Petition for City of Portland to Adopt a Compassionate Response to Homelessness

Petition for City of Portland to Adopt a Compassionate Response to Homelessness

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Petition for City of Portland to Adopt a Compassionate Response to Homelessness

We, the undersigned residents of Portland, are concerned about the crisis facing our homeless neighbors.  However, we don't believe that hiring more police to target homeless people for low-level non-violent offenses is the answer to the crisis we are facing.  A recent report by the Oregonian shows that the Portland Police are already arresting an astounding number of homeless people multiple times each year.  Homeless people make up less than 3 percent of the city’s population, even by the largest estimates, and yet they accounted for more than half of arrests by Portland Police last year, and 86 percent of those were for low-level offenses.  This kind of targeting of the homeless not only does harm to an already vulnerable population, but takes police resources away from solving and preventing violent crime and leads to mass incarceration.

We demand that Mayor Wheeler and the City Council:

• end the targeting of homeless people by the Portland Police.

• reduce the number of police and use the savings to increase access to transitional and permanent affordable housing, and mental health and addiction services.

• allow self-governing camps organized by unhoused people to address needs for shelter, community and safety.  



Portland Civil Rights Law Office

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA-Portland)

Oregon Justice Resource Center (OJRC)

Don't Shoot Portland

Village of Hope

Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP)

Portland's Resistance

Portland National Lawyers Guild


American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Portland, Oregon

Oregon Poor People's Campaign

Street Roots Vendor Political Engagement Committee

Portland Assembly

Sisters of the Road

Resolutions NW

Right 2 Survive

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon)

Portland Metro People's Coalition


Elliott Young, Professor of History Lewis & Clark College

Crystal Maloney, attorney

James Ofsink, community organizer

Reiko Hillyer, Assistant Professor of History, Lewis & Clark College

Kaia Sand, Executive Director of Street Roots

Sarah Iannarone, former mayoral candidate

Jo Ann Hardesty, NAACP President, Portland Branch (2015-18), candidate for City Council

Gregory McKelvey, founder of Portland's Resistance

Cameron Whitten, Lead Advocate - Brown Hope

Nadya Okamoto, founder of Period Movement

Bobbin Singh, Executive Director of Oregon Justice Resource Center (OJRC)

Teressa Raiford, candidate for mayor

Jules Boykoff, Professor of Political Science, Pacific University

Michael Fuller, attorney

Ibrahim Mubarak, founder of Right to Dream 2

Margot Black, founder Portland Tenants United

Rabbi Ariel Stone, Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance and Congregation Shir Tikvah

Colin Jones