -- not actually Newspeak, but consisting largely of Newspeak words -- which was used in the Ministry for internal purposes. They ran:

times 17.3.84 bb speech malreported africa rectify

times 19.12.83 forecasts 3 yp 4th quarter 83 misprints verify current issue

times 14.2.84 miniplenty malquoted chocolate rectify

times 3.12.83 reporting bb dayorder doubleplusungood refs unpersons rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling

With a faint feeling of satisfaction Winston laid the fourth message aside. It was an intricate and responsible job and had better be dealt with last. The other three were routine matters, though the second one would probably mean some tedious wading through lists of figures.

Winston dialled 'back numbers' on the telescreen and called for the appropriate issues of The Times, which slid out of the pneumatic tube after only a few minutes' delay. The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, to rectify. For example, it appeared from The Times of the seventeenth of March that Big Brother, in his speech of the previous day, had predicted that the South Indian front would remain quiet but that a Eurasian offensive would shortly be launched in North Africa. As it happened, the Eurasian Higher Command had launched its offensive in South India and left North Africa alone. It was therefore necessary to rewrite a paragraph of Big Brother's speech, in such a way as to make him predict the thing that had actually happened. Or again, The Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Today's issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winston's job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones. As for the third message, it referred to a very simple error which could be set right in a couple of minutes. As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a 'categorical pledge' were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week. All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April..."



On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:31 AM Betsy Hammond <betsyhammond@...> wrote:
No, Tim, you've got it wrong: The reporter went out and GOT the quotes/reaction from folks camping on the streets. It's been added. We wanted to post the city's change in tactic as soon as it was made public.

Betsy Hammond


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Editor, politics, education and Portland team

o. 503.294.7623

@chalkup

@OregonianPol

OregonLive.com/education

OregonLive.com/politics





 




From: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:25 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Cc: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Subject: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments
 
Joint statement from all 5 members of City Council, from 9:05am:

Oregonian:
"Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments."
little more than the City press release, except put behind Oregonian subscribers-only paywall, and with an aggressive tendentious headline. 

"The city released the new rules at 9 a.m. The Oregonian|OregonLive is seeking comment from people experiencing homelessness and others likely to be affected by the change."
[but what a bad idea, from a public standpoint, to suggest that people submit comment privately into an unaccountable & opaque mailbox drop, to possibly be allegedly referred to hours or days later. When they could send it to PDX Shelter Forum and assuredly have it be instantly seen by hundreds of the people in city most interested to hear and ready to act, and also the newspapers]. 
 
Portland Mercury:
"City Updates Guidelines for Clearing Homeless Camps During COVID."
Policy annlouncement from HUCIRP department which overseas this: 

No story or post I've seen mentions the crucial context that Oregon bill #HB3115 looks to be on the verge of passing, which would make OR cities subject to legal action for having (like Portland) on the books a camping/sleeping prohibition endorceable even without adequate alternative places available to sleep/camp:

Bcc: 

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Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 
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Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 


Re: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

Emerson This
 

@Mimi Have you considered making composting toilets? They’re way less disgusting and we could build them ourselves. They still require a bit of upkeep but it’s not difficult. Let me know if you want to talk more about that. 

On May 21, 2021, at 6:22 AM, Mimi German <mirgerman0000@...> wrote:


One more thing.

We filed a tort claim against Rabid Response for a sweep they conducted months ago. We will be filing lawsuits and/or tort claims for every sweep that goes down in St Johns. If there are any lawyers on this list, please come forward to help out. There is a lot to learn about the process of sweeps. We can teach you every single thing you need to know in order to win the lawsuits. My first wish is that the unhoused get housing and/or temp villages to live in, but my second wish is that people help the houseless sue the city and RR for each and every sweep.

Mimi
503-453-9005

On Fri, May 21, 2021 at 6:06 AM Mimi German via groups.io <mirgerman0000=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
I'll be writing up what we're doing at Jason Barns Landing and will send it to Sharon Meieran and asking for her help to keep JBL where it is, at least until the trucks are absolutely ready to start their dig for the so-called new housing they'll be building in some far off unknown future. At that point, we can discuss moving if the build is, in fact, a build for low-income displaced BIPOC families who were gentrified out of the city. This latter piece is what they say the housing is allocated for, but so far, no proof of that has been shown to us. If that's truly the case, we will, in good faith, move the tarpee village when the trucks are scheduled to dig.

My partner and I remove the trash that is now hauled up to the corner of Oberlin so we can access it w/ our truck/trailer. Sarah Iannaorone has been facilitating donations that pay for the dump runs. We do the work for free, which is egregious since Rabid Response and Central City Concern are paid millions of dollars for actual trash removal, by which I do not mean, "people!" 

Speaking of Rabid Response and CCC, I was talking w/ one of our tarpee builders yesterday about how the public does NOT know that the toilets all over town that  have PR about them being a human right, are all filled to the brim with feces and are overflowing. These "toilets" are toxic bio hazard that should be removed, if not cleaned. The PR from Ted Wheeler is truly a full-on propaganda machine. And how do I know about the toilets? Because we actually talk to unhoused people daily, something Ted has never done in his life, at least meaningfully. And it's the same reason the city keeps throwing money at "shelters" instead of homes for unhoused people. How do some of us know that unhoused people don't want shelters for myriad reasons? Because we talk with them about what they want and what they need, how they are doing, what is actually happening re services or more like, services are just PR and never really show up.

The language used with this "new" PR campaign against the houseless reminds me of one thing as I am a Jewish queer activist. The language Wheeler and the City Council are using is from Mein Kampf ideology. Hitler wanted to "clean" the country/world of those whom he deemed beneath him, of those who were dirty, of those with whom the white elite should never have to see...ever. I am disgusted, freaked out, appalled and horrified by the language and actions against the houseless by the Council.

Things we need at JBL. We want to get toilets brought in. We'll pay for them if a contractor will bring them. The contractors (Sani Can, etc) were threatened by Nick Fish with loss of contracts if they put toilets at JBL again. Nick is dead now, but did he start a precedence w/ contractors only bringing toilets to "sanctioned/permitted" sites? I'd like to find out. I also sent a 2nd letter to the housing authority to talk with them about who we are at JBL and why we should be allowed to stay until the build. No response.  Clearly, they are just waiting for us to be swept.

Apologies for the meandering email. It's early and the only time I have to write. I'll be over at JBL today. If anyone wants to meet, come on by. We'll be working on Tarpee 5 next week. We have some adjustments to make on one of the tarpees today. We need more heavy duty trash bags if you want to bring anything...And water. Thanks to Tim for coming by yesterday.

Mimi
503-453-9005



On Thu, May 20, 2021 at 8:09 PM Elise Aymer <elise@...> wrote:
So beautifully written, Jeff.

On Thu, May 20, 2021, 9:59 PM Jeff Liddicoat, <outsideartsale@...> wrote:
Speaking of impacts and impact reduction...
The fact is the homeless are practically saints when it comes to the environment and climate change. We have very little, we buy very little, even if we have a car we mostly use bikes or tri met. Bottom line the homeless have a very low carbon footprint.
If everyone had their carbon impacts down at the level of the homeless the human species would be much more likely to survive.
So yeah, some of the homeless do an inadequate job of keeping their garbage concealed from public view. But even then it’s lack of fair and equal public support that makes it an apparent problem. Why not extend public garbage removal for those who lack the ability to transport and remove solid waste. The fact is if it weren’t for a garbage pail on every corner downtown and an army of street cleaners plus the fleet of specialized trucks for street garbage the downtown core would be neck deep in McDonalds wrappers and Oregonian newspapers in about two weeks.
And yes what little trash is visible at homeless camps could be dealt with better. But consider what would happen if you were to see all the garbage produced by all the housed people - if it doesn’t make you sick to your stomach it should. Hiding it doesn’t make it go away - the giant plastic patches in the oceans should be proof enough of that.
Again the reality of negative impacts don’t indicate homeless people as guilty. When you see a pile of garbage next to a homeless encampment it’s usually not their garbage, instead for the most part it’s waste material the homeless have diverted from the waste stream of housed people - all in an attempt to squeeze some value out of the scraps that fall from the table of plenty to the poor down below.
 It’s the same the  world over. It is exactly the same haves that complain about and victimize the have nots. And so for impact reduction perhaps rather than sweeping the homeless, what we need to do is sweep away those who have a nasty, sickening, planet threatening, future destroying high carbon footprint.
Seriously, from City Hall to some shifty house in Lents get off our backs. And keep in mind when it comes to a street fight those who know the streets will eventually win. Why? Because we know where you live.
Jeffrey Liddicoat
(503) 482-3188
1227 S.E. Burnside
 Portland Oregon

On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 4:49 PM Joseph Purkey <jpurkey@...> wrote:
This is very frustrating. What "Impact" is the Impact Reduction Team "Reducing"? It certainly seems like the priority is the comfort of the housed population to the detriment of the unhoused population, which then will exacerbate the very impacts they intend to reduce. If the focus could be on reducing the impact of homelessness on the homeless population there could be some positive movement. This new policy really feels like kowtowing to the political power base instead of truly serving the public, which makes the unanimous Mayor/Council statement all the more confusing. Am I missing where this will actually improve the situation?

-Joe


On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:51 AM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
the Oregonian's lead politics writer, clarifies that a reader is wrong in pointing out something possibly wrong about an article if the paper has or does subsequently alter it online.

One must grant, ongoing maintenance work is to be expected from, not protested to, the local ministry of news, to keep the public discussion and first draft of history going smoothly. 

