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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.
 
 

For Immediate Release

Ibrahim Mubarak

503-839-9992

or

Leo Rhodes

503-936-2665

Email: r2spdx@gmail.com

Right 2 Survive and Right 2 Dream Too protest opening of community court in multi-million dollar homeless facility

 “You shouldn’t have to plead guilty in order to get housing or services.” says Leo Rhodes.  “There is funding attached to criminalizing the houseless.”

 PORTLAND, OR – May 4th, 2012- Members of Right 2 Survive and the Right 2 Dream Too rest area, will protest the opening of a community court in the Bud Clark Commons at 1pm on Friday, May 4th.

 “People are being told that there is no funding for housing, but they are making people think that if they go into court and plead guilty there is a possibility of getting housing.” says Rhodes, a homeless advocate who has been cited for sleeping outside.

Over the past year, the Western Regional Advocacy Project has led a survey effort with its grassroots members and allies in Portland, OR, Berkeley, San Francisco, Los Angeles, CA, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, Houston, TX, and Worcester, MA documenting homeless people’s experiences with the criminal justice system for survival-related “crimes.” More than three-quarters of survey respondents (78 percent) reported being harassed, cited or arrested by police officers for sleeping outside. Seventy-five percent reported the same for sitting or lying down, and 76 percent for loitering or simply “hanging out.” These were by far the top crimes for which homeless people were charged. A sad corresponding fact is that only one quarter of respondents (25 percent) believed that they knew of safe, legal places to sleep.

 “What they’re doing with this homeless court is taking away a population’s right to due process, which is unconstitutional”, says Amber Dunks of Right 2 Dream Too.  “What’s worse is that agencies that are supposed to be supporting the unhoused are behind this.”

 

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Right 2 Survive is an organization led by unhoused, and formerly unhoused individuals.  R2S is dedicated to educating houseless people and their allies about their human, civil, and constitutional rights.  R2S works to empower unhoused people and their allies to take action against laws, policies and practices that criminalize people for survival activities

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.

 

PORTLAND, ORE February 24, 2012–

Shortly after the horrifying shooting of two sleeping, unhoused men on Wednesday morning, the people of Right 2 Dream Too learned that at least one of the men had recently been an overnight guest at our rest area on NW 4th & Burnside. That man attempted to secure a safe place to sleep at R2DToo on Tuesday evening, but all spaces were taken by the time he arrived. Instead, he walked over the river to sleep on Belmont Street, under the Morrison Bridge, where he and his friend found shelter from the rain.

All of us at Right 2 Dream Too are grateful that both men survived the attack and hope for a speedy recovery for the man still hospitalized. People living on Portland’s streets un-sheltered are no strangers to so-called “random” acts of violence perpetrated by others who stereotype them and see them as less than human. But the degree of viciousness and inhumanity in these attacks have left have left people in our community shaken and frightened.

We support local and national efforts to include the unhoused as a protected class in existing hate crime legislation, like Oregon House Bill 2964, sponsored by Representative Michael Dembrow. The National Coalition for the Homeless, in their campaign to pass similar Federal legislation, notes that: “Hate crimes may effectively intimidate other members of the community, leaving them feeling isolated, vulnerable and unprotected by the law.” Today, that is the state Portland’s unhoused find themselves in.

We call upon Portland’s City Council to recognize that dehumanization of people experiencing homelessness exists on a continuum that begins with its own policies that target the unhoused. The Sidewalk Management Ordinance literally shoves people without shelter to the curb. The anti-camping ordinances that apply on public and private property expressly prevent the unhoused from gathering together to keep each other safe and build community.

Right 2 Survive, a group dedicated to defending the rights of people experiencing homelessness, started Right 2 Dream Too as an alternative to these dehumanizing practices, to demonstrate that those of us who are or have been unhoused can organize solutions that provide safety and shelter at no cost to taxpayers. Our project is a not a complete solution to homelessness, but we have in a few short months provided a safe place to sleep for hundreds of people who would have been on the street and provided a base for several people who have obtained permanent housing. In the face of insufficient funding for traditional shelter space, the most severe housing crisis since the Great Depression, and the overburdened and inadequate social safety net, we think it is past time for City Council to acknowledge that immediate and affordable alternatives must exist side-by-side with Portland’s long-term efforts to end homelessness. Not doing so exposes the people who Right 2 Dream Too must turn away every night for lack of space to the types of violence perpetrated against these two men last Wednesday morning. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Right 2 Dream Too provides refuge and a safe space to sleep undisturbed for Portland’s unhoused community who cannot access affordable housing or shelter. R2DToo was established on World Homeless Action Day, October 10, 2011.

