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Video: Homeless Group Sues City of Portland Over Human Rights Violations

On International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2012, members of Right 2 Dream Too and supporters held a press conference to announce their intention to sue the City of Portland for Article 25 violations of the International Human Rights Code.

Homeless Group Sues City of Portland Over Human Rights Violations
(Excerpted from Press Announcement.)

"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."

Introductions are made by Ibrahim Mubarak, co founder of Dignity Village. Speakers include the owner of the property; the lawyer suing the City on behalf of the residents and property owner; a resident of the property; Rev. Kate Lore, First Unitarian Church and many others. Each spoke briefly condemning the City for their actions and inactions against the houseless.

After the press conference and rally, (about 20 minutes in to the video) participants entered City Hall to deliver their paperwork to Mayor Sam Adams, but found that the building was on shut down mode. Doors were slammed in their faces, but undaunted the group outflanked past the attendants. Mayor Adams eventually came out to meet them and accept the paperwork.

Upon arriving back on the streets, people discovered that not only had City Hall been shut down, but several police cars and motorcycles were parked on fourth street, blocking traffic. At the end of the video, and back on the streets, Ibrahim gives a scathing condemnation of the actions of City Hall against it's own people. "POWER TO THE PEOPLE>"

Homeless Group Sues City of Portland Over Human Rights Violations

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."

video: R2DToo more video footage 13.Dec.2012 12:16

Joe Anybody & Mobile T

Thanks for the video Jim, good to see you!

More video footage from another camera on the R2DToo scene


word 15.Dec.2012 11:41


You can hear Ibrahim on "Right2Survive" Wednesday evening 6pm on KBOO.


53 min video from 12.10.12 22.Dec.2012 12:44

Joe Anybody

The link below is to the {full} 53 minute version of R2DToo rally and lawsuit serving to city hall on Monday 12.10.12
I had troubles uploading the 53 min version, now its on-line



Hey you 5 shi-s 13.Dec.2012 09:47

Lone Vet lonevet2008@comcast.net

Open Letter To Portland City Council and New Members Expected in January.

Dear council,

I was ill on the 10th of December or I would have joined R2DToo outside your building to protest the way you act towards the most vulnerable among us. You are my representatives and I demand you get off your elitist asses and help this group with whatever they need. They and we are not going away, get used to being protested. My understanding is this noble group has now filed a lawsuit asking to be recognized as an emergency place of rest. You have seen fit to label their place of safety a campground. Have you all lost your minds? Charley and Steve, you have a chance to lead this group of elitists and make them into a representative council. "It is Time!"


Joe Walsh-Lone Vet

stop the fines
stop the fines

if only 13.Jan.2013 19:08


yes lone vet, they need to stop the handouts to wasteful organizations and approving plans to squander housing moneys SUPPOSEDLY INTENDED for the homeless and poorest portlanders. With pitifully small numbers of homeless housed by those favorite "partners" of the city, with less bang for the buck....

yes, they definitely need to change housing policies for section 8, WHICH FORCE PEOPLE OUT INTO THE STREET with evil policy provisions such as: YOU CANNOT ALLOW YOUR HOMELESS CHILD, SISTER OR PARENT TO STAY WITH YOU IN SECTION 8 HOUSING/ VOUCHER HOLDER HOUSING. they have to sleep in the street instead. this is NEEDLESSLY idiotic, OTHER HOUSING AUTHORITIES DO NOT HAVE THIS EVIL POLICY.
dear new mayor hales, and new councilor novick, please straighten these murderously crooked things up (yes, people die from them)! NO ONE HAS FIXED THIS YET! (huge indictment of present/past mayor and council members).
this will be GREATLY appreciated by many thousands, which includes everyone who is homeless, almost homeless, related to homeless, or cares about homeless and the poor. that's hundreds of thousands of us.
And don't forget God who loves His poor and expects you to help them by public policy. Now there is the ultimate accountability.