www. Nov. 14, 2008 The Green Collar eConomy Van Jones’ new book sets the tone for an economic revolution Page 5 .org Rest in peace, and dignity Photo by Leah nashGrace Heckenberg stands in Lone Fir Cemetery. Nearby, more than 100 residents of Oregon’s landmark Hawthorne Asylum lie buried in unmarked graves.Mental-health advocates memorialize asylum residents buried and forgotten in Lone Fir Cemetery By Mara GruNBauM trying to include people who have experienced “At a certain point I just became extremely Contributing Writer mental illness in the design process. discouraged and decided that they were never InsIdeC harity Lamb, Oregon’s first ax murderess, Grace Heckenberg has worked for years to cast going to be recognized,” Heckenberg said. was buried at Lone Fir Cemetery in 1879. light on the patients of Dr. James Hawthorne, the “Maybe the memorials just in my own heart. I Around 1930, her grave was layered over pioneer psychiatrist who built the Oregon Insane know they’re down there.”with asphalt. In 1955, a building was erected atop Hospital in what was then the city of Eastthe pavement, and Charity Lamb – along with Portland.more than 100 other patients of the long-since In 1969, when Heckenberg was 17, she spent a Lone Fir, in Southeast Portland’s Buckmandemolished Oregon Insane Hospital – was nearly year as a psychiatric patient at the Oregon State neighborhood, was a private burial site forforgotten. Hospital in Salem. Now 56, Heckenberg visits pioneer families that became an official cemetery Researchers believe that up to 132 people who Lone Fir often. She says she feels solidarity with in 1855. Historical maps show that in the latedied in Portland’s first private mental hospital are those who lived in the Portland asylum. 1800s, the corner property, or “Block 14,” was Read about singerburied at Lone Fir Cemetery’s southwest corner, Years ago, Heckenberg and others began to designated for the burial of Chinese immigrant Storm Large’s renditionwhere a Multnomah County office building stood comb through historical documents and realized railroad workers, who were not allowed elsewhereuntil 2005. After persistent agitation by mental- of Charity’s story for a there could be patients buried under the in the cemetery. Many of their bodies werehealth advocates, Metro regional government, cemetery parking lot. She asked the county about disinterred and returned to China before new CD benefitingwhich now controls the property, is planning an an official commemoration, but at the time, she Lone Fir Cemetery:onsite memorial for the asylum patients – and says, no one was interested. Page 10 Please see rest iN Peace, page 8Human rights group returns to City Hall after 11-year absenceNew commission By aMaNda WaldrouPe Contributing Writer The commission is composed of 11 to 15 regarding police accountability, transgenderhas the daunting volunteer community members appointed by the rights, and human rights offenses was important. D el Monte. James Chasse. Accusations of City Council. It is managed by a new city bureau, “They took up several issues that weren’ttask of protecting racism during the Cesar Chavez debate. the Office of Human Relations, and is responsible really being considered by City Council,”and advocating A homeless protest in front of City Hall. for tackling issues of discrimination, bigotry, Handelman says. “No Section 8.” What’s missing from the list? racism and other human rights abuses in Portland lagged behind many cities in Oregonfor the human A place where individuals can bring their Portland and ensuring, Potter says, “that people and the Northwest that had similar human rightsrights of all grievances and charges of discrimination, bigotry, with the smallest voice can be heard.” offices until Mayor Tom Potter made it a priorityPortlanders. hate crimes and injustice to find redress. Portland has had an Office of Human Relations of his administration to recreate the office. That changed on Nov. 5, when the Human in the past. Founded in 1948, the office was a city “I was frankly very excited that the city is Rights Commission, charged with advocating for bureau until 1997 when it became incorporated doing this again,” says Multnomah County the human rights of Portland’s citizens, held its into the Office of Neighborhood Involvement. In Commissioner Jeff Cogen, who is serving as the first meeting since being reassembled by 2003, it was cut entirely from the city’s budget. interim chair of the commission. Portland’s City Council in January. “That was a kind of blow to the community,” However, the commission may already have “You folks have an important job in front of says Dan Handelman, a volunteer with Portland one hand tied behind its back, because it lacks you,” Mayor Tom Potter said at the beginning of Copwatch. The very existence, Handelman says, something many think is crucial in order for it to the meeting. of an agency that publicly addressed issues Please see huMaN riGhts page 10
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street rootsNov. 14, 2008 3 newsbriefs City concedes need for more shelters Warming centers replace ‘severe weather’ alerts for getting the sick and homeless off Portland’s wet streetsReport: Children face health carefallout of economic downturn By aMaNda WaldrouPe vulnerable individuals into emergency “We’ve broken through that log jam,” More than one out of nine children in Oregon Contributing Writer winter housing. Fish says. Tlacks health care coverage, according to a new he troubling results of the Portland Additionally, 10 of the most severely What exists now, according to Fish, isnational report, most of them belonging to families Vulnerability Index survey on the medically vulnerable will be placed into not an “either or” model, but anwith at least one working parent. health and likelihood of death housing that provides health care. understanding that shelters and other The report by Families USA, a national nonprofit among Portland’s homeless has spurred The Vulnerability Index found that of means of providing a safety net canthat advocates for health care consumers, estimates the city and housing bureau to act quickly the 646 people surveyed, nearly half (47 co-exist with the city’s goal to endthat 107,000 Oregon children lack health insurance, as cold weather sets in. percent) face an increased risk of death if homelessness.a figure that is expected to grow as the economic On Wednesday, Nov. 19 the Portland they remain homeless without medical The results of the Vulnerability Index City Council is expected to vote to provide treatment. That far exceeds the national survey also increase the urgency ofdecline penetrates Oregon. $200,000 in funding to create two new average of 40-41 percent. (See furthering the city’s long-term housing Janet Bauer, policy analyst with the Oregon “warming centers” that will allow 150 to “Measuring our Vulnerability,” Street goals, including building the ResourceCenter for Public Policy, who reviewed the report, 200 homeless individuals and families to Roots, Oct. 31, 2008) Access Center (the new name for whatsaid that there are a combinations of issues in play: escape the nighttime cold between One warming center is planned for had been called the homeless day accesssome people have health coverage from employers November and March. downtown Portland; the second in East center) and more units of permanentbut make too little to buy health insurance for The proposal comes from City County. Both will be low-barrier, and supportive housing.themselves and their children. Others are offered Commissioner Nick Fish and the Bureau priority will be given to families with “I think warming centers are a goodcoverage by their employers but cannot afford the of Housing and Community Development, children, youth idea but theypremiums that would insure their children, she said. which has already secured $100,000 from under the age of should be seen for Oregon ranked 18th among states in the nation Multnomah County for a family-focused 21, pregnant “The bottom line is with the what they are:for the percentage of children in the state without warming center. The council is also being women and results of the Vulnerability Band-aid solutionshealth insurance, according the report “Left Behind: asked to provide $42,000 to cover the medically to people dying on shortfall in funding for already approved vulnerable index survey, we’re going to do the streets ofOregons Uninsured Children.” Between January and September this year, winter shelters for men and women. adults. a few things differently.” Portland duringOregon lost 20,000 jobs, Bauer said, which has In the past six months, Portland The warming — Nick Fish our coldest