Monday, December 29, 2008


Mental Bound

A song about depression and despair.


Twilight dances on midnight fright
Who and how are bound so tight
Hope never lasts and why I cry?
The blessed ones just wonder by
Yeah the blessed ones always wonder by
Please don't sit so damn near
My breathings hard when I'm in fear
but not a word you wonder why?
I'm just a coffin left to die
Yeah just a coffin waiting to die
Thought I was ready for the town
a big mistake had to turn around
my arms, legs, and mouth seemed bound
Reflections of a lonesome clown
Yeah reflections of a very lonesome clown
Not a face just a hole
An angry man thats lost his soul
The spiral down took its toll
Mental bound without control
Yeah mental bound with no chance of parole
A living hell with no rest found
My only hope is in the ground
Hope never lasts and why I cry?
The blessed ones just wonder by
Yeah blessed ones always wonder by
How can the blessed ones not care if I die

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Warming Centers in Portland - Discussion in City Hall

I filmed this discussion which was on TV ...about "Warming Centers" for the homeless in Portland Oregon durring this cold freezing weather

The YouTube video is a Ch.#30 Metro TV copy of the Portland City Hall council meeting on 12.17.08

Saturday, November 29, 2008

STEPHEN PIMPARE discusses Poverty with Amy Goodman

Stephen Pimpare, author of a new book called “A People’s History of Poverty in America” (New Press). Pimpare is a professor of political science and social work at Yeshiva University here in New York. His previous book was titled “The New Victorians: Poverty, Politics, and Propaganda in Two Gilded Ages.”


on Democracy Now


AMY GOODMAN: Share some of the stories, because its really the color, the power of this book.

STEPHEN PIMPARE: One of, I think, the things that comes through most clearly if we actually listen to those who are facing dire need of one form of another and looking towards institutions whether they are public or private, familial or neighborhood, for some sort of assistance, is the almost universal contempt and disdain for the manner in which they’re treated by those institutions. The notion their poor through some of their own moral failings and they need to be redeemed, they need to be rehabilitated, that they need to be made a respectable, normal . If we look at the experience of poor people over time, that independence is something they hold very dearly just as you or I would.

What they’re fighting for is dignity, independence. What they’re fighting for often access to a good job at a living wage that makes it possible for them to have some control over their own lives, some ability to support their families in the manner that they chose. It is perhaps some measure of how poorly—the narrowness we think about poverty, we focus our attention on welfare, which is absolutely essential as an interim measure while people are in between jobs, escaping abusive relationships, trying to put themselves through college. These are vital and essential programs as interim measures but they are used as interim measures. The notion that poor Americans are looking for a free ride, that they are looking for a welfare check so they do not have to work is simply not borne out by the testimony by offer over and over again about the need for greater choice in their own lives, the ability to make their own decisions of how they are going to put together the complex puzzle that is survival day-to-day.

AMY GOODMAN: Talk about surrender a culture of poverty.

STEPHEN PIMPARE: We have historically understood poverty as a more failure. In fact, we have a whole architecture of language we use to talk about this, the culture of poverty. The notion that there is either something inherent in individuals that leads them to be poor selling them to be poor, some sort of moral emotional, intellectual failing, or some sort of collective culture that is born and bred in poor communities, in which we pass poverty around, almost as if it is some sort of disease.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Counting the homeless who are serriously ill in Portland

The following report is by Amanda Waldroupe
It was posted here on "Portlands" street newspaper called
"Street Roots"
Nov. 12, 2008 (from the October 31-Nov 13 edition)
Much thanks to Amanda for this well documneted article

Measuring our vulnerability
(by Amanda Waldroupe)

