Homeless People Suing Portland for Banning Being Homeless During the Day

How are you supposed to be homeless if homelessness is only legal in the nighttime?

You can’t just stop existing when the sun’s out. Trust me – I’ve spent a lot of time trying to do that, and it is totally impossible to simply blink out of existence between dawn and dusk.

I have a few more forms of dastardly and cryptic meditation I’m going to do to try and see if I can figure out this “time warp” strategy, but my hopes of it succeeding dwindle further each passing day.

New York Post:

A group of homeless people in Portland, Oregon, filed a class action lawsuit on Friday challenging new restrictions the city placed on daytime camping in an attempt to address safety issues stemming from a crisis of people living on the streets.

The lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court alleges the restrictions violate Oregon law and the state constitution because they subject people who are involuntarily without permanent shelter to unreasonable punishments for unavoidable activities including sleeping and staying dry, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Violators could face jail time and/or fines of up to $100.

Lawyers at the Oregon Law Center, which is representing the plaintiffs, are seeking a temporary restraining order from the court to stop the city from enforcing the restrictions until the lawsuit is resolved.

“The ordinance subjects the approximately 10,000 Portlanders living outside every night to 30 days in jail for violating a law that is impossible to understand or comply with,” the lawsuit alleges.

Portland’s city council voted in June to pass the ordinance prohibiting camping during the daytime in most public places as the city, along with other cities throughout the US, wrestles with the longtime crisis of people living outside.

The measure says people may camp in nonrestricted areas from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., but at that time they must dismantle their campsites until the permitted overnight hours begin again.

The thing about laws these days is… they are not enforced.

A law that is not enforced is just a suggestion, and I don’t think street junkies are really spending a lot of time reading up on the latest news.

Mostly, they lay around on drugs. I’ve seen them and they look really joyful. Despite the open sores and stench, they have a childlike joy about them.

I’ll tell you: this fentanyl must be some really great stuff.