and City Commissioner providers have reported a 50 to 60 percent centers replace wettest seasons,”dropped people from health care coverage. Bauer increase in the number of families seeking the city’s past Lundberg says.said the economic downturn may pressure some shelter, showing that the national program for Given theemployers to cut costs by reducing health benefits or recession is having local repercussions, severe weather, which provided additional Vulnerability Index’s statistics, effectiveto shift more of the costs to workers. The share of necessitating an increased safety net in emergency shelter on nights when the long-term solutions may involve increasingOregon children who get their health insurance times of scant resources. temperature dipped below freezing. Those funding for “effective mental healththrough their parents employer fell 7.8 percent from “These aren’t numbers, they’re people,” services, by the housing bureau’s own resources, viable and affordable health2000-01 to 2006-07. says Dennis Lundberg, an outreach worker assessment, were subjective, complicated, coverage, and a broad array of addiction with Janus Youth, an agency serving and rarely met the need for a warm place treatment options,” Lundberg says.activists push governor to stop homeless youths, “and they are sick.” for everyone who needed them. This was While capacity for providing health careaggressive logging plan However, the numbers could be especially true for families, pregnant has never seemed more necessary, Rachel leveraged into more funding to meet the women, youth and those with health Solotaroff, the medical director for the Old Activists with the Cascadia Rising Tide began a concerns and other conditions that made Town Clinic, says the Clinic’s capacity to demand.tree sit on Nov. 11 in view of the Capitol building in them feel vulnerable. However, the provide health care to uninsured and low- “I hope (the Vulnerability Index)Salem to protest the federal government’s logging warming centers will not offer any income individuals is already “totally leverages more resources,” says Cityplan. services beyond a blanket, mat on the maxed out.” Commission Nick Fish, who oversees the With a banner that said "Don’t Clear Cut Our floor or cot, and warm food. “Not having the health care capacity is a city’s efforts to end homelessness. FishFuture," Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky plans to sit in the The warming centers — essentially more huge issue,” Solotaroff says.tree to call attention to Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s ability notes that while the city and county are in the “teeth” of a recession, “the moral case shelters — would appear to be a backward At the same time, Solotaroff says thatto stop the federal government from clear-cutting step for a city emphasizing placing some of the Vulnerability Index’s statisticsOregon’s native forests. is clear.” “The bottom line is, with the results of homeless individuals directly into show that the population of vulnerable The event was organized by the group Cascadia permanent housing above all in its plan to adults is “not being reached.”Rising Tide to provide education about the Western the Vulnerability Index survey, we’re going to do a few things differently,” Fish says. end homelessness. “You have to look not just at theOregon Plan Revisions, or WOPR, that would The dilemma between the belief that funding, but (whether) we are meetingincrease logging in Oregon by more than 400 That includes targeting the most medically vulnerable individuals and shelters waste money and resources people where they are,” Solotaroff says.percent, including substantial tracks of clear cutting. because they do not solve homelessness, “If we can get these people inThe organization says WOPR threatens 1 million “expeditiously” moving them into supportive housing. and the moral imperative many feel to supportive housing environments, thenacres of public lands, including 100,000 acres of old- provide homeless individuals an escape coupled closely with the health caregrowth forests. To that end, the Bureau of Housing and Community Development will begin from the winter cold has, in the past, providers in the city, then I think we can The protest in Salem is leading up to a permitted sparked tension. really see some results.”rally on the Capitol steps on Nov. 14. working to place 50 of the most medicallyformer u.s. Customs Houseoffered for homeless assistance Support Street Roots this year through the The Department of Housing and UrbanDevelopment, or HUD, is putting the U.S. Customs Willamette Week’s Give!Guide. Get greatHouse up for possible homeless assistance. The building at 220 NW 8th Ave. in Portland s on prizes for giving and supporting yourthe National Register of historical properties. It was favorite organization.most recently used as office space. Under the Federal Surplus Property Program, the See back page, Page 16, forwill be available exclusively for homeless use for a details.period of 60 days from the date of the notice postedNov. 7. 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4 street roots Nov. 14, 2008 newsbriefBritish Columbia wrestleswith camping laws Vancouver — With Vancouver’s shelters full lastsummer, about 80 homeless people moved intoOppenheimer Park in downtown Vancouver and setup tents. The makeshift tent city caused a greatdeal of international embarrassment for theprovincial government and forced it to go into thepark one day last August and give housing to about50 of the campers. Two weeks ago, a B.C. judge ruled thatVictoria’s bylaws violate a person’s right to "life,liberty and security," as guaranteed in the CanadianCharter of Rights and Freedoms. B.C. Housing Minister Rich Coleman called theruling "ridiculous," while major dailies across thecountry lamented the oncoming tent cities thatwould spring up in the city. The housing ministrycreated 95 new shelter beds and mats for Victoria’shomeless a week after the ruling BC Housing’s ownstatistics show that there were more than 36,000turnaways at shelters across Greater Vancouverduring a nine-month period from April 2007 toJanuary 2008. Pivot Legal Society has now putforward a challenge in the BC Supreme Court thatargues Vancouver’s anti-camping bylaws are alsounconstitutional.Concert to benefit Potluck in thePark sunday meal efforts. Potluck in the Park, the all volunteer Portland Photo by eLizabeth sChWartznonprofit that feeds 400-600 hungry people everySunday, 52 weeks per year, holds its annualfundraiser Dec. 7 with the Winter Warm Concert. Barry keeps cart customers stocked with papers, resources This year’s event features Tom Grant, with By elizaBeth schWartz are high on Barry’s list of people who perspective of life in Portland. Contributing Writerinternationally known blues harmonica player, should own one of the booklets. Barry begins talking about various Avocalist and Grammy winner Curtis Salgado. round noon on a sunny fall day, two Barry sells most of his newpapers the public officials working in the areas of More information on the performers, including mounted police stop and talk to a first week of the two-week cycle. The finance, homelessness and detox. He is man sitting on the sidewalk on the second week tends to be slow unless thetickets sales, is available online at www. west side of SW 5th and Oak. The man animated and knowledgeable about public front page arouses interest in the generalpotluckinthepark.org. The $45 ticket price include an stands and the officers move south. “Sit- public and new customers purchase it. affairs, but before he can say much, anhors doeuvre buffet and complementary beverages. lie-law” Barry Mattern, a Street Roots When asked what kind of feature article elderly man using a bright blue walkerThe $100 VIP tickets include a private pre-concert vendor, explains. “They come around noon would make the paper sell rapidly right approaches.reception with the artists and special concert seating. when the cantinas get busy.” now, Barry does not hesitate. “Something “Hey, this is my friend.” Barry smiles atThe reception starts at 4 p.m. and the show starts at Barry knows what happens around his about the economy... It helps if the article the man and stands up, getting off his own5 p.m. at the Acadian Ballroom, 1829 NE Alberta St. corner. He has been selling Street Roots is about a well-known person.” blue walker. As the men chat, a pedestrian Tickets Also Available at Music Millenium- East to the lunch crowd by the cantinas for Like other vendors, Barry has regular hands Barry a dollar bill in exchange for a3158 E Burnside, 503-231-8926:, and Music several months. Mornings he sells around customers — friends — who purchase an paper. Most of the lunch crowd ignoreMillenium- Northwest 801 NW 23rd, 503-248-0163. the corner in front of Starbucks. He loves issue from him each time it comes out. “I the contact with people. “It’s not about haven’t seen some of my regulars.” Barry him, but a few smile or wave as they walk selling newspapers,” he says, “It’s about seems concerned about them. “Maybe by. People seem to be preoccupied and in my customers.” A woman stops briefly and they are on vacation or something. “They a hurry. The crowd mills around the Barry hands her the newest version of the usually buy a paper the first week it is cantinas. Customers wait in line for food Rose City Resource. She thanks him and out.” Barry doesn’t think that his reduced without much socializing. They hurry off, leaves. sales over the past 10 days are related to carrying packets of food. A few sit at tables “She’s a social worker,” Barry says. The the economy. to eat lunch. little orange booklet, published by Street When asked what his newspaper A woman approaches this writer, Roots, contains lists of about 300 readers are like, he says “well-educated for begging for money. “I’m saving up so I can resources for items such as housing, the most part, and interested in the kinds clothing, and food. “Everyone should have of news Street Roots prints.” They seem spend the night in a hostel.” I had no one,” he says. He talks about giving one to to like the fact that the newspaper reports money on me. “Can you go get some?” a parolee. The man had approached Barry on issues normally ignored by local She left before I could refer her to Barry asking how to find a job. Parole officers media, he says. 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6 street roots Nov. 14, 2008HOrOsCOPe Missoula Drunk Tank, June ’91 By Jay thieMeyer By souP I caN saM had no idea where I had landed. None. acquainted with it soon enough. I just moment, these hours, whatever it was, It was total blackout. didnt care about anything. was it. staff Nothing to register for a point in space. I was so completely numbed I didnt I felt nothing but a buzz. Throughout. PsyChiC A place to begin. That I was awake was a have a desire to move or determine where My body and my thinking were this buzz, question. How I sensed it I couldnt say. I was. I felt I was floating and didnt care without any more elaboration than that. Wherever I was, there was no light. No to change that place, didnt want to risk I felt when finally I felt something, the sounds. No buzzing flies or shouts or losing it. I didnt even feel like anything deepest sense of defeat. And of utter traffic noises. No windows to let in sounds was holding me up. No more than any sort loneliness. I felt like I was dying. And IScorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Did you know or smells of the streets. Only the merest of pressing down. It was neither positive was ready to die. It didnt matter. I was so suggestion of antisepsis gave me the nor negative. Not good or bad, or up or tired. I couldnt move. It was all right thatAtlanta of all places is 6 and 0 so far in the notion I had waked in a jail cell. That down. I had no sense of dimension. I didnt there was nowhere to go. Not a thing to nuance of a smell I recognized from at the time but later could imagine being do. I was like an object suspended in a jar.NBA? Who says the South won’t rise again? innumerable times in this same situation. jettisoned into deep space and left like a I accepted that I was in solitary and that In the jailhouse, trying to get my bearings. mote of dust to float and disintegrate out I must have done something outstandingSagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 22) Don’t push the I simply assumed it was a jailhouse I had there with air of no density. I was without to be here. And I was completely wound up in. A lightless security cell.limits. If citizens are the law in America, Isolation.we’re all our own worst enemies. i believed i had woken up. That i was lying on a jail cot. If, that is, that was the reality Id fallen Maybe it was the recognized sense of a jail cot, the feel of a into. Another drunk tank. If I were in aCapricorn (Dec. 23-Jan. 19) Congratulations! tank, there was likely as not something blanket on a pallet on a steel cot. if i could have moved terribly awry, something Id done had got maybe there would be a squeak from the rubberized canvasEven if Soup Can doesn’t envy your position, me here and this was the worst place to but i couldnt bring myself to move. i couldnt sense mysomeone else might. find myself. Such as it was. Because I breathing. Only a kind of buzzing or humming that couldnt feel anything. I couldnt, in fact, bring myself to move. represented my existence — wherever i was.Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) The wind was As I say, it was only on the slimmest ofstrong last night, and should be today, too. evidence, some body sense I couldnt define, that I believed I had woken up. myself, without sensibility. And for the powerless to do anything about it or findKeep what’s close to you closer, unless you That I was lying on a jail cot. Maybe it was longest time, I was OK with feeling out what was going on. I heard nothing. It the recognized sense of a jail cot, the feel nothing because one of the first sensations was completely black. No window to givewant to be like Soup Can, chasing your of a blanket on a pallet on a steel cot. If I I had was that things were going to get away a door and the hall beyond and some could have moved maybe there would be a worse. I would return to Earth. idea of the size of the room. There waspossessions all over the great outdoors. squeak from the rubberized canvas but I I slowly, very slowly and painlessly nothing. couldnt bring myself to move. I couldnt acknowledged I was somewhere. That I I tried listening for my breathing. IPisces (Feb. 20-March 20) Getting lost in sense my breathing. Only a kind of buzzing was awake was a truth I had trouble heard nothing. I listened to see if I could or humming that represented myteenage daydreams doesn’t get you too far. existence — wherever I was. absorbing. It seemed too unlikely at first. I hear my heart. Nothing. I tried to feel the was neither inside nor out. I mean, “I” was tips of my fingers and felt nothing. I layAll I used to dream about was eating donuts At the time, I had no pinnings. No neither here nor there. It wasnt at all a there forever without the least inclination snoring or rustling of other bodies in this bad place to be in itself except for the to move, completely indifferent, until atand lounging on the beach. Not so bad, but unrelieved blackness. No smells of other emerging question of where exactly was last the door lock exploded and the light bodies. I was totally alone here. this place I couldnt sense in the least? flooded in and this body filled the doorwaythere is such a thing as over-grazing. That I was still intensely drunk was the Was I dreaming? Where was I in this and shouted, “Court!” one sure thing. The booze had deprived dream? That was all. Missoula, Montana.Aries (March 21-April 19) Talking sometimes my senses. I was suspended in a numb It took an infinite time to realize I was Monday morning court. And the burly tank. Solitary. awake. If I have ever had a sense of being figure with the keys ringing. I had beensucks, but it’s better then pretending not to What had I done? I didnt care. I knew in infinity, a kind of nothingness, this right. My senses hadnt betrayed me. I was whatever it was Id done, I would be fullyfeel. Let it out!Taurus (April 20-May 21) Obama! Embracingchange never sounded so sexy. Now, to getto the down and dirty.Gemini (May 22-June 22) Soup Can’s noticedthat the entire city of Portland adamantlysupported the campaign of hope. 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street rootsNov. 