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