Give Us Shelter! A Walk to Salem for Housing Justice
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Our state is facing a crisis! Wages remain low while housing becomes more and more expensive, throwing many low income people and families into deeper poverty. This causes many people to be or about to be homeless. Affordable housing is in short supply over burdening the community as a whole and creating friction between the housed and unhoused. This is not just an urban situation. People of color, migrants, the elderly, and disabled people are disproportionally affected.
In light of these problems we are asking the Governor and the Oregon Legislature to do the following things:
- Declare a statewide Housing State of Emergency
- Stop the inhumane and unconstitutional sweeps when there is no place for people to go
- We demand affordable housing for all
- We demand an end to the targeting of homeless people by the police
- We demand basic services, water, trash, and toilets
- We demand that self-governing, peer run, innovative communities are allowed
You may join us in many ways, from walking the whole way with us to attending many of the events (some still being finalized) along the way. If you'd like to walk or help out in other ways, please fill out our registration form!
Schedule Back to top
Come to our SEND OFF CELEBRATION from 6 pm to 8 pm at Glenwood Park, SE 88th and SE Claybourne. There will be music, food, and speeches!
If you're walking, please arrive at 5pm for signing up, training, etc.
Leave Portland at 9 am walking to Gladstone (9.6 miles).
Leave Gladstone at 9 am walking to Oregon City. Then take a bus along a dangerous stretch of 99E to Canby. Finish up the day walking to Barlow. (5 miles.)
Leave Barlow at 9 am walking to Woodburn (9.2 miles).
Leave Woodburn at 9 am walking to Brooks (10 miles).
Leave Brooks at 9 am walking to Salem (9 miles).
Rally at 9 am in front of the capitol, then enter to lobby our representatives and attend the Housing and Human Services committee meeting. (Rides home to be arranged.)
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How to participate Back to top
There are many ways to participate, from walking all the way with us and attending our evening of May 23 Send Off Celebration AND our May 29 Rally and Lobby Day.
- OR You can arrange to meet us and walk any of the days you wish
- OR You might attend only the Send Off Celebration or the Lobby Day or both
- OR if you do not have the time for any of that, you can donate money to help someone else participate, or you can write a letter to your representative that we can take with us and deliver.
In any case you will need to register with us so we can plan for food, shelter, and other important things.
Endorsements Back to top
- AFSCME Local 88, the largest employee union at Multnomah County, Oregon.
- American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action.
- Community Alliance of Lane County, which educates and organizes for peace, human dignity, and social, racial, and economic justice.
- Dignity Village, a green, sustainable, urban village for those who are seeking shelter but are unable to find it.
- Don’t Shoot Portland, a community action plan. Since 2014 we have seen a rising of activists, family members, and concerned citizens across the country coming together in the name of community outreach in an effort to create solutions.
- Hazelnut Grove, a village of formerly houseless folk that began organizing in late 2015.
- PCUN, Oregon’s Farmworker Union. They fight for low-wage workers, and Latinx families.
- Portland Jobs With Justice, a coalition of more than 100 labor organizations and community groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just society.
- Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance meets regularly to plan and prioritize meaningful engagement in showing up for Justice, Compassion and Accountability.
- Portland-Metro People’s Coalition, which aims to create a Portland metro area that’s a healthy and nurturing place for everyone and every community who calls it home, and not just an enclave of the 1%.
- Teressa Raiford for Mayor in 2020: Working to build a community of real equity and justice here in Portland. Her story and platform.
- Right 2 Dream Too, a nonprofit organization operating a space where people can rest or sleep safely and undisturbed.
- Right 2 Survive, a community organization raising awareness of issues that houseless people in our community are facing.
- Sisters Of The Road, a nonprofit Cafe in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood working to create systemic change that will end poverty and homelessness forever by providing nourishing meals in a safe, dignified space.
- Street Books, a bicycle-powered mobile library that serves people who live outside.
Registration Back to top
Please fill out our registration form if you'd like to walk or help out.
If you are walking with us, we are asking for a $30–$50 donation (if you can; of course no one will be turned away).
We also ask that you sign our pledge. You can read it online (PDF). We'll have copies to sign at the send off and with us on the walk.
Contact info Back to top
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate Back to top
All donations are tax deductible. You can donate online, or in person. Any excess money will go to Hazelnut Grove, a village of formerly houseless folk that began organizing in late 2015.