In memory of the 2 year anniversary of the death of James Chasse, Portland Coalition Against Poverty declared three days of action against houselessness and police abuses. On Monday, September 15th, PCAP held our third housing forum, at First Unitarian Church. Attendance was healthy (20 folks or so) and the meeting broke up into two groups. Folks were enthusiastic about establishing squats and confronting the systems of dominance that were oppressing them. They were also interested in bringing some perspective shift to the public on the issue of houselsesness. The energy was high and it was very exciting. The next night, September 16th, we held a Know Your Rights training at PSU in Food For Thought Café, to spread knowledge about the pernicious force of evil that is the police, and provide strategies for confronting those dastardly devils. It went off pretty well, with strong attendance again, in the low twenties. A lot of side conversation took place, which enabled networking and helped spread resource knowledge. On the 17th, the two year anniversary of Chasse’s death, we held a picket at Portland Police Bureau. This gutsy move met with little more than dirty looks from mean tempered cops, impotent to halt our peaceful display of free speech. In all, a kicking three days of action and some positive steps in building community power.
See the video on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR_M6T9lt5M
From the Ground Up – Fourth Housing Forum, October 15th.
The next PCAP Housing Forum is on October 15th at 6pm at First Unitarian Church (1011 SW 12th Ave.) We’ll be feeding folks and building on the ideas of the last forums, as we barrel toward implementing some change, from the ground up. Spread the word! We’ll be feeding delicious food for the people and rocking inclusive goal based discussions about community power.