City Council Notes: Nov 24th

My name is Sue Sierralupe. I live in George Brown’s ward. I also have the honor to serve in this ward as the clinic manager of Occupy Medical. This is the week of Thanksgiving and I am here to count my blessings even though I should, by rights, be home baking pies for the oncoming horde of hungry relatives.
I am grateful for many things. I am happy that the Poverty and Homelessness Board has assembled to problem solve on the plight of economically desolate in our area. I was able to take off work long enough to attend one of the meetings. It was a brain storming session. We were lucky to be able to take some of these ideas to the University of Oregon the following week. My prayer is that they will act on these ideas and, at the very least, open a rest stop for unhoused students on their property. I would hope that students from all the local colleges would qualify to take refuge there.
I am grateful for the news that the county proposed a new rest stop at the Serbu/LCBH site. As a member of Occupy Medical, I have noticed that we will get visits from patients with serious conditions until they get housed at OVE or a rest stop. Then the visits slow or stop. The reason is that a sheltered person is able to set up necessary service and have the stability to heal.
I am grateful that Occupy Medical was honored with another award this year. Our clinic is an integrated health clinic meaning that we have complimentary holistic care along side “regular” medical care much in the same way that the Mayo Clinic is run. The American Herbalist Guild is the alternative care equivalent to the AMA. They gave us their annual community service award which delighted and encouraged my staff.
I am grateful that we had another celebrity visitor to our clinic this Sunday. Batman came by with his dad. Unlike what you may have learned in movies and comic books, Batman is actually 5 years old and sometimes substitutes a plastic sword for his utility belt.
This little superhero was very good at defending his father from evil and also took my advice about crime fighting more quietly in the clinical setting in stride. It is not easy to raise a child on the streets. There are some places to find shelter for families but those are challenging to find during this weather. Until their names come up, Batman and his dad have to hide. It is still illegal to camp in our fair city. I know that there are many reasons why the city is reticent to lift the camping ban for the winter. I could not find a good way to explain this to Batman. He is just too young to understand. I ask you to reconsider your position. We would all be grateful.

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