Forty-year-old Shannon Boat, who has been homeless on the streets of Portland for three years, was told that the bladder cancer she was diagnosed with would kill her.
“They told me I had two years, and that was six years ago,” she says.
She stops by at the Downtown Chapel regularly to stock up on Depends — adult diapers — because she can no longer control her bladder.
“It’s painful,” Boat says. “Being homeless makes my health problems worse… If I wasn’t homeless, I wouldn’t have to be worry about leaking urine all over the place.”
Boat’s story of becoming increasingly unhealthy while homeless is a common one on the streets, but her story — like many others — has largely remained untold.
That changed on Friday, October 24, when the results of a survey detailing the severe health problems homeless individuals suffer from was presented to an auditorium full of those charged with ending homelessness in Portland.
The survey created what is called the Vulnerability Index. Ranking homeless individuals according to the fragility of their health, the Index reveals how likely those individuals are to die on the streets if they do not receive housing, medical care, or other services.
Created by the New York non-profit Common Ground, the Index is based on the research of Dr. Jim O’Connell, a street physician with the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. O’Connell’s research found that having one, or a combination, of eight specific illnesses increased a homeless individual’s likelihood of dying (see sidebar).
The results of Portland’s survey are alarming (see results at right).
“Frankly, they shock me,” says City Commissioner Nick Fish, who oversees the Bureau of Housing and Community Development.
Altogether, 646 surveys were taken, far exceeding the housing bureau’s goal of collecting 400. Of those 646 individuals, 302 people, or 47 percent of those surveyed, have a high risk of mortality, meaning they reported having one of the eight illnesses increasing morbidity.
Most disturbing is the number of individuals who are “tri-morbid,” meaning they have co-occuring mental health, substance abuse, and medical issues.
“Your tri-morbidity rate is really high,” said Becky Kanis, Common Ground’s director of innovations, adding there are more tri-morbid people in Portland than in any other city the index has been taken in, including Los Angeles, New Orleans, and New York City.
“The people we’re talking to are in very poor health,” said Sally Erickson, program manager at the housing bureau.
Creating the index requires surveying homeless individuals and asking them 45 questions about their personal health: Have you been diagnosed with HIV and/or AIDS? Have you ever been violently attacked while homeless? Liora Berry, program coordinator at the housing bureau, and the person who initiated doing the index here, describes them as “very personal questions.”
Gathering at City Hall at 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 21, 22, and 23, volunteer outreach workers, bureaucrats, and housing advcoates split into 13 teams led by an outreach worker and medical professional, and from 6 to 8 a.m. they hit the streets of downtown Portland and the inner quadrants conducting the survey. Each team, armed with clipboards, surveys and passion, surveyed the same area each morning, at the crack of Portland’s cold dark dawn.
5:30 in the morning on Thursday, 40 people gathered in City Hall’s Rose Room. It is the third and last morning of surveying. “By Thursday, I was exhausted,” says Dennis Lundberg, a Janus Youth outreach worker. “I was really feeling worn out.”
I walked in as Berry was giving a pep talk to people seated at the conference table, along the edges of the room, and standing in line to pour themselves Stumptown coffee from a box.
It is pitch black when we leave City Hall, following a team led by JOIN outreach worker Quinn Colling. Colling and his team have been covering the area around the Burnside Bridge, Burnside Avenue, and parts of Old Town.
First, though, Colling makes an important stop, out of consideration for the people he has worked with for the last year and a half: Voodoo Doughnuts.
“I wouldn’t want to be woken up without coffee and breakfast,” Colling says.
“Walking into someone’s camp uninvited at 6 a.m. and waking them up is generally an invasion of privacy,” says Dennis Lundberg, an outreach worker with Janus Youth.
Driving along SW Naito Parkway, we find three people. Three more people are found, woken up, and surveyed along Ankeny Street in Old Town. After finding no one sleeping on the Burnside Bridge, we arrive at the Downtown Chapel around seven in the morning, first light.
About a dozen people were already lined up outside the Catholic-based agency waiting for its hospitality center to open at nine-thirty, including Boat.
Boat was one who listed a myriad of health issues. In addition to having bladder cancer, Boat says she has had frostbite on her fingertips, vision and hearing problems, suffered from a past head injury, and used injection drugs in the past.
Boat tells me she is not hesitant to be frank about such personal matters; she prefers to “share my experiences out here to help the younger generation.”
“It’s the hardest thing to be out here and be homeless,” Boat says.
She echoes what a man who identified himself as Alan said earlier that morning. Homeless since December, Alan says he has lived in Portland for four years, after immigrating from Liverpool, England.
“It’s a good thing,” he says, of the survey. “If you don’t ask questions, you’re not going to find out what’s going on.”
A few feet away from Boat and me, Linda Klein, a Providence Hospital physician, surveyed a young man. He sat atop a wool blanket Colling had given him, his legs crossed.
An overpowering rancid smell thickened the air as he removed two layers of damp, dirt-stained socks. Klein shines a flashlight on his feet, revealing blisters covering his toes and bottom of his feet. Bright red lines circled his toes and meandered up his feet. As Klein looked, the young man’s body was racked by a loud, hacking cough.
“He needs to get treated,” Klein said.
Colling and Klein decide to take him to the emergency room at Northwest Portland’s Good Samaritan hospital. Colling drives, while I sit in the back of Colling’s van keeping a thermos of coffee steady between my feet to stop it from spilling. Klein continues to administer the survey on the way. The man responds by nodding or shaking his head, the only verbal sounds coming from him incoherent murmurs.
Arriving, he swung his legs out of the van to walk to the emergency room. Klein asked if he wanted to put his socks back on. He shook his head, said “thank you” and walked away.
Klein said the man’s feet had bacterial infections that were beginning to “track” up his feet. Klein also said he may be cachectic, a condition of extreme weight loss. “He looked like someone who could get sick fast,” she said. “He didn’t have the reserves.”
The man spoke so quietly, almost timidly, that I couldn’t hear why he would not put his socks back on. As we headed back to the Downtown Chapel, Klein repeated what the man said.
“He said (his feet) felt like they were on fire.”

