Here is a video of the work we are doing with GroundWorks Portland.

Groundwork Portland is a non-profit organization that brings about sustainable, community-led improvement of the physical environment in low-income areas, while advancing environmental and social justice.

Groundwork Portland is an affiliate of Groundwork USA. Groundwork USA works with communities to improve their environment, economy and quality of life through local action by getting local residents, businesses, government and other organizations involved in practical projects.

Over the last year we have been working with Groundworks to improve relationships with EPA and local community. Voice our concerns about the Superfund site, to educate the houseless community living alongside the river of the pollutants and danger of the river. Include a multi-language campaign.

We will continue outreach to the houseless community living alongside the river at least twice a month. Voicing concerns at EPA meetings,while building Groundworks Portland solidarity and support with local coalition members will prompt development of safer solutions for the environment. By reaching at least three different ethnic groups to develop appropriate language materials. More immigrants using the river to supplement their diets will know the long term harm of eating the polluted fish.

If you or your organization would like to get involved let us know. or visit http://www.groundworkportland.org/programs/urban-water/phcc/ or http://www.ourfutureriver.org/

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Street Roots – “Tent City Part Deux?”

 
Trena Sutton sits outside the Clackamas Service Center, one of the few drop-in, resource centers for people experiencing homelessness in Clackamas County. There, negotiations have started to create a tent city,
 much like Portland’s Right 2 Dream Too, for people who are homeless.
Photo by Adrienne Barnett

Tent city part deux? Homeless individuals in Clackamas County look to Right 2 Dream Too as a model

“On any given evening along the dark, wooded perimeters of the Springwater Corridor in Clackamas County, more than 50 homeless individuals tuck themselves in for the night and hope for the best — or, at least a good night’s rest.

To many, uninterrupted sleep comes as a luxury in an area fraught with late-night camp raids, both from local authorities and predators. It is no surprise that conversations  among those experiencing homelessness have turned to organizing around safety.

“What chance do we have when we can’t feel safe in the only place we call home?” asks Hilary, a woman living with her husband under a nearby bridge. “It’s always one step forward and two steps back.”

The main haven for this community, Southeast 82nd Avenue’s Clackamas Service Center, remains understaffed and out of space for the county’s steadily growing homeless population. With free meals, health services, a free clothing room, and a future promise of public showers and laundry facilities, the service center is working on all cylinders — but staff still admits there’s a large gap in their services.

“We are burning the candle at both ends here,” says CSC volunteer staff member Trena Sutton, who fields safety-related calls and concerns from the center’s visitors on a daily basis. “We need a location where people can be safe. A well-maintained camp would give them the safe, communal living many of these folks need to move forward with their lives.”

Despite her already full plate of responsibilities at the center, Sutton’s paired up with Ibrahim Mubarak, the founder and head of downtown Portland’s Right 2 Dream Toohomeless encampment, to bring this idea into a reality. Their ultimate goal: Bring the Clackamas community together to support and create a second Right 2 Dream Too camp.

The original Right 2 Dream Too community — currently in the stages of a much-debated move from its East Burnside grounds — has grown into a respectable and secure rest area since its creation in October 2011. Like R2DToo, Sutton’s proposed second site would have a front desk with 24-hour surveillance and prohibit alcohol, drugs, violence and discrimination. Here, Sutton says, the people wanting to better themselves and dig themselves out of an anxiety-saturated livelihood would be protected from predatory individuals.

“I’ve seen people being victimized over and over again from predators on the trail,” she says. “So many people are spread out and vulnerable, they have no way to truly protect themselves. I need a safe place for my folks.”

Compared to inner Portland, Clackamas County’s facilities and services for its homeless population are few and far between, ramping up the need for a solution. According to Sutton, the area only has three dependable homeless shelters specifically for women and families. One is closing at the end of the month. If you’re single or without children, the closest shelter is more than 6 miles away — or a 45-minute bus ride.”   Please continue reading here at Street Roots -

The Coordinating Committee is happy to accept Right 2 Survive as a new member of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance!  Thank you for taking the time to get to know the alliance, and to go through the application process.  

