About 20 tents now fill the vacant corner lot. The demonstrators have grills to cook on and two portable bathrooms on site to use.
Organizers say they’re an offshoot of the Occupy movement, but no longer affiliated with SLEEPS. That’s the group camping out in the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, demanding code be changed to provide people a safe place to sleep.
They’re calling this new camp ‘Whoville’.
They’ve got plans to continue their protest, even if the county gives them eviction notices later this week.
“Sidewalks have traditionally been used as protest sites and I’m sure the mayor has a sidewalk in front of her house,” said Tin Man. “I’m sure legally we can go to the sidewalk in front of her house and peacefully protest.”
The Lane County Board of Commissioners will hold a special session on Wednesday to talk about the protest at the Free Speech Plaza and its health implications. Commissioners are considering an emergency closure of the area for no more than four weeks.