I mean, it's hard work, the truth business! Reminds me of this story by. oh, forgot the name. 

"With the deep, unconscious sigh which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day's work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. Then he unrolled and clipped together four small cylinders of paper which had already flopped out of the pneumatic tube on the right-hand side of his desk.

In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.

Winston examined the four slips of paper which he had unrolled. Each contained a message of only one or two lines, in the abbreviated jargon -- not actually Newspeak, but consisting largely of Newspeak words -- which was used in the Ministry for internal purposes. They ran:

times 17.3.84 bb speech malreported africa rectify

times 19.12.83 forecasts 3 yp 4th quarter 83 misprints verify current issue

times 14.2.84 miniplenty malquoted chocolate rectify

times 3.12.83 reporting bb dayorder doubleplusungood refs unpersons rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling

With a faint feeling of satisfaction Winston laid the fourth message aside. It was an intricate and responsible job and had better be dealt with last. The other three were routine matters, though the second one would probably mean some tedious wading through lists of figures.

Winston dialled 'back numbers' on the telescreen and called for the appropriate issues of The Times, which slid out of the pneumatic tube after only a few minutes' delay. The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, to rectify. For example, it appeared from The Times of the seventeenth of March that Big Brother, in his speech of the previous day, had predicted that the South Indian front would remain quiet but that a Eurasian offensive would shortly be launched in North Africa. As it happened, the Eurasian Higher Command had launched its offensive in South India and left North Africa alone. It was therefore necessary to rewrite a paragraph of Big Brother's speech, in such a way as to make him predict the thing that had actually happened. Or again, The Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Today's issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winston's job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones. As for the third message, it referred to a very simple error which could be set right in a couple of minutes. As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a 'categorical pledge' were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week. All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April..."



On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:31 AM Betsy Hammond <betsyhammond@...> wrote:
No, Tim, you've got it wrong: The reporter went out and GOT the quotes/reaction from folks camping on the streets. It's been added. We wanted to post the city's change in tactic as soon as it was made public.

Betsy Hammond


<Outlook-0n342wpx.png>


Betsy Hammond

Editor, politics, education and Portland team

o. 503.294.7623

@chalkup

@OregonianPol

OregonLive.com/education

OregonLive.com/politics





 




From: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:25 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Cc: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Subject: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments
 
Joint statement from all 5 members of City Council, from 9:05am:

Oregonian:
"Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments."
little more than the City press release, except put behind Oregonian subscribers-only paywall, and with an aggressive tendentious headline. 

"The city released the new rules at 9 a.m. The Oregonian|OregonLive is seeking comment from people experiencing homelessness and others likely to be affected by the change."
[but what a bad idea, from a public standpoint, to suggest that people submit comment privately into an unaccountable & opaque mailbox drop, to possibly be allegedly referred to hours or days later. When they could send it to PDX Shelter Forum and assuredly have it be instantly seen by hundreds of the people in city most interested to hear and ready to act, and also the newspapers]. 
 
Portland Mercury:
"City Updates Guidelines for Clearing Homeless Camps During COVID."
Policy annlouncement from HUCIRP department which overseas this: 

No story or post I've seen mentions the crucial context that Oregon bill #HB3115 looks to be on the verge of passing, which would make OR cities subject to legal action for having (like Portland) on the books a camping/sleeping prohibition endorceable even without adequate alternative places available to sleep/camp:

Bcc: 

--
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Tim McCormick
Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 
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Tim McCormick
Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 


Re: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

Mimi German
 

One more thing.

We filed a tort claim against Rabid Response for a sweep they conducted months ago. We will be filing lawsuits and/or tort claims for every sweep that goes down in St Johns. If there are any lawyers on this list, please come forward to help out. There is a lot to learn about the process of sweeps. We can teach you every single thing you need to know in order to win the lawsuits. My first wish is that the unhoused get housing and/or temp villages to live in, but my second wish is that people help the houseless sue the city and RR for each and every sweep.

Mimi
503-453-9005


On Fri, May 21, 2021 at 6:06 AM Mimi German via groups.io <mirgerman0000=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
I'll be writing up what we're doing at Jason Barns Landing and will send it to Sharon Meieran and asking for her help to keep JBL where it is, at least until the trucks are absolutely ready to start their dig for the so-called new housing they'll be building in some far off unknown future. At that point, we can discuss moving if the build is, in fact, a build for low-income displaced BIPOC families who were gentrified out of the city. This latter piece is what they say the housing is allocated for, but so far, no proof of that has been shown to us. If that's truly the case, we will, in good faith, move the tarpee village when the trucks are scheduled to dig.

My partner and I remove the trash that is now hauled up to the corner of Oberlin so we can access it w/ our truck/trailer. Sarah Iannaorone has been facilitating donations that pay for the dump runs. We do the work for free, which is egregious since Rabid Response and Central City Concern are paid millions of dollars for actual trash removal, by which I do not mean, "people!" 

Speaking of Rabid Response and CCC, I was talking w/ one of our tarpee builders yesterday about how the public does NOT know that the toilets all over town that  have PR about them being a human right, are all filled to the brim with feces and are overflowing. These "toilets" are toxic bio hazard that should be removed, if not cleaned. The PR from Ted Wheeler is truly a full-on propaganda machine. And how do I know about the toilets? Because we actually talk to unhoused people daily, something Ted has never done in his life, at least meaningfully. And it's the same reason the city keeps throwing money at "shelters" instead of homes for unhoused people. How do some of us know that unhoused people don't want shelters for myriad reasons? Because we talk with them about what they want and what they need, how they are doing, what is actually happening re services or more like, services are just PR and never really show up.

The language used with this "new" PR campaign against the houseless reminds me of one thing as I am a Jewish queer activist. The language Wheeler and the City Council are using is from Mein Kampf ideology. Hitler wanted to "clean" the country/world of those whom he deemed beneath him, of those who were dirty, of those with whom the white elite should never have to see...ever. I am disgusted, freaked out, appalled and horrified by the language and actions against the houseless by the Council.

Things we need at JBL. We want to get toilets brought in. We'll pay for them if a contractor will bring them. The contractors (Sani Can, etc) were threatened by Nick Fish with loss of contracts if they put toilets at JBL again. Nick is dead now, but did he start a precedence w/ contractors only bringing toilets to "sanctioned/permitted" sites? I'd like to find out. I also sent a 2nd letter to the housing authority to talk with them about who we are at JBL and why we should be allowed to stay until the build. No response.  Clearly, they are just waiting for us to be swept.

Apologies for the meandering email. It's early and the only time I have to write. I'll be over at JBL today. If anyone wants to meet, come on by. We'll be working on Tarpee 5 next week. We have some adjustments to make on one of the tarpees today. We need more heavy duty trash bags if you want to bring anything...And water. Thanks to Tim for coming by yesterday.

Mimi
503-453-9005



On Thu, May 20, 2021 at 8:09 PM Elise Aymer <elise@...> wrote:
So beautifully written, Jeff.

On Thu, May 20, 2021, 9:59 PM Jeff Liddicoat, <outsideartsale@...> wrote:
Speaking of impacts and impact reduction...
The fact is the homeless are practically saints when it comes to the environment and climate change. We have very little, we buy very little, even if we have a car we mostly use bikes or tri met. Bottom line the homeless have a very low carbon footprint.
If everyone had their carbon impacts down at the level of the homeless the human species would be much more likely to survive.
So yeah, some of the homeless do an inadequate job of keeping their garbage concealed from public view. But even then it’s lack of fair and equal public support that makes it an apparent problem. Why not extend public garbage removal for those who lack the ability to transport and remove solid waste. The fact is if it weren’t for a garbage pail on every corner downtown and an army of street cleaners plus the fleet of specialized trucks for street garbage the downtown core would be neck deep in McDonalds wrappers and Oregonian newspapers in about two weeks.
And yes what little trash is visible at homeless camps could be dealt with better. But consider what would happen if you were to see all the garbage produced by all the housed people - if it doesn’t make you sick to your stomach it should. Hiding it doesn’t make it go away - the giant plastic patches in the oceans should be proof enough of that.
Again the reality of negative impacts don’t indicate homeless people as guilty. When you see a pile of garbage next to a homeless encampment it’s usually not their garbage, instead for the most part it’s waste material the homeless have diverted from the waste stream of housed people - all in an attempt to squeeze some value out of the scraps that fall from the table of plenty to the poor down below.
 It’s the same the  world over. It is exactly the same haves that complain about and victimize the have nots. And so for impact reduction perhaps rather than sweeping the homeless, what we need to do is sweep away those who have a nasty, sickening, planet threatening, future destroying high carbon footprint.
Seriously, from City Hall to some shifty house in Lents get off our backs. And keep in mind when it comes to a street fight those who know the streets will eventually win. Why? Because we know where you live.
Jeffrey Liddicoat
(503) 482-3188
1227 S.E. Burnside
 Portland Oregon

On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 4:49 PM Joseph Purkey <jpurkey@...> wrote:
This is very frustrating. What "Impact" is the Impact Reduction Team "Reducing"? It certainly seems like the priority is the comfort of the housed population to the detriment of the unhoused population, which then will exacerbate the very impacts they intend to reduce. If the focus could be on reducing the impact of homelessness on the homeless population there could be some positive movement. This new policy really feels like kowtowing to the political power base instead of truly serving the public, which makes the unanimous Mayor/Council statement all the more confusing. Am I missing where this will actually improve the situation?

-Joe


On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:51 AM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
the Oregonian's lead politics writer, clarifies that a reader is wrong in pointing out something possibly wrong about an article if the paper has or does subsequently alter it online.

