Posts Tagged ‘human rights’

Pledge to End HomelessnessdeB

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act – the first major federal law to address homelessness in the United States. But, with more than 3.5 million Americans still homeless each year, we need to finish what we started. Now is the time to take your stand with us – it’s time to go All-In to End Homelessness:

I pledge to:

Commit myself to ending homelessness in America;

– Of the more than 3.5 million Americans without a home, 1.6
million are children, 1.1 million are families made homeless
within the last 3 years, 1.4 million are people with
disabilities, and 100,000 are veterans who became homeless
after serving their country. The United States is the
wealthiest nation in the world, yet we do not protect the
basic human right to housing.

Support affordable housing for all Americans;

– Homelessness is a visible manifestation of the severe
shortage of safe, affordable housing. Continued budget cuts,
high unemployment, and the foreclosure crisis are causing
increases in family homelessness right now.

Strive for adequate healthcare for all who need it;

– Existing “safety net” health systems are gravely inadequate
for homeless people and the very poor who are not likely to
receive Medicaid in most states. Comprehensive, affordable
health care is essential to ending homelessness in America.

Ensure an education for every homeless child;

– Although the McKinney-Vento Act requires public schools to
keep homeless students enrolled in their last district of
residence; many districts still refuse to educate homeless
children. Without access to school, America’s 1.6 million
homeless children cannot hope to escape the cycles of
poverty.

And treat with dignity every homeless person I meet.

– Many people who are not homeless avoid interacting with
people who are – because of fear, inability to give money, or
just not knowing what to do. But, simply making a single,
human connection can be the most important action for both
individuals.

Here, I pledge to remember my commitment to ending homelessness in America and I pledge to treat homeless people as I would treat any other person. I confirm that we are all human, we are all fighting poverty together, and we are: All-In to End Homelessness!”

To learn more about the All-In campaign and learn more about it visit:   Link to page for pledge

Link for NLCH  (National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty)

Show your support by making the All-in logo your profile picture on Facebook.

Article/pledge from:   http://www.causes.com/nlchp

Posted by Ruthie

A Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction For The Houseless

Saturday, May 12, 6 p.m. at SEIU Banquet Hall 6401 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97026
 
Portland, OR-Featuring the first-ever live performance of Tom Waits’ epic poem ‘SEEDS ON HARD GROUND’ by celebrated Portland Actors: Ebbe Roe Smith, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Robert Projansky, Brynn Baron, Karen Wennstrom, Penuel Corbin, Brian MacEwan and Valerie Martinka. As well as musical entertainment by activist-rapper Mic Crenshaw, who the Portland Mercury called (with the Lifesavas) “two of the very best hip-hop acts in PDX”.  Come and meet some amazing unhoused individuals who are making a difference not only in their lives but in the lives of their neighbors and community. Come enjoy a buffet style dinner, auction items, and educational materials raising awareness about the houseless community in Portland.
 
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Right 2 Dream Too on NW 4th and W. Burnside or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/243993
For More Info or Tickets, Please Contact Sophia K. at (971) 409-0275 or kinhnarathsophia@gmail.com
Proceeds will be used to pay the fines of Right 2 Dream Too and to fund Right 2 Survive projects.
 
Right to Survive (R2S) is an organization of homeless people of circumstances, the formerly homeless, and their allies. R2S is working to ensure that everyone has the right to sleep, the right to shelter, the right to self support, the right to safety, the right to simple living, the right to sustainability, the right to sit and lie, the right to share and barter and the right say so!
 
Right 2 Dream Too (affectionately called R2D2), is a nonprofit organization operating a space where people can rest or sleep safely and undisturbed. It’s mission is to provide refuge for Portland’s unhoused community who cannot access affordable housing or shelter space.
 
Right 2 Dream Too exists to awaken social and political groups to the importance of safe and undisturbed sleep. Our purpose is to create a place where unhoused people can rest or sleep without being rousted by police or private security and without being under the constant threat of violence. We hope to create a cost-effective, self-sustaining model that can be replicated elsewhere.
 
 

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 https://right2survive.wordpress.com/

For

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

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by julie mccurdy

the sidewalk management plan

the reality vs what the city council said

I just got done a couple days ago -listening in abject horror-as the city council patted themselves on the back while they inappropriately passed the sidewalk management plan-interesting really since it still violates the constitution in its current incarnation. I also distinctly remember Fish saying that it wouldnt be enforced after 9pm in direct response to my statement that forcing the unhoused to sleep next to the curb was inhumane-so I was a bit pressed lipped when my friend told me this morning that the police woke him repeatedly last evening to tell him that he couldnt sleep that close to the building(he was less than a foot from the side of a building. This man by the way-was in tears as he told me-he is one of many combat vets who suffer from ptsd after having served the country which now reduces him to this sad state of affairs– I was furious-you -he served on the uss cole which was blown up at sea off the coast of Yeman-so this man who served his country faithfully-in combat-who has too many combat ribbons to mention (ya purple hearts dont equal lack of harrasement by the police) is out of unemployment and options is reduced to being woken up multiple times a night while he attempts to sleep outside on the concrete because this country that sent him to die for its cause values him so little that they allow him to be tossed to the curb because he isnt even allowed to sleep next to the side of a building -WOW-i have seen some impossible events out here but how we treat our honored vets has got to top the list (you know the one “the shit list” ) that isnt the only story that has come from this – there are at least a dozen stories begging to be told about people who were woken up and moved due to the new sidewalk management plan that isnt supposed to be enforced during the hours they were accosted-so I say to Fish -in particular -you sir are a liar and a cheat and have not met your responsibilities to this community-i invite you personally to sleep next to us out here and then go sit on the council and make those same statements again-yesterday I also fought back tears as I watched a couple that is new to the streets and have nothing lose their car for the lack of the ability to pay for insurance….were they harming anyone? Why no-they were living in their car-she is pregnant, with a tendon injury that prevents her from being able to get around-she has a thyroid condition which also exasperates her circumstances-i watched as everything they owned was put out on the street and they and their Chihuahua and cat sat there morosely-she can not move away from a vehicle on the curb if it parks too close….they have nothing to survive with out here-SO I SAY THANKS CITY COUNCIL-FOR YOUR UNSTINTING COMPASSION -you have delivered a police force with an alarming reputation for harrasement oppression of the homeless-what? Your commisioner is in charge of that -so he must be ok with it—and ordinances which- before they are even dry on the books- further still ==harras and oppress us-WHAT SAY YOU FISH AND SALTZMAN? Nothing? I thought so—i promise in writing right here and right now-we as a community will be taking action on this issue- shame on you-and how dare you ever say even in the night to yourselves that you serve this city-because clearly you only serve yourselves