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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>"
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