Question Time: How Important is the Occupation Camp?

In our “Question Time” series, we ask “persons on the street” questions to various people at the Portland Occupation. As always, feel free to chime in the comments and add your own voice to the dialogue.

Is the camp important to the occupation? Why or why not?

The camp is not necessarily important, but we are representing the homeless. The camp is a representation of the issues, but the movement does stand on its own.

– Mark

I don’t know. This is my first visit to the camp, and I’m still trying to figure it out.

– Liz

Photo by Paul Cone

I’m also still trying to figure it out. I’m behind the movement, but I’m trying to figure out how the camp translates into action.

– Rhonda

The camp is important because people feel like they belong here, and they do. Everyone has needs. Here people get involved in helping those needs be fulfilled.

– Katie

The camp shows unity. It provides an in-person gathering place, where people can come together and form ideas.

– Dominick

The camp is important. It provides a public meeting space. You can’t have an occupation without a camp.

– Juliette

Photo by Paul Cone

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