Angela Davis, a public figure who found herself in the spotlight during the 1960s civil rights movement, will speak in Pacific University’s Stoller Center Thursday, Feb. 6.The room was filled with activist from all ages and all over Portland Metropolitan area, like an activist reunion. 

Davis received national attention after she lost her job in the University of California, Los Angeles’ philosophy department because of her social activism and membership in the Communist Party, USA.

Davis is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is the former director of the university’s Feminist Studies Department. In the last several decades, Davis has worked in prison reform.

After the first scheduled cancellation of Angela Davis In February due to our amazing snow storm. Dr. Davis returned to Pacific University on April  18th to speak to a crowd of over 1000.  Dr. Davis first spoke about the tragic loss of two freshman students who left us too soon earlier in the month. Kiden Esther Dilla, 18, and Ayan Mohamed Osman, 19, both of Portland. Honoring and saying that if they weren’t taken away from us, they would both be in the front roll seats as they fought for social justice and helped put on the event. 

Dr. Davis pointed on the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Summer. Summer of 1964.  The 1964 Freedom Summer project was designed to draw the nation’s attention to the violent oppression experienced by Mississippi blacks who attempted to exercise their constitutional rights, and to develop a grassroots freedom movement that could be sustained long after student activists left Mississippi. Freedom Summer marked one of the last major interracial civil rights efforts of the 1960s, as the movement entered a period of divisive conflict that would draw even sharper lines between the goals of King and those of the younger, more militant faction of the black freedom struggle. 

 

Dr. Davis pointed out in 2016 there will be the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party.

Black Panther Party 10 Point Program

1. We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black Community.

2. We want full employment for our people.

3. We want an end to the robbery by the white man of our Black Community.

4. We want decent housing, fit for shelter of human beings.

5. We want education for our people that exposes the true nature of this decadent American society. We want education that teaches us our true history and our role in the present-day society.

6. We want Completely Free Healthcare.

7. We want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of black people and other people of color

8. We want immediate end from all forms of oppression

9. We want all black people and oppressed people free of all state, county, federal, and military prisons.

10. We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace and control of modern technology.  

How far are we from achieving these goals?

The black panther party started the free breakfast program.

Dr. Davis pointed out if you watch and speak to people from other parts of the world they knew how to talk about their country. Such as in South Africa they were not afraid to talk about apartheid where as in the US we are afraid to talk about race, oppression, ect. We still don’t know how to talk about how slavery has affected the institutions  in this country. 

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Ordinary people adopted a critical standpoint. Slavery was not political. It was not abolished once the 18 amendment took place. It was abolished when slaves values came to be viewed as valuable and transformation. When people began to imagine a world  that was not exclusively ran by white supremacy. Imagine if we worked collectively together in social to solve the social injustice problems of this world we would be able to rise above all oppression. During that time ordinary people emerged together. The concept of freedom was fast imagined by slaves. This non-racial democracy was created by Haitian. It was slaves that first created the first democracy. The poorest nation in the world inspired the struggles. Without Haiti we may never has seen an end to slavery.  That goes to show people collectively can change the world. 

Lastly, Dr. Davis pointed out that we must include the community of struggle and community of resistance to be apart of the change and to deeply change the individualism in every institution. We should have a feminist approach to activism refer to be aware of gender based on Inequalities in race, class, nationalism,able ism, sexuality.etc. We need to make a connection between struggles within our environment and those around the world. “Our activism can only be ethical if we are not afraid to make those connections we will be able to make the change. If we are not afraid to speak out against the government, corporation and president no matter how powerful they might be.”  

“We need to commit ourselves to struggle to a better ethical and Egalitarianism approach, the planet will be more hospice space for humans and all other species we share this the earth.” 

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We have recently had the pleasure of seeing Angela Davis speak at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Dr. Davis is a founding member of the Black Panther Party and freedom fighter from the civil rights movement. Listening to her speak reminded me of what it means to sacrifice for our beliefs. It reminds me of our true cost of revolution, to move our society towards social change. I am so grateful to have experienced her sage voice- I won’t forget our history Angela.. I will fight with my full being intact. Thnx Dikweed

Comics for Change

Posted: April 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Comics For Change is a new series of mini-comics from the Portland-based nonprofit Know Your City (KYC) highlighting the work of ten community organizers in Portland. For this follow-up to the Oregon History Comics series, KYC brought together a group of writers and artists to create profiles of activists working on a diverse range of causes from homelessness to LGBT rights. Even longtime Portlanders will probably learn something new from the series.

