So the police apparently are saying that they will be back today, sometime between 11am-1pm to issue citations and/or jail anyone who has still left a shelter on camp property. A shelter, to them, is a tent, pallets, or even having a blanket covering you as being a violation of some sort. They are now saying that the property we are on is a "right of way", blocking traffic on that road.
The road happens to be overgrown with thorny blackberry bushes, nowhere near developed as a paved road you would see in downtown Portland. This seems to be another attempt of them trying to harass or derail what we are trying to achieve, which is making a home for ourselves on this land.
We are asking for any and anyone who wants to come out to make a stand with us, to please join us. We plan on having a peaceful protest proclaiming that we are not leaving and demand to be left alone or treated with more dignity. The more bodies there are when the cops show up, the more them and the city will know that we are bigger force to be dealt with than they realize.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND that there is a 50-50 chance that YOU yourself could be arrested today. There is plenty of risk if this does happen to go down like we think it may so keep that in mind. And we completely understand if that’s a risk you just cannot take. Here’s the breakdown of the event:
WHO: Camp Phoenix Rising members, friends and allies
WHAT: A sit-in, peaceful protest, a stand against injustice
WHEN: September 11th, 2010 at 11am-1pm
WHERE: On site at 299 N. Hancock St. (Off of N. Wheeler St. near Broadway Bridge)
WHY: To keep Camp Phoenix Rising afloat amidst the turmoil of police harassment, city officials being evasive, and fighting government oppression.
Please spread the word to as many people as you think would be interested in this protest, even if you won’t be there. Meet at 10 am to discuss strategy, meet members, and find out more crucial info to make this as successful as we can because there is so much we all can learn! We need your support…thank you all!