A busy Tuesday with Project Connect, Freedom SleepOut #106, and a packed room on the ACLU’s “Know Your Houseless Rights” Forum. Come and share coffee and news.
Given that the Sub Rosa, where HUFF regularly meets, is likely to be closed tomorrow and the folks leading the HUFF meeting have had to cancel, HUFF is postponing its next meeting until Wednesday the 19th.
We are advised that Food Not Bombs activist Keith McHenry was hospitalized Sunday night, preventing the regular Tuesday night FNB support of Freedom SleepOut #105. After back surgery, he’s recovering.
In other cities attacks on outdoor Food Servers continue: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/
And roaring out of Eureka comes the our new Chief of Police Andrew Mills, whose active disdain and dehumanization policy towards the homeless there is baldly revealed in his June memo proposing clear-them-away solutions:https://
To catch Brent Adams’ Coalition on Homeless meeting, he hooks-up with notoriously anti-homeless Councilmember Richelle Niroyan, Library Worker Maile McGrew-Frede, San Jose activist Robert Aguirre in a two-hour presentation devoid of protest suggestions videoed by Salinas activist Wes White at https://www.facebook.com/
Nearly a decade ago, dozens were willing to stand up for the right of all (particularly artists, poor folks, and those outside) to use public spaces in spite of increasing crackdowns by police, the City Council, and the City Manager. The struggle was particularly sharp and public at the Wednesday Farmer’s Market. The darkness enveloping Santa Cruz regarding class war against those outside has driven away the drum circle and made mere “lingering” on the levee, where fragments of the Drum Circlers continues to play, a crime. Homelessness or more bluntly cashlessness itself is becoming a defined form of deviant behavior, while much of the community is too busy, too exhausted, or too indifferent to respond.
Today’s show features numerous interviews and can be heard in tandem with Santa Cruz Indymedia photos, video, and narrative around the issue. See follow-up stories “Victory at Parking Lot #4 — The beat goes on!” at https://www.indybay.org/
The Thursday, September 11, 2008 flashback features Dave Derick, Officer Forbus, Mama Val, Sgt. Harms, Wes Modes, and others as well as Alaska attorney and psychiatric rights defender Jim Fottstein on the fight against forced drugging, electroshock, involuntary outpatent commitment, and other dangers looming ever closer on the horizon.
Apologies for the lack of input on Freedom SleepOut #101. Your fearless reporter has been struggling with medical demons. For info go to the Food Not Bombs and Freedom Sleeper facebook pages. Or directly to City Hall, the Main Postoffice, or whereever the struggle is raging.
Volunteer to help at 575-330-3377.
Agenda Options: More support work for the Survival Sleepers that may return to City Hall tonight; PR Support for Freedom Sleep-Out #100 Coming Up Tuesday June 6th; Parsing the City Manager’s Public Records Response to the New Anti-First Amendment Signs at City Hall; Salinas Victory–Activist Wes White Opens a Chinatown Shelter; Exposing The Phony “Resources” List Being Given Out by Police to Justify Creating More Homeless Refugees Downtown; and coffee to boot! Activist “Laughing” Laura Tucker will be maintaining humorous order at the meeting.
HUFF Agenda Prospects: Whence the UCSC/Renters/Unhoused Alliance?…Promising Persistence of the Survival Sleepers Bernalville…RV Updates from Around the State…Camping Ticket DIY Defense…and a look forward at the summer. Come and chat.
On the Agenda: City Manager Martin Bernal’s Latest Sign Posting Survival Sleeper Smashdown…Report Back from the Mayor Chase Meeting…Upcoming May 23rd Protest Plans (Sleeping Bags in City Council?)…the Marysville and Salinas Reports…Further Support for the Survival Sleepers at City Hall…plus whatever walks in the door…
HUFF taskmaster Bathrobespierre Robert Norse will be warming a chair at the Sub Rosa from 11 to 11:30, and perhaps longer if folks show. Up for analysis, discussion, and possible action: Shfiting the Focus from City Council to the City Staff in the Survival Sleepers/Freedom Sleepers struggle, the positive outcome of the May 9 March and Sleep-Out #96; HUFF’s Vacation Plans; Monday’s Meeting with the Mayor–Creative Options; and some coffee quaffing–if you come before the Robe departs. If you missed the meeting, or came late, call at 423-4833 for an update!
Update yourself on the Santa Cruz Anti-Homeless Laws, Making a Public Records Act Request, Schemes for Daytime Pressure Against the Sleeping Ban Bureaucrats at City Hall, Updates on the S.C. Tenant Rights Struggle, Plans for the May 9 SleepOut at City Hall and the Confrontation with City Council on Tuesday Night…plus other neat stuff.
Freedom Sleeper Maxwell Green has a Pre-Trial Tomorrow at 10 AM in Dept. 2. He is charged with interfering with an officer and may be pressed to accept a stay-away order and fine or go to trial with the risk of 30 days in jail and a fine. Max is a long-time supporter and sleeper who is also a worker with the Monterey Union of the Homeless. Supporters are encouraged to attend his court hearing in solidarity.
HUFFsters will discuss the growing Survival Encampment at City Hall, the upcoming Community Control of Police Forum this Weekend, and Prep for the May 9th “No Penalty for Poverty” March on City Hall. Also on the horizon: Combating New Anti-Homeless Ranger Rousts, Surveillance on the Levee, and the latest SCPD attack on Survival Tents on the Sidewalk. Coffee for the curious, the cranky, and the concerned alike.
For those who want to help challenge landlord greed, check out 1612 Mission St. at noon today, when the Santa Cruz Tenants Organizing Committee [SCTOC] will be protesting and holding an auction after the landlord there advertised a room at one price, then threw applicants into a bidding war. Suggested bids: Soul-crushing student Debt, Three People sleeping in My Living Room, etc. The SCTOC meets again next Monday 6 PM 501 Mission St.
HUFF Agenda Prospects: Recruiting Survival Sleeper Monitors at Upcoming Events, A Strategy for the Last City Council Meeting in April, Prep for the May 1st and May 9th Protests, Nightly Survival Sleeping Prospects–Expanding the Survival Sanctuary Support Network, PhoneBank Outreach to Allied Organizations, Update on the Handicraft Ban Downtown…and cups of coffee to numb the frustration.