At least twice as many people were at the Downtown Chapel when Colling, Klein and I returned. Shannon Rhodes, 39, said a woman staying at the Salvation Army’s women’s shelter nearby on 5th Avenue had taken the survey earlier and told the women about it upon returning.
As we got out, people asked us if we had surveys. Because I had a clipboard, people asked me as well. I’m a reporter, I said. I’m not doing the surveys. Well, couldn’t you? Someone asked, looking me straight in the eyes.
Sure, I thought. I know how to ask questions.
I ended up giving two surveys Thursday morning. One was to an African American woman only two years older than I am (twenty-five), responding to the questions mainly by shaking her head.
The woman, Rhodes, and many other individuals encountered by the survey teams, were more than willing to answer the questions posed to them. One of the unique things about the Portland survey, Kanis said, was that the ratio of people consenting to take the survey in Portland was, at 90%, higher than any other city the survey was taken in.
Lundberg, initially concerned about whether the survey would violate people’s privacy, said, “it felt comfortable and it felt compassionate.”
At the same time, some people were motivated to take the survey purely, it seemed, because of the $5 gift card to Starbucks, Safeway or Burger King given at the end of the survey.
“I need something to eat,” a homeless youth said to me as I questioned him. Shaking his head or droning no after no, at one point, as I asked him whether he was HIV positive or had AIDS, he said, “I’m only 18.”

“We will use the data from the Vulnerability Index to make sure that people with serious medical conditions receive priority for housing, medical care and other services,” Fish said in introductory remarks to the presentation of the survey’s results.
“We should serve the people who are the most vulnerable,” Erickson says.
Erickson sticks by those guns, even in what appears to be the current scenario where the net number of shelter or housing spaces does not increase, leaving those serving homeless individuals making difficult, moral choices regarding whether to perform triage, and house the vulnerable, at the cost of leaving healthier individuals still on the street.
“I have no problem with housing them first,” Erickson says.
“I recognize we have to make tough choices,” Fish says.
Despite being homeless for 25 years, and describing her experience as being “through hell and back,” Robin Tolbert, 48, agrees. “The ones who are really, really sick need to come first,” she says. “It doesn’t bother me.”
In addition to rapidly housing unhealthy individuals, the index will also enable some “problem solving” when it comes to how the city serves those individuals.
Shelters using a first come, first serve or lottery system may need to change the way individuals are admitted and receive priority. Erickson thinks the current system excludes those who are not organized or too unhealthy (mentally or physically) to “advocate for themselves,” effectively prioritizing one population over another, but the population is not the most vulnerable.
During the Friday presentation, Fish publicly charged the housing bureau to devise a plan on how to best serve those individuals by Nov. 10. Fish expects the bureau to “be as creative and enterprising as they can to come up with a menu of options.”
Dark lines of exhaustion etched underneath their eyes, Erickson and Berry were not sure on Friday afternoon what, exactly, the proposal would be.
“I don’t know what the full outcome will be,” Berry said. “The main thing is to regroup.”
Homeless on and off for five years and on the wait list for the Salvation Army’s women’s shelter, Rhodes knows exactly what she wants to see happen. “I want them to use the information to get more funding, more spaces,” she says.
Into the future, some see a major opportunity to use the hard data the Vulnerability Index provides as leverage for acquiring new resources and increasing the net amount of housing and service resources for the city’s efforts to end homelessness. “It helps our arguments,” Fish said.
“How can we be a great city when we cannot take care of our most fragile?”