One must grant, ongoing maintenance work is to be expected from, not protested to, the local ministry of news, to keep the public discussion and first draft of history going smoothly. 

I mean, it's hard work, the truth business! Reminds me of this story by. oh, forgot the name. 

"With the deep, unconscious sigh which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day's work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. Then he unrolled and clipped together four small cylinders of paper which had already flopped out of the pneumatic tube on the right-hand side of his desk.

In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.

Winston examined the four slips of paper which he had unrolled. Each contained a message of only one or two lines, in the abbreviated jargon -- not actually Newspeak, but consisting largely of Newspeak words -- which was used in the Ministry for internal purposes. They ran:

times 17.3.84 bb speech malreported africa rectify

times 19.12.83 forecasts 3 yp 4th quarter 83 misprints verify current issue

times 14.2.84 miniplenty malquoted chocolate rectify

times 3.12.83 reporting bb dayorder doubleplusungood refs unpersons rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling

With a faint feeling of satisfaction Winston laid the fourth message aside. It was an intricate and responsible job and had better be dealt with last. The other three were routine matters, though the second one would probably mean some tedious wading through lists of figures.

Winston dialled 'back numbers' on the telescreen and called for the appropriate issues of The Times, which slid out of the pneumatic tube after only a few minutes' delay. The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, to rectify. For example, it appeared from The Times of the seventeenth of March that Big Brother, in his speech of the previous day, had predicted that the South Indian front would remain quiet but that a Eurasian offensive would shortly be launched in North Africa. As it happened, the Eurasian Higher Command had launched its offensive in South India and left North Africa alone. It was therefore necessary to rewrite a paragraph of Big Brother's speech, in such a way as to make him predict the thing that had actually happened. Or again, The Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Today's issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winston's job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones. As for the third message, it referred to a very simple error which could be set right in a couple of minutes. As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a 'categorical pledge' were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week. All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April..."



On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:31 AM Betsy Hammond <betsyhammond@...> wrote:
No, Tim, you've got it wrong: The reporter went out and GOT the quotes/reaction from folks camping on the streets. It's been added. We wanted to post the city's change in tactic as soon as it was made public.

Betsy Hammond




Betsy Hammond

Editor, politics, education and Portland team

o. 503.294.7623

@chalkup

@OregonianPol

OregonLive.com/education

OregonLive.com/politics





 




From: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:25 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Cc: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Subject: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments
 
Joint statement from all 5 members of City Council, from 9:05am:

Oregonian:
"Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments."
little more than the City press release, except put behind Oregonian subscribers-only paywall, and with an aggressive tendentious headline. 

"The city released the new rules at 9 a.m. The Oregonian|OregonLive is seeking comment from people experiencing homelessness and others likely to be affected by the change."
[but what a bad idea, from a public standpoint, to suggest that people submit comment privately into an unaccountable & opaque mailbox drop, to possibly be allegedly referred to hours or days later. When they could send it to PDX Shelter Forum and assuredly have it be instantly seen by hundreds of the people in city most interested to hear and ready to act, and also the newspapers]. 
 
Portland Mercury:
"City Updates Guidelines for Clearing Homeless Camps During COVID."
Policy annlouncement from HUCIRP department which overseas this: 

No story or post I've seen mentions the crucial context that Oregon bill #HB3115 looks to be on the verge of passing, which would make OR cities subject to legal action for having (like Portland) on the books a camping/sleeping prohibition endorceable even without adequate alternative places available to sleep/camp:

Bcc: 

--
--
Tim McCormick
Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 
--
--
Tim McCormick
Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 


Re: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

Mimi German
 

I'll be writing up what we're doing at Jason Barns Landing and will send it to Sharon Meieran and asking for her help to keep JBL where it is, at least until the trucks are absolutely ready to start their dig for the so-called new housing they'll be building in some far off unknown future. At that point, we can discuss moving if the build is, in fact, a build for low-income displaced BIPOC families who were gentrified out of the city. This latter piece is what they say the housing is allocated for, but so far, no proof of that has been shown to us. If that's truly the case, we will, in good faith, move the tarpee village when the trucks are scheduled to dig.

My partner and I remove the trash that is now hauled up to the corner of Oberlin so we can access it w/ our truck/trailer. Sarah Iannaorone has been facilitating donations that pay for the dump runs. We do the work for free, which is egregious since Rabid Response and Central City Concern are paid millions of dollars for actual trash removal, by which I do not mean, "people!" 

Speaking of Rabid Response and CCC, I was talking w/ one of our tarpee builders yesterday about how the public does NOT know that the toilets all over town that  have PR about them being a human right, are all filled to the brim with feces and are overflowing. These "toilets" are toxic bio hazard that should be removed, if not cleaned. The PR from Ted Wheeler is truly a full-on propaganda machine. And how do I know about the toilets? Because we actually talk to unhoused people daily, something Ted has never done in his life, at least meaningfully. And it's the same reason the city keeps throwing money at "shelters" instead of homes for unhoused people. How do some of us know that unhoused people don't want shelters for myriad reasons? Because we talk with them about what they want and what they need, how they are doing, what is actually happening re services or more like, services are just PR and never really show up.

The language used with this "new" PR campaign against the houseless reminds me of one thing as I am a Jewish queer activist. The language Wheeler and the City Council are using is from Mein Kampf ideology. Hitler wanted to "clean" the country/world of those whom he deemed beneath him, of those who were dirty, of those with whom the white elite should never have to see...ever. I am disgusted, freaked out, appalled and horrified by the language and actions against the houseless by the Council.

Things we need at JBL. We want to get toilets brought in. We'll pay for them if a contractor will bring them. The contractors (Sani Can, etc) were threatened by Nick Fish with loss of contracts if they put toilets at JBL again. Nick is dead now, but did he start a precedence w/ contractors only bringing toilets to "sanctioned/permitted" sites? I'd like to find out. I also sent a 2nd letter to the housing authority to talk with them about who we are at JBL and why we should be allowed to stay until the build. No response.  Clearly, they are just waiting for us to be swept.

Apologies for the meandering email. It's early and the only time I have to write. I'll be over at JBL today. If anyone wants to meet, come on by. We'll be working on Tarpee 5 next week. We have some adjustments to make on one of the tarpees today. We need more heavy duty trash bags if you want to bring anything...And water. Thanks to Tim for coming by yesterday.

Mimi
503-453-9005



On Thu, May 20, 2021 at 8:09 PM Elise Aymer <elise@...> wrote:
So beautifully written, Jeff.

On Thu, May 20, 2021, 9:59 PM Jeff Liddicoat, <outsideartsale@...> wrote:
Speaking of impacts and impact reduction...
The fact is the homeless are practically saints when it comes to the environment and climate change. We have very little, we buy very little, even if we have a car we mostly use bikes or tri met. Bottom line the homeless have a very low carbon footprint.
If everyone had their carbon impacts down at the level of the homeless the human species would be much more likely to survive.
So yeah, some of the homeless do an inadequate job of keeping their garbage concealed from public view. But even then it’s lack of fair and equal public support that makes it an apparent problem. Why not extend public garbage removal for those who lack the ability to transport and remove solid waste. The fact is if it weren’t for a garbage pail on every corner downtown and an army of street cleaners plus the fleet of specialized trucks for street garbage the downtown core would be neck deep in McDonalds wrappers and Oregonian newspapers in about two weeks.
And yes what little trash is visible at homeless camps could be dealt with better. But consider what would happen if you were to see all the garbage produced by all the housed people - if it doesn’t make you sick to your stomach it should. Hiding it doesn’t make it go away - the giant plastic patches in the oceans should be proof enough of that.
Again the reality of negative impacts don’t indicate homeless people as guilty. When you see a pile of garbage next to a homeless encampment it’s usually not their garbage, instead for the most part it’s waste material the homeless have diverted from the waste stream of housed people - all in an attempt to squeeze some value out of the scraps that fall from the table of plenty to the poor down below.
 It’s the same the  world over. It is exactly the same haves that complain about and victimize the have nots. And so for impact reduction perhaps rather than sweeping the homeless, what we need to do is sweep away those who have a nasty, sickening, planet threatening, future destroying high carbon footprint.
Seriously, from City Hall to some shifty house in Lents get off our backs. And keep in mind when it comes to a street fight those who know the streets will eventually win. Why? Because we know where you live.
Jeffrey Liddicoat
(503) 482-3188
1227 S.E. Burnside
 Portland Oregon

On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 4:49 PM Joseph Purkey <jpurkey@...> wrote:
This is very frustrating. What "Impact" is the Impact Reduction Team "Reducing"? It certainly seems like the priority is the comfort of the housed population to the detriment of the unhoused population, which then will exacerbate the very impacts they intend to reduce. If the focus could be on reducing the impact of homelessness on the homeless population there could be some positive movement. This new policy really feels like kowtowing to the political power base instead of truly serving the public, which makes the unanimous Mayor/Council statement all the more confusing. Am I missing where this will actually improve the situation?

-Joe


On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:51 AM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
the Oregonian's lead politics writer, clarifies that a reader is wrong in pointing out something possibly wrong about an article if the paper has or does subsequently alter it online.

One must grant, ongoing maintenance work is to be expected from, not protested to, the local ministry of news, to keep the public discussion and first draft of history going smoothly. 

I mean, it's hard work, the truth business! Reminds me of this story by. oh, forgot the name. 

"With the deep, unconscious sigh which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day's work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. Then he unrolled and clipped together four small cylinders of paper which had already flopped out of the pneumatic tube on the right-hand side of his desk.

