Here's a few projects we are currently working on.
Homeless bill of rights
Oregon's Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign (HBR) strives to ensure that ALL people have the basic right to live where they choose without fear of harassment and criminalization. Today, numerous laws infringe on poor people’s equal protection under the law. We have introduced legislation called the Right to Rest in California, Oregon, and Colorado to overturn local laws targeted to remove certain people from public space. While the legislation did not make it out of committee in these three states this year, we will continue to build up our organizing efforts to come back next year with an even stronger legislative fight. The HBR campaign is more than an effort to pass state legislation. It is a way of working collectively with groups possessing different talents to address the injustices which we face in our communities. Though we have not been granted an immediate victory, we are building the power to create a social justice movement that will create a society where we can all thrive.
Right 2 Survive is actively leading the fight in Oregon, along with other organizations, against institutionalized houseless oppression by working with the WRAP (Western Regional Advocacy Project), a multi-state coalition working to create model legislation which ensures the rights of poor and houseless persons. Poor and homeless people will continue to experience violence, harassment, ticketing and jailing at the hands of the police until we the people insist they desist.
As part of WRAP, Right 2 Survive presents an educational presentation to other organizations, explaining the history and economic impact on those living near the poverty line. If your organization would like to host a presentation, we would be grateful for the opportunity to share our understanding on root causes of homelessness and how these causes can be overcome.
More information on WRAP, the Homeless Bill of Rights legislative initiative, and our Without Housing educational presentation can be found on the WRAP homepage at http://www.wraphome.org
If you would like to become involved in WRAP with us we invite you to attend one of our WRAP meetings in person, just bring along your curiosity and a willingness to learn.
right 2 dream too
Right 2 Dream Too (R2D2) was established on World Homeless Action Day, Oct. 10th, 2011 as a direct action of Right 2 Survive. R2DToo is a nonprofit organization operating a space that provides refuge and a safe space to rest or sleep undisturbed to Portland's unhoused community who cannot access affordable housing or shelter.
Right 2 Survive continues to support and work with R2DToo in its mission to provide a safe space for those who have no other place to sleep.
Right 2 Dream Too gives up to 100 persons a place to sleep up to 12 hours every day and night. They are open 24/7. Volunteers are always welcome to help with the various tasks that keep R2DToo a safe and secure place for people to rest. Donations of food, tents, sleeping bags, clothes, food, first aid supplies, toiletries, etc are great! The more they have to help people the more we can help. Please bring your donations, time, and ideas to the corner of W Burnside and 4th Ave. If you have expertise in medicine, healing, conflict resolution, trade skills, or have anything to share which could help someone who is in a desperate situation, or just want to give a hand, we welcome your help.
Each year as a highlight of Portland's Rose Festival, our city hosts a Grand Floral Parade, attracting tourism and encouraging local business.
In order to accommodate attendees, the City of Portland issues a permit which allows people to camp overnight on the night proceeding along the parade's 4.2 mile route. The rest of the year Portland's police and private security harasses, oppress, cite and arrest people who must sleep on the streets because they have no other place to sleep. With the shelters full, houseless people have no other place to sleep without trespassing on private properties.
During this one night when it is legal to sleep on the sidewalks, Right 2 Survive hosts a camp out in protest of the taking and destruction of persons belongings and the criminalization of the houseless. Criminal records do not help people obtain employment so they can get off the streets. Punishing someone with criminal penalties simply for exercising the human need for sleep is wrong. We feel funds spent on policing and harassing those needing sleep would be better spent on shelters, affordable or low-income housing, and employment assistance.