Tent city residents spar with city
This tent city was put up near the state Capitol in Olympia, Washington, to protest a new city ordinance that makes it illegal to sit, lie down, sell things or ask for money within 6 feet of a building downtown.
City officials in Olympia, Washington, have asked residents of Camp Quixote to disperse, telling them they are breaking city trespassing ordinances.
"The community's patience is wearing thin," City Manager Steve Hall said Wednesday. If the campers don't leave the city-owned lot, they might face citation, arrest and loss of their possessions, he said.
Camp Quixote started as a protest of the sidewalk ordinance, which took effect Feb. 1. But it has turned into more of a show of solidarity among the city's homeless, said Rob Richards of the Poor People's Union.
Richards said the group wants Olympia to have something similar to Portland's "Dignity Village," which was designated a transitional housing campground under Oregon law* in 2004.
Read the Associated Press story here. And for more info -- and discussion from folks in Olympia -- check out Sarah's Blog at OlyBlog.
* You can read the Oregon statute authorizing transitional housing campgrounds here. Scroll down to Section 446.265.