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Monday, July 28, 2008

Sit/Lie On KBOO

Posted by Matt Davis on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 7:47 AM

If you happen to be awake right now, perhaps you should listen to KBOO 90.7fm, where Sisters of the Road Community Organizer Patrick Nolen is talking about the community campaign to suspend the sit/lie ordinance until 9am.

"You or I have a place where we can go sit during the day, where a lot of people don't have a place that they can go sit. And that's really kind of unfair to say, well, you can't sit here, but we have nowhere else to sit," Nolen says.

"Our co-founder, Genny Nelson, was part of the original group that started this. At that point [the ordinance] was framed as something that wouldn't affect our community a lot. As a matter of fact, the Portland Business Alliance, one of their vice presidents said in the Oregonian that 'probably about 10% of the tickets would go to ticket someone who was homeless.' But it's been used almost exclusively against the homeless."

If you've been reading the Mercury over recent months, you probably know all about the sit/lie ordinance. If not, this is a great way to brush up on the controversial issue. Especially given that there's ways you can get involved in fighting the ordinance over the coming months.

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