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Right 2 Dream Too

Ibrahim Mubarak didn't always have a home. That's one reason he's dedicated his life to promote homeless rights in Portland. Mubarak has helped found both Dignity Village and Right 2 Survive PDX. And his newest group, Right 2 Dream Too, is currently leasing a prominent lot in Portland's Old Town/Chinatown district for homeless Portlanders to camp. The space opened earlier this month, on Oct 10th, which was designated World Homeless Action Day. The group has a one-year lease and a good relationship with the property owner, Michael Wright. Ibrahim Mubarak says he hopes to be able to stay there for the full term of the lease or — with the help of Michael Wright — find a bigger location for people who need a place to stay. Ultimately, he's hoping the city will suspend its "no camping" [pdf] ordinance. The legal status of the encampment is still not clear. On Tuesday evening, about 150 protesters at Occupy Portland marched up to 4th & West Burnside in an expression of solidarity with Right 2 Dream Too.

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Relocating Right 2 Dream, Too

Co-founder and board president of R2D2 Ibrahim Mubarak says the proposed new site is too far away from social services.

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Right 2 Dream Too Anxiously Awaits Decision

In October of 2011, Right 2 Dream Too, a homeless advocacy organization, set up an encampment in a vacant lot on NW 4th and Burnside in Portland. The space sleeps up to ninety people, and is enclosed with a six-foot high fence. The organization leases the space from the owners of the property. Since its establishment, the site has racked up thousands of dollars in fines for violating the city's codes prohibiting recreational camping. In December of 2012, an attorney representing both the owners of the property and Right 2 Dream Too filed a suit against the Bureau of Development Services, declaring exemption from the fines. The suit alleges that the fees are unreasonable because the site is not used for recreational camping, but provides temporary shelter for homeless persons. Attorneys for the city then filed a motion to dismiss the case. A ruling was expected on July 11th, but the presiding judge, Karin J. Immergut, delayed the final decision. That decision is now expected sometime within the next few weeks. 

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Right 2 Dream Too Seeks New Home

The downtown Portland homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too may be relocating to a spot under the Broadway Bridge.

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The Blue Paradox | Right 2 Dream, Too | Creative Laureate

We hear about a new study highlighting potential unintended consequences of conservation zones, how Portland's R2D2 campers are doing in their new location, and meet Bend's first creative laureate.  

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Finding A Place For Right 2 Dream Too

We'll find out what the deal brokered by Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz means for the homeless campers at R2D2 — and for the thousands of other Portlanders without homes.

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Right 2 Dream Too On A Late December Afternoon

Pictures from outside the Right 2 Dream Too Homeless Camp.

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SCOTUS Ruling On Special Education | Right 2 Dream Too | Japanese Internment & Resistance

We learn what a recent SCOTUS ruling means for students with disabilities, what's next for a Portland homeless camp, and how Oregonians fought against discrimination during WWII.

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Klamath Dams | PPS Boundary Changes | 'Cryptomaster Behemoth' | Designing Right 2 Dream Too

Stakeholders have agreed to a tentative plan to remove dams along the Klamath River; OPB reporter Rob Manning brings us an update on the recommendations for Portland Public Schools' changing district boundaries; a new arachnid is discovered in Oregon; and we meet a local architect who is making it his mission to become 'the architect of choice for homeless people.'

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Right 2 Dream Too Still Looking For New Place To Pitch Tents

Right 2 Dream Too, a nonprofit for people who are homeless, is still looking for a new location, sixty days after the city agreed to come up with an alternative to the parking lot under the Broadway bridge known as "Lot 7."

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A Solution To The Right 2 Dream Too Dilemma?

A group of neighbors and business owners in the Pearl District says it has found alternative solutions for an embattled homeless camp. But Right 2 Dream Too’s co-founder says it’s news to him.

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Right 2 Dream Too Considering Move To Warehouse

Founders of a Portland homeless community are considering a city offer to move into a vacant warehouse.

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Right 2 Dream Too Homeless Camp To Move Across Willamette River

Right 2 Dream Too has 60 days to move to a city-owned site near the Moda Center. It can stay at the new site for up to two years.

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Right 2 Dream Too Homeless Camp Looks To Find New Home

The new site, near the new Tilikum Crossing Bridge, could resolve years of uncertainty over the camp’s future.  


Camp Leader Raises Concerns About Plans to Move Right 2 Dream Too

One of the founders of Right 2 Dream Too, a downtown Portland homeless camp, says he has concerns about the city’s proposal to move it to a site across the river.


Mayor Plans To Buy Central Eastside Lot For Right 2 Dream Too Homeless Camp

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says he has found a permanent place to relocate Right 2 Dream Too, a homeless community that is living downtown.

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'Right 2 Dream Too' Will Be Sleeping Under The Broadway Bridge

The City of Portland has reached a settlement with Right 2 Dream Too, the local non-profit group that has operated a homeless camp in Old Town since October of 2011.

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Right 2 Dream Too Has Money To Move But Still Nowhere To Go

The Portland City Council  has approved a deal to help the Right 2 Dream Too homeless community relocate.

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Portland Homeless Camp Clears Final Hurdle For Move

The Portland City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to move the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp to a city-owned lot.


Portland Council Considers Relocation Of Homeless Camp

A public hearing is underway at Portland City Hall over the re-location of the homeless camp, "Right 2 Dream Too."

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