A woman who started a self-empowered soup kitchen for the homeless. A man who never stopped advocating for the African American community. A group who fights to protect Oregon forests from logging corporations. These stories have one thing in common: they celebrate people who are making Oregon a better place for everyone.

Featuring the stories of these community heroes:

Alex Brown
Polo Catalani
Walter Cole
Dan Handelman
Cheryl Johnson
Paul Knauls
Ibrahim Mubarak
Genny Nelson
Kathleen Saadat
Wilbur Slockish
Comics for Change! collects 10 excellent mini-comics in one box set by some of Portland’s best comic writers and illustrators, including:

Writers:
Anne Marie DiStefano
Amy Harwood
Lauren Hudgins
Christen McCurdy
Douglas Wolk

Artists:
Ryan Alexander-Tanner
Asher Craw
Hiller Goodspeed
Laura Heit
Jonathan Hill
Hazel Newlevant
Terrance Nowicki
Jesse Reklaw
Natalie Sept
Khris Soden

Whether you’re a die hard activist or have a new interest in social justice and art, you’ll be inspired to learn more and take action from Know Your City’s Comics for Change!

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Right 2 Survive Radio show airs on the 2nd Wednesday of each month on KBOO 90.7 Fm. Each show is unique because it highlights the struggles of the unhoused here in Portland and some interviews from other cities across the country. Kboo 90.7 fm airs our hour long show from 6 to 7 pm. R2S radio isn’t just interviews, they are often emotional, inspiring and uplifting stories direct from people living unhoused. The show also includes musical interludes, that are usually in keeping with the them of a show or a song that relates to the previous persons story. We hope you have a chance to listen and provide us with feed back. This months topic will be on Clean and Safe. We went out to different parts of the city to get peoples perceptive on Clean and Safe program.

“The downtown Clean & Safe cleaning crew keeps downtown clean seven days a week. In partnership with Central City Concern, the Homeless-to-Work Program offers training and mentorship opportunities to workers that are formerly homeless or have other barriers to employment. For more than 20 years, Clean & Safe has offered this opportunity for formerly homeless individuals to re-enter the workforce. Cleaning crews provide sidewalk sweeping, graffiti removal, litter and cigarette removal and pressure washing services in the district.” Lately, we have been seeing Clean and Safe workers going through and throwing away people’s belongs and harassing people on the streets. Listen on Wednesday January 8th from 6 to 7 on Kboo 90.7fm to find out what is really going on in the streets. We will have interviews from the houseless community as well as clean and safe workers. We will be holding a listening party at sister of the road starting at 5:30 to 7. Come join us. clean and safe.

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In Your Face Campaign Returns

Posted: January 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

Join us on January 8th at 9 AM. Where members from the community will address the city council. We will meet at Right 2 Dream Too at 8 am. March down to city hall. All are welcomed and invited.

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Tree Lighting in the Pearl

Posted: December 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

On November the 3rd, The Pearl District in Portland had their annual tree lighting ceremony. Right 2 Survive and Right 2 Dream Too held a vigil right in front of the tree. We had about 25 to 30 people attend the vigil and surround Joe Walsh and his friend as they took on the roles of the houseless that will die this winter due to cold temperatures and wet weather. Recently, the city of Portland put huge rocks underneath a freeway bridge swept all the people destroyed the only belongings they had. Three days later Alvin Smith died from the cold. Alvin became homeless after his wife died he couldn’t keep with the bills. These are the tactics they use to keep the poor poor. Rocks. Spraying the sidewalks at night. Waking people up and making them move every two hours. Giving them citations because they have no where to go. Many of us had candles and all of us listened to a heart tugging song about a houseless man who freezes to death because he had no place to go, sang by our dear friend Rachael.

We also handed out fliers educating the public about both of our groups missions and some facts about houselessness. Over all the reception from people was heart felt. However, the Pearl Santa turned out to be more of a Scrooge or Grinch than a jolly St. Nick!!! The Pearl Santa, who did not look or act like “Santa” said ” Santa wants to listen to the carolers take your protest somewhere else. I will call 911.” He then ran off to the police on horses told them… and nothing happened the police rode off and Santa was left with us still. One kid about 4 or 5 asked “Why is Santa calling the police on the homeless?” Yes Santa why???