Monday, November 03, 2008

Just found this website - Realty Company & Homeless

I have only read some of this page
There are comments below the main story
It is interesting slant and I am sure I have my opinion
though I have not voiced it I still wanted to pass along this link
The site that is hosting this is a "Housing Realty" type of website

Portland has become a place for the homeless to come. The city embraces them, and even is willing to drive hard working mom and pop stores out in order to help the homeless. We have something called dignity village here that is a homeless camp, is on public land, and doesn't have to be up to code.

Maybe we should issue the homeless cell phones

Friday, October 24, 2008

Getting Soaked by Clean & Safe

Here is the complete story from The Mercury
Matt Davis Reporter from the Mercury tells us "whats going on" to the poor and houseless in Portland Oregon at 4am




In Safe Hands Posted by Matt Davis on Thu, Oct 23 at 10:31 AM I was up at 4:30 yesterday to follow the city's Bureau of Housing and Community Development along on a vulnerability survey, looking for the people in Portland most likely to die on the streets over the winter. It's the first time the city has done a survey like this, and there'll be more on it in next week's paper. But in the mean time, I wanted to relate this incident. By 7:15, the volunteers I was with had surveyed about 25 people sleeping on the streets outside the Portland Rescue Mission on West Burnside, when a Clean & Safe van showed up to hose down the sidewalk:

Among those sleeping on the street outside the mission was a barefoot man, whom I'd estimate to be around 55-60 years old, whose hands appeared to be suffering severe infection. He seemed to be suffering, too, from confusion, was very difficult to re-direct, and when asked if he'd seen a doctor, said "God will take care of me." His hands were weeping pus and blood, and covered in these scales:

Nevertheless, come hose time, the Clean & Safe crew made no allowances for the man, and appeared to show no interest whatsoever in his medical welfare. He was forced to stand up and move along, just like everybody else:

About 10 yards further down the sidewalk, the Clean & Safe crew eventually had to stop hosing, while the cops were called to attend to a man who had passed out and at first, didn't seem to be going to wake up. After five minutes he was eventually roused and hauled off in a police car.
On the one hand, I can accept that the city's business leaders want to present an attractive face for downtown consumers. But when they're hosing down the sidewalk outside a shelter that's already full, and showing apparent disregard for the welfare of those on that sidewalk with severe medical conditions, I wonder what messages we're really sending to the suburbs? I wonder whether a Beaverton soccer mom would really be comfortable knowing that by spending money in our downtown shopping malls, she was inadvertently sponsoring that kind of activity?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Poem by Shannon Andrews

I read this in the Portland Street Roots - Oct 17 2008 issue on page 7

The heat from the fire
Silhouettes the dancing shadows
Cast from us huddling to stay warm
My stiletto heels begin to dance with the pounding of my heart
And my hair weeps down my chest
So it calls a memory soaked after
The electrical storm as we
Sit in our helpless shelter
And bring on the infinite boredom
Beginning to appreciate
Each other's warmth
How I would spend this moment over and over
And hope this night would never end.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

U N C E R T A I N D A Y S video

Hello my friends,
I am passing along a link to a short "trailer" that looked really good
The video is only 10.oo$ ... I wish I could order it.
Maybe I will get it later
Meanwhile check out the short out-take

Cinefocus & Media Productions presentsa film by Joseph Piner

"U N C E R T A I N D A Y S"
Living Homeless

Featuring music byNashville Session Players{ only $10.00 + $1.00 S&H }

Click below for Elkton, Maryland newspaper followup story

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Tent Cities on the rise

The economic bailout plan being debated in Washington is coming too late for one small, but growing population of America.
In the shadows of Reno's high-rise casinos, one community lives with almost nothing. dwelling in tents.

