Send your support letter for Oregon Right to Rest Act HB 2215

Posted on March 1, 2017 by Jonathan

Hey People!

Oregon organizers are so excited that HB 2215, the Oregon Right to Rest Act is moving this year. We are gearing up for our first hearing in the Judiciary committee but we need your help!

Oregon state legislators Piluso, Dembrow, Greenlick, Nosse, Power, Hernandez and Frederick will be championing HB 2215 – The Oregon Right2Rest Act – for the second year. The Right2Rest Act is stronger, clearer, and more powerful! If HB 2215 passes this year – it will force the state of Oregon to abandon its practices of criminalizing homeless people for engaging in basic life-sustaining activities like sitting, lying, sleeping, resting and eating in public. The criminalization of rest must end if we are ever to turn the tide on our homelessness crisis.

You can read the full bill language here and you can read the main talking points here.

Follow These 2 Easy Steps to TAKE ACTION!

1) Send a letter of organizational support!
• Click here for a sample letter.
• Please send your letter by Friday, March 10th on organizational letterhead, to: and

2) Email and call the members of the House Judiciary Committee by Friday, March 10th and urge them to support HB 2215, the Oregon Right2Rest Act

• Committee Chair, Jeff Barker: (503) 986-1428

• Committee Vice-Chair, Jenniffer Williamson: (503) 986-1436

• Mitch Greenlick: (503) 986-1433

• Ann Lininger: (503) 986-1438

• Andy Olson: (503) 986-1415

• Bill Post: (503) 986-1425

• Sherrie Sprenger: (503) 986-1417

• Chris Gorsek: (503) 986-1449

• Tawna Sanchez: (503) 986-1443

• Duane Stark: (503) 986-1404

• Rich Vial: (503) 986-1426

Sample Script:

My name is ________ and I am calling to urge you to vote YES on the Right To Rest Act. You will be hearing HB 2215: Oregon Right To Rest Act in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. This bill provides critical civil rights protections to ALL Oregonians to ensure that every Oregonians is able to meet the biological need of rest. The practice of criminalizing poor and homeless people for engaging in basic life-sustaining activities like eating, sleeping, resting, lying and sleeping is unjust, cruel and entrenches people in homelessness. HB 2215 will allow homeless people more time and energy to access services, search for employment and apply for housing that would otherwise be spent responding to police harassment, tickets, courts and jail time. Please vote YES on Hb 2215: the Oregon Right To Rest Act!

We ask you to stand us in ensuring that we can all have our right to rest!

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