|Title:||Freedom Sleepers Back To Bed Down at City Hall in 8th SleepOut|
|START DATE:||Tuesday September 01|
|TIME:||6:00 PM – 6:00 AM|
|City Hall Courtyard and Nearby Sidewalk at 809 Center St. across from the Main Library on one side and Civic Auditorium on the other.|
|REASONS FOR THE SLEEP-OUT
Authorities continue to harass and cite members of the Santa Cruz unhoused community with $157 Sleeping Ban citations.
This is happening even though there is no emergency walk-in shelter for the city’s 1500-2000 homeless; waiting lists are full and generally seem to require a “path to housing”, social worker, and/or disability check.
No member of City Council has taken any action to either restore emergency food, shower, laundry, and/or toilet facilities at the Homeless (Lack of) Services Center. Reportedly coming up on the September 8th agenda are new bans against RV parking anywhere in Santa Cruz from 2 AM to 6 AM.
And there has been no move to end the Sleeping Ban against the homeless or to designate legal areas where people may sleep without fear of busts or other forms of humiliation.
LAGUNA BEACH ACLU MOVES; SANTA CRUZ DOESN’T
Neither I nor any other activists at these sleepouts have found any evidence of piss or shit. Some, far more fastidious, make it a point to clean up the area afterwards. Nor have staff forwarded any specific complaints to us in a timely manner or any other way.
I believe it is unwise for Councilmember Micah Posner to allow himself to be used as a conduit for anonymous and hostile criticism of the Freedom Sleepers.
Nor should police be surprised when homeless people, rousted from sleep, do not express themselves courteously when confronting armed men with flashlights and demands that they “move on”.
UNCONSTITUTIONAL NIGHTTIME CURFEW
GUIDELINES AND GRUB
There will be a light snack provided around bedtime, and a light breakfast on Wednesday morning.
HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) will be meeting Wednesday morning at 11 AM at the Sub Rosa Cafe as usual to plot and palaver.
For more info on the sleepout, call me at 831-423-4833. Again, the opinions expressed here are mine, but may also represent those of others at the sleep-out.
Join us to restore sanity and decency to Santa Cruz. The right to sleep is the right to live.
Freedom Sleepers is develop a new website at http://freedomsleepers.org/