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There was good times for everyone involved. There was enough food to go around between Sisters of the Road, Food Not Bombs, and Ha Ha Now to treat everyone with happy tummies. Our entertainment went off without a hitch also due to great scheduling.Ibrahim Mubarak started the shindig as the MC introducing the FU man, Paul Boden from WRAP gave us a heart warming speech, one only a subversive anarchist guerrilla would love, and there were plenty of us out there!Bajo Salario was then introduced with Latino style of music and a message of solidarity for the issues we face today. Speeches were the next in line with people like Leo Rhodes, Lucilene Lira, and again Ibrahim. Many thanks to Shoehorn for bringing his very coordinated styling of sax and tap dance to this event, now that’s entertainment! Mic Crenshaw funked it up with many of his original music favorites that had everybody up singin’ and groovin’.Topping the evening off with the eclectic vids from the B Media Collective. Fun that makes you think. One of their selection was a unreleased work in progress about R2S/R2DToo. Can’t wait for the premiere!Security had very fewer problems with coordination this year, and not a lot of police interaction ( you think their getting used to us?) It went pretty smoothly in all.

By Brad

 

This years pitch a tent theme with Sweepless Nights. Know your Rights. We want to thank the following people and organization for their continued support and dedication to Right 2 Survive. 

Paul Boden from Western Regional Advocacy Project.
The Oregon Homeless Bill of Rights
Bajo Salario/Collective Band
Shoehorn
Chill Will 
Michael Crenshaw 
Bmedia Colectivo 
Food Not Bombs
Sisters of the Road
HAHA

Thank you to Sisters in Strength for setting up the Red tents and for the gift bags filled with many amazing and useful items that we can use.

The Humanity Hub & Occupy PDX
Adam Carpinelli/Fingerpaint Afrojazz
The Dreamers at Right to dream too. 
All the volunteers before, after and during the event. 
Thank you to Mark J Hofheins Jr. from UCARE-United Coalition Against Repression for recapping pitch a tent with this video. 

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRMEtyrnCMo

Check out our pictures here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.472731846194313.1073741839.394628954004603&type=1

 

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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?

by Street Roots Staff | 21 Jan 2013
Street Roots editorial

Imagine a village that, due to circumstances beyond its borders, had several thousand people living without housing.

In response, the village established an array of services and shelter for its citizens. Over time it became clear that the services offered were simply not enough to maintain individuals and families needs. Those who could not take care of themselves began to fall through the cracks. Many of the disabled and elderly scrambled to obtain services. People dealing with mental health problems were left out in the cold. Families trying to stay together did everything in their power to maintain a dignified life despite their circumstances. In one year, 47 people without shelter died.

In response to the crisis a group of citizens created their own makeshift refuge. Installing tents and canopies on a plot of land to better serve those without shelter, the small group created a safe place for people to exist until services became available.

Many people in the village who had no resources and cared for the poor believed the group’s actions were justified and held them up as heroes. Others believed the group to be rogue and an eyesore for the community.

Villagers were conflicted. On one hand, the group was creating a safe place for people to be. The group was orderly and maintained basic principles and standards that held people accountable. On the other hand, the group was unconventional, and viewed as an obstruction to progress and new development that would help increase the livability for the rest of the village.

To make matters more complicated, the owner of the plot of land where the refuge was set up was seen as a villain by the village’s leaders and many in the public eye.

In the end, the refuge was deemed illegal and fined for existing. The group responded by suing the village through a democratic process to be allowed to exist. Those who believed the group should be disbanded or moved out of the public’s eye began to organize against the group, putting public pressure on the village leaders to take care of the situation.

Village leaders sent mixed messages. Some believed the group was doing good work. Some exalted its work during local elections as being a solution, while others either ignored or worked to disband the group by demanding the one thing it didn’t have: money. There were no clear outcomes or leadership toward a compromise, splitting public opinion and giving people on all sides of the issue anxiety over what the solution might actually be.

Over time people grew tired and weary, especially during the cold, hard winter months — both at the refuge and in the village. Some took it as a sign of hope for the people without shelter, while others grew cynical and believed that nothing good would come of the situation.

The village is Portland, Oregon, and the refuge is Right 2 Dream Too, a tent city created to serve people experiencing homelessness. The City of Portland should work to find a solution.