WW: What was it like to work with people from the business community and the city on the SAFE Committee? What surprised you?
WW: It sounds like there's still some tension between members of the SAFE Committee and City Hall.
WW: Do the SAFE Committee's recommendations, such as public restrooms, a day center and more benches downtown, really get at the root causes of homelessness?
WW: In terms of citizen and media involvement in this issue, do you have a sense that homelessness an issue that people tend to address around the holidays and then forget about once the season is over?
WW: What's up with this idea that some people ‘choose' to be homeless?
How does Portland compare with other cities in terms of access to services and attitudes towards the homeless?
Check out Hot Action, WWire's weekly post about activists, demonstrations and other hot political action in and around Portland every Tuesday (except Tuesday Dec. 26, when Hot Action will be taking a short holiday hiatus).
UPCOMING HOT ACTION EVENTS:
Tuesday, December 19
Screening: Terrorized Into Consumption
55 minutes beginning at 7 pm at Proper Eats Market and Café, 8638 N. Lombard Ave. Free.
Thursday, December 21
Homeless Persons Memorial Day
6-7pm in the Outside In courtyard 1132 SW 13th. Free.
Tuesday, January 2
New Year's Day Anti-Bush Protest
Sponsored by the South Side Democracy for America Meetup Group. 12pm at the Steel Bridge. Free.