Hello! The Vigil TV project online presence is a combination of individual efforts, Occupy Portland GA-endorsed efforts, and those of various affiliations of people. "Occupy Portland Vigil at City Hall to Lift the Camping Ban" has Twitter, Facebook and Wikispaces set up December 2011. "Vigil TV" which is an outreach centered on the Vigil/Occupation and issues of houselessness has Twitter, email, Ustream, a YouTube archive and a YouTube highlight channel. Soon it will have a website to put these links together better than here. This WePay account is for Vigil TV but the money goes toward items decided at our weekly meetings at the Vigil when we have them- historically Mondays and Thursdays at 5pm at City Hall, unless donors specify "Vigil TV." If you want to keep us filming, our clear mobile hotspot requires $50/mo. Email us so we know your donation is for Vigil TV. Soon Vigil expenses will be collected thru Friends of Occupy Portland.
On Youtube, watch the Full length archive videos or perhaps you'll prefer the shorter highlights channel.
Don't forget The 24/7 Occupation of City Hall at 7 Months movie from David Love on Vimeo.
Take a shift as a vigil keeper. Here's a scheduling page
Watch the interviews on Vigil TV to learn what people housed and unhoused can attest to- to answer questions like "How does it happen to people?" "How bad is it?" "What are solutions and why aren't they being pursued seriously?" "Could this happen to me or my loved ones?" and "How can I help?" It seems like everyone we interview has pieces of the puzzle- including solutions. Keep in mind that this is life in a public space sidewalk without so much as a lean to- so in the non-interview segments there will sometimes be challenging and raw, gentle viewer. This is, as we like to say, the real Real world. Make sure and get in the chat room. When live, the show is interactive.
News affecting us today is moving so fast. Pardon the fact that some of the most important news is not on this page yet. But you can read it on Twitter! (@opdxVigilTV)
News coverage has been positive or neutral- (Here is the print summary of the 6:00 news piece 7/10/12 on KGW, and an article by Anne Saker in the Oregonian) which is good news for our group's goals in housing justice, and one of the focuses in Occupy's anti-greed, pro-community message- often quoted as "people before profit." We now owe a large amount of coverage to the issue itself to the amazing public outreach by Cameron Whitten who had been independently been on a hunger strike for housing justice at the vigil, using his connections made during his run as a 2012 mayoral candidate. We are touched by his sacrifice- and glad he is eating after 55 days.
Not long ago, 99 was arrested, trying to protect these green boxes we keep food, blankets, tarps and medical supplies for the group. They save lives. He said they were his property and he had a right to property as well as his right to demonstrate. We'd been previously told we could have the carts specifically as they are on wheels and part of a demonstration. They lied. We are grateful to 99. We'll be in court. We are starting to get promises of support from other organizations. Maybe they can help us with this case. You can hear what 99 told police in this clip and watch the full 8 clips of the confiscation and arrest at city hall on the Youtube channel of Neill (As in Neill from our beloved Bikeswarm.) The news had this to say
Remember- watch Vigil TV, your live streaming coverage of the occupation- which might be a reality show, or a talk show with interviews depending on when you tune in. Be sure and watch the archives! You can follow @opdxvigiltv on Twitter for important updates and notification on when we're going on the air.
If you'd like to help with physical donations, we need fleece blankets, tarps and sleeping mats which will be given to demonstrators that return regularly. We also need tea light candles, parafin lamp oil, cans of butane for our burner, matches, fair-trade and/or Organic coffee (ground coarse for percolator or whole bean), cocoa, and first-aid supplies. Direct donations are wonderful! But please know that we make your money stretchhhhh when buying supplies like these and it lets us put the money into the most needed things and manage storage.
A good way to coordinate direct donations is to email email@example.com.
We just made a few small gifts. To an Occupy Portland member of Food Not Bombs regularly serving 50 people vegetarian donated food for free, we gave a full set of dishes. We are grateful for all she does. Food and Garden team are adding their harvests to the dishes, and we have cooked on a hibachi and will likely begin again. Once that happens, we’ll need match-light style brickettes and food to grill- but we are not preparing only donated food. People pool their money and get hot food that stretches their dollars much farther. The camping ban calls open flame “a campground.” We believe burner cooking is essential and a civil right.
We also gave a small donation for cigarettes to the Justice League- another sidewalk occupation that formed as a demonstration for an Occupant who has recently been released from jail. It became a protest against the current “justice” system. Showing compassion to people who are waiting for their loved ones, or dumped on to the streets at night by listening to them and giving cigarettes. Vigil-TV streamers are on the scene!
Crochet hooks, patterns and yarn would help us prepare for winter cold. Occupants here also have inexpensive items they'd like- the occasional toothbrush or hand sanitizer and so forth so please ask them.
We are now known as a place to come when you can't find a place to rest- to join a community and stand up for your right to the vital process of sleeping through the night. We are made of people who have homes, or don't, and even people who have given up their shelter to demonstrate despite the harsh reality of sidewalk living. For those people who prefer to not protest but seek respite, R2Dtoo has extended their welcome. They are activists but unlike our vigil, it is not a requirement to participate in activism other than to sleep in peace despite the city’s policies.
Thanks to previous donors to this site and at opdx assemblies, we not only have had help with the daily needs of this Occupancy, but we could have a miniature version of what we had at the parks. 6 carts were built at less-than-cost by one regular #opdx builder- plus a bicycle trailer to lock them down on Artist's rendition of sidewalk cart occupation The expansion will surely change our wish-list as we bring in familiar Occupy Portland sights like Info and Art. We are out here as a living demonstration of the need for justice, to reclaim rights of the People which have been stolen from us by government and given to corporations. Since 99 was arrested and released, we have not brought back the carts but that will change. Stay tuned.
There is an article in the paper that was pinned in the vigil until it blew away- it is one of many human rights we're reasserting- constitutional guarantees being broken. View this news story also.
One way you can help right now is to print, cut and hand out these cards that advertise what we are doing and why- and how to get more information. Hand some out- or give them to several demonstrators so they can easily inform the people passing by. We also have flyers for newcomers. Donations of these printouts to people working at the vigil is a real help. Any amount helps.
Although dressed differently over the many months, the vigil still has the original sign "Sleep is a Human Right," and “Pray to Lift the Ban,” some candles quietly burning, and people of all beliefs coming to hold the 2,500 souls in their hearts who are living, and in too many cases dying, on the street without shelter.
We are family here and with people of many cities, closely connected through Livestream, Interoccupy and our occupy travelers from all over the US. Whatever we do together here, we do with you- wherever you are. Fighting for a single human right helps the fights for all our rights emerging in this movement. Please chip in and share this website with others and help us grow and shine. Thank you for supporting the Occupy Portland Vigil at City Hall to Lift the Camping Ban and our living demonstration of the human right to sleep and shelter!