|Title:||Community SleepOut Will Slumber Again This Sunday|
|START DATE:||Sunday July 19|
|TIME:||6:30 PM – 6:30 AM|
|Beginning at the Main Post Office after the Sunday night meal, activists from Food Not Bombs, the Camp of Last Resort, HUFF, the Homeless Persons Legal Assistance Project and independent supporters will gather on the steps in front of the main Post Office, choose a Safe Sleeping Spot and make their way to that place for the night.|
Services for showers, bathrooms, laundry, and food have now been cut off for half a month with no chance of immediate restoration.
There is no indication of a reduction of the harassment and citing of Santa Cruz’s 1500+ homeless people outside for the “crime” of sleeping at night.
While there is lots of talk about providing “a path to housing” and fund-seeking for social service programs that do not provide the actual housing, there has been a cutback in real emergency services for food and shelter.
LOTS OF UNUSED SPACE AT NIGHT
Nine were given costly citations two weeks ago for simply being at City Hall at night petitioning the government for a redress of these grievances.
We hope city authorities, recognizing the emergency, will allow folks to sleep without harassment and invite the community to join us as participants or witnesses.
Folks are also invited to bring their vehicles if they have them. Caution: MC 6.36.010 makes it “illegal” to sleep after 11 PM at night anywhere on public property in Santa Cruz.
We will also be scheduling events at City Hall itself urging the restoration of constitutional rights for those outside.
More info: “Community Campout Ends with Citations” at http://www.indybay.org/