Right 2 Survive radio show airs every 2nd wednesday from 6 to 7 on Kboo 90.7 fm. This month topic is called pushed to the edge. You can listen here 

http://kboo.fm/sites/default/files/episode_audio/kboo_episode.2.131113.1800.22615.mp3

(the beginning is from the previous show before and commericals for kboo. bare though it and tune into other interesting topics on kboo) 

Pushed to the edge interviews were  done with those who have been pushed out to the outer city limits. We went into the houeless community living in SE, NE and North Portland. Listen to the stories on why people are being pushed further and further away from the city. Why there is campsites under express ways, under bridges and alleys. Hear stories of what happens in those campsites and how often they are moved. 

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On Novmeber 12, 2013 a round table discussion took place at Transitional projects. The goal of the round table was to discuss the topics of

Should shelter be a funding priority?

· Do we have enough shelter?

· Is shelter an effective program for moving people into housing?

· Are our shelters located in the right places?

The Meeting started off on an off note when Dikweed a member of Right 2 Dream too was asked to leave the meeting because he was accused of wrong doing at TPI. He left but not alone Members and allies of Right 2 Dream too also left with him. A discussion was made and everyone was let back into the meeting. Dikweed’s opinion on the discussion was ” It’s difficult to sit in a room with a group of academics who don’t understand the issues of homelesness, but have been “tashed” with the job/money to find the solutions. I would like to point out that these institutions have failed to keep up with the demands of homelessness (through little faults of their own) and that it is time for society to look at creative alternatives housing solutions. 100% of Federal/State money is going to these institutions and they are unable to meet the demands. Low-cost alternatives that could benefit from this money. What could Right 2 Dream too do with 2 to 3 million dollars?”

Panel Speakers
Stacy Borke, housing director for Transition Projects

Robert Day, commander for Central Precinct for Portland Police Bureau

Jean DeMaster, executive director for Human Solutions

Sally Erickson, ending homelessness program manager for Portland Housing Bureau

Alexa Mason, public relations specialist for Portland Rescue Mission

Bobby Weinstock, housing advocate for Northwest Pilot Project

One critic (out of a lot of critics) The question and answer discussion was very short and there was not a lot of unanswered questions. A lot of the people impression about the round was it was going to be a discussion group of different peoples opinions on how to solve the houseless epidemic. However, a lot of people felt that feel short in the meeting. A lot of statistics was given but no follow up actions to start a dialogue of what is needed in this community. We will see what is next for the round table discussion. If there is another one.

future of shelter flyer 11.4.13

Portland Spirit Award 2013

Posted: November 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

We want to thank Commissioner Fritz for the Spirit of Portland award. Over the last two years we have worked very hard to build an organization, colloraborate with the city and develop resource and connects that will allow an easier connection between houselessness to permanent housing.

The Spirit of Portland Awards recognize local individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an outstanding dedication to positive change in our community. Award winners are those who have not only worked to improve the community, but who have also gone above and beyond a dedication to civic engagement in order to make a lasting impact.

Award winners are chosen from nominations submitted by fellow Portlanders by a selection committee of representatives from the Commissioners’ offices, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Neighborhood Associations and other diverse community organizations. The Mayor and each Commissioner also selects special award winners to recognize specific works and achievements.

Here is a list of winners. Congratulations to all.

Neighborhood Association of the Year
Mt. Scott – Arleta Neighborhood Association

Business Association of the Year
North-Northeast Business Association’s Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Run

Community Harmony
Midge Purcell with Urban League of Portland

Community Stewardship
Mark Lewis with PPS Ockley Green School

Emerging Community Leader
Pedro Moreno with Verde

Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship Award
Neighborhoods Community Garden

Independent Spirit
David Hampsten with Hazelwood Neighborhood Association

Outstanding Partnership
Operation 305

Outstanding Organization (Non-Profit)
Friends of Gateway Green

Outstanding Organization (For-Profit)
Dennis’ 7 Dees

Commissioners’ Awards:

Mayor Hales Award
Last Thursday Clean Up Dance Party

Commissioner Fish (Individual)
Steve Weiss with Elders in Action

Commissioner Fish (Individual)
Briggy Thomas with the City of Portland Water Bureau

Commissioner Fritz (Organization)
Right 2 Dream Too

Commissioner Fritz (Individual)
Mary Ann Schwab

Commissioner Novick (Organization)
Disaster Relief Trials

Commissioner Novick (Individual)
Haven Wheelock with Outside In

Commissioner Saltzman (Organization)
CASA for Children

Commissioner Saltzman (Individual)
Israel Bayer with Street Roots

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

—-Mahatma Gandhi

Ugly Law- PSU May 2013

Posted: May 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
Susan Schweik gave a lecture called “Ugly Laws Then & Now,” which explored “developments in Portland in which a new and cynical manipulation of the Americans with Disabilities Act pits disability rights against homeless rights.” The City of Portland enacted its Ugly Law in 1881:
 

“Sec. 23. If any crippled, maimed, or deformed person shall beg upon the streets or in any public place, they shall upon conviction thereof before the Police Court be fined not less than twenty dollars nor more than two hundred dollars.”