In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.

Winston examined the four slips of paper which he had unrolled. Each contained a message of only one or two lines, in the abbreviated jargon -- not actually Newspeak, but consisting largely of Newspeak words -- which was used in the Ministry for internal purposes. They ran:

times 17.3.84 bb speech malreported africa rectify

times 19.12.83 forecasts 3 yp 4th quarter 83 misprints verify current issue

times 14.2.84 miniplenty malquoted chocolate rectify

times 3.12.83 reporting bb dayorder doubleplusungood refs unpersons rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling

With a faint feeling of satisfaction Winston laid the fourth message aside. It was an intricate and responsible job and had better be dealt with last. The other three were routine matters, though the second one would probably mean some tedious wading through lists of figures.

Winston dialled 'back numbers' on the telescreen and called for the appropriate issues of The Times, which slid out of the pneumatic tube after only a few minutes' delay. The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, to rectify. For example, it appeared from The Times of the seventeenth of March that Big Brother, in his speech of the previous day, had predicted that the South Indian front would remain quiet but that a Eurasian offensive would shortly be launched in North Africa. As it happened, the Eurasian Higher Command had launched its offensive in South India and left North Africa alone. It was therefore necessary to rewrite a paragraph of Big Brother's speech, in such a way as to make him predict the thing that had actually happened. Or again, The Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Today's issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winston's job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones. As for the third message, it referred to a very simple error which could be set right in a couple of minutes. As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a 'categorical pledge' were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week. All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April..."



On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:31 AM Betsy Hammond <betsyhammond@...> wrote:
No, Tim, you've got it wrong: The reporter went out and GOT the quotes/reaction from folks camping on the streets. It's been added. We wanted to post the city's change in tactic as soon as it was made public.

Betsy Hammond




Betsy Hammond

Editor, politics, education and Portland team

o. 503.294.7623

@chalkup

@OregonianPol

OregonLive.com/education

OregonLive.com/politics





 




From: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:25 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Cc: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Subject: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments
 
Joint statement from all 5 members of City Council, from 9:05am:

Oregonian:
"Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments."
little more than the City press release, except put behind Oregonian subscribers-only paywall, and with an aggressive tendentious headline. 

"The city released the new rules at 9 a.m. The Oregonian|OregonLive is seeking comment from people experiencing homelessness and others likely to be affected by the change."
[but what a bad idea, from a public standpoint, to suggest that people submit comment privately into an unaccountable & opaque mailbox drop, to possibly be allegedly referred to hours or days later. When they could send it to PDX Shelter Forum and assuredly have it be instantly seen by hundreds of the people in city most interested to hear and ready to act, and also the newspapers]. 
 
Portland Mercury:
"City Updates Guidelines for Clearing Homeless Camps During COVID."
Policy annlouncement from HUCIRP department which overseas this: 

No story or post I've seen mentions the crucial context that Oregon bill #HB3115 looks to be on the verge of passing, which would make OR cities subject to legal action for having (like Portland) on the books a camping/sleeping prohibition endorceable even without adequate alternative places available to sleep/camp:

Bcc: 

--
--
Tim McCormick
Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 
--
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Tim McCormick
Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 


FW: event "International Solutions to Homelessness" - Tues May 25 9-10:30am PDT, from USC HPRI

Tim McCormick
 

RSVP below to attend.  
Note this is an event from USC, if you have any issues contact pricecsi@..., I won't be able to help you. 

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Re: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

Elise Aymer
 

So beautifully written, Jeff.


On Thu, May 20, 2021, 9:59 PM Jeff Liddicoat, <outsideartsale@...> wrote:
Speaking of impacts and impact reduction...
The fact is the homeless are practically saints when it comes to the environment and climate change. We have very little, we buy very little, even if we have a car we mostly use bikes or tri met. Bottom line the homeless have a very low carbon footprint.
If everyone had their carbon impacts down at the level of the homeless the human species would be much more likely to survive.
So yeah, some of the homeless do an inadequate job of keeping their garbage concealed from public view. But even then it’s lack of fair and equal public support that makes it an apparent problem. Why not extend public garbage removal for those who lack the ability to transport and remove solid waste. The fact is if it weren’t for a garbage pail on every corner downtown and an army of street cleaners plus the fleet of specialized trucks for street garbage the downtown core would be neck deep in McDonalds wrappers and Oregonian newspapers in about two weeks.
And yes what little trash is visible at homeless camps could be dealt with better. But consider what would happen if you were to see all the garbage produced by all the housed people - if it doesn’t make you sick to your stomach it should. Hiding it doesn’t make it go away - the giant plastic patches in the oceans should be proof enough of that.
Again the reality of negative impacts don’t indicate homeless people as guilty. When you see a pile of garbage next to a homeless encampment it’s usually not their garbage, instead for the most part it’s waste material the homeless have diverted from the waste stream of housed people - all in an attempt to squeeze some value out of the scraps that fall from the table of plenty to the poor down below.
 It’s the same the  world over. It is exactly the same haves that complain about and victimize the have nots. And so for impact reduction perhaps rather than sweeping the homeless, what we need to do is sweep away those who have a nasty, sickening, planet threatening, future destroying high carbon footprint.
Seriously, from City Hall to some shifty house in Lents get off our backs. And keep in mind when it comes to a street fight those who know the streets will eventually win. Why? Because we know where you live.
Jeffrey Liddicoat
(503) 482-3188
1227 S.E. Burnside
 Portland Oregon

On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 4:49 PM Joseph Purkey <jpurkey@...> wrote:
This is very frustrating. What "Impact" is the Impact Reduction Team "Reducing"? It certainly seems like the priority is the comfort of the housed population to the detriment of the unhoused population, which then will exacerbate the very impacts they intend to reduce. If the focus could be on reducing the impact of homelessness on the homeless population there could be some positive movement. This new policy really feels like kowtowing to the political power base instead of truly serving the public, which makes the unanimous Mayor/Council statement all the more confusing. Am I missing where this will actually improve the situation?

-Joe


On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:51 AM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
the Oregonian's lead politics writer, clarifies that a reader is wrong in pointing out something possibly wrong about an article if the paper has or does subsequently alter it online.

One must grant, ongoing maintenance work is to be expected from, not protested to, the local ministry of news, to keep the public discussion and first draft of history going smoothly. 

I mean, it's hard work, the truth business! Reminds me of this story by. oh, forgot the name. 

"With the deep, unconscious sigh which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day's work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. Then he unrolled and clipped together four small cylinders of paper which had already flopped out of the pneumatic tube on the right-hand side of his desk.

In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.

Winston examined the four slips of paper which he had unrolled. Each contained a message of only one or two lines, in the abbreviated jargon -- not actually Newspeak, but consisting largely of Newspeak words -- which was used in the Ministry for internal purposes. They ran:

times 17.3.84 bb speech malreported africa rectify

times 19.12.83 forecasts 3 yp 4th quarter 83 misprints verify current issue

times 14.2.84 miniplenty malquoted chocolate rectify

times 3.12.83 reporting bb dayorder doubleplusungood refs unpersons rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling

With a faint feeling of satisfaction Winston laid the fourth message aside. It was an intricate and responsible job and had better be dealt with last. The other three were routine matters, though the second one would probably mean some tedious wading through lists of figures.

Winston dialled 'back numbers' on the telescreen and called for the appropriate issues of The Times, which slid out of the pneumatic tube after only a few minutes' delay. The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, to rectify. For example, it appeared from The Times of the seventeenth of March that Big Brother, in his speech of the previous day, had predicted that the South Indian front would remain quiet but that a Eurasian offensive would shortly be launched in North Africa. As it happened, the Eurasian Higher Command had launched its offensive in South India and left North Africa alone. It was therefore necessary to rewrite a paragraph of Big Brother's speech, in such a way as to make him predict the thing that had actually happened. Or again, The Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Today's issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winston's job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones. As for the third message, it referred to a very simple error which could be set right in a couple of minutes. As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a 'categorical pledge' were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week. All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April..."



On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:31 AM Betsy Hammond <betsyhammond@...> wrote:
No, Tim, you've got it wrong: The reporter went out and GOT the quotes/reaction from folks camping on the streets. It's been added. We wanted to post the city's change in tactic as soon as it was made public.

Betsy Hammond




Betsy Hammond

Editor, politics, education and Portland team

o. 503.294.7623

@chalkup

@OregonianPol

OregonLive.com/education

OregonLive.com/politics





 




From: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:25 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Cc: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Subject: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments
 
Joint statement from all 5 members of City Council, from 9:05am:

Oregonian:
"Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments."
little more than the City press release, except put behind Oregonian subscribers-only paywall, and with an aggressive tendentious headline. 

"The city released the new rules at 9 a.m. The Oregonian|OregonLive is seeking comment from people experiencing homelessness and others likely to be affected by the change."
[but what a bad idea, from a public standpoint, to suggest that people submit comment privately into an unaccountable & opaque mailbox drop, to possibly be allegedly referred to hours or days later. When they could send it to PDX Shelter Forum and assuredly have it be instantly seen by hundreds of the people in city most interested to hear and ready to act, and also the newspapers]. 
 