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. # # #

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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Check out our most recent radio show, now uploaded on the KBOO website.
Here’s the link:
http://kboo.fm/node/27998

Right 2 Survive Radio broadcasts every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6pm on KBOO Community Radio 90.7FM in Portland.

When R2S activist Julie McCurdy found out that a sexual predator, known to prey on homeless women and sex workers, was on the loose – she jumped into action,  organizing foot patrols to inform unhoused community members.

We are happy to report that Ronald Tarwater has been apprehended.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the foot patrols and donated to buy whistles.  We celebrate this small victory – though we know that the streets are still very unsafe for women, men and children who have no safe place to call home.

R2S continues to organize for the right to shelter, the right to sleep, the right to safety, and the right to self support!  Please join us in our efforts to decriminalize survival activities & to prioritize human needs in our city.

Contribute with your skills, talents, materials or money!!!!

Once again, there is a perp on the loose who preys on unhoused women… one woman was attacked a couple of days ago outside of St. Francis’ dining hall. Julie McCurdy, of R2S, was told by police that the community had been informed via a Fox News story. Julie reminded the police officer that since this particular sex offender preys on unhoused women, and unhoused women do not have access to television very often, they were NOT informing the community of the heightened risks to their security. Of course, all unhoused people face assaults from multiple directions, everyone from police officers to suburban kids attack. In fact, last year was the deadliest year for the homeless in a decade, with 43 recorded murders, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. That’s why we are in favor of forming safe, communal camps, where folks can live and self govern – instead of hiding in the shadows where they are so vulnerable to these attacks.
Anyway, Julie asked the police to provide a photo of the sex offender who has removed his bracelet, and is known to prey on unhoused women. They told her they couldn’t do that. But r2s did secure a picture of the perp and went out to spread this info last night. In spite of all the barriers to survival that the system lays down – illegal to sleep, illegal to shit, illegal to set down your worldly possessions… our folks hit the streets last night to let people know who the perp is, and urge them to take care of one another.

MESSAGE FROM RIGHT TO SURVIVE TO RONALD TARWATER VIOLENT SEXUAL PREDATOR WHOSE PRIMARY TARGETS ARE UNHOUSED WOMEN—WE WILL NOT TOLERATE YOUR PRESENCE ON THE STREETS…….

OUR WOMEN ARE NOT YOUR OWN TO VIOLATE AND THEY ARE NOT WITHOUT RECOURCES -YOUR FACE WILL BE PLASTERED ALL OVER TOWN IN EVERY UNHOUSED WOMAN’S HANDS – WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE-AND WE WILL FIND YOU

AS THIS IS SENT OUT THERE ARE PATROLS BEING FORMED WHISTLES BEING PASSED OUT WITH YOUR PICTURE- WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT OUR OWN ARE SAFE AND AWARE OF YOUR PRESENCE

TO ALL OTHERS ANYONE WHO CAN HELP IN ANY WAY WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED ——-

DESCRIPTION: 71 YEARS OLD(DONT LET THAT AGE FOOL YA FOLKS THIS GUY IS EXTREMELY VIOLENT) 6FT 170 POUNDS WHITE BLUE EYES WITH AN EAGLE TATTOO ON A FOREARM AND SHOULDER
CONVICTIONS: SODOMY1 SEXUAL PENETRATION11 SEX ABUSE 1 SEXUALLY VIOLENT AND DANGEROUS OFFENDER

VICTIM PROFILE:
FEMALES 12 AND UP RELATIVES AND STRANGERS

METHOD OF OFFENDING
MR TARWATER HAS USED FORCE,WEAPONS, AND THREATS TO FORCEFULLY SEXUALLY ABUSE FEMALE STRANGERS AS WELL AS FEMALES KNOWN TO HIM HE HAS ABUSED STRANGERS FEMALE HITCHHIKERS AND FEMALES KNOWN TO BE MENTALLY ILL,DRUG ADDICTED AND HOMELESS OR OTHERWISE VULNERABLE-
HE HAS A VEHICLE BUT WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GET A DESCRIPTION OF SAID VEHICLE-

I REPEAT THIS MAN IS VERY VERY DANGEROUS AND WE WILL NOT STOP LOOKING TILL HE IS FOUND- EVERY UNHOUSED WOMEN IN PORTLAND NEEDS A FLYER WITH HIS PICTURE IN HER HAND AND SAFE SHELTER TILL HE IS-OR SAFE CAMPING ARRANGEMENTS IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THIS HAPPEN——-

Allies are joining with unhoused community members, tonite – Friday, October 1st, to pass out flyers and information. Please call 503-734-4778 if you would like to meet up with us and get involved.