 
A 1917 LA Times article quoted Mother Hastings telling the reporter that authorities in Portland “said I was too terrible a sight for the children to see — they meant my crippled hands, I guess — and said I would either have to get off the streets or go to the country farm. They gave me money to get out of town.” As late as 1972, Vietnam veteran and noted disability rights activist Richard Pimantel and his friend Art Honeyman, confined to a wheelchair with cerebral palsy, were arrested trying to have breakfast in a Portland restaurant for violating the Ugly Law. The Americans With Disabilities Act finally ended this kind of blatant discrimination for many. Today in Portland the latest manifestations of these exclusionary laws go by names like the Sidewalk Management and Anti-Camping ordinances – laws that do not attempt to address the problems of homelessness and poverty, but seek to make them invisible.
 
Schweik is Associate Dean of Arts & Humanities at U.C. Berkeley and the author of The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public.
 
Susan Schweik is Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities and a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence. A former Presidential Chair in Undergraduate Education for Disability Studies at U.C. Berkeley, she has been involved with the development of disability studies at Berkeley for fifteen years. She was co-coordinator of the Ed Roberts Fellowships in Disability Studies post-doctoral program at Berkeley (coordinated by the Institute for Urban and Regional Development). She has taught and co-taught undergraduate courses in Disability and Literature, Discourses of Disability, The Disability Rights Movement, Disability and Digital Storytelling, Psychiatric Disability, Literature and Medicine, and Race, Ethnicity and Disability, among others, and graduate courses in Body Theory and Disability Studies and Advanced Disability Studies. Her other teaching and research interests include twentieth century poetry, late nineteenth century American literature, women’s studies and gender theory, urban studies, war literature and children’s literature. She is a recipient of Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Her proudest honor is the name sign given to her by students at Gallaudet.
 
 
 

 

Move to Amends May 2013

Posted: May 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

This was one of my favorite lectures this year. It was so amazing, educational and inspiring. This event happened on May 3 to 5th at Portland Community College – Cascade Campus.

Move to Amend is continuing our regional gatherings across the United States in 2013. These events bring you together with Move to Amend activists and supporters from throughout your region of the country. Let’s amplify and multiply the power of all our great local organizing by building deeper organizational connections, and kick it up a notch!

This convergence for the Pacific NW is co-sponsored by the Peace and Conflict Studies Program of Portland Community College.

In attendance was David Cobb, Ashley Sanders, and Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap.

David Cobb

David Cobb is National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited. He is a lawyer and political activist. David has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials,  run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience.  He truly believes we must use ALL the tools in the toolbox to effect the systemic social change we so desperately need.

David was born in San Leon, Texas and worked as a laborer before going to college.  He graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1993 and maintained a successful private law practice in Houston for several years before devoting himself to full time activism to achieve real democracy in the United States.  

In 2002 David ran for Attorney General of Texas, pledging to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that repeatedly violate health, safety and environmental laws. He did not win the office, but the Green Party of Texas grew dramatically during his campaign from four local chapters to twenty-six. In 2004, he ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket and successfully campaigned for the Ohio recount.

Ashley Sanders

Ashley Sanders is a long-time community activist from Salt Lake City, Utah. She began political work doing campus organizing against the Bush administration and then worked to build third parties as the Nader spokesperson in 2008. She worked for Democracy Unlimited in 2009 and helped to form the Move to Amend coalition. She founded the Salt Lake affiliate of Move to Amend and serves on the National Executive Committee.

She helped to organize Occupy DC Freedom Plaza and was involved in Occupy Salt Lake. Ashley is one of the people interviewed in the award-winning film, “American Autumn: An OccuDoc”, a documentary about the Occupy movement.

Ashley’s passion is street theater and creating community spaces for discussion and collaboration, and she spends her free time doing freelance writing and (recently!) storytelling.

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap is Executive Director of Democracy Unlimited. She grew up in Santa Fe, NM and came to Humboldt County in 2001 by way of Western Massachusetts where she was studying education and community at Hampshire College. 

She served as a member of the national Leadership Team of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s campaign to Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People’s Rights and the STORY (Strategy Training and Organizing Resources for Youth) Board of the SmartMeme Project. She is also a Principal with Program on Corporations Law and Democracy and Local Democracy Fellow for the Liberty Tree Foundation.

