R2S Pitch-A-Tent event protests urban camping ban


For the 9th straight year, Right 2 Survive hosted a “Pitch-A-Tent” event in protest of Portland’s urban camping ban. Once a year, the night before the Rose Festival Parade, camping on public sidewalks is allowed throughout the city. Families and other parade-goers pitch their tents along the parade route the day before the festivities, in order to secure a front row spot. Nine years ago, Right 2 Survive co-founders called bullshit and began this annual event, turning 4th and Washington into a hub of music, speakers, food, friendship, and protest. Some years, R2S supporters have taken up six or more city blocks! This year, we were about four blocks strong. General Dogon came up from LACAN to give a keynote speech. His message? “PITCH THAT TENT!”