|Title:||City Council Chatter, March, & Safe Slumber Event #16|
|START DATE:||Tuesday October 27|
|TIME:||4:00 PM – 4:00 AM|
|Inside City Hall (809 Center St.) demanding restoration of real homeless services at the afternoon Council Meeting (3-4 PM or so). Then assembling at Raymond and 3rd at 5 PM to support the Beach Flats Gardeners in a March to City Hall. Solidarity with the Gardeners 7 PM meeting to forestall the November.Homeless refugees and their housed allies will then reassemble at the de facto Safe Sleeping Zone in the Courtyard (and after 10 PM on the sidewalk) for the rest of the night outside City Hall.There will be coffee and crunchables sometime after dawn.|
|Contact Name||Phil Posner (commentary by Norse)|
|Email Address||chatrabbi [at] aol.com|
|FREEDOM SLEEPERS TO RETURN FOR SLEEP-OUT #16
After a success bannerwalk in the UCSC Slug parade on Sunday, Freedom Sleepers will return to City Hall in support of the Beach Flats Garden.See “March to City Hall to Support Beach Flats Community Garden” at http://www.indybay.org/
We will also be watching agenda item #18 in the afternoon involving partial restoration of drips-and-drabs homeless services The proposal is to keep the Paul Lee Loft open–but only to those who have a “pathway to housing”.
Meanwhile Council is ok-ing the shut down of meals, laundry, and bathroom access for the general homeless population. There is no provision to restore them in spite of conversations with Councilmember Posner on this subject three months ago.
Even the restored shelter proposals still leave the overwhelming majority of unhoused folks outside in the face of Sleeping Ban harassment and an El Nino winter.
See the Staff Report at under Item #18 of the City Council Agenda at http://scsire.cityofsantacruz.
MY PERSONAL VIEWS ON ITEM #18
The Council has provided a steady stream of anti-homeless laws over the last five years as well as stepped of enforcement of the Sleeping Ban, the “in the park after dark” Ban, and other nasty ordinances.
HOPE ON THE HORIZON?
BRING YOUR SLEEPING BAGS
Folks are invited to bring their Sleeping Bags on the march from the Beach Flats Garden and Raymond and 3rd at 5 PM. Blankets and signs can be carried on the march and brought into City Council.
The proposed support recommendation for the Garden and extensive correspondence is at http://scsire.cityofsantacruz.
Council will vote on whether to stop the Seaside Company’s proposed November 13th eviction deadline. After we have all supported the Beach Flats Garden survival, folks may decide what to do regarding the failure of Council to restore shelter, civil rights, and basic dignity to the unhoused folks outside.
ANOTHER NIGHT UNDER THE STARS ON THE SIDEWALK
Last week’s Freedom Sleep-Out increased its numbers where several dozen found a tolerated (but not legal) spaceIncreasing areas of exclusion?
WHILE SANTA CRUZ MAKES VEHICLE SLEEPERS CRIMINALS, COURTS IN L.A. MOVED A YEAR AGO THE OTHER WAY:
For more historical background on Freedom Sleepers, go to http://www.indybay.org/
Come anyway. Do what you think is right! Support the Freedom Sleepers and the Beach Flats Garden.
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