14, 2008 7 Wedding Day In Afghanistan, Texas By Jay thieMeyer Wech Baghtu, a town of little color The party had stopped to rest or future, in a narrow strait Jenna- isnt she the one who was in Shah Wali Kot district when the smart bomb a school teacher? north of Kandahar- found them. There was no cover, Wasnt her mother the one who was as poor a place as the forces that made us no protection. they were a librarian? can configure- laid out like hors douevres on a silver tray Once upon a time. Does our money has met the Americans in an instant of aerial bombardment. pay for such peaceful things as that Til Death Do Us Part! anymore? the count of the dead varied the world is just beginning What will Jenna and her mother do now? depending on the source. and today is no more than the rest of existence. Will a damn thing be changed for them? Was it 90 who were atomized- as villagers say? Jenna B. was wed in mid-summer or was it 5 to 7- Did they even read the news? Blackhawk helicopters protected wedding guests as US military said Do they read the news? Or against the flies, caroming around after global pressure forced their concession- are they like their father who hasnt time the hors douevres the villagers were people too- for politics. They skip that at the wedding in Crawford, Texas, pressure from the same world section, go immediately to leisure another hot dry place whose hope has been renewed by Obama? and society to see on the planet. No townspeople invited. The same day as his victory, how the clubs are doing the townspeople cleaned up, were left noted by a world finally exhaling according to the Sunday Times. Only news with relics to sell. after eight long years, of the old club merits a gaze of incompetence, greed, and indifference to human I didnt read of any comment suffering, from the First Family. promulgation of suffering, here and abroad, Of their extraordinary good fortune: another wedding party is annihilated, to be born the way they were "reduced to nothing" and not like others. like the gathering of family One wonders on August 22nd, convention season in America- what their awareness of life and death home of the brave, the free, must be, by now. Have they ever the indulged and manipulated- connected to reality, its smell. (was that ever when change and hope were finally in covered in the childrens books approved for them?) the air. Maybe they will live forever as they have, Terror, an elusive state in a bubble with their own kind of mind will be fed, as well as, (not a poor one among them, they know nodefense reconstruction oil finance poor) industries and another Afghan wedding party behind gates of willful bliss- soullessly antiseptically blown sky high by indiscriminate kind aerial bombing, in pursuit of Osama bin Laden, to one another whose ghost has terrified us from our freedom, and ignorant of others, the poor, the lostbecause we were shown only what less fortunate than themselvesGeorge Walker Bushs people chose for us. whom they will righteously biblicallymedia campaign experts debt-traders downsizing pity. They will bring a cardboard boxbarons of the boardrooms of canned goods and industries choosing for us what our lives are! a sack of Safeway apples,The American war machine will not be as close as they might get to the less-fortunate, denied. Only people we cant see a basket for Thanksgiving. Voluntarism is the answer. will be denied. Including us. Were losing whats left Whether the poor, the glorious poor, want itof us! or not, the church agrees:Who will change that? Only us, not some media messiah. our givers need it (for what the church chooses wedding rubble, dream and reality, to call their souls) hope or fear, the wedding of equals in the smallest sense of that word, PITY in Grant Park, the wedding, of victory with change, in the arbitrary, self-recusing sense.the wedding of questions. American fly boys in search of Taliban How sad for them Maybe if they hadnt... Was that merely a lingering campaign provision in brides skirts. They blew out the lights. They must have done something for our need to believe, to deserve it; that war could be displaced by the pursuit of happiness The trays nothing we could have done would matter here, as there, and everywhere the same, a Human Right? full of good eats small and tasty for the guests To fight for Peace? For what we need to live in peace? of privilege, Here! Have a can of SafewaysWater, food, health, a home, a place secure ... with a roof and the crust of privilege that crumbles to the touch. candied yams!silence Dont trust in God, flies rest on the poor who seekto think.. there is none for a fly permission from the rich boy on speed. Though they will protest and die in a whisper. A family in Wech Baghtu. Its members in dust they are fighting for us, their country, secure But only if the poor are born with a chance across the thousands of miles might have been in the bosom of the Lord. HE, at hope and a future. We are lucky. better off some day, a day, the one with the beard, the image they carry Holding the criminals accountable, theyve been denied. from their childrens books, is freedom of choice. dust hanging like headlines unwritten the bearded vision they hold in their hearts In spite of our seated in the back pews of the church. as they punch in death- a vivid light- long tolerance of criminality the service today is about victory for those below and petty cruelty and those without soul an election of hope in the deserted barrens where the wedding strolled at the top. Leading us! into the bunghole dearie: WE in the air, surrounded by cold reality. their god, walks with them- can choose NOW! to make them pay and pay dearly, dearie. names fall off lips "as god is my co-pilot-" what would you do, do uttered in terror in a country where hope and future they bombed them coolly, nothing you suppose? Would you imagine something are rare, it seems, close like a wedding kiss never tried before, holy, and not to be taken lightly. Most often whats seen: what they saw they could barely new and good? no hope or dreams, myths of endless suffering imagine the remoteness of what they do. What it is up there we conspire toward; an ocean of obscure bones they know what they do what is finally just human: ground to dust, become the earth. as the wind picks up and blows the pink mist away would you be human like that? Afghanistan is just one country, And all but two of the party below Do you remember? like our own were women and children. When will we gain the power what is the logic? Including the disavowed bride. to reject a new messiah? some get light, some get darkness? to ask ourselves our role to play? Arent we all caught by the expanding darkness? the flies Is there a reason for anything we see, who finally gains from aerial bombardment? ate the small eats that will stand up in the wedding rubble? and the flash with crust like a rind of a bomb in barren Afghanistan of dried blood I hear a murmur the pink cloud hanging off the silver trays etched with inherited O BA MA...where should we go; what can we do- in dry air til the wind comes up authority now that weve won?and blows it away. in Texas, who shall we bomb now?How many wedded to irradiated dust? left by indifferent guests if we so choose...Today, our choosing day? late for the last plane out
8 street roots Nov. 14, 2008 At left, census records from 1870 show dozens of residents of the Hawthorne Asylum, listed as either “insane” or “idiotic.” The residents came from all over the world, including Scotland, Germany and Peru. Below, an historical shot of the Lone Fir Cemetery. rest iN Peace, from page 1 patients,” he said. In October, Metro held there are other models that have been“That portion of Multnomah County began to build on the meetings at Cascadia Behavioral used, that weve let slip away.”the cemetery set land in the 1930s. Healthcare, LifeWorks treatment center in A preliminary design for the memorial,apart for the burial But in 2004, as the county prepared to Gresham, and Central City Concern in Old drafted by Jane Hansen of Lango Hansen Town. Landscape Architects, will evolve as theof Chinamen is the sell the property to housing developers, Janet Bebb, the Metro staffer in charge discussion continues.southwestern part ground-penetrating sonar revealed anomalies in the earth below the building. of the memorial, attended the meetings “There’s a lot of push-pulls on thisand in that corner a An excavation turned up shards of Chinese and tabulated results of an online survey. topic, and we’re trying to listen to peoplegreat many pottery, two coffins and human remains. A third of respondents identified and find the rightcelestials "sleep the The county scrapped its real estate plans, themselves as people with mental illness. balance,” Bebb said.sleep which knows demolished the office building and turned One theme of the feedback, Bebb said, “Many people feel “its discrimination. This the site over to Metro, which began was that any display should honor the lives some element of was the place where peopleno waking." Near of individual patients in addition to telling both of those truthsthat part of the working with Portland’s Chinese Dr. Hawthorne’s story. needs to be there.” who were not allowed to be community to plan a memorial for the buried anywhere else weregrounds the buried laborers. Other interpretive decisions are less So far, Metro haspatients who died Though no archaeological relics identify straightforward. There are those who see put $80,000 toward buried. Their stories