The Final Letter – Cameron Whitten to the City COuncil

Dear City Council,

I am on my Seventeenth Day, abstaining from food and camping outside of City Hall. If you haven’t yet thought of it, it’s not the most pleasant of circumstances that I am in. Although the physical burdens do weigh on me, the broadening social crisis bores a chasm into my soul.

October 6th was a day that connected cultures from across the entire City. We filled Skidmore Fountain, Burnside and Broadway St, and crowded Pioneer Square like none had ever before. It symbolized the dawn of a New Movement, where People united to address systemic oppression and inequality. Now, the remnants of this Movement do not match the glory of its beginnings, but the lessons and experiences can never be forgotten.

I have chosen this self-imposed agony of Occupying outside of City Hall, because there remains a great injustice in the world, and I can see reflections of that injustice within the community that I adopted as my family. I hold no individual person at fault, as this injustice has been reached through a culmination of values that have been abandoned in our society.

I protest for housing justice. Not just in advocacy of the homeless, but for the prosperity and survival of the entire working class. Housing is a basic human need, cheaper to fund than incarceration or war. Yet, we seem to always fall short in supply. Our resources aren’t limitless, but there are avenues which we haven’t tried, or turn a blind eye to.

I continue my presence here, with two resolutions which I am respectively asking your response to. As an active citizen in your constituency, I hope that one of these days you may step out of your office and have a conversation with me.

Solidarity, Unity, and Equality,

Cameron Whitten

Why Common Living’s Williamsburg Sublets are a Sensible Option for Milennials

Why Common Living’s Williamsburg Sublets are a Sensible Option for Milennials

It is not easy living on your own, especially when you don’t know where to go about your life. Being an adult living in a complicated world will be a challenging aspect for you. But to begin your journey, you need to have a starting point. You want to prove to your family that you are a responsible adult. You want to prove to yourself you can strike it on your own. How are you going to do it when you don’t have a home of your own?

You don’t need to buy a house now, or ever. You can just go somewhere that is affordable where you can save up cash. After all, you need to start somewhere small to reach to greater things. This is where Common offers you refuge to build your life, no matter how temporary your stay. This is the perfect spot for you to start building your life the way you wanted. If you’re in a rush, and you need a place to stay just for a few months, then this is the right option for you.

You are not alone in this with the help of Common Living, no matter how scary and daunting it seems. All you have to do is just do your research, learn as much as you can about sublets, and avoid anything illegal. You don’t want to risk anything that will compromise your goal, and you have the option to share a room with someone if you like.

It doesn’t beat the fact that the benefits are good. The rooms are well-furnished, everything is kept in good condition, and it is also safe. After all, you are not going to stay there for long, it is only temporary. The Sublets Common has in Williamsburg are good for people who needs a change in a new environment, people who are studying abroad, looking for a place to stay so you can find a different kind of job, which is you probably, or you are no longer living with your parents. For whatever the situation may be the sublets are the perfect opportunity for you to take.

It is affordable and flexible, and all you need to do is just pay on time and follow some legal requirements and talk to your new landlord. After all that, then you are good to go. When living in big cities like New York, San Francisco, all of the things there are expensive. If you’re going to be living in one of those cities you need a place to stay that fits your current cash on hand before you find any work or job. Therefore, checking out one of Common’s Williamsburg Sublets is a sensible option.

June of 2012 – Cameron Whitten’s epic hunger strike

Portland, Ore. — On June 2nd, Cameron Whitten did not in the Starlight Parade, a 36 year old tradition which revives the spirit of the Rose City. Instead, he will magnify the immediate crisis of human need that extends across the entire region. He persuaded others to resist the distraction of superficial festivities and to concentrate on community survival.

Whitten, a 21 year old activist who was known for his leadership during the Occupy Portland  demonstrations and a five month campaign for Mayor which garnered over 1,700 votes,  performed a hunger strike on the doorstep of City Hall. With water and a daily vitamin as his only supplements, he occupied the space in advocacy of three practical and essential concerns.

1. For City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Withdraw the fines on Michael Wright and Dan Cossette, co-owners of the Right 2 Dream Too Rest Area, and seek a peaceful resolution for this cost-free solution to homelessness for the remainder of the lease agreement.

2. For City Council, Add a housing levy measure to the November 2012 General Election ballot.

3. For Sheriff Daniel Staton, Issue a 1-year moratorium on home foreclosures in Multnomah County.

“I have never done this before. I might die fighting for something I believe in,” he states.

Whitten said,“Social justice requires great sacrifice. I have not done enough to protect the wellbeing of mankind, none of us have done enough. I ask you to join me, strike, organize, and educate.  Propel our destiny towards a more conscious and prosperous future. Don’t ever surrender hope.”