Date: April 22, 2013 12:56:38 PM PDT
Subject: Homeless Persons Bill of Rights: Action Needed
Much support was felt at Occupy Santa Cruz’s general assembly on Sunday, April 22, 2013, for people who are homeless in Santa Cruz County.
People from the Visible Sleepers’ vigil at main Post Office plaza shared their experiences of police and ticketing and passers-by, so far. Now into day four.
They ask us for more support in terms of visiting, most especially early morning hours. Freedom said, “if you’re lonely or want company, any time, think of us.”
They literally have “no other place to be,” since getting raked out of a Pogonip sleep camp by City police.
Then, Santa Cruz Sanctuary Camp shared news of their great, fresh video created for the edification of the larger community and potential supporters. And planned community engagement goals. Brent Adams said they meet every Wednesday evening near Harvey West Park and are open to everyone who wants to help.
‘SCSanctuary …” has a FaceBook page and the video of same name, Santa Cruz Sanctuary Camp. Check it out!
Contact HUFF, (831) 423 – HUFF, to offer support if you cannot visit the sleepers directly. The have tickets and jail prospects. Where can they sleep TONITE that’s safer?
Last but maybe not least…
Homeless Persons Bill of Rights, action needed!
Keith McHenry, Becky Johnson and I shared news about Assembly Bill 5, brought by San Francisco’s Democrat Tom Ammiano. This Bill faces a Judicial Committee Tuesday.
Then, Occupy Santa Cruz’s general assembly consensed on the following position about this Bill:
OCCUPY SANTA CRUZ SUPPORTS THE ‘HOMELESS PERSONS BILL OF RIGHTS, also called AB 5, AMMIANO, AS IT I S CURRENTLY CONFIGURED.
We thank WRAP supporters in San Francisco for their incredible help with the bill’s outreach to homeless folks and the larger population.
We will do everything in our power to help Homeless Persons Bill of Rights to become law in California — to the extent it values and protects people who are or who become, homeless.
This Bill promises to decriminalize or neutralize many segregating rules and laws that were created (or selectively enforced) to control and ostracize homeless people.
For instance, if it passes without losing it’s teeth or guts, vehicle dwellers will be permitted to sleep in their wheeled homes 24/7, as long as they ‘behave’ and their wheels are legal. (Imagine – just like a housed adult can, now.)
The Bill also promises Hygiene Centers (water, etc.!) built to state specs a d funded by Calidornia.
If it is passed, the Lodging Law will again pertain to actual lodgers instead of the (current) opposite, and ordinances like the ugly City of Santa Cruz camping ban, 636.010, will presumably die.
I feel the Homeless Persons Bill of Rights is challenging the bigoted status quo and it’s supporters. I’m doubtful it can pass unless most of the people who are homeless find out and get behind it.
Pass it on!
On behalf of Occupy Santa Cruz and
Housing NOW! In Santa Cruz