On the Conscience and Action Agenda:
- Creating activist avenues to provide humanity, dignity, services, and expanded space to the Ross Campers and other camps around the City;
- wresting the $10 million from poverty pimps;
- restoring rights and safe parking for folks who homes are on wheels,
- a fundamental revision and restoration of laws and police practices around homeless in public spaces,
- reopening and expanding vitally needed public restrooms, hand-washing stations, laundry access, and
- solidarity with the more militant tenant movement to provide immediate protection from rent profiteering.
- Parallel actions to move forward a promised February 12th Activist Agenda at City Council and solidarity with other organizations taking Direction Actions for Renters, Immigrants, and Those Outside.
For HUFFsters (also invited to join the C & A Agenda):
HUFF has again pushed ahead its usual 11 AM Wednesday meeting to noon.
- Further review of the “No Policies to be Changed” answer of Chief Andy Mills at the Press Conference/Speak-Out at the Police Station focusing on Harassment of Vehicular Residents
- Solidarity with Berkeley activists defending People’s Park against new attacks.
Confronting Council Crapola–end contraction of public comment under Mayor Martine Watkins and demand the “Progressive 4” defend the right of the public to speak on all agenda items for adequate time–whether at the afternoon or evening sessions, whether on the regular or Consent agendas. And create real democratic process.
Tenants in Trouble—organizing with students, renters, elderly, disabled groups to establish mutual power and solidarity.
Ross Camp Connections–and Contacts with Homeless-on-the-edge throughout Santa Cruz.
- Homeless (Lack of) Service Center Update–Changes or More of the Same: an Examination of the latest answers from workers inside.
SCPD: demanding revelation of surveillance devices throughout the City, police records on use of force, selective enforcement, racial profiling. Protests to open the property room during regular SCPD hours daily.
Hosing down the Poverty Pimps at Coral Street: Where are the Showers?
Restoration of services out at MHCAN? Pleich’s Board of Directors still slumbering?
- Report from the state Union of the Homeless including the MLK Day rally at homeless camps in Chico, Paradise, Marysville, and the River Bottom.
- Improving Support Between Activist Groups Concerning New Models for Homeless Self-Determination and Mutual Aid
Come and share coffee, questions, and answers at 703 Pacific (next to the Bike Church) with C & A, at 11 AM, HUFF at noon.
- Support the Downtown Santa Cruz Bathroom Task Force, Food Not Bombs, the Ross Emergency Campground, the Warming Center’s 24 Hour Storage Program, HUFF, Conscience and Action, Monterey County Homeless Advocates, HomeFree, and other activists in documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.
- Check out Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/
HomelessOutsideSantaCruz/ for updates.
- Read Updates and Post Them on Santa Cruz Indymedia at https://www.indybay.org/santa-
- Back up homeless efforts to organize either in protest or to demand adequate and accessible facilities.
- Exchange information with other supporters there to generate more communication and better solutions in the future.
- Listen in to Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides at freakradio.org every Thursday 6-8 PM, Sundays 9:30 AM- 3 PM
- Hear archived shows at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/
- If you must, expropriate items from chain stores. Don’t steal from vulnerable fellow homeless!