Birthing Eugene’s OpportUNITY Village
sleep on cardboard, on dirt, on cement:
the official unofficially-counted occupants of
Eugene’s parks, alleys and riverbanks.
No job, no money…go home
to no home.
victimized by addicts, vagrants, local laws
forcing police to criminalize
public visibility of private necessities.
In Eugene know the crime of carrying bedding,
(Code 4.815) levies $200 first offense, $500 second.
The proactive group, SLEEPS,
Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep,
stages a ‘camp-in’ in moral solidarity
with the world’s billion-plus truly desperate homeless.
A ‘camp-in’ leveraging local concern and legal knowledge
as prelude to the…
EUGENE CITY COUNCIL MEETING and
MEETING OF THE EUGENE URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY:
Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy presiding
Alan Zelenka’s summarizes,
makes a motion,
a second is heard
and the vote is called:
George, Mike, Betty, Chris,
Claire. Pat, Alan.
6 to 1, the “Yeas” have it.
This evening, from Harris Hall onto Free Speech Plaza
much talk, loud celebration, forgiven illegal occupancy.
Tomorrow bundling bedding, tents and signs.
Tomorrow recharging the tools of nonviolence: laptop, iPad,
smart phone, information, transparency, connectivity.
‘Camp-in’ at Free Speech Plaza.
Don’t invite but expect arrest.
‘Protest’ on city land and go to City Jail.
‘Trespass’ on county land and go to County Detention.
Or is it the flip?
Whichever, women always go to jail.
empowering City Police jurisdiction
on county land surrounded by city land?
Laws, ordinances, regulations, codes.
From prior police arrests
triggered by sheriff requests
no SLEEPS convictions,
think arrest, camera confiscated
think no pictures
think “We can’t publish excuses Steve.”
Safe sleep for me
is across the street in my pickup.
8pm to 6am legal street parking.
Goodnight United Nation’s Human Rights Day