areat the asylum were the asylum patients, other evidence places Hawthorne’s asylum as a dark place — the joint memorial very different, but they some patients were shackled, and a bell project, which Bebbfor many years them beneath the access road on the edge rang to warn neighbors when someone says will take about were both kind ofburied. Rows upon of the Chinese sector. Between 1864 and 1879, the Oregon escaped. Contemporary reports gave the $1 million to shunned.”rows of graves are Insane Hospital contracted with Lone Fir hospital positive marks, but “there are complete. — JaNet BeBBto be found in close for burial of asylum residents. Hospital some people that say maybe that’s In 2005, City metroproximity, close to records list the names of deceased eyewash,” Bebb explained. Commissioner Randy Heckenberg, on the other hand, thinks Leonard securedthe south side, a patients transported to the cemetery, but fondly of the asylum. She considers Dr. $150,000 of city money to help withshort distance east most of them are nowhere to be found among Lone Fir’s tombstones. An 1887 Hawthorne’s philosophy of “moral care,” memorial planning and cemetery-wideof where the dead which prioritized social interaction and improvements. A former firefighter, article in The Oregonian describes densecelestials are buried. rows of asylum burials just to the east of outdoor exercise, a more holistic Leonard first took interest in a section ofMost of those the Chinese section, where the parking lot alternative to today’s medicinal psychiatry. Lone Fir where 19th-century firemen weregraves are marked is now. “People think its just onwards and buried. When he heard about the paved- upwards, (or that) everything in the past over Chinese graves, he committed towith the names of “The people who had money were was just the bad old days and now were fundraising, and he later learned of thethe departed, but buried in other places,” said cemetery historian Stanley Clarke. Those who were enlightened,” Heckenberg said. “I dontthere is a sense of too poor to make other arrangements think thats true. People need to see that Please see rest iN Peace, page 9stranger-like and landed in Block 14, where the state paid afriendless exclusion standard $5 grave-digging fee to have themabout these buried en masse.mounds and it Wooden markers may have identifiedstrikes one as being the graves, but those likely rotted or burned over time. “My feeling is that theyan act of charity to were very simple burials – might not haveplace them so close even had so much as a pine box,” Clarketogether. Even in said. “Evidence would just disintegrate.death the Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”suggestion of association and Jason Renaud, an advocate with thecompanionship Mental Health Association of Portland,affords a gleam of had all but given up on a memorial forconsolation.” Hawthorne’s patients when Metro contacted him last summer to ask for help— The Oregonian, designing an asylum remembrance. Most of the gravel pit on Block 14 was dedicated1887 to the Chinese memorial, he was told, but the easternmost end was reserved for Hawthorne’s patients. Renaud stressed the importance of design input from “people who would likely have been Dr. Hawthorne’s
street rootsNov. 14, 2008 9 Photo by Leah nashGrace Heckenberg stands behind the fence in the area of Lone Fir where Hawthorne Asylum residents are buried without recognition. rest iN Peace, from page 8 friend Kevin Fittz, 43, whose own reluctantly and out of tokenism,” Renaud psychotic breakdowns and “hellish” said. “Unless Kevin (Fittz) or I pounded asylum patients as well. hospital stays as a young man led him to on the door, that door remained closed... In the next budget cycle, Leonard hopes work for psychiatric patients’ rights. In the This is the first to dredge up $250,000 more for 1990s he sat on a federal mental health time people with construction. Though it will be “pretty advisory panel, and at one time, he says, mental illness have “This is the first timeTo get involved rough” to find the cash in a withered he knew “more mentally ill people in the been incorporated people with mental illness budget, he said, “This is one of those state of Oregon than anyone else.” into a public policywith the memorial investments in the city that will exist have been incorporated Lone Fir has distinctly personal discussion inplanning process, probably for hundreds of years to come. I significance for Fittz. “I’ve spent an awful Portland because of into a public policycontact Janet Bebb think it’s important for us to come up with lot of time in Lone Fir in the middle of their strengths — discussion in Portland the money to help them.” storms or emotionally trying days,” he told an interest in the because of their strengthsat Metro: Many see more than an incidental the group at an Oct. 28 memorial meeting. welfare of persons — an interest in the welfare(503) 797-1876 or connection between the two groups of He said he hopes to see “something to with mental illnessjanet.bebb@ people buried in Block 14. identify each human being, each soul, who and an ongoing of persons with mentaloregonmetro.gov “Its discrimination,” Bebb said. “This was buried there.” interest in telling illness and an ongoing was the place where people who were not Fittz worries that Metro’s interest in their own history.” interest in telling their own allowed to be buried anywhere else were the opinions of people with mental illness Like everyone buried. Their stories are very different, is superficial at best. In his 20 years of else, Renaud feels a history.” but they were both kind of shunned.” advocacy, he says, significant patient connection to the — JasoN reNaud involvement in bureaucracy has been departed asylum sparse. residents. “You Even though the cemetery lot was Renaud is more optimistic about the start thinking about all the memories of empty when she visited on Nov. 9, ground-up approach to designing the people who are there, and they start Heckenberg parallel parked on the street memorial. Mental health patients “have talking to you,” he said. “It’s a spooky instead of driving over the hidden graves. been included in some mental health experience, but not an unpleasant one. She often walks the grounds with her policy discussions in the past, but The dead want to be remembered.”‘No first class hotel is kept with more perfect neatness ...’Oregon’s first psychiatrist commanded half of the state’s annual budget for the care of the mentally ill By Mara GruNBauM Hawthorne was contracted to "keep all as 15 and as old as 68, as well as several sleeping arrangements, out-door exercise Contributing Writer the indigent, insane and idiotic of the black and Chinese workers. and amusements calculated to impart aD r. James Hawthorne, 19th-century State," as an 1867 Oregon Herald article Before the 1800s, psychiatric patients healthy tone... No first class hotel is kept pioneer and founder of the Oregon described them. The state paid the were subject to beatings, forcible restraint with more perfect neatness in all its Insane Hospital, is considered hospital $6 per patient per week. By the or treatments like bloodletting and departments... The intercourse betweenOregon’s first psychiatrist. late 1860s, when the patient population hit chemical blistering of the skin. In the early the patients, the managing physicians and Born in Pennsylvania, Hawthorne about 200 a year, more than half the days of the Oregon Territories, treatment attendants always appears to be of thetraveled to the west along the Oregon state’s annual budget was funneled to was similarly harsh. most friendly and confidential character.Trail in 1850. Seven years later, he left a Hawthorne’s asylum. Hawthorne’s practice, in contrast, was We have never seen the same number ofsuccessful general medicine practice in While some patients were ordered to billed as "moral care" with an emphasis on insane together who appeared so cheerfulCalifornia to move to Portland, where he the asylum, others checked in voluntarily. humane, compassionate conduct. Dorothea and contented."assumed care of the Multnomah County The mentally ill were not Hawthorne’s Dix, an early crusader for psychiatric Hawthorne died in 1881 and was buriedhospital’s indigent and mentally ill. only patients: Some were convicted treatment reform, visited Hawthorne’s in Lone Fir Cemetery. When Oregon State In 1861, Hawthorne and a partner built Hospital opened in Salem in 1883, the criminals, some were blind, deaf or asylum in 1869 and judged it one of the asylum was closed and its patientstheir own private asylum on 75 acres of paralyzed, and some suffered from best she had seen. transferred there.forested land near what is now the Ladd’s diseases like syphilis, epilepsy or The contemporary Oregon HeraldAddition neighborhood. Asylum Road – tuberculosis. Most hospital stays were account noted that patients "have an Sources: Dr. David Cutler, OHSUrenamed in 1888 to Hawthorne Boulevard brief. abundance of pure air, pure water, Psychiatry department, and Stanley– ran along the hospital’s south side. An 1880 census noted patients as young wholesome food, clean and pleasant Clarke, cemetery historian.
