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Out in the cold - Remembering homeless victims

Last year I met a guy who lives in a hand-built shack out in some woods not far from the center of Portland, who had rigged up a light and heat system and said he was happier there than in a shelter, even on the coldest nights.

And as many of us plan to get "snug in our beds," in anticipation of "a long winter's nap," a group of people - as many as 200 of them, including US Rep Tom Allen (who's running for US Senate, natch) - will be marching from Preble Street to Monument Square, and holding a vigil there in memory of homeless people who have died on the streets. The march and vigil start at 4:30 pm.

Tonight is the longest night of the year, which is why the service is today. In the past, some activists have bedded down under the watchful eye of the Portland monument and spent the night there; we're not sure if they're doing that again, but we're pretty sure Allen isn't...

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