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|Title:||The 32nd Time: Freedom Sleeper Activists Hit City Hall Sidewalk|
|START DATE:||Tuesday February 16|
|TIME:||5:00 PM – 5:00 AM|
|Near the sacred grounds of City Hall at 809 Center St., in the courtyard until driven out at 10 PM by the anti-homeless “no public access at night” law in “progressive” Santa Cruz.|
|Contact Name||Toby Nixon|
|Email Address||tobynixon [at] gms.com|
Santa Cruz’s homeless population still faces tickets and stay-away orders from parks at night, harassment in public spaces and buildings during the day, and the Sleeping Ban everywhere in the City after 11 PM. In solidarity with hundreds who have no shelter, Freedom Sleepers will gather at 5 PM and through the night for the 32nd Tuesday night weekly sleep-out.
Last week’s Freedom SleepOut (#31) reportedly included 20 folks throughout the night.
MEDIA BEGINS ON MAYOR LANE’S SLEEPING BAN REFORM
Silver-tongued Steve Pleich has written an article for the on-line Street Spirit newspaper (soon to be available in hard copy in Santa Cruz at the Sub Rosa Cafe): http://www.thestreetspirit.
Lobbying the Sleep-toxic City Council continues from the more rarified regions of closed liberal and religious groups.
LOBBYING COMING UP
The danger here–as with past such limited efforts–is that once Council nixes Lane’s reform, “respectable” liberals will simply stay home or rely on loudly-touted but never-completed legal action when what’s needed is intensified and focused protests.
Former liberal governor Jerry Brown has reportedly also told a local establishment liberal that he may consider the creation of safe sleeping zones supported by the California Conservation Corp.
DIRECT ACTION PROSPECTS
Check out the great poster by Warming Center activist Brent Adams: http://www.facebook.com/
ATTACKS ON HOMELESS ELSEWHERE
New Salinas law attacks Chinatown homeless encampment:
HUFF activist Robert Norse composed and posted this announcement with input from Pat Colby and Steve Pleich.