In November 2004 Kaitlin was elected to serve on the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Board. She is the youngest member to serve in this position, as well as the the first woman to take this office. She was re-elected in 2008 and now serves as Board President.

Kaitlin serves as the National Director for Move to Amend. She oversees the national field organizing operations for the campaign, the affiliate support program and provides internship program supervision. 

All I have to say is You have to be there to understand everything that was said. If you have an opportunity to attend in your city. I recommend it. It great to learn about what the organization is about. Ashley Sanders taught us how to run campaigns. It was very informative and she is an amazing speaker  But to summarize: Corporations should not have constitutional rights. Money isn’t speech. One thing I learned is how in 1789 when corporations wanted to develop they had to get a majority vote in the state house of representatives. It then had to get majority vote in the senate then the governor had to signed it. Just like how a bill is passed today. The corporation only could do the type of business that they had applied for. They were a limited liability which lasted only 5 to 10 years. Today corporation have an easy process they fill out an application pay $50 dollars and that’s it and it last forever there is no time limit.  When corporations have constitutional rights that means they can use their power and privileged to hurt people. When I was in the convergences. I was relating it to how the housless community runs. Corporations are taking away the voices of the houseless people and their supports because they have the money and power to do so. One thing that I kept on thinking about is the sit/lie bill. Portland business alliance and Transitional projects are both corporations and entities. They shouldn’t have the power to govern, have a voice in what they believe should be the voice of the people, and have the power to regulate how public spaces are run.  If corporations didn’t have the power to influence the city then the city would have to rely on what the citizens have to say. They would make laws, ordinances and regulations based on how it would affect the people instead of representing corporations and money. 

Sounds interesting to you. Get involved with Move to Amends In Portland at:

https://movetoamend.org/or-portland

Thanks for coming out there. Let build together. 

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First and foremost Thank you to Job of Justice for the invite, dinner and entertainment. It was amazing and inspirational. Thank you for all the support you give to other organizations, supporting us and being there for us. 

There was over 60+ people there. The food was amazing. (sorry was too hungry I forgot to take pictures of it.)  We had Dikweed and Jessica from Right 2 Dream too attend. Jessica and Ibrahim were part of the skit that they had about actions and causes that people could join.  Jessica said,”The event was informative and educational.” “Donating an amount of money and anyone wants to match it at the dinner. We should do something like that.” Jessica said about her skit role, ” I got to do a funny skit and they laughed their ass off.”

Dikweed at the Mandatory meetings at Right 2 Dream too said to the dreamers, ” They had us answer how many actions we were involved in. There was 80+ actions last year? If we send one person to every action imagine we would have over 1000 people to support each other. It was so awesome I want to be apart of a lot more. I can’t wait to go to the next thing.” 

More Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.658601957499435.1073741834.100000489117182&type=1

To keep up with Job of Justice find them here: http://www.jwjpdx.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Portland-Jobs-with-Justice/134450800882?fref=ts

 

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Oregon Coalition on Housing and Homelessness Annual Conference

ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS AS A COMMUNITY

MAY 1 -3, 2013 Hood River, Oregon

Right to Survive Members Ibrahim Mubarak and Sophia Kinhnarath went to speak to at the OCHH on May 2, 2013 Their presentation was on 

Empowering the Voiceless:
Homeless Leadership: This section went through how to empower homeless community to
speak up for their legal, constitutional and civil rights. Learn how laws and regulations affect
the community and how as a group we will combat the conflicts and how to see a future
without homelessness. Presentation included examples of Right 2 Survive, Right 2 Dream
Too and Dignity Village.

When asked how it went Ibrahim Mubarak said, ” I have an oxymoron view about it because in most of those events you have agencies that don’t have the grassroots aspect with the people and the everyday knowledge and experiences that goes though. They can’t understand.” The event has many organizations that with houseless community, but  the organizations are only understanding and having one type of houselessness. such as organizations working with just youth or dhs or seniors. They don’t have organizations such as Right 2 Survive who have all aspects of backgrounds coming through. So as an organization we have to learn about all different type of people, different rights and laws that affect the houseless community. The houseless community includes pretty much everything because there isn’t one type of houselessness. This is what Sophia Kinhnarath had to say about the event, ” It was interesting. The organizations comes from a different perspective of where they want statistics, wanting to know how Right 2 Survive operates. When told we teach and empower them and don’t discriminate on their past then wait and sees what outcomes comes out. I don’t believe the organizations understand that concept or believe if you give people the opportunity to empower themselves, make their own decisions, they will take that empowerment and change their lives.”  We are not saying Right 2 Survive is a perfect organization or a model organization that is going to work for everyone. It works for those who want it to work and who want to speak up for themselves, their human, civil and constitutional rights. 

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