ACCESS NOT EXCUSES
Nonviolent Protest at 1220 River St. Campground Monday May 13, 2019 10:30 AM
demanding decent conditions in local campgrounds and shelters (for the few that actually endure those conditions).
The city has forced the community living behind Ross out into the doorways, yards and parks of Santa Cruz starting on May 3rd. It has provided token shelter for a few at 1220 River St., 7th Ave Shelter, and Laurel St. Shelter. Until recently, 1220 River St., also known as the Boneyard, surrounded by barbed wire, has enforced a “no visitors” policy. It still has a “no exit on foot” policy. Residents are crammed into 60 small tents. Refugees from the Ross Camp have likely lost most of their possessions. They are regularly searched on entering in prison-like procedures.
Many of the hundreds outside are being harassed and forced into an endless trek with no safe sanctuary. Join us in calling on the community to join together to support the Ross Camp Roughriders lawsuit against the City and to end the criminalization of the homeless. City Council needs to direct its police and rangers to stop persecuting visible homeless people. It needs to provide realistic alternatives that will include the formation of self managed transitional camps supported by local non-profits and city services.
In the meantime homeless people need to be allowed to shelter themselves and not be harassed under trespass on public property, closed public area, blocking the sidewalk, public nuisance and/or illegal lodging laws. Santa Cruz cruel City Council meets again on May 14. There will be a protest at Council chambers at a time to be announced.