10 street roots Nov. 14, 2008 storm large lends her grit to a gritty woman’s story By Mara GruNBauM of 132 asylum patients most likely buried Contributing Writer under the Lone Fir Cemetery parking lot. “Dearly Departed: True Lies in Song “I have way more rights now, but back Unearthed from Lone Fir” is a musical in the day, if you wanted to live, you had to compilation produced by public radio’s put up with (abuse),” Large said. “Im Kate Sokoloff to benefit Friends of Lone proud to have given voice to her and her Fir Cemetery. Portland artists wrote and struggle.” performed 15 songs that tell the stories of As the singer tells it, “Asylum Road” the cemetery’s interred. had an uncanny origin. Anxious for Storm Large, inspiration as her impertinent local deadline approached, rocker and reality “i have way more rights Large pedaled her television star, now, but back in the day, if bike past the contributed you wanted to live, you had cemetery. “Just kind “Asylum Road,” an of whimsically, I say, airy ballad about to put up with (abuse). im ‘Hey, Charity, why murderess and proud to have given voice don’t you help me asylum inmate to her and her struggle.” out? What kind of Charity Lamb. — storM larGe song do you want?’” “I picked her PortLand singer Almost first and foremost immediately, Large when I saw her said, “This really name,” Large said. “I was like, Oh, thats lyrical, pretty, almost lullaby song came to the coolest name ever. I wonder if she was my head, and it was pretty weird. I wasn’t a stripper... Then I read her story and got scared, but the song pretty much wrote even more intrigued, and so of course I itself in my head that night... I think I had had to write about my girl Charity.” a little bit of a spiritual intervention by Large discovered that Lamb’s husband, Mrs. Lamb.” Nathaniel, had been a violent drunk who Large has obscenely high expectations once beat her severely with a hammer. In for the album: “I hope they make a 1854, Nathaniel learned that Charity had shitload of money, and they can build an been unfaithful to him, and he threatened awesome memorial,” she said. “Ive been her life. Shortly after, as the whole family on a lot of compilations in my life, but this sat at dinner, Lamb dealt her husband two one I actually enjoy listening to — and I fatal ax blows to the head. She was hate everybody, so thats saying Storm Large sentenced to a lifetime of hard labor at the something.” Oregon State Penitentiary, but transferred Photo by Laura domeLa WWW.domeLa.Com to Hawthorne’s asylum in 1862. She is one For more information: www. friendsoflonefircemetery.orghuMaN riGhts, from page 1 real harm outside of an independent agency, like a court, is naïve,” Renaudbe successful: an enforcement mechanism. says. Elliott Bronstein, public information Handelman hopes that the commissioncoordinator for Seattle’s Office for Civil focuses on human rights “of any kind,”Rights, says that an effective enforcement including immigration rights, gender andmechanism has proven important for sexual orientationSeattle. equality. Calling According to Bronstein, Seattle’s Portland’s sidewalk “we hope it has theenforcement division allows the office to obstruction authority to do substantive Glorious livingprocess a complaint of an individual who ordinance (known By Corwin McAllisterfeels they have been discriminated against, commonly as the work, (not) be an image ofinvestigate the legal merit of that sit-lie ordinance) what it should be, and not Neck sore from cringing before rain-ladencomplaint, then negotiate some sort of “one of the worst have the teeth to do it.”settlement between the individual and the offenses of human — BriaN WillouGhBy Winds, hands stiff from clutching the insides ofoffending party. rights” towards aCLu of oregon My pockets, seeking desperately that last dry “An effective way for (an individual) to homeless Patch I know must still be there somewhereseek redress or a solution is through an individuals, Handelman hopes the commission will Lost in the damp folds of fabric, of memoryenforcement mechanism,” Bronstein says. The director of the new Office of prevent the city from passing similarly Above me the tattered, swollen underbelly ofHuman Relations is Maria Lisa Johnson, “unfair” or “discriminatory” ordinances. Heaven races north, the color of this concretethe former executive director of the “That would be ideal,” he says. Bridge Im crossing, and of the river belowPortland-based advocacy organization, the Cogen would not be specific about the range of local issues the commission may Marred by dirty brown smears oozing out ofLatino Network. Johnson was not available tackle, but said that any discrimination Sewer pipes like stains on dirty underwearfor comment, but according to thecommission’s Web site, the commission issue would be a focus of the commission. Below the bridge would be home were it notwill not pursue enforcement because “we He did say that one of the biggest Wrapped in Cyclone fencing, sort of like oldfound that criminal and civil avenues for mistakes the commission can make would be focusing on issues not local to Portland, East Berlin, or the estates of the affluent andformal complaints, investigations and such as the genocide in Darfur. Less-than, those who would pull the rock outlitigation already exist.” That means if people want to pursue “What they could do of value is From underneath Jacobs weary head, smilingenforcement of laws they feel have been formulate an opinion about something, like But theres no true rest to be found when ones the City Club occasionally does, andviolated, people can call the police or file a Bedroll is spread out beneath the dragons neck publish that opinion,” Renaud says.civil suit. And encircled by ravenous wolves, nor can one Others, however, think that whether the Rather than making enforcement a commission should have some sort of Stave off nights chill, despite all calculationpriority, the commission will focus on enforcement capability should be a part of And effort, even the kindnesses of strangersadvocacy and intervention. It is a potential future discussions regarding the nature ofweakness for the commission to have such the commission.a limitation, and may relegate the “Maybe once this gets going, (and) ifcommission to being an office of hot-air they discover they’re falling on deaf ears…more than effective action. maybe changes could be made,” “Without an enforcement mechanism, Handelman says.you can cajole (and) you can try to “We hope it has the authority to dopersuade,” Bronstein says. substantive work,” says Brian Willoughby, Jason Renaud, a volunteer with the communications director for ACLU ofMental Health Association of Portland, Oregon, and not, he says, “be an image ofthinks giving a bureaucratic entity what it should be, and not have the teethenforcement powers would be unnecessary to do it.”and useless. “The notion of getting satisfaction for