Nevada's unemployment rate is at a 23-year high. In Reno, the number of jobless jumped 60 percent in the last year.

Now for 170 people, their home is nothing more than a tent.
"I know that god is going to take care of me," one resident said. "But some days, it's very scary."
Whether it is the blaring train or the blazing sun, life is not easy for the mix of chronically homeless, and those newly so.

Just last Christmas, Michael Moore and Marian Schamp (as seen in the video) lived in a rented house in Portland. After Mr Moore lost the job he had had for three years at a gas station, the pair moved to Reno in search of jobs. However, they never found any.

Across the US, tent cities have either popped up or expanded in places like Seattle, Portland and Columbus.

The problem got so bad in Reno that officials decided to organise the tent city and run it themselves.

They put up fencing, brought in security and fresh running water until they can move the people into housing or shelters.


The complete article is from here:

Watch the video fro this story here:

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Interesting Video

The link for this is here:
The Story Of A Sign

Friday, August 15, 2008

Nicklesville - Homeless in Seattle


author: Tara HayesJul 28, 2008 01:27

So what happens when you’re homeless in Seattle? Many find a doorway. Others, illegally camp out in various Green Spaces. And some are organizing to take matters into their own hands. A group of roughly 35 people gathered on a sunny University of Washington campus lawn to rally for a permanent homeless encampment. They’re calling it Nickelsville in response to Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and the city’s recent sweeps on homeless camps found on hillsides, in greenbelts and beneath freeways.

Nicklesville homeless and formerly homeless people make up the Nickelsville committee; they were inspired by Depression era Hoovervilles, shanty towns made of wood, cardboard and metal pieces, so named after then President Herbert Hoover. Unlike Seattle area Tent Cities, Nickelsville would be made of permanent structures to house up to 1000 people people who wouldn’t be asking permission to be there. One World Report’s Tara Hayes was at the gathering and presents this audio potpourri from the event.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Stealing from the Poor in Portland Oregon 7/27/08

http://www. kptv. com/news/17005878/detail. html#

-Burglars smashed through a reinforced window and stole food from a Portland food bank Friday.

Investigators said the thieves broke into the Generous Ventures Food Bank and, in addition to food, made off with fire extinguishers and a rolodex that included names and phone numbers of employees.They also left behind shattered glass, broken venetian blinds and opened cooler doors.

Edna Ford, who started the food bank 22 years ago, said the stolen food was intended for elderly and homeless people."We help a lot of seniors, and I think it's just awful that they would attack places like this," she said.It's not the first time thieves have struck at the food bank. A year ago, a refrigerated truck was stolen.

Ford said the latest crime is the last straw, and she wants security cameras placed at the food bank."It's getting really old," Ford said. "(I'm) getting very tired of it."The food bank is left with the costs of replacing the stolen food and repairing the damaged building.Generous Ventures is asking for donations to replace the food, repair the building and to install security cameras.

Anyone with information on who may be responsible for the theft is asked to call police.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008


The protest for human respect for the poor and homelss took their message to the streets
I have two Google videos of this afternoon action
Both videos are about an hour long

Video one starts in the park along Burnside in downtown Portland Oregon

Video two starts when the march is just about to the police station and ends with a group - citizens / fourm in the parkblocks at PSU campus

There is one YouTube outake that show the only arrest ... a token j walk ticket & blocking traffic is the topic in the Youtube outake

Monday, July 07, 2008

Portland Coalition Against Poverty July 9 2008 Invite

Wednesday, July 9th 5 PM North Park Blocks Portland Coalition Against Poverty

On Tuesday June 24th, following the regular meal service under the Burnside Bridge, Portland Police awakened and dispersed over 50 people from above and beneath the Bridge. On Wednesday June 25th, the police and Clean and Safe awakened and dispersed 16-20 people from the East side of the Morrison Bridge and 10-14 people from the East side of the Hawthorne Bridge.

The people were removed with no alternative sleeping locations given. Alan Pyrah, who was sleeping on the Burnside bridge at the time of the sweep, asked an officer where he was expected to go. The unnamed officer replied, "Go across the river." Pyrah went to sleep under the Morrison Bridge, and was disturbed again the following evening. These aggressive acts on the part of the Portland Police highlight the continued contempt of the Portland Police bureau for the houseless and impoverished.

