|Title:||Resist the Refugee Makers ! Protest Brunch Outside 115 Coral St.|
|START DATE:||Monday June 08|
|TIME:||10:00 AM – 11:30 AM|
|Near the entrance to the Homeless (Lack of) Services Center at 115 Coral St., near Hiway 1 and Hiway 9 (River St.).|
|Contact Name||Robert Norse|
|Email Address||rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com|
|Address||309 Cedar PMB14B Santa Cruz, CA 95060|
|Potluck Brunch & Resistance Roundtable
The Homeless (Lack of) Services Center [HLOSC] has lost less than 1/5th of their budget due to state-directed federal budget cuts.
It could tighten its belt and mobilize the community.
Instead the HLOSC has chosen to abruptly close down its meals, showers, mail, bathroom,laundry, the Paul Lee Loft, the Page Smith Community House, and the Resuscitation Center.
This will happen at the end of June. According to a long-time worker there, these cuts and closures will still happen even if the funding is restored or volunteers agree to take on the tasks there.
One hundred or more disabled, sick, and vulnerable clients will be dumped out on the streets to join the 1500-2000 there in the City. Volunteers there believe this could be a death sentence for some. Others will face the revived Sleeping Ban with its $157 nightly fines.,
This apparently is a part of the HLOSC’s decision to jettison emergency services. It’s part of yet another heavy-on-PR short-on-funding program plans focusing on (the image but not the substance) “long-term housing”.
The federal government abandoned its commitment to housing under Reagan over 30 years ago and currently has no plans to fund the massive housing needed. Too busy with more foreign wars, police gear, and bankster bolstering perhaps.
There is no indication in City and County budget hearings, that either are willing to shift money (say from the City’s bloated $25 million police budget). The HLOSC has so far declined several requests to release its budget for public inspection.
Emergency services must be restored–hopefully under client-run and community-transparent control.
Come Together to Support Community Restoration and Expansion of the Basic Services That Bureaucrats, Bigots, & Buckgrabbers are Cutting Off July 1st
Food Not Bombs activists will be supplying and serving food.
Bring food, friends, cameras, and conscience!
More info on a four-way discussion on Free Radio Santa Cruz between Stephen Nelson, Andy Carcello, Mike O’Grady, and Doug Loisel at http://www.radiolibre.org/brb/
They called for an Emergency Preparations to provide survival alternatives the July 1st Shutdown of Services–ending Meal, Mail, Shower, and Laundry Services.
This meeting is a follow-up to the Sunday meeting to firm up plans for a significant and sustained response to the shutdown of services to the general unhoused population here.
HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom)–which normally meets at the Sub Rosa during this time will be joining this meeting and hold its regular meeting afterwards.
If the Sub Rosa is closed, we’ll meet at the Cafe Perglesi.
For further info go to..https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/06/02/18773039.php