Re: [Fwd: ALERT: Campaign for Legal Places to Sleep/Portland,OR

Tom Boland (
Tue, 3 Nov 1998 00:46:40 -0400

Hi, Remona:

Thanks for  updating HPN members on today's Campaign for Legal Places to
Sleep protest in Portland, plus your news about the Burnside Caddilac.  I
wish the best for the paper, Sharon, Mike, Brian and you.

In Portand and worldwide, may we all have all we truly need to survive and

Seeking peaceful means to homeless peoples' aims. -- Tom in Boston

Remona Cowles <> wrote:
>The Campaign for Legal Places to Sleep Civil Disobedience action went well
>in Portland today.
>Protesters slumbered on blankets and in sleeping bags along Morrison Av, a
>busy downtown street on
>the Max route from 11:30 until well after 4pm. The police continuosly but
>unobtrusively watched from
>nearby allowing the activists to chant, sing, and give commentary over the
>loudspeakers without
>interference. Homeless folks showed up and spoke to the public about their
>situations and asked the
>public for the right to sleep without being arrested. Several news
>reporters showed up and filmed
>the activities so watch for us if you get any of our local stations.
>It is unknown at this time what the next action will be in this campaign.
>More support is needed as
>only 20 to 30 people showed up. We need a stronger turn-out to get the
>city's attention.
>Sharon Pearson is no longer running the Burnside Cadillac. She has retired
>turning the paper over to
>the capable hands of Mike and Brian. Richard is running the vending
>department and I will be
>returning to once again sell the paper. The paper has a whole new look and
>I think all the changes
>will bring in more readership, thus educating more Portlanders about
>homelessness and poverty.
>I will be speaking with Mike and Brian on Wednesday about contributing
>some of my time to get the
>paper back online as it has been 'under construction' for some monthes now.
>Remona Cowles

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