Sunday, May 17, 2015

Right 2 Survive Hosts 5th Annual Pitch a Tent Celebration

Right 2 Survive is excited to announce our 5th annual Pitch a Tent action June 5-6, 2015. This year's theme will be Right to Rest, Right to Dream. We will meet at the Right 2 Dream Rest Area on the corner of NW 4th and W Burnside at 9 am on Friday, June 5 and march up to SW 4th and Washington where we will set up tents along the parade route at 10 am. We will have food, friendship, and solidarity during the day and entertainment featuring Mic and Jenna Crenshaw among others from 7 to 11 pm. Be sure to camp out with us overnight on the 5th to get prime seats to watch the Rose Festival Parade on June 6th!
Right 2 Survive does this action every year for a few different reasons. The time leading up to the Rose Festival is also the time when houseless people are most likely to be targeted and swept as more and more people come to Portland to enjoy the festivities. This action serves to give as many houseless people as possible a safe place to stay the night before the parade. It is also used to educate and inform the public of the unfair laws and ordinances that make camping for survival illegal while there is a policy in effect that makes it perfectly legal to camp out up to 24 hours before a parade for recreational purposes. I repeat, it is legal to camp for recreation to get a prime spot for a parade here in Portland, yet it is illegal to erect a tent, or even cover yourself with a tarp or blanket to protect yourself from the elements if you are doing this for survival any of the other 364 days of the year!
Come join us in solidarity, stay for the entertainment and speakers! We are please to announce that Paul Boden from Western Regional Advocacy Project will be joining us again this year to give an update on the Homeless Bill of Rights. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

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