Right 2 Survive joins a multi-racial, multi-sectoral movement building membership alliance of over 40 organizations throughout the United States that for the past 9 years has been working to build the strength of these movements across issues and regions and to connect with international social movements. 

GGJ’s leadership is an elected body of individuals who serve on the Coordinating Committee.  Currently CC members are:
Jose Bravo, Just Transition Alliance
Jaron Browne, People Organized to Win Employment Rights
Diana Copeland, East Michigan Environmental Action Council
Ajamu Dillahunt, Black Workers for Justice
Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network
Kate Kanelstein, Vermont Workers Center
Diana Lopez, Southwest Workers Union
Marcia Olivo, Miami Workers Center
Maria Poblet, Causa Justa: Just Cause
Tara Villalba, Community to Community
Mei-ying Williams, Asian Pacific Environmental Network

GGJ staff carry out the work determined by the CC and at the membership assembly.  On staff (and cc’d on this email) are Cindy Wiesner (National Coordinator), Sha Grogan-Brown (Communications and Development Coordination), and myself (consultant).
 
More information:  www.ggjalliance.org.

 

I Ibrahim, first want to thank Jeri Williams  ( Neighborhood Program Coordinator) and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement of Portland, Oregon, For inviting me to attend the Neighborhood United States of American (NUSA) Conference May 21st -May 24th 2014. 
 
   When we arrived there was a welcome to the Conference Ice Breaker Celebration. There we mingle and network with people from different neighborhood in this Country. The way ,we all said hi to open conversations was “You got a BUTTON” meaning a button from the state you are from. We exchanged buttons and talked about what we are doing in our neighborhood and what is being done in our neighborhood. Since I’m from the houseless Community ( Neighborhood) I had buttons with our logo’s on them ( R2S / R2Dtoo) and I talked about what Right 2 Survive and Right 2 Dream too organizations are doing.  
 
   This was a very Different Conference, then what I’m used to attending. I’m used to going to learning how do things , what to do in the Grassroots Activist Community. There we went to workshops on how to get Neighbors to communicate with one another, to participate in Neighborhood Meetings and to Organize events so they may improve their Communities. I went to workshops that showed how increase ur Voice, Participation and Community Change, Interactive Engagement to welcome Diverse Voices,  Seattle Neighborhood Match Fund Program, Refreshing and Recharging our Batteries to Develop into more effective Leaders, What Communities do when Renters and Homeowners live in the same Area. This was a Good Conference it shows the Concerns from the people. 
 
   The Morning of the Farwell Breakfast awards were giving out, Raffle Tickets winners got their prize, New Board was Elected and a Speaker from were the Next NUSA Conference will be (HOUSTON,TX. ). Then there were people speaking on what they would like to see happen at the next Conference. I didn’t hear any one speak about the Houseless Epidemic, Vacant Lots and Preforeclosed House’s, or the gentrification of their neighborhood, and the Disappearance of the Mom and Pop stories. So I got up and spoke on these issues. 3 people walked up to me and said that they agreed with what I had spoken about. I think that we should apply to present a workshop at next years Conference., these topic that concerns us, about Neighborhoods. We should try to strengthen and mend the Social fabric of both Communities and build a affordable and livable Neighborhood. At least NUSA Communities are starting to look out of the Curtains. Again I iterate thank you Jeri Williams and the Office of neighborhood Involvement.  

 

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 Portland is gearing up for their annual Grand Floral parade. Sweeping, harassing and arresting houseless people seems to be a regular occurrence as summer approaches. The city has brought forth rewritten ” living and sustainability” laws targeted directly at the houseless.

 
  “Sweepless Nights” is the theme for this years Right 2 Survive’s annual Pitch A Tent Protest! Right 2 survive began; Pitch A Tent, 4 years ago to bring awareness to the city’s housed and working folk, that come to camp out and watch the Rose parade, that it is illegal for houseless people to camp for survival. We learned the city buys a permit for folks to camp along parade routes anytime there is a parade. So, this is where we step forward and use this time to provide tents for the downtown houseless to have a safe place to sleep for the night. The city creates an opportunity for activist and like minded people in the community to educate Portland’s housed and ignorant of the unjust, discriminatory, and oppressive laws that are approved in this city and carried out by police and private security hired from the taxes collected from the housed.
 