Portland Mercury:
"City Updates Guidelines for Clearing Homeless Camps During COVID."
Policy annlouncement from HUCIRP department which overseas this: 

No story or post I've seen mentions the crucial context that Oregon bill #HB3115 looks to be on the verge of passing, which would make OR cities subject to legal action for having (like Portland) on the books a camping/sleeping prohibition endorceable even without adequate alternative places available to sleep/camp:

Bcc: 

--
--
Tim McCormick
Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 
--
--
Tim McCormick
Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 


Re: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

Jeff Liddicoat
 

Speaking of impacts and impact reduction...
The fact is the homeless are practically saints when it comes to the environment and climate change. We have very little, we buy very little, even if we have a car we mostly use bikes or tri met. Bottom line the homeless have a very low carbon footprint.
If everyone had their carbon impacts down at the level of the homeless the human species would be much more likely to survive.
So yeah, some of the homeless do an inadequate job of keeping their garbage concealed from public view. But even then it’s lack of fair and equal public support that makes it an apparent problem. Why not extend public garbage removal for those who lack the ability to transport and remove solid waste. The fact is if it weren’t for a garbage pail on every corner downtown and an army of street cleaners plus the fleet of specialized trucks for street garbage the downtown core would be neck deep in McDonalds wrappers and Oregonian newspapers in about two weeks.
And yes what little trash is visible at homeless camps could be dealt with better. But consider what would happen if you were to see all the garbage produced by all the housed people - if it doesn’t make you sick to your stomach it should. Hiding it doesn’t make it go away - the giant plastic patches in the oceans should be proof enough of that.
Again the reality of negative impacts don’t indicate homeless people as guilty. When you see a pile of garbage next to a homeless encampment it’s usually not their garbage, instead for the most part it’s waste material the homeless have diverted from the waste stream of housed people - all in an attempt to squeeze some value out of the scraps that fall from the table of plenty to the poor down below.
 It’s the same the  world over. It is exactly the same haves that complain about and victimize the have nots. And so for impact reduction perhaps rather than sweeping the homeless, what we need to do is sweep away those who have a nasty, sickening, planet threatening, future destroying high carbon footprint.
Seriously, from City Hall to some shifty house in Lents get off our backs. And keep in mind when it comes to a street fight those who know the streets will eventually win. Why? Because we know where you live.
Jeffrey Liddicoat
(503) 482-3188
1227 S.E. Burnside
 Portland Oregon

On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 4:49 PM Joseph Purkey <jpurkey@...> wrote:
This is very frustrating. What "Impact" is the Impact Reduction Team "Reducing"? It certainly seems like the priority is the comfort of the housed population to the detriment of the unhoused population, which then will exacerbate the very impacts they intend to reduce. If the focus could be on reducing the impact of homelessness on the homeless population there could be some positive movement. This new policy really feels like kowtowing to the political power base instead of truly serving the public, which makes the unanimous Mayor/Council statement all the more confusing. Am I missing where this will actually improve the situation?

-Joe


On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:51 AM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
the Oregonian's lead politics writer, clarifies that a reader is wrong in pointing out something possibly wrong about an article if the paper has or does subsequently alter it online.

One must grant, ongoing maintenance work is to be expected from, not protested to, the local ministry of news, to keep the public discussion and first draft of history going smoothly. 

I mean, it's hard work, the truth business! Reminds me of this story by. oh, forgot the name. 

"With the deep, unconscious sigh which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day's work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. Then he unrolled and clipped together four small cylinders of paper which had already flopped out of the pneumatic tube on the right-hand side of his desk.

In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.

Winston examined the four slips of paper which he had unrolled. Each contained a message of only one or two lines, in the abbreviated jargon -- not actually Newspeak, but consisting largely of Newspeak words -- which was used in the Ministry for internal purposes. They ran:

times 17.3.84 bb speech malreported africa rectify

times 19.12.83 forecasts 3 yp 4th quarter 83 misprints verify current issue

times 14.2.84 miniplenty malquoted chocolate rectify

times 3.12.83 reporting bb dayorder doubleplusungood refs unpersons rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling

With a faint feeling of satisfaction Winston laid the fourth message aside. It was an intricate and responsible job and had better be dealt with last. The other three were routine matters, though the second one would probably mean some tedious wading through lists of figures.

Winston dialled 'back numbers' on the telescreen and called for the appropriate issues of The Times, which slid out of the pneumatic tube after only a few minutes' delay. The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, to rectify. For example, it appeared from The Times of the seventeenth of March that Big Brother, in his speech of the previous day, had predicted that the South Indian front would remain quiet but that a Eurasian offensive would shortly be launched in North Africa. As it happened, the Eurasian Higher Command had launched its offensive in South India and left North Africa alone. It was therefore necessary to rewrite a paragraph of Big Brother's speech, in such a way as to make him predict the thing that had actually happened. Or again, The Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Today's issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winston's job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones. As for the third message, it referred to a very simple error which could be set right in a couple of minutes. As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a 'categorical pledge' were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week. All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April..."



On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:31 AM Betsy Hammond <betsyhammond@...> wrote:
No, Tim, you've got it wrong: The reporter went out and GOT the quotes/reaction from folks camping on the streets. It's been added. We wanted to post the city's change in tactic as soon as it was made public.

Betsy Hammond




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From: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:25 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Cc: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Subject: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments
 
Joint statement from all 5 members of City Council, from 9:05am:

Oregonian:
"Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments."
little more than the City press release, except put behind Oregonian subscribers-only paywall, and with an aggressive tendentious headline. 

"The city released the new rules at 9 a.m. The Oregonian|OregonLive is seeking comment from people experiencing homelessness and others likely to be affected by the change."
[but what a bad idea, from a public standpoint, to suggest that people submit comment privately into an unaccountable & opaque mailbox drop, to possibly be allegedly referred to hours or days later. When they could send it to PDX Shelter Forum and assuredly have it be instantly seen by hundreds of the people in city most interested to hear and ready to act, and also the newspapers]. 
 
Portland Mercury:
"City Updates Guidelines for Clearing Homeless Camps During COVID."
Policy annlouncement from HUCIRP department which overseas this: 

No story or post I've seen mentions the crucial context that Oregon bill #HB3115 looks to be on the verge of passing, which would make OR cities subject to legal action for having (like Portland) on the books a camping/sleeping prohibition endorceable even without adequate alternative places available to sleep/camp:

Bcc: 

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Re: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

Tom Peck <tompecktorrence@...>
 

Please remove me from your mailing list.
I live in Eugene.
Thanks,
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Re: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

Sue Gemmell
 

Did anyone else look at these stats, pause, and think, “wait... we spent how much money to do what?” 

“Since launching in January 2019, the outreach team has provided housing referrals to just 4% of the 918 individuals they engaged with, according to outcome data that was last updated in March. The team also helped 27% of those they talked to receive identification, 13% sign up for the Oregon Health Plan and 4% be admitted to a substance abuse treatment center.“

Sue


Re: SWHRL meeting tonight to feature speakers on homelessness solutions used in LA and Philadelphia, 7-8:30 PM

Sally Bachman
 

Use this zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8720

 

 

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You don't need to live in the Southwest Hills Residential League (SWHRL) area to tune in to this meeting. All are welcome to join via zoom. -- Sincerely, Sally Bachman

 

Featuring:

Prof R. Scott Mitchell, USC School of Architecture and co-author of Give Me Shelter https://www.oroeditions.com/product/give-me-shelter, will discuss Los Angeles' use of pre-fabricated transitional housing to tackle the homelessness crisis;

 

and Dr. Bob Davis, formerly co-manager of a city hospital's Drug & Alcohol Detox Unit, will talk about Philadelphia’s successful program for providing homeless people the necessary services enable them to move into stable, long-term housing.
 

Details below:

 

 

https://mailchi.mp/dec056816c9f/come-to-our-neighborhood-meeting-april-6179729?e=590b354feb

 

 

SWHRL Neighborhood Meeting

 

Wednesday, May 19

7:00-8:30 pm

 

Featuring expert speakers from across the US on successful methods for addressing homelessness 

 

On Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87205573096?pwd=aWtYUXFPMFc3L2RTWjhTemptYkRudz09

 

We hope you can join us at the SWHRL members' meeting this Wednesday at 7:00 PM on Zoom. This is an important annual meeting to elect the Board and set the direction for the year ahead.

In addition, Prof R. Scott Mitchell, USC School of Architecture and co-author of Give Me Shelter https://www.oroeditions.com/product/give-me-shelter, will discuss Los Angeles' use of pre-fabricated transitional housing to tackle the homelessness crisis; and Dr. Bob Davis, formerly co-manager of a city hospital's Drug & Alcohol Detox Unit, will talk about Philadelphia’s successful program for providing homeless people the necessary services enable them to move into stable, long-term housing.
 
Please invite your neighbors. (If you are not yet a member but live or work in the SWHRL neighborhood, just send an email with your name and address to contact@....) We want to hear what YOU want from your neighborhood association!
 

We are looking for new Board members


Qualifications:

  • Membership in SWHRL
  • Passion for our neighborhood and city
  • Willingness to pitch in

If you are interested in serving or want more information, contact president@....
 

Hope to see you on the 19th!
 

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Re: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

Andrew Olshin
 

Peter
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Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On May 19, 2021, at 4:56 PM, Peter Finley Fry <peter@...> wrote:



We accept the lie that somehow humans are different and special.  Humans have enormously negative impacts on the ecology of the earth.  The goal of planning is to minimize and eliminate these impacts through providing sewer systems; landfills; homes; etc. that allow us to contain the pollution that each of us cause.

 

These impacts can be contained in a home or a camp site or within a person.  The problem is that things get political, loud, noisy, and harmful as individuals seek to dominate others and demand privaleged.  The reduction of impact is the reduction of impact on the earth not the precious sensibility of some perceived other rich undeserving selfish human.    

