Come support the houseless community – Saturday!

Posted: March 8, 2012 in Uncategorized
For Immediate Release
Ibrahim Mubarak



Mamie Gathard



Candlelight Vigil under the Morrison Bridge Saturday evening to honor two houseless men who were shot there

Right 2 Survive calls for show of solidarity after hate crime

PORTLAND, OR -March 8, 2012- Members of Right 2 Survive will hold a candlelight vigil under the southeast side of the Morrison Bridge Saturday to honor two men who were shot while sleeping there. Right 2 Survive, a group of houseless and formerly houseless people working to defend the rights of those who are experiencing homelessness, is asking people of the houseless community and supporters to show solidarity with Carter Hickman and Albert Dean who were shot early in the morning of February 22. Both men survived the shootings, but one remains hospitalized.


“Even through this hate crime, we are sticking together,” says Mamie Gathard, a Right 2 Survive member. “We want to show people that those of us in the houseless community are human beings.”


Right to Survive members ask that people wear black to the event which will take place under the southeast side of the bridge near Belmont and SE Water Avenue. The vigil will include a period of silence to show respect to the two men who were shot. Representatives from the houseless community will address the issues of violence against those living on the streets and the importance of standing together in the face of attacks like this one.


Candlelight Vigil

Saturday March 10


Under the Morrison Bridge-SE Belmont and SE Water Avenue




Right 2 Survive is a group of houseless and formerly houseless individuals dedicated to teaching about and defending the human civil and constitutional rights of people experiencing homelessness.


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  1. The vigil went well. Many came out to show their support for Joe and Allen. The two unhoused men that were shot as they slept on Belmont. This was a night of solidarity with a strong message. No one at any time should have to live in fear! Fear that a senseless and cowardly act of violence could take place while trying to meet a basic need. It is an outrage to see how inhumane our society and culture has become. How easy it is for people who call themselves believers in GOD, can turn a blind eye and deaf ear to the less fortunate is hypocritical.We should be focusing our energy on providing assistance to the unhoused. Not concerning ourselves with ways to further cause harm,hurt and continued hardship. Further more, the acts of kindness, compassion and friendship, go a very long way to encourage and empower people when they are not at their best. Knowing ones rights and feeling confident enough to stand up and fight for them are not always easy. However, when people stand together and unite to battle such injustices they become strong and confident. This is the building blocks of change!

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