  Right 2 Survive organizes educational information, food, music, media, and more, thus creating a huge block party. Last year we took up 8 1/2 whole city blocks along 4th avenue. This year we are hoping to beat that record! At 9:30 Friday morning we will march from the Right 2 Dream Too site located on NW 4th and Burnside, to where we set up the main station on SW 4th and Washington. Some of the activities to draw folks out this year include; Street theater on the HBR campaign, Shoehorn ( A one man band and tap dancer), Mic Crenshaw (activist rapper, spoken word artist), Jeff Zucker and friends (light/fire performance artists), and ending the night B-Media Collectivo (showing their unique films). We have had many practice sessions to be able to cheer with the Radical Cheerleaders of Pdx. Whom will be waking us up with a work out of anti-discrimination anti-oppression cheers and chants. Oh, I can’t forget to mention a special guest coming to Pdx, for this event. Paul Boden, joins us from the Western Regional Advocacy Project, based in San Francisco. WRAP and it’s members are working in California and Oregon to pass Houseless Bills of Rights in both states. Right 2 Survive looks forward to Paul’s presents each year as he draws in the crowds with his fresh, down to earth style.
 
Lisa fay, Right 2 Survive

Ibrahim Mubarak had his court date this Friday at 9am at Multnomah County Circuit Court, 1021 SW 4th Ave, just north of City Hall. Ibrahim, co-founder of Right 2 Dream Too, was arrested February 27 under the Burnside Bridge for not getting on the sidewalk during a regular outreach walk with other members of Right 2 Survive.

Police arrested Ibrahim, as other Right 2 Survive members filmed Portland police harassment of the Houseless sleeping under the Burnside Bridge following a Thursday night feed. 

 

Here is some questions and updates on what is happening: 

Where are you at in the court hearing?

We are going to pick a jury on June 9th and follow up and go form there on this trial. This trial will go on for two days.

 

Why are you going through with the court hearing?

I’m going through with the trial because I believe the houseless community in general do not know their rights or if they do they are afraid to speak up for themselves because they know tint he past nothing can happen. I’m not doing this as an individual to put me on the spot but to put the whole system on how the police and city officials attack the houseless community. Even if I lose this will show that we need to stand up for our rights. The power to be and police departments target and profile as nothingless. We are something. We are somebody. 

Why is it important to you?

It’s important to me because we are the fastest growing social status in this country. We are bring misused, mislabeled and abused. This is what right 2 survive goes out to do educate people for their civil, human and constitutional rights. If I don’t stand up or right 2 survive doesn’t stand up and make an example then who will stand up. Especially, if we are teaching them. We are not teaching to teach, but to be examples and to exert them. And to not fall under mass incarceration system that is going on now. 

What outcome do you see happening?

The outcome is to bring awareness not only to the houseless community, the activist community and anarchist, but to the general public and police. We are going to stand up and fight for our rights. To show people who are in the visible community who have rights where as we who are invisible do not have rights. I would also like to implement the Homeless Bill of Rights. Not saying we have different rights but the same rights are those who live in a house.

We are all humans. We need to be treated as human with dignity. Treat people with the constitution of this land. 

How does what you are doing help in the movement your are struggling for?

It helps in the movement, Right 2 Survive and Right 2 Dream Too thrust to the leadership of the houseless community. We have to  sacrifice ourselves in order to get things done. If we stand and tell people to do this and to do that they look at us and say what are you doing?  We have to go through the same thing, experience the same thing, so we can speak about he same thing and have the knowledge of the same thing. 

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Lets chat; As we were leaving the Court House yesterday 4/25/2014 , my court has been set for 6/9/2014 at 9 am. We saw a houseless person being harassed by the Portland Police. They were asking him where he get the two bikes he had. I suppose he told them the truth. he bought one and the other was a friend of his that he was going to fix. So the Portland Police did what they do they check to see if both were stolen. They came back clean. Now this is the part that I want everybody to pay close attention to. after questioning him for another 10 min. one of the officers ask him if he had a receipt and because he couldn’t produce one they took both of the bikes from him, just as they were doing that, another person in a suit rode by and I ask the Police if they would ask him if he had a receipt for his bike and Guess what?

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