 

 

 

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Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

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Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Joseph Purkey via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 4:49 PM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

 

This is very frustrating. What "Impact" is the Impact Reduction Team "Reducing"? It certainly seems like the priority is the comfort of the housed population to the detriment of the unhoused population, which then will exacerbate the very impacts they intend to reduce. If the focus could be on reducing the impact of homelessness on the homeless population there could be some positive movement. This new policy really feels like kowtowing to the political power base instead of truly serving the public, which makes the unanimous Mayor/Council statement all the more confusing. Am I missing where this will actually improve the situation?

 

-Joe

 

 

On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:51 AM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

the Oregonian's lead politics writer, clarifies that a reader is wrong in pointing out something possibly wrong about an article if the paper has or does subsequently alter it online.

 

One must grant, ongoing maintenance work is to be expected from, not protested to, the local ministry of news, to keep the public discussion and first draft of history going smoothly. 

 

I mean, it's hard work, the truth business! Reminds me of this story by. oh, forgot the name. 

 

"With the deep, unconscious sigh which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day's work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. Then he unrolled and clipped together four small cylinders of paper which had already flopped out of the pneumatic tube on the right-hand side of his desk. 



 

In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building. 



 

Winston examined the four slips of paper which he had unrolled. Each contained a message of only one or two lines, in the abbreviated jargon -- not actually Newspeak, but consisting largely of Newspeak words -- which was used in the Ministry for internal purposes. They ran: 



 

times 17.3.84 bb speech malreported africa rectify 



 

times 19.12.83 forecasts 3 yp 4th quarter 83 misprints verify current issue 



 

times 14.2.84 miniplenty malquoted chocolate rectify 



 

times 3.12.83 reporting bb dayorder doubleplusungood refs unpersons rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling 



 

With a faint feeling of satisfaction Winston laid the fourth message aside. It was an intricate and responsible job and had better be dealt with last. The other three were routine matters, though the second one would probably mean some tedious wading through lists of figures. 



 

Winston dialled 'back numbers' on the telescreen and called for the appropriate issues of The Times, which slid out of the pneumatic tube after only a few minutes' delay. The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, to rectify. For example, it appeared from The Times of the seventeenth of March that Big Brother, in his speech of the previous day, had predicted that the South Indian front would remain quiet but that a Eurasian offensive would shortly be launched in North Africa. As it happened, the Eurasian Higher Command had launched its offensive in South India and left North Africa alone. It was therefore necessary to rewrite a paragraph of Big Brother's speech, in such a way as to make him predict the thing that had actually happened. Or again, The Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Today's issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winston's job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones. As for the third message, it referred to a very simple error which could be set right in a couple of minutes. As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a 'categorical pledge' were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week. All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April..."

 

 

 

On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:31 AM Betsy Hammond <betsyhammond@...> wrote:

No, Tim, you've got it wrong: The reporter went out and GOT the quotes/reaction from folks camping on the streets. It's been added. We wanted to post the city's change in tactic as soon as it was made public.

 

Betsy Hammond

 

 

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o. 503.294.7623

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@OregonianPol

OregonLive.com/education

OregonLive.com/politics

 

 

 

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From: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:25 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Cc: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Subject: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

 

Joint statement from all 5 members of City Council, from 9:05am:

 

Oregonian:

"Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments."

little more than the City press release, except put behind Oregonian subscribers-only paywall, and with an aggressive tendentious headline. 

 

"The city released the new rules at 9 a.m. The Oregonian|OregonLive is seeking comment from people experiencing homelessness and others likely to be affected by the change."

[but what a bad idea, from a public standpoint, to suggest that people submit comment privately into an unaccountable & opaque mailbox drop, to possibly be allegedly referred to hours or days later. When they could send it to PDX Shelter Forum and assuredly have it be instantly seen by hundreds of the people in city most interested to hear and ready to act, and also the newspapers]. 

 

Portland Mercury:

"City Updates Guidelines for Clearing Homeless Camps During COVID."

Policy annlouncement from HUCIRP department which overseas this: 

 

No story or post I've seen mentions the crucial context that Oregon bill #HB3115 looks to be on the verge of passing, which would make OR cities subject to legal action for having (like Portland) on the books a camping/sleeping prohibition endorceable even without adequate alternative places available to sleep/camp:

 

Bcc: 

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Tim McCormick

Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative

Portland, Oregon 

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Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative

Portland, Oregon 

 


Re: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

Elise Aymer
 

Whoa, Ann,

There were so many heavy bits of information in that Willamette Week article about Mayor Wheeler's representative Sam Adams meeting with downtown Portland law firm partners:

- That it was completely a discussion between power brokers -- the partner and essentially the mayoralty about the houseless yet without them.

- Sam Adams was asking for "backing" from the law firm partners yet notably no money. I always think that's interesting when public officials pledge services and therefore funds to private entities with deep pockets.

- The pitch from Sam Adams was about moving homeless folks to sites outside of the downtown. So, again, no agency from these folks. They are to be moved like furniture and I expect if they don't want to go and resist, by force.

- Mention made of how another powerful group, Portland homeowners in neighborhoods to which the houseless would be moved, would try to block the initiative. So, again, the important people aren't the homeless folks, yet the law firms trump the homeowners. Gotta love a pecking order like that.

- Then the law firms are apparently putting the squeeze on the mayor by threatening to relocate outside of Portland. The article also implied that Wheeler needs their support and that of other business leaders to win in the upcoming recall election. So, flexing all around.

We are left to wonder what and where re these camps and whether there is any intention to have public consultation and more importantly input from the people most impacted by what seems to be an already formed plan.

And are these upcoming sweeps phase one of that plan?

Elise

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On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 2:47 PM ann mcmullen <ann@...> wrote:

Latest from Willy Week…..

https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2021/05/19/portlands-mayor-asks-downtown-law-firms-for-help-with-a-plan-to-relocate-people-sleeping-in-front-of-their-offices/?fbclid=IwAR3Ki5X7fSbW_08AVtEPhaMIXtk0--CcK7uRraTsOAanZQGprRAyiqjvu_E

 

 

From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> On Behalf Of Tim McCormick
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:26 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Subject: [pdxshelterforum] Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

 

Joint statement from all 5 members of City Council, from 9:05am:

 

Oregonian:

"Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments."

little more than the City press release, except put behind Oregonian subscribers-only paywall, and with an aggressive tendentious headline. 

 

"The city released the new rules at 9 a.m. The Oregonian|OregonLive is seeking comment from people experiencing homelessness and others likely to be affected by the change."

[but what a bad idea, from a public standpoint, to suggest that people submit comment privately into an unaccountable & opaque mailbox drop, to possibly be allegedly referred to hours or days later. When they could send it to PDX Shelter Forum and assuredly have it be instantly seen by hundreds of the people in city most interested to hear and ready to act, and also the newspapers]. 

 

Portland Mercury:

"City Updates Guidelines for Clearing Homeless Camps During COVID."

Policy annlouncement from HUCIRP department which overseas this: 

 

No story or post I've seen mentions the crucial context that Oregon bill #HB3115 looks to be on the verge of passing, which would make OR cities subject to legal action for having (like Portland) on the books a camping/sleeping prohibition endorceable even without adequate alternative places available to sleep/camp:

 

Bcc: 

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Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
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Re: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

Elise Aymer
 

Here is the text of the Oregon Live/Oregonian article Tim referenced. 

I am reposting, as it's a frustration that while the Multnomah Public Library subscribes to a service that gives access to current issues/articles of the Oregonian (https://proxy.multcolib.org/login?url=http://infoweb.newsbank.com/cgi-bin/remote/login.pl?db=ORGB), articles like this one are excluded as "Subscriber Exclusive" content, limiting public access to important information. Not everyone will access municipal press releases and other documents:

Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments
Updated 3:18 PM; Today 9:01 AM

By Nicole Hayden | The Oregonian/OregonLive
The city of Portland announced Wednesday it plans to more aggressively clean, downsize or remove homeless encampments starting Monday.

After a year of avoiding or limiting encampment evictions, the city will act more strictly. The change comes after officials in charge of cleaning and removing street camping sites concluded their passive approach “has been ineffective,” according to a memo released by the city.

Instead of allowing extended time for campers to comply with rules – including separating tents by at least six feet and keeping sidewalks, building entrances and accessibility ramps clear for pedestrians – the city will instead immediately post an eviction notice if certain health and safety concerns are present. The office that wrote the new rules answers to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler via his chief administrative officer and longtime ally Tom Rinehart.

“We have found that encampments return to a state of non-compliance within a matter of days, if not hours, depending on the location,” according to the memo written by city staff.

In a joint statement, all five city commissioners expressed support for the change, casting the stepped up evictions as good for people experiencing homelessness.

“These new protocols reprioritize public health and safety among houseless Portlanders and aim to improve sanitary conditions until we have additional shelter beds and housing available,” Wheeler and the rest of the City Council wrote. “Bureaus are currently inventorying city-owned properties for viable shelter or camping sites.”

The city does not know, however, how quickly or in what number new shelters on city property or elsewhere will open.

Tony Ngo, who has been living in a tent for six months in Old Town, said he believes the city should have more sanctioned campsites or tiny home villages available before kicking people off the sidewalk where they currently sleep. He said the cycle of tent removals is harmful to people who have nowhere else to go.

“I was asked to leave where I was sleeping because a business didn’t want me there, so they kicked me out because they said I was impacting tourism,” Ngo said. “But it is hard to find another place to go because wherever I go, they kick me out, so it is hard to figure out where I can sleep.”

