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On June 24th, a dozen or so of us went on one of our biweekly under the bridge walks. We met up with people under the Burnside, Morrison and Hawthorne Bridges and the surrounding areas. Most of the time we are meeting up with old friends, finding out what has been happening in the streets, how the police are treating them, and what sweeps have been happening.
We had the honor of Mark J. Hofheins, Jr, with UCARE – United Coalition Against Repression for Equality – recording the last walk.
Please donate what you can to help him with the productions of more videos like this. You can find a link to donate on the YouTube page.
If you would like to see more pictures from tonight, you can find them HERE on our Facebook page.
Thank You R2DToo
By Carey W
I would like to thank Right 2 Dream Too for the years they have given me the support and shelter I have needed before I obtained my current housing.
The different people that I have met over the years has shown me that no matter what you did in the past, you too can end up housless.
I would like to take this time to thank Ib, for it was him that told me not to let others judge me for who I am. To all those still at R2DToo, keep your head up for when it is your time too you will find housing.
Carey Recently found housing. We are happy for you and wish you the best.
My Views on Homelessness and Pride: by Willow Frost When I was a teenager, I thought I was a fairly jaded person. I already disliked almost everyone, and I had trust issues due to being ferried between foster homes and juvenile detention centers. When I turned 17, I decided that the juvenile system had nothing left to offer me. I asked my probation officer if they would grant me emancipation, and thankfully, they agreed. When I first hit the streets of Portland, I realized that nothing could have prepared me for what had happened. I had my laptop, a few clothes, and a hatred for socializing. I made my way to Outside In, and they kind of helped me. For a while, anyway. As soon as it was made clear I had very specific goals in mind, and that those goals didn’t mesh with their view of what a ‘street kid’ should be, they began giving me the proverbial ‘cold shoulder’. So, noticing that I was being shunned, I travelled. I went to a lot of places, but the only ones pertinent to this story are New York City, and Chicago. I couldn’t find peace in any of those cities, and they turned me from being a jaded youth, into a near-sociopathic young adult. My levels of apathy and sheer ability to not care about people were honed to a razor’s edge. I started learning how to manipulate the system from the best those cities had to offer; the homeless. Now, I considered myself to be fairly persuasive and manipilative, but when faced with the street buskers of New York and Chicago, I was an infant in an ocean filled with Great Whites. When I returned to Portland, I was astonished at how easy it was to persuade friends to let me crash at their places. I was 23 years old at this point, and after navigating the waters of two of the biggest cities in the US, I felt like Portland was going to be my stomping grounds. Unfortunately, this was not the case. At least, not completely. Now, I mention all of this back story because for those of you reading this that aren’t homeless, you need to realize that while horrible, and crappy, and downright depressing being homeless can be, there’s a certain arrogance that each and every homeless person has that comes from surviving in a city where we’re actively criminalized. Being clever enough to wrangle enough money to live off of out of the pockets of passers-by is no mean feat. Finding a spot where you’re not going get your gear stolen or be woken up constantly and asked to move by police and or ther ‘civil servants’ is actually pretty hard. Organizing your gear and finding a place to stash it so you can take a shower, or look for work, or get other services, is near impossible if you’re by yourself. Because of all these things, we create small communities of those we can trust enough to watch our backs. People we can trust when the system has failed us so horribly. We’ll create circles of friends we like to call ‘street family’, so we can cut down on the depression that comes naturally with being on the street. And, generally, we close ourselves off from what we call ‘housies’ because there’s no way they can understand what we’re going through unless they’ve gone through the same thing. We’re bombarded by cold looks, glances of pity, and acts of hostility from the city, passers-by, and people who are lucky enough to be able to make a living wage. Despite all of our shortcomings, our lack of resources, and our unfortunate circumstances, we’re generally intelligent enough to live when others would fail, and this makes us proud of ourselves, even if it’s subconsciously. This is enough to make to make us a little bit arrogant. Or sometimes a lot arrogant. Just remember this the next time you see a homeless person smile at you and wave whileholding a sign: the greatest majority of America is living paycheck-to-paycheck, and if something doesn’t change in our country soon, it could be your child or friend on that corner in the near future. Another thing to keep in mind is that all of us, from the most disgusting looking hobo to the highest of the 1%, have a Right to Dream, and a Right to Survive. –Willow Frost
The City Council continued the road closures and a pedestrian-only zone on Friday and Saturday nights through a section of Portland’s Old Town neighborhood dubbed the “Entertainment District.”
Road closures along Northwest Third Avenue from West Burnside Street to Northwest Everett Street run from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m on Friday and Saturday. Sections of Northwest Couch and Northwest Davis streets are also closed between Northwest Second Avenue and Northwest Third Avenue during the heavily-trafficked period.
Old Town Entertainment District was started as a pilot program in December 2012 after the Portland Police Bureau suggested doing something to address safety in the area. Weekend nights bring large crowds that pack the sidewalks, often spilling into the streets. Late-night drinking often leads to noise complaints, public urination and safety concerns over vehicle traffic passing by on Northwest Third Avenue.
Mike Smith and Mark J Hofheins Jr. go out on Friday and Saturday night to film the police. The goal is to keep pressure on the police to do the right thing since the cameras are rolling.
Film The Police Portland is a grass roots group of concerned citizens dedicated to police accountability. Our Goal is to use alternative media to interface with Portland Police Bureau in a positive professional manner. We hope to inspire other activists around the country to interact in a similar fashion with the ones charged with the hard work of protecting their communities! FTP Portland looks forward to developing a working relationship with our Portland Police.
UCare is standing for the people forgotten and treated lesser by all Political and Governmental entities to create a True and Equally Free America! “HOMELESSNESS DOES NOT MEAN EXEMPT FROM CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEES!!!” Resolutions and NOT institutions!!!
The entertainment district attracts all type of people from party goers, to the houseless community. When this video was filmed just steps away there was about 5 people sleeping near by in door ways. Minding their own business and sleeping away until the riot broke out. A lot of times the houseless community is blamed and exposed for actions that happen in Old town. However, this video proves the housed community are causing a lot of problems on Friday and Saturday nights. Its a double standard when this riot will never show on any news station.
Right 2 Survive and Right 2 Dream too held a benefit fundraiser on June 15th, at the Star Theater. The night was full of karaoke and fun. We had as successful raffle with selections from tattoos, to restaurants, from gadgets to wellness spas and paintings + photographs. some of the art work came from members of Right 2 Survive.
We want to give a special Thank You to Bettie Mayhem. She kept us dancing and signing to all type of music. We want to thank the Star Theater and all the business that donated their time and services to our benefit.
Right 2 Survive would like to Thank Sloth for all the hard work, time and preparation that went into making this night a success. Also thanks goes to Dikweed and Zach for helping to solicit donations. Look for more upcoming fundraisers and benefits for Right 2 Survive, Right 2 Dream too.
I had a blast at the Karaoke party. I was able to sing at the party. I sang Amarillo by Morning by George Strait, Family Tradition by Hank JR, and Stars Over Texas by Tracy Lawrence. I really sang these songs. I was able to meet new people in the community. – William B
Thank you to all of these wonderful people who helped make this happen:
The Most Wonderful KJ Ever:
Blue Butterfly Imports
Common Ground Wellness
North Portland Bike Works
Optic Nerve Arts
Red and Black Cafe
The Third Eye Shoppe
Support & Generous Donations:
National Lawyers Guild (Marin and Ashlee)
Please support these business that help and contributed to the success of the benefit.
Check out the rest of the pictures here:
A Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction For The Houseless