Name: Jim Ferguson
Occupation: Retired physician
Tenure at Occupy Portland: Ferguson says he started volunteering at Occupy Portland Oct. 10 because he “got tired of yelling at the TV.”
Otherwise he lives in: Northwest Portland
Favorite political thinker: Che Guevara — his ideas, not his techniques
His contribution to the camp: Ferguson is the only physician working the medical tent in Lownsdale Square’s core group of about 25 volunteers, including EMTs and first responders. Ferguson says he’s primarily been treating sprains, strains, cuts and a lot of foot damage brought on by the cold, wet conditions. “Wounds are nearly impossible to clean here, but we do what we can,” he says.
“As a medic in Vietnam, I worked with primitive conditions like these — no power or running water — so I thought with my experience there I could bring something here.” He says the medic station survives on donated first-aid supplies but is in need of more.Why he’s Occupying Portland: “I don’t like the way the country is going. Rich people are royalty. Being rich doesn’t give them the vetting to make policy, and sometimes they’re ruthless,” he says, adding that while he is not so much personally affected by the current economic climate, he feels "for what’s happened to the people in Portland and the rest of the country.”