Here is a song dedication to Pearl Santa:

The Grinch’s Theme Song by Christmas Carols

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch
You really are a deel,
You’re as cuddly as a cactus, you’re as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch,
You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel!
You’re a monster, Mr. Grinch
Your heart’s an empty hole,
Your brain is full of spiders, you’ve got garlic in your soul, Mr. Grinch,
I wouldn’t touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!

You’re a vile one, Mr. Grinch
You have termites in your smile,
You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile, Mr. Grinch,
Given the choice between the two of you, I’d take the seasick crocodile!

You’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch
You’re a nasty wasty skunk,

Your heart is full of unwashed socks,

The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote,
“Stink, stank, stunk”!

You’re a real meany, Mr. Grinch
You’re the king of sinful sots,
Your heart’s a dead tomato splotched with
Moldy purple spots, Mr. Grinch,
Your soul is an appalling dump heap
Overflowing with the most disgraceful
Assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable mangled up in tangled up knots!

You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch
With a nauseous super “naus”,
You’re a crooked jerky jockey and you drive a crooked hoss, Mr. Grinch,
You’re a three decker sauerkraut and
Toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce!

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Letters to the Editorial.

Posted: November 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

Right 2 Dream Too 

From 2007-09, homelessness exploded. With predatory lending schemes, non-living wage jobs, barriers to employment, foreclosures and austerity in this country, where do you put those American refugees? Housing budgets and social services were cut and there isn’t enough shelter to go around.

Caring about homelessness has become quite popular, but “faith without works is dead.”Right 2 Dream Too is doing work in good faith. All of us would otherwise be swept, arrested, harassed and sleep-deprived. We provide a safe place where organized security watches the less secure, so they can get the rest needed to find and sustain employment, housing and medical care.

There have to be functional interim resources for the existence of the human being. Moving human beings from one place to another via police sweeps is ineptly counterproductive. Supporting cost-effective, successful solutions like Right 2 Dream Too makes sense.

Brad Gibson
Northeast Portland
Gibson is a Right 2 Dream Too board member.

 

We Need to Stop Blaming, Find Solutions!

Portland Rescue Mission has been at 111 W Burnside since 1954.

1937 is when Union Gospel Mission came to 15 W Burnside.

2007 is when the Life Change Program Started at 3 NW 3rd Ave.

This points to a systemic problem, rather than one created by one particular group.  How can a group that has done nothing but help houseless people people get a good night’s sleep be responsible for a situation that’s occurred in Old Town since before even our oldest member was born?  People becoming houseless is not a particular shelter or social service network’s fault.  Houselessness has almost as many causes as there are houseless people.  Right 2 Dream Too is simply responding to a need.  They strive to make the community safer, not only for the unhoused but for the housed, business owners, and business patrons as well.  Crime has actually gone down at the 4th and Burnside location. If you can get the opportunity to view a more detailed log of crime stats from that block, you will see that the calls have been from other locations.

Finger pointing and blaming is not going to solve the houseless issue, as James Huffman has done in his opinion piece from November 10.  Affordable housing and true systemic change to address the root causes of homelessness, WILL.  Getting educated on how to truly help, WILL. Coming together as a community and offering real viable solutions is a very important first step.  Right 2 Dream Too is not the only solution by any means, but as we are 9 years into a 10 year plan to end homelessness and no solutions are forthcoming from the Coordinated Committee to End Homelessness, its probably the best in the meantime solution we have.

Amber Dunks

 

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It’s getting cold out there.

Posted: November 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

The past few days have been a miracle, the rest area has received donations of hundreds plus blankets, sleeping bags, and pillows. The weather is expected to be 27. So tonight we were able to provide each overnighter an extra layer of warmth. Their gratitude was expressed repeatedly. They were relieved and so are we. Thanks a bunch to all who gave. This night of comfort is because of you.— Kirsten

If you happen to be on the streets with no where to go or you see someone who is on the streets be kind enough to help them out. If the person wants to get into a shelter call 211. You will get to a REAL person. They will ask a few questions. and will be on their way to pick you up and take you to a shelter.

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