The police awakened the sleeping citizens using foghorns and boots, and gave them two minutes to collect their possessions. Clean and Safe, the security branch of the Portland Business Alliance, had brought large dumpsters with them, and all possessions not collected within the two minute limit were thrown into the dumpsters. A Portland Police officer stood by with a timer.

This method of dispersal is a break from standard Portland Police policy: Ordinarily, possessions are seized and taken to a central storage facility, where they can be claimed the next day.

Additionally, city policy requires the police to give 24 hour posted notice before enforcing the no-camping law. These dispersals are in accordance with the regular pattern of ticketing and harassment during the summer festival season. Interviews conducted at several nightly feeds immediately following the raids confirmed the worst suspicions of houseless advocates.
Larry Reynolds, a disabled veteran who sleeps outdoors, said, "They're targeting homeless people...taking people's gear and throwing it away. They're not posting notices or inviting social service agencies [as specified under the no-camping law] as they do it."

Two weeks before the Waterfront Blues Festival, the city has begun to increase pressure on people sleeping outdoors. It began with verbal warnings, and has been followed by ticketing and dispersal on a nightly or bi-nightly basis. This police aggression is intended to insure that attendees of the Blues Festival will not be confronted by the City's issues of poverty. Cheyenne, a houseless person affected by the dispersals, said, "It's the rich and the middle class stealing [sleep] from the poor."

In response to the targeting of poor and houseless people in the community, a demonstration is planned for Wednesday, July 9th. It will start in the North Park Blocks at 5pm. "Hands Off the Poor," a demonstration organized by the Portland Coalition Against Poverty demands an immediate end to police harassment and arrest of poor and houseless people in the community.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Homeless Protest Portland City Hall montage May 2008

This is a few out takes from a few of the videos I have of the homeless protest in Portland Oregon

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Kicked To The Curb Portland's Homeless Documentary

There was no concern for Safety when the Protesters were "Kicked to The Curb"
There was more "blocking the bus access by police than those who had feet in the streets
There was police man power used to arrest people who have no where to go
There is people sleeping 6 inches from the street ...what kind of compassion or decency is that showing?

Watch - "Kicked To The Curb" a 16 minute documentary on the treatment of the homeless in Portland Oregon who try to stand up for their right to the sidewalks

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Homeless Protest at City Hall Jesus Loves the Homeless

Filmed on 5-13-08 in Portland Oregon
In support of the Homeless Protest in front of City Hall

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Portland Homeless Underground - Keep Movin

Filmed in Downtown Portland On May 19 2008

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Homeless Protest City Hall 5.13 Press Conference part 3-3

This is part 3 from the mayors press conference on 5-13 -08
part 3 is the part that was outside the building on the front steps of city Hall 'after the meeting'
This is a discussion of the mayors opinion regarding not addressing their concerns appropriately
The protest continues....
as the city does not address any of the protesters issues or their conserns ....
This is a Community Issue that needs attention
I urge solidarity with this protest for Human Rights

Homeless Protest City Hall 5.13 Press Conference part 2-3

Homeless Protest City Hall 5.13 Press Conference
This is part two of the 3 part series concerning the press conference the mayor had with the homeless protesters.
This segment is the last of the meeting.
I also talk with an activist outside of City Hall on the sidewalk.
Filmed in Portland Oregon on 5-13-08
I am filming this event to promote fair media coverage in the local Human Rights struggle and to help bring Dignity for all citizens in my community especially the home & house less
This is an Independent news service by
and has no corporate interest or affiliation's!

