[Hpn] Dignity Village Update - TENT CITY Homeless in Portland OR USA

elijah huffman hobo_poet@hotmail.com
Tue, 09 Jan 2001 15:54:42 -0500

<P>Yes!!!!!&nbsp; Thank you!!!&nbsp; Keep it up!!!&nbsp;&nbsp; You give me hope!!! I wish I could be there!!!</P>
<P>You have gained my heart (by you, I mean all involved).&nbsp; This is the best piece of news I've heard for a lomg time. The co-ordinization. The organizational logistics.. You have to continue!. You have to win!&nbsp; Dxxx, I miss Portland right now. Let your effort be an example for all of us to follow!</P>
<P>'WE' are power!</P>
<P>. You and I seperate, are nothing!<BR><BR></P></DIV>
<DIV></DIV>&gt;From: "Remona Cowles" <REMONA@PORTLAND.QUIK.COM>
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Reply-To: "Remona Cowles" <REMONA@PORTLAND.QUIK.COM>
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Subject: [Hpn] Dignity Village Update - TENT CITY Homeless in Portland OR USA 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 02:05:18 -0800 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Dignity Village 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Good morning, all troops and supporters on this list, good morning Tim 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Harris of the Real Change, the Big Issue in Wales and LA, good morning 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;DC, LA, Seattle, Calgary, London, good morning America, Canada, and the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Dignity Village, this country's first fully mobile tent city here in 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Portland, Oregon, USA enters into the third week of its existence on its 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;third site. We are presently located on a grassy triangle of ODOT 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;(Oregon Department of Transport) land next to the Morrison Bridge. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Shopping cart parades are our stock in trade, our "Burnside Cadillacs," 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;as shopping carts are locally known, were seen by millions of viewers 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;across the US and Canada the day after Christmas in a parade led and 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;marshalled by our number one soldier John Reese, a double-amputee 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Vietnam-era vet in his wheelchair, when we were cruelly driven from our 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;second site by ODOT and the Portland Police. Dignity Village now has 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;several cell phones. Our phone number is (503) 347 9831. We have a 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Port-O-Let, light, heat and we are presently building a cookshack. We 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;now have a camp truck. We have a legal team, support teams, an outreach 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;team, a site-selection team and a press release machine. We have come a 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;long way from the doorways, parking lots, from under the bridges and on 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;the mission floors where many of us formerly lived and we are not going 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;back. As far as we are concerned, we have solved the problem of 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;affordable living space which continually climbs beyond the reach of 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;poor people in this country. It is called nylon and it comes in the form 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;of tents. We say, "Two, three, many tent cities!" 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Last night Dignity Village held its first tumultous village 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;organizational meeting. Thank you Paul and Shira of Portland Copwatch 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;for the use of your loud hailer. Some of us are hard of hearing, some of 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;us soft-spoken, there is a lot of background noise at our present site 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;and it is essential that the voice of each and every one of us be heard. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;It was decided that these meetings will take place at least twice and 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;possibly three times a week to allow us to hammer out the form of good 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;rule and governance that the village will eventually live by. Much was 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;accomplished and much remains to be done. We are growing at an 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;exponential rate which clearly demonstrates the need that our tent city 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;satisfies. We have many problems of logistics and mobility that must be 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;quickly dealt with for our very survival as an entity. We have many good 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;and committed soldiers and supporters, our support steadily grows in the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;community as a whole. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; Much love and respect to all soldiers and crew. There is only one 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;direction in which we can go and that is ever forward. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Jack Tafari 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;street roots, 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;For those who can't afford free speech 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Dignity Village 
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