street rootsNov. 14, 2008 13A new president - but nothing new in California I n California 120,000 prisoners are now California offers virtually no help for selecting a president and other legislators, released each year. That’s 60 percent young people with substance abuse but were more interested in the results of of the prison population. But soon they programs. Proposition 5 is a crime Oregon’s tougher sentencing laws 57 and are back in prison because they didn’t get prevention program which includes the 61, and California’s Prop. 5. the education, training or job skills to much needed help for young people These prisoners are enduring a system succeed in society while incarcerated. Nor struggling with drug problems instead of that seems more interested in punishment do the supervision and parole programs the present trend to just get tougher by than rehabilitation to them. Those who are provide adequate imposing longer sentences in maximum ready to find the best in themselves rehabilitation security prisons. In the United States, we recognize their need for education, skills treatment for addiction have only 5 percent of the population of and training if they hope to avoid frOM THe or training for life on the world, but 25 percent of the becoming another recidvism statistic. That Desk Of the outside. incarcerated folks. is exactly why they are part of the Proposition 5, or Ethan Nadelmann, founder and transitional group meetings that I attend. Ruth Kovacs the Nonviolent executive director of the Drug Policy Partnerships for Safety and Justice Offender Alliance (the leading organization in the celebrated their victory in getting OregonRuth Kovacs is a Portland activist and former teacher and Rehabilitation Act, U.S. promoting alternatives to the war on to accept Measure 57. However, it is stillhost of Prison Pipeline on KBOO. She writes regularly about would have required drugs) and California Attorney General far from the solutions, such as to facilitatethe issues surrounding the millions of individuals and the state of California and former Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown rehab programs and crime preventionfamilies affected by the U.S. prison system. to expand and increase who opposes Proposition 5, have both instead of building more prisons. funding and oversight alluded to the cost of not passing this It is very frustrating to me, personally, for individualized initiative. In a debate on the issue on when I hear about a model like treatment and rehabilitation programs for Democracy Now, Each claimed that Proposition 5 go down, that seems to nonviolent drug offenders and parolees $1 billion (or more) annually would be clearly understand what needs to be done. and reduce criminal consequence of involved in the choice of either expanding California, Texas, Pennsylvania and several nonviolent drug offenses. treatment and rehabilitation programs that southern states continue the tough-on- Dan Abrahamson and Dan Fratello would decrease prison population, or crime policies and to accept and co-authored Proposition 5. Abrahamson perpetuating the present system which encourage the growth of the prison serves as director of legal affairs and would result in the need to build more industry. directs the Office of Legal Affairs in prisons. The cost factor is a focus that When efforts (and funding) are directed Berkeley that he founded in 1996. Folks in cannot be ignored. at tougher sentencing, and more the prison reform movement know him Nadelmann made the point that "the technology for crime fighting (such as well as litigator in state and federal courts, prison guards union put millions of dollars Tasers and stun guns), we often see the teacher at Yale, Fisk, Hastings College of into the system to buy the politicians who support of those who profit from the the Law and Berkeley. opposed Propositions 36 and 5." Brown’s prison business and politicians who win Fratello has managed 18 state ballot response claimed that the "real agenda is votes with safer city policies. On the other initiative campaigns related to drug policy to legalize drugs". (Other opponents hand, research and test programs have reforms, limiting police powers to include former Governor Gray Davis, shown that if we work earlier to prevent confiscate property without a conviction former Governor Pete Wilson, the Judges crime by attacking poverty and drug and requiring drug treatment instead of Association, and the Prison Guards addiction issues we can decrease the incarceration. He is a political consultant Union.) prison population and reduce community based in Santa Monica. As co-author of When the votes were counted, costs, while developing community safety. 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14 street roots Nov. 14, 2008The chickens are home to roost: Time to make scrambled eggsI ’ve heard it said countless times by mortgage originators, now find that their phone calls and letters, there is hope. I folks, that they have their own little grand scheme failed big-time. So the was a credit counselor with Consumer corner of the world. Well, I in fact have federal government has to step in and take Credit Counseling Service for three years.my own corner of the world. I sell StreetRoots at Whole Foods, at the corner of My 700 billion of your tax dollars to bail them out. Just think, now we taxpayers are in If you want to set up an appointment to meet with me, please feel free to call the12th and Couch, NW. In the year and a COrner the mortgage business. With another office and leave me a message. Ahalf that I have stood on my little corner of John Thompson bailout of AIG, we are also in the counseling session usually involves one tothe world, I’ve had the opportunity to insurance business. To add insult to injury, two hours of your time, usually in themeet many people, and to make some John Thompson sells Street Roots at the corner of 12th and the new bailout of banks, to the tune of evening around your kitchen table. I willgreat friends. Couch in Northwest Portland. He also volunteers at Julia West 300 billion or so, will make us in the House, and enjoys helping folks with financial questions. help you create a budget, and show you In getting to know my customers, they banking business. ways to get rid of your debt. It is not easy.eventually become more then just a dollar The end result is that although we aresale. They stop and talk to me about credit, etc. will swing up and down. in a recession, and thousands of jobs have It will be a very challenging time for youthings in their life that’s important to However, this time our morass was been lost, and we are in debt up to our and your family. However, if you reallythem. I’m always happy to be able to learn created by the subprime housing fiasco. necks, we will recover. I say this because it want to get out of debt, I can show you thewhat’s going on in their lives, and Imagine the banks and mortgage has always happened in the past. We will way.sometimes they ask my opinion, or advice. companies being so greedy that they get through this down cycle and will Like anything that’s worth doing, theWhen I decided to write this column, it is decide to fulfill the American dream of recover. It will take time, and patience. first step is up to you. You have to reallywith my customers in mind that I address every family owning their own house. This mess took time to create and will want to get out of debt. This will meansome of the topics that we chat about on Great concept, except they gave a ton of take time to recover from. My advice is to sacrifice and living within your means. Themy corner. mortgages to families that are middle- to not make a run on your bank to grab your credit cards will be gone. You’ll be living With that in mind, I’m going to talk low-income. They made it so easy to get a money and hide it under the mattress. on cash. Your lifestyle is going to beabout work, life, romance, money, families, mortgage. No down payment. No closing Don’t cash out your 401k, or retirement downsized dramatically. But if you reallyetc. These are the subjects that we talk costs and not even a check to verify their accounts. Don’t sell off your stock want to be debt-free, make an appointmentabout the most. I will try to give you my income. So, billions of dollars are written portfolio. If you wait it out, the stock and we’ll get you started on the road tothoughts and maybe some sage advice at on these sham mortgages. The families market will rebound and the economy will financial independence. This is a freethe same time. So, here we go. that bought into the American dream go back to a profit center. The real losers service. I do not charge for my time or Let’s talk about money, a great concern either did not realize that they couldn’t in all of this mess are the low-income folks advice.to most folks. We are in a recession; I afford to pay half their monthly income for that lost their houses and the American a mortgage payment, or all of the other If you have any questions or concernsdon’t care what the politicians say. All dream. about these topics, or a different point ofindicators are that we are in some financial things that you need to pay for home I really hope that Congress will take a ownership. view, please feel free to write to me. Youcrisis and if you read the local daily, or look at how this was allowed to happen Then the chickens came home to roost. can contact me by calling Street Roots, orcatch the evening news, they will tell you and actually try to make sure that it won’tall of the gloom and doom scenarios. My After a year or two, the defaults started happen again. To the thousands of by email at: mignonne_thompson_john@customers talk to me quite a bit about it and the foreclosures abounded. All of Americans that lost the American dream, I yahoo.comand I try to reassure them that as bad as it these subprime mortgages came crashing am hopeful that they will recover and try Next up, we’ll talk about relationships.seems, this too shall pass. down, leaving Freddie Mac and a whole again, if their financial circumstances Don’t forget, if you are in the Pearl Why do I think this? Easy, our economy host of lenders in tons of red ink. allow. District, down on 12th and Couch, NW.has been going up and down since the The impact on the poor families that In conjunction with the previous topic, I Stop by and visit with me. I’m therebeginning of our country. The money lost their homes is devastating. The want to remind you that if you are in usually seven days a week from 8 a.m.markets go in cycles, usually in a 10-year American dream was gone in an instant. serious credit debt, and feel like you’re until noon or so. I would love to meet you,period. Within that period, the markets, The real culprits, greedy banks and being buried under a sea of harassing and chat with you. Direction Action Casework Campaign The Portland Coalition Against Poverty will help you fight for: Your Check Your Home Your Healthcare Your Rights! 