'Occupy' camps provide food, shelter for homeless

Lucas Brinson, 21, from Davis, Calif, takes on the role of a human microphone, relaying information throughout Zuccotti Park's "Occupy Wall Street" encampment on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 in New York. The owner of the private park where "Occupy Wall Street" protesters have been camped out for nearly a month in lower Manhattan gave notice Thursday that it will begin enforcing regulations that prohibit everything from lying down on benches to storing personal property on the ground. The landlord, Brookfield Properties, handed out a notice to protesters saying they would be allowed back inside after a planned park cleanup on Friday morning if they abide by park regulations. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

November 22, 2011 6:36:45 AM PST
When Occupy Wall Street protesters took over two parks in Portland's soggy downtown, they pitched 300 tents and offered free food, medical care and shelter to anyone. They weren't just building, like so many of their brethren across the nation, a community to protest what they see as corporate greed.