They take our possessions to try to prevent us from setting up on other land. The city of Portland made a contract saying they would not give us our possessions back until we sign a contract saying that we would not place our possessions on public land again. Our ACLU lawyer says, "No, you're not going to sign that."
This is what happens to the homeless all over the country. Their possessions are taken for daring to exist on public land.
Why am I euphoric at times? Certainly adrenaline has something to do with that, because I'm an addict to the stuff. Partly it's because, finally, the whole city is talking about what I've been pointing out for years: sweeps of homeless folk are damaging and cruel. Partly it's because that despite the losses, community is being developed, which is the basis of justice and peace.
A long time village allowed our folks to stay with them, taking up their common room. That is so generous.