3035 S.E. 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street rootsNov. 14, 2008 15 eDiTOriaL Building a better tomorrowF rederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist said, “A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moralgrowth of a great nation requires reflection, as well asobservation, to appreciate it.” On street corners in neighborhoods in cities andtowns, in state after state, people find themselvesreflecting and observing on possibly one of the greatestmoments in American history. Still, as a people whobelieve that in fact, yes we can turn a battered worldaround, we find ourselves restless, weary and ready forthe change that has been envisioned by millions of individuals across theToday, we reflect, planet.observe. Tomorrow we Where does that leave us?must move forward. We have been moved as aLocal leaders, people to believe incommunity organizers, common good. To beaverage folks, should optimistic in the face of ause this time to changing climate that willgalvanize people to radically alter the world wetackle goals that inhabit — one entangled in aotherwise might seem world war from the hills ofunachievable. India to the shores of the Mediterranean and down the Horn of Africa. Despitea global economic crisis that’s been brewing since theCold War ended, and the United States being the soleeconomic engine in globalization through faulty tradeagreements, we find ourselves saying, yes, in fact, wecan turn things around. Coming down from the mountain, we soberly findmillions of people sleeping in doorways in the UnitedStates, families being thrown to the streets, andfederally mandated programs that offer little room forlocal communities to tackle the issues of poverty. Thetidal wave created by the earthquake on Wall Street hasyet to fully slam onto our shores. WoodbLoCk by gato, Courtesy of the Western regionaL advoCaCy ProjeCt, WWW.WraPhome.org Today, we reflect, observe. Tomorrow we must moveforward. Local leaders, community organizers, average COMMenTaryfolks, should use this time to galvanize people to tacklegoals that otherwise might seem unachievable. We havea window of opportunity to set the stage for the future.It’s time to push and push hard. Circles By eduardo delaNderos-tierre T The American economy and how we have dealt with he election of Barack Obama as I used to live in Chicago. I remember whenpoverty during the past 25 years has been a disaster. president of the United States has Obama was doing hardcore organizing in theInstead of building the social infrastructure to support many layers of meaning for someone southside, I even saw him from a distance aAmericans, we’ve created 10-year plans to end like me, a man of color, as they say. But it few times, even heard him. At the time, Ihomelessness, shelter systems, and criminalization does come down to this: I have a kind of thought, he knows the streets, he knows the hope, for this nation, that I never thought I strategies. I remember how people wouldstrategies that do little to end poverty itself: A revolving could feel. The sort of bitterness, its razor listen to him; I remember, this cat is brilliant.door of bureaucratic ideologies implemented by edge, has been, sheathed. I remember thinking, I would work with himorganizations with little to no resources to break the I stood in line, and I was not alone in my anytime, anywhere. I respected him deeplyback of poverty. feeling, many of us, without a job, even then. Of course, we are all responsible to develop, maintain without a real place to live. But I was there. It Again, much heartache, but, I managed toand support efforts that will truly change the world. was worth it. People were laughing, people find a television, and watch him. I watched were breathing in a way that one breathes Obama at Chicagos Grant Park. Memories,Naturally, poverty tends to be Street Roots’ bag after being underwater too long. I had my again: I often walked there, took my breaksbecause the streets are where we live and breathe. But coffee, sipping, feeling everyone. there after my classes at Northwesternwe are not naïve to think that the leadership shown by Yes, I had my own bitter, bitter heartaches, University. I always made sure to catch thenewly elected Mayor Sam Adams doesn’t connect with and often, I felt, why do I bother with Blues and Jazz concerts at the park.the education of a foster kid walking the streets. Or anything? On top of everything else, not a real Hey, Chicago, my heaven of the blues! And place of of my own? Why do I even stand in now, this man of color, this bi-racial man,that a manufacturing plant closing doesn’t touch policy line to vote? What the hell do I matter? almost the President of the racist Unitedon the Hill, or that green jobs won’t affect Shouldnt I just really freak out, and dive into States.homelessness. Everything we do is connected. believing that the aliens from outer space I was periodically checking in with myself, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress,” said have taken over everything? smiling, "Eduardo, hey, wheres this prideDouglass. “Those who profess to favor freedom, and Somehow, the warm coffee felt soothing in coming from?" What the hell?deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without line, and, the people around me, felt soothing. Then, kept getting these, goosebumps — I needed their smiles and really nasty jokes-- and, what the hell, my eyes salty — what theplowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder Obama....and lightning.” So, without hesitation, now is the time hell? And he got it. Damn it all, he got it-- Alright, I know. He isnt perfect. Yes, he is then, yes, liquid salt, stringing down thisto turn over the earth, to plant our seeds and work talking to everyone, even the really bad brown skin, stringing down, just little beads.toward systematically building a better tomorrow. people, those bad people, that some of us At the age of 53, jobless, homeless, leftists like to sing, “Corporation, oh, splintered heart of mine. Obama brings me all corporation, how do you love me? “I have the way around now. Things have come stReet Roots’ edItoRIal BoaRd read a lot of the stuff about Obama, that around, the circle of hope.... Internet stuff — yes, even the stuff that says I deeply respect Obama deeply — still. The views expressed in the editorials in Street Roots are Joanne Zuhl Ruth Kovacs aliens in Area 51 have planned this all out the consensus of members of the editorial board and Art Garcia contributing volunteers. with the Skull and Bones, Obama, is a front Eduardo Delanderos-Tierre is a Portland man... a front man of color... resident
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For example, the hard-hittingand controversial series Addict’s Almanac,a firsthand look at addiction and life on thestreets, was picked up by street papers inIreland and Cincinnati. Our movement isyoung and growing. Dozens of papersworking with thousands of individualsliving in poverty are hitting their stride.We are proud to be a part of such anexciting movement. It’s with your support that we are ableto do this and to be a leader in agrassroots global movement for socialchange. As a network, we now have streetpapers in 37 countries in 17 languages.Vendors around the world have builtrelationships on street corners with folksjust like you. We thank you for yoursupport. We couldn’t do it without you. street roots youR donatIon MatteRs 211 NW Davis St. Portland, OR 97209 Street Roots is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization. Mail to: All donations are greatly appreciated and may be tax deductible. 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