THE NEW RULES

Immediate eviction notices will be posted at high-impact campsites which meet at least one of the following criteria, the city memo says:

- Human waste is prevalent
- Biohazardous materials, including needles, are present
- City officials declare an encampment a fire hazard
- Observers report repeated violence or criminal activity
- The encampment is impacting a school
- Tents and other materials are blocking sidewalks or impacting access to curb cuts or other accessibility measures
- The city will prioritize evictions at encampments that have eight or more structures, a provision that would apply to many camp clusters around the city.

City officials and contractors will continue to give individuals 48 hours notice before an eviction, the memo says. However, the protocol change will eliminate the 24-hour compliance notice that typically would have come before the eviction notice. This means campers will have two days to pack up their belongings and move elsewhere before the city returns to remove any remaining personal belongings.

Additionally, the outreach team is no longer required to work with individuals at high-impact campsites before posting an eviction notice, said Heather Hafer, public information officer for the city department that oversees encampment clean ups. This means the city won’t always offer shelter or services prior to evicting campers, though they plan to continue sending their outreach team to many of the sites.

Eric Tars, legal director of the National Homelessness Law Center, said cities cannot legally displace people unless an adequate alternative place to sleep is provided.

Under a 2018 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in a case out of Boise, the court decided that governments cannot criminalize conduct that is unavoidable as a result of experiencing homelessness. To punish a homeless individual for sleeping outside when there aren’t enough shelter beds would be comparable to punishing that individual for the fact that they are homeless, a consequence the court described as a cruel and unusual.

“The city (of Portland) says they are currently looking at alternative sites for shelters and sanctioned encampments and they haven’t found them yet, but they want to start this new policy immediately … The underlying principle remains the same: you cannot and should not displace people unless you can provide an adequate alternative,” Tars said.

In his view, only offering people beds at congregate indoor shelter where individuals say they don’t feel safe sleeping does not qualify as “adequate,” Tars added.

“If there is a homeless veteran with PTSD who won’t feel safe in a congregate situation, then that shelter bed is not an adequate alternative,” Tars said.

Tars said he doesn’t believe people are “shelter resistant,” but believes cities often don’t provide the type of dignified, safe shelter that people need.

Tars said he couldn’t immediately say if Portland’s new policy is illegal without reviewing it further, but he said he doesn’t believe the policy is focused on helping individuals experiencing homelessness.

MORE HOUSING CASEWORKERS NEEDED

At low-impact campsites, the city will continue to provide garbage removal and offer shelter, supportive services and survival gear including coats and tents.

Melissa Warkentin, who sleeps amid a row of tents on Northwest Sixth Avenue near Davis Street, said the navigation team rarely offered comprehensive services to her or her houseless neighbors even before these new rule changes.

“It is hit or miss if you see (the navigation team),” said Warkentin, who has experienced homelessness for the past three years. “They pick and choose who they help, but mostly they just offer food, hygiene kits or access to showers. It would be more helpful if actual caseworkers regularly came out to help with housing.”

Since launching in January 2019, the outreach team has provided housing referrals to just 4% of the 918 individuals they engaged with, according to outcome data that was last updated in March. The team also helped 27% of those they talked to receive identification, 13% sign up for the Oregon Health Plan and 4% be admitted to a substance abuse treatment center.

From March through July of 2020, the city did not evict any encampments but offered trash removal and hygiene services based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Multnomah County Health Department. Reducing displacements was believed to lower the odds of COVID-19 transmission.

At the end of July, the city began evicting encampments again but fewer than officials had in the past. But the city says it has continued to fail to get campers to abide by safety and cleanliness measures “to a standard accepted as satisfactory.”

Kaia Sand, director of Street Roots, a homelessness advocacy and resource organization, said she is disappointed with the new policy, calling it “reactive and destructive.”

“I feel like it signals a giving up on any semblance of a solutions-oriented strategy,” Sand said. “A constructive approach is to keep committing to the infrastructure need … Where there are people, there will be trash, so of course there is so much trash removal, but you have to keep going.”

Warkentin believes more time should be spent enforcing cleanliness rather than evicting campers.

“If one tent among the many tents is messy, they will make us all move,” she said. “They will tell us two move two blocks up or they will tell us there is nowhere for us to move to, but then new people will just move into the spot where we were kicked out and they will be allowed to stay.”

The city released the new rules at 9 a.m. The Oregonian|OregonLive updated the story throughout the day to add reactionary comments.

Nicole Hayden reports on homelessness for The Oregonian|OregonLive. She can be reached at nhayden@... or on Twitter @Nicole_A_Hayden.





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On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 2:25 PM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
Joint statement from all 5 members of City Council, from 9:05am:

Oregonian:
"Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments."
little more than the City press release, except put behind Oregonian subscribers-only paywall, and with an aggressive tendentious headline. 

"The city released the new rules at 9 a.m. The Oregonian|OregonLive is seeking comment from people experiencing homelessness and others likely to be affected by the change."
[but what a bad idea, from a public standpoint, to suggest that people submit comment privately into an unaccountable & opaque mailbox drop, to possibly be allegedly referred to hours or days later. When they could send it to PDX Shelter Forum and assuredly have it be instantly seen by hundreds of the people in city most interested to hear and ready to act, and also the newspapers]. 
 
Portland Mercury:
"City Updates Guidelines for Clearing Homeless Camps During COVID."
Policy annlouncement from HUCIRP department which overseas this: 

No story or post I've seen mentions the crucial context that Oregon bill #HB3115 looks to be on the verge of passing, which would make OR cities subject to legal action for having (like Portland) on the books a camping/sleeping prohibition endorceable even without adequate alternative places available to sleep/camp:

Bcc: 

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Re: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

Peter Finley Fry
 

We accept the lie that somehow humans are different and special.  Humans have enormously negative impacts on the ecology of the earth.  The goal of planning is to minimize and eliminate these impacts through providing sewer systems; landfills; homes; etc. that allow us to contain the pollution that each of us cause.

 

These impacts can be contained in a home or a camp site or within a person.  The problem is that things get political, loud, noisy, and harmful as individuals seek to dominate others and demand privaleged.  The reduction of impact is the reduction of impact on the earth not the precious sensibility of some perceived other rich undeserving selfish human.    

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry   AICP BS PhD MUP

Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Joseph Purkey via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 4:49 PM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

 

This is very frustrating. What "Impact" is the Impact Reduction Team "Reducing"? It certainly seems like the priority is the comfort of the housed population to the detriment of the unhoused population, which then will exacerbate the very impacts they intend to reduce. If the focus could be on reducing the impact of homelessness on the homeless population there could be some positive movement. This new policy really feels like kowtowing to the political power base instead of truly serving the public, which makes the unanimous Mayor/Council statement all the more confusing. Am I missing where this will actually improve the situation?

 

-Joe

 

 

On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:51 AM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

the Oregonian's lead politics writer, clarifies that a reader is wrong in pointing out something possibly wrong about an article if the paper has or does subsequently alter it online.

 

One must grant, ongoing maintenance work is to be expected from, not protested to, the local ministry of news, to keep the public discussion and first draft of history going smoothly. 

 

I mean, it's hard work, the truth business! Reminds me of this story by. oh, forgot the name. 

 

"With the deep, unconscious sigh which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day's work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. Then he unrolled and clipped together four small cylinders of paper which had already flopped out of the pneumatic tube on the right-hand side of his desk. 



 

In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building. 



 

Winston examined the four slips of paper which he had unrolled. Each contained a message of only one or two lines, in the abbreviated jargon -- not actually Newspeak, but consisting largely of Newspeak words -- which was used in the Ministry for internal purposes. They ran: 



 

times 17.3.84 bb speech malreported africa rectify 



 

times 19.12.83 forecasts 3 yp 4th quarter 83 misprints verify current issue 



 

times 14.2.84 miniplenty malquoted chocolate rectify 



 

times 3.12.83 reporting bb dayorder doubleplusungood refs unpersons rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling 



 

With a faint feeling of satisfaction Winston laid the fourth message aside. It was an intricate and responsible job and had better be dealt with last. The other three were routine matters, though the second one would probably mean some tedious wading through lists of figures. 



 

Winston dialled 'back numbers' on the telescreen and called for the appropriate issues of The Times, which slid out of the pneumatic tube after only a few minutes' delay. The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, to rectify. For example, it appeared from The Times of the seventeenth of March that Big Brother, in his speech of the previous day, had predicted that the South Indian front would remain quiet but that a Eurasian offensive would shortly be launched in North Africa. As it happened, the Eurasian Higher Command had launched its offensive in South India and left North Africa alone. It was therefore necessary to rewrite a paragraph of Big Brother's speech, in such a way as to make him predict the thing that had actually happened. Or again, The Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Today's issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winston's job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones. As for the third message, it referred to a very simple error which could be set right in a couple of minutes. As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a 'categorical pledge' were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week. All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April..."

 

 

 

On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:31 AM Betsy Hammond <betsyhammond@...> wrote:

No, Tim, you've got it wrong: The reporter went out and GOT the quotes/reaction from folks camping on the streets. It's been added. We wanted to post the city's change in tactic as soon as it was made public.

 

Betsy Hammond

 

 

 

Betsy Hammond

Editor, politics, education and Portland team

o. 503.294.7623

@chalkup

@OregonianPol

OregonLive.com/education

OregonLive.com/politics

 

 

 

From: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:25 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Cc: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Subject: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

 

Joint statement from all 5 members of City Council, from 9:05am:

 

Oregonian:

"Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments."

little more than the City press release, except put behind Oregonian subscribers-only paywall, and with an aggressive tendentious headline. 

