Right 2 Dream Too

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The Right to Dream Too camp in Portland, Oregon

Right 2 Dream Too (known to locals as R2D2)[1] is a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon. The organization, known for establishing a homeless camp on private property in October, 2011 in downtown Portland (Northwest Fourth Avenue and West Burnside; adjacent to the paifang of Old Town Chinatown), is supported by Right 2 Survive, another Portland-based organization that "works to empower and inform the homeless population".[2][3][4] The organization has received praise from Portland's former mayor, Charlie Hales, who stated in October, 2013, "This unique community is doing valid work in a special way that no government agency ever thought of."[5]

Camp organization[edit]

Right 2 Dream Too's location is just right of the NW 4th and Burnside Street entrance to Old Town Chinatown

The camp has a 24-hour security desk at its entrance, which is manned by camp residents.[4][6] Sleeping bags used by the camp's populace are laundered weekly.[6] Rules that govern the encampment include no violence, alcohol or other drugs, and forms of discrimination are also not allowed.[4]

Possible camp relocation[edit]

In 2013, the organization and Portland city officials developed tentative plans to move the homeless camp to a city-owned parking lot under the Broadway Bridge in Portland's Pearl District.[4][6][7] Additional locations for the camp's relocation have also been considered by the organization and city officials.[6][7] Business and neighborhood leaders in the Pearl District have fought in opposition against the proposed Pearl District move.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Strickland, Patrick (November 4, 2016). "The US homeless camps offering a lesson in democracy". Al Jazeera. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ Hottle, Molly (October 10, 2011). "Nonprofit Right 2 Dream Too sets up homeless camp in Old Town-Chinatown neighborhood". The Oregonian. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Korn, Peter (December 20, 2012). "Right 2 Dream Too stares down threat". Portland Tribune. Portland, Oregon: Pamplin Media Group. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Theen, Andrew (October 10, 2013). "Dignity Village: Residents fight 'complacency' as Right 2 Dream Too captures Portland's attention". The Oregonian. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Theen, Andrew (October 3, 2013). "Right 2 Dream Too: Mayor Charlie Hales lauds homeless group, delays vote on move to Pearl District". The Oregonian. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d Schmidt, Brad (October 15, 2013). "Right 2 Dream Too: Moving options unclear after Portland City Council again delays vote". The Oregonian. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Schmidt, Brad (October 21, 2013). "Right 2 Dream Too: Deadline to dismiss lawsuit extended 60 days". The Oregonian. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Schmidt, Brad (September 27, 2013). "Portland officials explain how Right 2 Dream Too can move to Pearl District". The Oregonian. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 

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