Right 2 Dream Too opens space for unhoused Portlanders on World Homeless Action Day

Posted: October 9, 2011 in Uncategorized
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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2011
Contact: Ibrahim Mubarak
Email: Right2DreamToo@gmail.com
Cell: 503.839.9992

On World Homeless Day, Right 2 Dream Too is proud to announce the 1:00
PM opening of our new space at W. Burnside & NW 4th Avenue in Portland

Portland, OR — Right 2 Dream Too (R2DToo) is today establishing a
membership space at the corner of West Burnside and NW 4th Avenue, in
Portland, OR.  The purposes of the space are as follows:

•       To awaken social and political groups to the importance of safe and
undisturbed sleep.
•       To create a safe, secure place for members to be.
•       To create places where members can sleep safely and undisturbed.
•       To engage in other educational activities as the Board of Directors
shall determine.

R2DToo is a newly founded Oregon nonprofit organization supported by
members of Right 2 Survive, a group of houseless and formerly
houseless individuals dedicated to defending the human, civil and
constitutional rights of people experiencing homelessness.
R2DToo’s facility will provide refuge for Portland’s unhoused
community who cannot access the insufficient stock of affordable
housing and shelter space to rest or sleep undisturbed.  Currently,
because of city ordinances that prohibit camping on public property
and restrict people’s rights simply to sit or lie on sidewalks,
Portland’s unhoused population is frequently under tremendous stress
and unable to get the proper amount of rest.  This is one of the
principle contributing factors to the tremendous health disparities
and high morbidity rates of people experiencing homelessness in our
community.

R2DToo’s new space will also provide a safe, welcoming place for
people who daily and nightly face the threat of violence on our city
streets.  All members agree to abide by a code of conduct that
respects the rights of fellow members and our neighbors to share our
public spaces civilly and equitably.  Our space will be guided by and
adhere to principles of nonviolence.  Plans include the possibility of
providing limited storage space for members to address the need for
unhoused individuals to have a secure place for storing belongings.

R2DToo hopes to offer educational programs and other forms of mutual
support and aid as resources become available.  It is R2DToo’s
intention to take input and direction from its members in designing
programs, trainings, events and activities.  R2DToo believes that
people experiencing homelessness are the experts at surviving on the
streets and are capable of providing the essential peer support that
is currently lacking in efforts to address the homeless crisis in our
city and our country.

Ibrahim Mubarak, co-founder of Right 2 Survive, Dignity Village and
Board Member of R2DToo, says “This is a direct result of the
government’s failure to admit that we have a housing problem in this
country – not only has the government failed to admit it, it has
failed to act on it.”  The housing crisis that has come to national
attention since 2008 has deeper roots in the refusal of the Federal
government to recognize housing as a human right.  As long as this
remains the case, homelessness will not end and we must explore
alternative, cost-effective pathways for those who lack housing or who
current programs, for a variety of reasons, do not serve.  R2DToo
hopes its space and the programs it develops will serve as a model for
addressing the unmet needs of thousands of Portlanders and will
inspire others in possession of empty lots or buildings to consider
creating similar spaces.

R2DToo is accepting donations and has a wishlist of needed items at
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Right-2-Dream-Too

For

more information about R2DToo and Right 2 Survive, please visit
Right 2 Survive at http://right2survive.wordpress.com/

For

more information about World Homeless Day, please visit:
http://www.worldhomelessday.org/

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Comments
  1. [...] group – calling itself Right 2 Dream Too — is an offshoot of the Right 2 Survive organization. Right 2 Survive is composed of homeless and [...]

  2. Congratulations R2Dtoo! Many props and much gratitude to you.

  3. Schmuckatelli says:

    The long story of Attica in NY Sate in the1970s was about “three hots & a cot!’ as a U.S. citizen’s right in the slammer. We eventually won that one. Occupy Vermont.

  4. I am in Fresno Cal, and I see alot of homeless here, near the police station, library, courthouse park, and encampments, the city is tearing down, to build something on one encampment. My heart goes out to them. If I had money i would do something. I thin what u are doing is wonderful.
    Mabe the homeless advocates here should know about what u are doing ! May God Bless!

  5. [...] surprised at the civility of all who participated. These issues can easily cause divisiveness.  Right to Dream 2 and the city were well represented and respectful even if they are breaking codes and being fined [...]

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