Step Up for the Houseless, NOW!
  • Petitioning Charlie Hales

This petition will be delivered to:

Mayor, PORTLAND, OR
Charlie Hales

Step Up for the Houseless, NOW!

    1. Lydia Grijalva
    2. Petition by

      Lydia Grijalva

      Portland, OR

People in Portland, Oregon are literally freezing to death in the streets, right now, during this snowstorm. Portland's track record for the treatment of people without housing is unethical, for example Police Street Sweeps ensure that people without housing have less of a chance of success, because their homes and belongings are thrown away. This means that no matter how close they are to obtaining a job, they now have to deal with more pressing needs: needs for food and shelter. No matter how ready a person is to plan to better their lives to get out of the situation, having their home thrown away is a setback. Worse yet, when the temperature is below freezing, and when the shelters are full, unsafe for some folks, and low on resources, people who have nowhere to go are completely at risk of dying on the street, or developing other illnesses. The citizens of Portland are aware of this problem, and people are working hard to donate time and money to institutions designed to help, making food to distrubute, and creating solutions that they devote more than all of their spare time to, and yet people are still dying. 

WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH. 

The city of Portland demands it's leaders to STEP UP, HEAR, and IMPLEMENT solutions for those who are being affected by this major issue.

Potential Plan:
Step 1. Research what other cities and states are doing to tackle this issue. This may involve hiring a full time research staff, or even collaborating with existing experts, such as students at Portland State University and non profits working closely with the affected, to find which plan of action is working so that we can utilize the best practices and adapt them to our city's unique needs. 
Step 2. Form an emergency plan to help the people who will otherwise be at risk of dying tonight. 
Step 3. Work with the community, including the affected, to find a sustainable solution that works for everyone. Use existing non-profits and student research. 

The sooner we start, the more lives we will save. This is a serious issue, and we are serious about finding solutions!

To:
Charlie Hales, Mayor, PORTLAND, OR
Step Up for the Houseless, NOW!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Meeting request with the mayor, SUBMITTED!

      Lydia Grijalva
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all so much for helping make the 500 signature goal happen!

      Here's what is coming up for us next:

      1) I will be attending a few events and connecting with local homeless rights advocates, promoting the petition, and getting their insight on the issue!

      AND
      2) I SUBMITTED OUR REQUEST TO MEET WITH THE MAYOR!
      I will be bringing in a page of the solutions that we have outlined in the comments section, so if you know someone with something to add PLEASE PASS THIS TO THEM, THEY WILL BE HEARD!

      There is a chance that the mayor will not be able to make time for this important issue, so I want to request that everyone is on STANDBY in case I need help MAKING OUR NEED TO BE HEARD known.

      WE WILL BE HEARD. WE WILL FIND A SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION. AFTER ALL, WE ARE FREAKIN' PORTLAND.

      "The sooner we meet and find solutions, the less people will feel the need to form an angry mob outside of city hall again. We need to be working on this issue together. "

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. WOW. Look at us go!

      Lydia Grijalva
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who has signed! The next step for us is to get ready to talk to people from groups like Right to Dream TOO, Right to Survive, Sisters of the Road, Outside In, and other local groups who work to support those without houses in the area.Once this is done and we are all on the same page, I am going to alert the press and get a meeting with Charlie Hales. At this meeting, I will show him what we had to say, and I will extend to him the opportunity to host a public forum. At this forum, people will be ENCOURAGED to share what they have seen work in other areas, and voice their opinions about what isn't working here.
      I WANT TO THANK THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE CHIPPED IN A FEW BUCKS TO PROMOTE THE PETITION!
      When the petition is promoted and shared, there are HUGE spikes in signatures, and the more people we have on this petition, the louder I'll be when I knock on the mayor's office door at city hall!
      How many signatures should I have behind me?
      500?
      1000?
      2000?
      10,000?

    4. Reached 250 signatures
    5. Another Chance to be in Solidarity

      Lydia Grijalva
      Petition Organizer

      HELLO change makers!

      I am so excited to be at almost 200 in just a few days!
      People like YOU showing solidarity are EXACTLY what people who we are standing up for long to see! After being in an exhausting houseless situation, and being tirelessly BLAMED for it, people are SO THANKFUL to see SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE THEIR BACKS!

      Let's show them more support, we are JUST GETTING STARTED!

      For THOSE IN PORTLAND, please consider attending this event.
      It's a hearing for a woman who was ticketed for "obstructing traffic" in front of an empty building. Here is a little blurb from the FB page:
      The woman reports that the arresting officer, Christopher Gjovik, called her a "rodent", and threatened her and her partner saying "I am gong to make you two the most miserable couple out here."
      LINK TO THE FB EVENT:
      https://www.facebook.com/events/285772868242684/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

      AND THOSE TOO FAR TO SHOW UP:
      Stand with her VIA THE INTERNET! #DontShameMyNeighbors

    6. SOLIDARITY TONIGHT IN FRONT OF CITY HALL

      Lydia Grijalva
      Petition Organizer

      Hey folks!
      Thank you so much for STANDING WITH people who are fighting for the right to be ALIVE every single day, especially with the storm passing through.
      TONIGHT, WE ARE SHOWING SOLIDARITY BY CAMPING IN FRONT OF CITY HALL.

      WE NEED: more ART! People are writing their messages on tombstones, and you're welcome to do it too! Turn city hall into a graveyard for a day before the whole city turns into a graveyard, am I right?!

      WE NEED: More COMMUNITY! Join FREE HOT SOUP! in passing out soup to people who are cold and hungry! Get involved here: THEY'D LOVE TO HAVE YOU! (And they do this EVERY DAY) https://www.facebook.com/groups/477520259034001/

      Get involved here on the FB page: there will be a campout in solidarity tonight and an angry mob tomorrow morning.
      CAMPING TONIGHT AND ANGRY MOB IN THE MORNING!
      https://www.facebook.com/events/269079399923304/

      WE NEED: EVERYONE TO HAVE THE CHANCE TO GET INVOLVED! SHARE SHARE SHARE!

      We're DOING IT EVERYBODY! GO US! GO YOU! :D

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. Time for SOLUTIONS! Let's hit the ground running by working on STEP ONE

      Lydia Grijalva
      Petition Organizer

      We don't need permission from the Mayor to start working on the change that we want to see! So many of you already have ideas about what would help PROTECT those that are being HURT RIGHT NOW!
      Please TWEET your solutions with the hashtag #STEPUPCHARLIEPDX and make sure to mention @MAYORPDX !!!
      Let's DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

    9. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Lucy Folk HONOLULU, HI
      • 4 months ago

      The homeless are still humans and should be treated as humans and not like old sofas!

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    • Jennifer Sweet HOLYOKE, MA
      • 5 months ago

      Blame is not the answer, house these people and give them a chance at peace.

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    • karen West HOBART, IN
      • 5 months ago

      i was homeless for 6 months in southern california.... it is not a crime to have no where to go...

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    • mikki harper WEST VALLEY, UT
      • 5 months ago

      Unless the government find homes and places for these people who are homeless they need to leave them the hell alone...People who are poor or in a bad way deserves the little rights they have to live...to breathe, to sleep where ever they can find....and to take what few possessions they have is evil. Step Up and Be Human...

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    • John Disque KNOXVILLE, TN
      • 5 months ago

      Pensacola, FL is dealing with a similar issue and San Francisco, CA was the leader is homeless-abuse.

      The national media is watching closely.

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