Portland council gives library staffers power to expel unruly patrons

… Homeless advocates, however, argued that homeless people and minorities would become the targets.

Jim Devine, an advocate for Homeless Voices for Justice, said the library is part of the "safety triangle," which also includes the Preble Street Resource Center and the Oxford Street Shelter.

"Even if this policy change is not intended to target people who are homeless and living in poverty, we feel strongly that in practice it will do just that," Devine said …