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Paul Birmingham, the vagrant who lives in a lean-to behind the library, is longtime Night Vale community activist.

Paul's protests date back to the 80s; he spent most of that decade advocating for the legalization of oregano. On learning that oregano was already legal, he shifted to environmental activism.[1]

He is a member of the Air-Filled Earth Society, and protested the removal of street signs on the grounds that it might deflate the Earth.[2] By early 2016, he was campaigning against everything.

Paul was left in charge by the City Council during Street Cleaning Day, as part of their desperate attempt to avoid responsibility. He faked his own death in an elaborate scheme to escape Street Cleaning Day unscathed.[3]



  1. Episode 83 "One Normal Town"
  2. Episode 9 ""PYRAMID""
  3. Episode 15 "Street Cleaning Day"