Portland Homeless Protest Update 5-17-08 - Call To Action

ON MONDAY 5-19-08
This is an update from the park
That is across the street from City Hall

Homeless Protest City Hall 5.13 Press Conference part 1-3

This Is Video One Of Three Clips from that afternoon at City Hall In Portland Oregon

Saturday, May 17, 2008

A Reading From the Letter Of John a homeless man in Portland

Here is a video I made of me reading (as I show the letter) about a call for help concerning Housing reform
It was given to me on May 15 at 9pm across the street from Portland City Hall
That morning the sidewalks were "CLEANED" so the protesters moved across the street to the park, john wanted me to get the word out and here it is
Please contact he Governors office asap, I have included the contact info at the end of this 9 minute video clip on YouTube

Friday, May 16, 2008

Waking Up at the Homeless Protest 530am

Waking Up at the Homeless Protest
Worst Night of Sleep I Have Had all Year

Homeless Videos from City Hall Protest

More Videos from the PROTEST
Human Rights - Dignity - Compassion - Concern - Civil Rights
All thes items are on the line -
Yet as the city hall folks go home and I am sure sleep well
The homeless lay on the sidewalk in fucking hell
This aint no fricking family campout folks - it sucks sleeping on a hard sidewalk
getting hassled by the police and being always on the 24/7 "keep moving fear factor"
Here are some videos I have compiled
I am way back logged and have more to still post
Sorry for yhe disorganized way these are being posted
I will try and straighten the webpage better ....
But we need to get some justice done first at City Hall regarding the sit lie law and allowing "sleeping outside in Portland"




Homless Protest and the Right to Sleep 5-14-08 09:50

Let Me Sleep at Homeless Protest at Portland City Hall 06:02

Portland Homeless Protest reading from The Oregonian Story 07:42

Homeless Protest "Can you see us now?" 09:59

Homeless Activists at meeting inside City Hall 09:19

Homeless Protest at City Hall with Joe Walsh 02:38

Sleeping at the Homeless Protest at Portland City Hall 07:01

Monday, May 12, 2008

Videos from Homeless Protets City Hall - Portland Oregon

I have a collection of videos from the City Hall Houseless Protest that has been going on for the last two weeks in Portland Oregon
It looks like the Police (City) is planning on removing the protesting homeless people on Tuesday May 13 (A notice was posted informing the folks with no homes or shelter that they would be arrested for being at this protest as of the day on the flier)

I just uploaded this 45 minute long video from the meeting of protesters on the sidewalk out front of City Hall in regards to the seven fellow activists/ homeless who were jailed earlier that day. This meeting was filmed on Saturday 5-10-08 around 7:30 pm
It is being uploaded to Google

Here are some more shorter video links from this protest:

2 of 7 Portland Homeless Protesters Released From Jail

HOMELESS on May Day 1,438 Flags

Homeless Protest at City Hall "Interview"

Respecting The Homeless Protest in Portland Oregon

Jeff Bissonette City Council Candidate at Homeless Protest

May Day March homelessness, immigration and profits 3 of 6

I spent the night there at the protest on Saturday night
I will be posting more video from that day asap (it will be posted RIGHT here***)

Friday, May 09, 2008

Homeless Protest Portland City Hall "Lone Vet" concern

I have been going by the Portland Homeless (House Less) Protest just about every day
I have about 5 new video that I will be posting right here

This video is of Joe Walsh (The Lone Vet) that I filmed at the weekly Impeachment Protest at Earl Blumenauer's filmed on 5/8/08

Joe talks about the House less protest and suggests calling city hall to encourage a resolve

Meanwhile check on YouTube for Zebra334 video to see them before they are posted here

Peace and Justice
Joe Anybody

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Portland City Hall Homeless Protest Report from May 1st 2008

It is May Day when I filmed this
The protest march I am with, swings by City Hall
I latter stop in and talk to lots of neat people at the Homeless Vigil
Some are homeless, some are activists, some are politicians, both the old and the young
Lots of diversity and an array of concerned people
I wanted to stay longer
I wanted to help ...just by being there in solidarity with my camera if needed,
to capture what ever important moment might need to be recorded.
But I did get these following YouTube video clips documented
It is May 3 today and I am still uploading video to the Internet from this vigil
In Solidarity filming for - Peace - Love - Justice

This is a collection of three (3) videos all from May 1st at the Homeless Camp Protest And as I finish the editing I will have a couple more still to post by tomorrow

I stop and talk with the first person I see, I also talk with one of the organizers named Art Rios:

This is the continuation of the conversation with Art Rios who I believe is one of the organizers of this grassroots protest:

Around 9:PM a group of high school students show up with hot coco, compassion, and some snacks I am inspired by the community spirit:

In Solidarity for Housing For The Homeless and safe treatment of those that are on the streets