Portland Houseless Radicals Collective
We are a leaderless collective of individuals mostly anarchists, all anti-fascists, some have worked in non-profit houseless services all have been or are houseless. Though our experiences we have all concluded that government and social services making decisions about what is best for us, the houseless, is flawed and destructive.
Laws and regulations are passed regularly which they claim will make our lives better. This is always a lie. Laws, regulations and city ordances are always designed to benefit the classist home and business owners who view us as undesirable. Most recently the city of Portland has decided we are to be concentrated into their camps where they choose.
We can do better for ourselves making our own choices about our own lives.
- We will not be told where we cannot exist.
- We will bring the houseless together, through colectivising. Giving us the ability to organize a union and make our own decisions.
- We will assist ongoing efforts by our housed comrades to prevent sweeps of established camps.
- We will practice principles of mutual aid and build communities. We will promote anarchist socialist ideas as a means to support one another.
- We will not allow our rights as human beings to be degraded due to our financial and housing status.
- We will show up to defend anyone else who’s rights are being violated and stand against fascists wherever they are.
By houseless people embracing collectivism and mutual aid we will be able to make decisions and take actions which will more effectively benefit us as well as the greater community as a whole.
Distro, meals and Needle Exchange
Until this summer we had been at our home base Fallout Camp working on the location making improvements and building necessary infrastructures for it to sustain many more people. We we’re also doing on demand and twice weekly scheduled distro of gear and needle exchange. You can scroll down to Ongoing and Future Actions/Projects to read more about Fallout Camp. Long story short is that we were forced to temporarily relocate for the season due to concern over wildfires by city council.
Ongoing and Future Actions/Projects
Fallout Camp is our home base. It’s located in the city near transit but out of the way in a forest. When there you forget your in a major US city. It’s named for the abandoned underground fallout shelter in sits above.
We begin working making improvements, many to curb our impact on the environment. We also have been building infrastructure so as to be able to accommodate a larger campsite. This includes outhouse, showers and camping areas. The goal is to be able to accommodate the coming influx of houseless people when eviction moratoriums end as well as increased sweeps by the city. We had until a couple weeks ago been hosting a weekly potluck at camp as well.
The way city council pulled it off they no longer needed to give notice to us before posting and removing Fallout Camp. We anticipated it and moved at least because when they came they camp in force. They got the idea someplace that we may not go willingly. Can’t imagine where
One ongoing area we organize around is camp defence. We don’t feel the city has the right to remove people from their homes and community, which they do through violent tactics. We try, although it’s hard when people feel so broken and hopeless, to rally other houseless people to defend themselves. We explain that they don’t need to do anything if they don’t want do not would they be the ones facing any criminal charges. They only need to stay inside while us and our comrades prevent the police and city contractors from waging violence to remove them. Sometimes a force must be met as they are. In a militant fashion if that’s what they choose.