PORTLAND, OR December 7, 2012--
Members of Right 2 Dream Too and supporters will hold a press conference and rally at Portland City Hall at 10am on Monday, December 10, United Nations Human Rights Day. Right 2 Dream Too has maintained a self-sustaining rest area for people who are houseless at NW 4th and Burnside since October 2011. Even though the site provides emergency shelter to dozens of people every night at no cost to the City of Portland, the City's Bureau of Development Services continues to fine the landowners for code violations related to recreational camping ordinance. After months of negotiations, testimony before City Council and public rallies there is still no resolution to the conflict between Right 2 Dream Too and the City.
What: Press Conference
When: Monday, December 10, 2012 @ 10 AM
Where: Portland City Hall
Contact: Greg Margolis firstname.lastname@example.org
503.285.6603 or 503.806.9164 [cell]
"Housing is a human right, which is why this event is on Human Rights Day," says Lisa Fay, an organizer for the group. "Why is the City fining our successful project that provides shelter, is cost-effective, democratic, and builds community? It should be replicated, not fined. On December 10, 2012 we will announce a new level of fightback against the City's unjust policies."
Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads: 'Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.'