About R2S PDX

Right 2 Survive was founded in 2009 and is a direct action group that educates both houseless and housed people on their civil, human, and constitutional rights.  We also work to bridge the gap between housed and un-housed people by clearing away misconceptions and stigmas associated with houselessness and empower houseless people to stand up for them selves when their rights are violated.

Every day right here in the United States, millions of houseless individuals are being denied access to adequate shelter, sanitary restrooms in which to perform basic human functions, the ability to congregate into larger groups for safety while they sleep, and many other things that should be basic human rights.  The shelter system is overburdened and there are not enough shelter beds to accommodate the houseless population, yet there are laws being passed daily which prohibit people from having a tent or even a tarp to protect them from the elements as they sleep on the street or under bridges.  Here in Portland, there is a sit/lie ordinance in effect that prohibits people from sleeping on the sidewalk, in doorways, and even under bridges.  We at Right 2 Survive believe sleep and affordable housing are basic human rights and should be treated as such.

Ain’t no denying we each have…
a RIGHT 2 Survive
a right 2 sleep
a right 2 shelter
a right 2 safety
a right 2 self support
a right 2 sustainability
a right 2 simple living
a right 2 share and barter
a right to sit and lie
a right 2 say so

Our goal is to empower the un-sheltered, the disenfranchised, those of color, oppressed minorities, those who are being treated like criminals because of their poverty.

Our goal is to use the legal process as much as possible to obtain use of public lands, buildings and resources for the purpose of helping people (not corporations and the politically favored).

Our goal is to proclaim and protect the rights of the those who capitalism has left behind.

Our goal is to facilitate creative use of under-utilized private spaces and resources for the purpose of getting people off the streets.

Our goal is to shine a light on the abuses of police as they abuse the homeless and poor.

Our goal is to force government to waste less and to get real about helping those who have become capitalism’s refugees.

Our goal is to form a hundred communal, bartering, green communities in the Portland area! When government would treat us like animals (and they are), then it is our right to care for ourselves. It is our duty to do so in as much in a ‘do no harm’ manner as possible.  Help us.  Join us.

Write to us at R2SPdx@gmail.com  or visit ‘Right 2 Survive’ on FaceBook

Our website: HERE

Our Vimeo: HERE

Free Self Defense Class: HERE

  1. […] city-recognized encampment of an estimated 60 homeless people,” Right to Dream Too and Right to Survive, whose first stated goal is “to empower the un-sheltered, the disenfranchised, those of […]

  2. aynjele says:

    Awesome. I really love & appreciate that while I have been addressing my homelessness & survival issues, the issues at hand for others are being more personally addressed as well. Life is what we make it, individually & collectively.

  3. […] The group was supported by a quasi-parent organization, begun two years earlier in 2009, known as Right to Survive PDX, self-described as “a direct action group that educates both houseless and housed people on their […]

  4. david K Bailey says:

    we should count on what it would otherwise cost for not having the basics for every human on the planet, next prob, distribution: everybody needs….

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