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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2060 on: January 08, 2018, 03:17:05 PM »
We are now entering day 8 of having no internet. They reckon end of business today but they've said that 3 times already.

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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2061 on: January 08, 2018, 04:54:27 PM »
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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2062 on: February 04, 2018, 05:33:26 PM »
This week has been one of the toughest weeks ever.

We built a village for homeless folks, moved a few in and the police came, forced us out and took all of our possessions.

We were expecting that.

We have our houseless folks in other places, they are safe.

But because of the excessive drama of this week I am losing some of my advocacy friends  We have all been emotionally bombed and we are now breaking.  A couple of us took 24 hour shifts and many people who we thought would help weren't there.  I was on a press junket, doing some 40 interviews this week.  But now I want to crawl under a rock and feel good.

I am in turns angry, crying, euphoric and active.

I'll get over it.
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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2063 on: February 05, 2018, 05:34:56 AM »
Why do they take your possessions?

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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2064 on: February 05, 2018, 01:11:21 PM »
I can't explain it in a single post but it's part of trying to do the right thing in a county that still hates and oppresses the meek and needy. People just train themselves to ignore the poor and spread false narratives about them being a bunch of cons and panhandlers. 

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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2065 on: February 05, 2018, 01:15:31 PM »
oldkid, I'm curious what is creating the euphoria. Are you having small pockets of success, or is it merely the adrenaline and the pace you're keeping?

I don't even know how to send encouragement, for your work is overwhelming, but your virtual advocacy friends are here for you still.
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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2066 on: February 05, 2018, 11:53:14 PM »
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.
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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2067 on: February 07, 2018, 02:47:21 PM »
My grandmother (Dad's side) died last night. She was 85, just got over an infection and then shared a room with a lady with the flu. She had a severe stroke when I was a baby, so I only remember her as someone who wasn't always quite there, but she had a gentle spirit and I'll miss her. My family is taking it pretty well but we're all hurting and I just need time to heal on top of everything else we've been through this year.

I might pop up from time to time, but just know that I do care about this community, I just need to focus on family first right now.

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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2068 on: February 07, 2018, 05:01:13 PM »
Family first.

We're here for you, James, and we will be here when you pop up.

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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2069 on: February 07, 2018, 10:51:09 PM »
Very sorry about your loss. :(