 

"The city released the new rules at 9 a.m. The Oregonian|OregonLive is seeking comment from people experiencing homelessness and others likely to be affected by the change."

[but what a bad idea, from a public standpoint, to suggest that people submit comment privately into an unaccountable & opaque mailbox drop, to possibly be allegedly referred to hours or days later. When they could send it to PDX Shelter Forum and assuredly have it be instantly seen by hundreds of the people in city most interested to hear and ready to act, and also the newspapers]. 

 

Portland Mercury:

"City Updates Guidelines for Clearing Homeless Camps During COVID."

Policy annlouncement from HUCIRP department which overseas this: 

 

No story or post I've seen mentions the crucial context that Oregon bill #HB3115 looks to be on the verge of passing, which would make OR cities subject to legal action for having (like Portland) on the books a camping/sleeping prohibition endorceable even without adequate alternative places available to sleep/camp:

 

Bcc: 

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Tim McCormick

Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative

Portland, Oregon 

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Tim McCormick

Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative

Portland, Oregon 

 


Re: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments

Joseph Purkey
 

This is very frustrating. What "Impact" is the Impact Reduction Team "Reducing"? It certainly seems like the priority is the comfort of the housed population to the detriment of the unhoused population, which then will exacerbate the very impacts they intend to reduce. If the focus could be on reducing the impact of homelessness on the homeless population there could be some positive movement. This new policy really feels like kowtowing to the political power base instead of truly serving the public, which makes the unanimous Mayor/Council statement all the more confusing. Am I missing where this will actually improve the situation?

-Joe


On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:51 AM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
the Oregonian's lead politics writer, clarifies that a reader is wrong in pointing out something possibly wrong about an article if the paper has or does subsequently alter it online.

One must grant, ongoing maintenance work is to be expected from, not protested to, the local ministry of news, to keep the public discussion and first draft of history going smoothly. 

I mean, it's hard work, the truth business! Reminds me of this story by. oh, forgot the name. 

"With the deep, unconscious sigh which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day's work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. Then he unrolled and clipped together four small cylinders of paper which had already flopped out of the pneumatic tube on the right-hand side of his desk. 



In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building. 



Winston examined the four slips of paper which he had unrolled. Each contained a message of only one or two lines, in the abbreviated jargon -- not actually Newspeak, but consisting largely of Newspeak words -- which was used in the Ministry for internal purposes. They ran: 



times 17.3.84 bb speech malreported africa rectify 



times 19.12.83 forecasts 3 yp 4th quarter 83 misprints verify current issue 



times 14.2.84 miniplenty malquoted chocolate rectify 



times 3.12.83 reporting bb dayorder doubleplusungood refs unpersons rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling 



With a faint feeling of satisfaction Winston laid the fourth message aside. It was an intricate and responsible job and had better be dealt with last. The other three were routine matters, though the second one would probably mean some tedious wading through lists of figures. 



Winston dialled 'back numbers' on the telescreen and called for the appropriate issues of The Times, which slid out of the pneumatic tube after only a few minutes' delay. The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, to rectify. For example, it appeared from The Times of the seventeenth of March that Big Brother, in his speech of the previous day, had predicted that the South Indian front would remain quiet but that a Eurasian offensive would shortly be launched in North Africa. As it happened, the Eurasian Higher Command had launched its offensive in South India and left North Africa alone. It was therefore necessary to rewrite a paragraph of Big Brother's speech, in such a way as to make him predict the thing that had actually happened. Or again, The Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Today's issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winston's job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones. As for the third message, it referred to a very simple error which could be set right in a couple of minutes. As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a 'categorical pledge' were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week. All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April..."



On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 11:31 AM Betsy Hammond <betsyhammond@...> wrote:
No, Tim, you've got it wrong: The reporter went out and GOT the quotes/reaction from folks camping on the streets. It's been added. We wanted to post the city's change in tactic as soon as it was made public.

Betsy Hammond




Betsy Hammond

Editor, politics, education and Portland team

o. 503.294.7623

@chalkup

@OregonianPol

OregonLive.com/education

OregonLive.com/politics





 




From: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:25 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Cc: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Subject: Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments
 
Joint statement from all 5 members of City Council, from 9:05am:

Oregonian:
"Portland announces it will aggressively clean or remove homeless encampments."
little more than the City press release, except put behind Oregonian subscribers-only paywall, and with an aggressive tendentious headline. 

"The city released the new rules at 9 a.m. The Oregonian|OregonLive is seeking comment from people experiencing homelessness and others likely to be affected by the change."
[but what a bad idea, from a public standpoint, to suggest that people submit comment privately into an unaccountable & opaque mailbox drop, to possibly be allegedly referred to hours or days later. When they could send it to PDX Shelter Forum and assuredly have it be instantly seen by hundreds of the people in city most interested to hear and ready to act, and also the newspapers]. 
 
Portland Mercury:
"City Updates Guidelines for Clearing Homeless Camps During COVID."
Policy annlouncement from HUCIRP department which overseas this: 

No story or post I've seen mentions the crucial context that Oregon bill #HB3115 looks to be on the verge of passing, which would make OR cities subject to legal action for having (like Portland) on the books a camping/sleeping prohibition endorceable even without adequate alternative places available to sleep/camp:

Bcc: 

--
--
Tim McCormick
Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 
--
--
Tim McCormick
Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 


Re: Help Needed at Jason Barns Landing Village, St. Johns

Mimi German
 

Thank you for the repost, Elise. If folks want a tour or to meet folks, please get in touch. We need all the support we can get. 


On May 19, 2021, at 3:25 PM, Elise Aymer <elise@...> wrote:


In light of what Tim McCormick posted about impending city sweeps, I'm reposting Mimi German's appeal for help at the Jason Barns Landing (JBL) Village (tarpee community) in St. Johns (Portland).

The recent announcements may not pertain directly to JBL but they are pretty much just waiting for the shoe to drop as they don't currently have any assurances from the Housing Bureau that they can stay on the premises until the planned construction there starts.

From Mimi:

"When we first set up, we were on Parks land. The Housing Bureau came out to tell us that this was their land. The goat people told us it was their land. The Housing Bureau told us they'd have us arrested for trespass if we stayed. We told them that folks are considered trespassing no matter what land houseless are living on. And we let them know that because there's nowhere to go, we aren't going anywhere. She explained the deal that the HB had struck w/ the city which was that they purchased the land from the City. We asked to see the contract because the land wasn't listed as HB land. Days later, the maps changed to HB land or some such thing. HB told us that they were going to put up the low-income or affordable housing units and that's when we told them that when that happens and the trucks are there and ready to dig, we'd move. Weeks later, the fence contractor came in to let us know, about the impending sweep and fence set-up.

So, yes. To your questions.
Are there any activist efforts to fight the eviction that we can help with? Letters? Calls? Petitions? Protests/other actions? Upcoming hearings about the site?
We are trying to contact as many groups as possible for eviction defense. I think it's important to get lists of folks ready to act/support as soon as a warning is posted and we don't when that will be. What I do know is that folks are not leaving the site because they are tired of being swept with nowhere to go.

Letters: It would be great to have details from the HB as to when those trucks are truly coming in so that if the folks at the site do want to leave, we can plan for that for a specified time. We'd also like letters to the HB telling them not to arrest us for trespass since there is no dig happening.

Calls/Petitions
Yes and yes. Calls to the HB and calls to the County and City Council to allow us to stay at least until the dig and then once the dig occurs, creating a safe sweepless space for us on the cut or in St Johns, for us to carry on with our tarpee village.

Protests.
Absolutely. We did tell the HB that if a fence was dropped, we'd have a recurrence of protest in support of our houseless friends, at the site. I reminded them of last years protests and our feelings about protecting houseless people from sweeps. We are putting together support for protests and need all the help we can get. Again, as soon as a trespass or eviction notice goes up, we begin.

Food/Donations/Etc.
We need $ for tarpee materials.  Also need carpet ends for folks for future tarpees and/or marmoleum for the floors.

We have a cashapp which is $JBLcommunity. [my emphasis]

Folks are doing ok on food. We do need lots of water.

Mostly, need folks to come by to see where it is so they can come when we need them there for support. You can get to the site via N. Macrum (off of Lombard) then one block to Oberlin. Oberlin dead-ends at the Cut. Walk into the trail and folks will see the tarpee village to the left. It's on the S. side of the Peninsula Crossing Trail aka The Cut.

We also need people who can help us build tarpees. Folks w/ some experience w/ carpentry is best. We do the builds in the Alameda area. Our build team is small and everyone has lives, so the builds take a long time. If we have more people who can put some time in, we can build these very quickly. We basically have these on templates now.

Could also use some therapists for folks, not social workers.  It's been a request.

TO ALL INTERESTED in lending a hand in some way or another, thank you so very much.

Mimi
503-453-9005 [my emphasis]
"
Earlier Mimi wrote,"Call or text. Or email. Just a heads up...I dislike communicating by text at length. I prefer to speak on the phone."

Elise

Note: Tarpees are low-budget teepee structures covered in polyethylene tarp versus the traditional leather. Invented by Paul Cheoketen Wagner, of the Saanich First Nation of Vancouver Island (British Columbia, Canada), they were used to good effect during the Standing Rock protests https://seattleglobalist.com/2016/11/30/standing-rock-seattle-tarpees-winter/59706 . Mimi wrote in her earlier e-mail that JBL had help from a member of the Salish Nation (Washington State) in creating their tarpees. The Salish have also used tarpees as part of their land protection efforts. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/state-patrol-takes-power-tools-to-indigenous-structures-arrests-two-in-olympia-climate-protest/

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