Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Constant Push

For the last 21 days, the City of Portland has been sweeping 500 people out of SE. Homeless folks and their advocates scrambled to find places for them to be. Under the stress of the move, many of those swept ended up in the hospital, and others had mental breakdowns.
One of the places that many went to is Gateway Green, between the 205 and 84 freeways in NE Portland. About 80 percent of the people staying there were forced there because of the previous sweep.
Now the city of Portland plans to do another sweep of the Greenway area, causing more trauma upon the poorest people in our city. The city claims that they plan to do construction in this area for a bike park, but that construction is years away, after the shelters currently being planned are built.
If you live in Multnomah County, please call the Portland city council and tell them to stop evicting the homeless until they have a place to go. Tell them to stop oppressing our most vulnerable populations.
A tyrant forces people to do what is convenient for a few wealthy people. A leader provides positive solutions for all their citizens. Amanda Fritz, Charlie Hales, find solutions before you move people. Stop traumatizing your citizens!
Amanda Fritz: (503) 823-3008
Charlie Hales: 503-823-4120
I just visited this area this morning. They are peaceful and supporting each other, trying to keep the area clean. Provide support, not oppression!

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