[Hpn] Re: *PORTLAND FORCIBLY RELOCATES HOMELESS - Dignity Village saga LINKS - Oregon USA
Fri, 14 Sep 2001 14:32:48 -0700 (PDT)
Much thanks for shouting out what was going on here
over your excellent news service. We'll try to keep
our site http://outofthedoorways.org current and
battle-ready as our struggle is not over yet although
we've come a long way.
Hope to see you at next year's NASNA conference.
Love and respect.
--- Tom Boland <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> PORTLAND OREGON USA FORCIBLY RELOCATES HOMELESS
> PEOPLE'S "DIGNITY VILLAGE"
> ALERT - PLEASE CIORCULATE to defenders of homeless
> people's Civil Rights:
> LINKS for "Dignity Village" follow the many RELATED
> NEWS ARTICLES below:
> CONTACT PORTLAND OFFICIALS
> Portland OR USA -- Mayor Vera Katz is determined to
> keep homeless people
> from camping here, despite a court ruling against
> the city's anti-camping
> Please write "polite letters of concern" to
> Portland, Oregon officials.
> Ask them to stop forced relocations of Dignity
> Village and homeless people.
> DIGNITY VILLAGE
> Office: 1231 SW Morrison, Portland OR USA
> Phones: (503) 347 9831
> (503) 228-5657
> TO GET INVOLVED, Call Hannah at (503) 659-9384
> EMAIL YOUR LETTERS TO:
> "Mayor Vera Katz"
> "Commissioner Jim Francesconi"
> "Commissioner Charlie Hales"
> "Commissioner Dan Saltzman"
> "Commissioner Erik Sten"
> "City Auditor Gary Blackmer"
> Yahoo News SEARCH for "Portland AND homeless"
> FWD Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Sep 05
> 2001 19:59
> Under orders from Portland officials, homeless take
> down tents in 'Dignity
> By ANDREW KRAMER
> Associated Press Writer
> PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Most of the homeless
> people in a tent
> village beneath a downtown bridge packed up their
> belongings and
> left Wednesday, bowing to city demands.
> But a handful of homeless people said they wouldn't
> budge from
> the site they call Dignity Village, and would let
> themselves be
> arrested instead.
> City officials ordered roughly 75 people to move
> several miles
> from the downtown village to a field near a
> composting facility and
> the Portland International Airport.
> Some agreed to go to the new site, while others said
> they would
> go to a location in a Portland suburb offered to
> them by a private
> landowner. Of the 61 tents and shelters that were
> originally at
> Dignity Village, only about five remained Wednesday
> The Oregon Department of Transportation, which owns
> the land,
> said neighbors had complained and that the camp
> under the towering
> freeway ramps was unsafe and a liability.
> The village, a collection of dusty tents, tarpaulin
> shelters and
> portable toilets, was created last year by homeless
> people who
> dislike the city's shelter system. They say the
> shelters are
> overcrowded, split up couples and families and don't
> allow pets.
> Last week, the City Council voted to order the
> homeless campers
> to relocate to the field near the airport.
> The residents of Dignity Village had voted Monday to
> ignore the
> order. They said the city's site was too far from
> services they
> need, such as grocery stores and public assistance
> offices. They
> were also angry that the city this week erected a
> fence around the
> The city has said the fence is needed to protect
> homeless people
> from trucks and other heavy equipment at the
> composting facility.
> Police Sgt. Jim Powell said the city had volunteered
> two buses
> to move residents to the site near the airport, but
> that the buses
> would not make the roughly 30-mile trip to the
> suburban site.
> [ Excerpt ]
> Wednesday September 5 7:19 AM ET
> Village Residents Won't Relocate
> By ANDREW KRAMER, Associated Press Writer
> PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Residents of a downtown
> tent village for
> the homeless say they will face arrest rather than
> comply with a
> city order forcing them to relocate to a composting
> field several
> miles away.
> ``I'm not going to live in a concentration
> camp,'' said
> 67-year-old John Reese, one of about 75 people who
> have been living
> in ``Dignity Village'' during the past year.
> [ SNIP of content repeated in the updated AP story
> above this excerpt ]
> Channel 6000
> Thursday September 06 10:39 AM EDT
> Deadline Passes For 'Dignity Village' Residents
> Wednesday was moving day for "Dignity Village."
> Just before noon, the tent city agreed to move out
> from underneath the
> Fremont Bridge.
> Around 1:30 p.m., Tri-Met buses and trucks arrived
> to move them to the new
> location, but only about 15 people moved right away.
> Some will find their own way to the new Sunderland
> site in North Portland,
> others are scattering to various places. The site
> was offered by the city,
> as negotiations about where to relocate the homeless
> group continue.
> Portland police officers say as long as there's a
> good faith effort to
> move, they won't make any arrests.
> Discussion: Should The City Provide Home For
> FWD The Oregonian - 09/05/2001
> PORTLAND Area's shelters reflect challenges they
> face, defenders say
> KIMBERLY MOY
> Those who run Portland's homeless shelters
> acknowledge the facilities
> aren't perfect. But they also question assertions
> made by some residents of
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