Conscience and Action Meeting Moved to 11 am at the Community Room, El Rio Mobile Home Park Thursday July 5th; next HUFF meeting July 11th at Sub Rosa

HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) HAS NO MEETING TOMORROWIt will next meet Wednesday July 11th at 11 AM at the Sub Rosa.  It generally meets every other Wednesday at the same time and place.  Alternate Wednesdays  the group Conscience and Action meets there at 11 AM.

Conscience and Action is the group formed in memory of activist David Silva.  They organized last Thursday’s protest demanding reopening of the Louden Nelson and San Lorenzo bathrooms.  In a CHANGE OF NORMAL MEETING PLACE AND TIME, THEY WILL MEET THURSDAY 11  AM AT THE REC HALL OF THE EL RIO MOBILE HOME PARK.  


El Rio Mobile Home Park is located at 2120 N. Pacific   Turn right on entering the park. You can walk from the tower or park in the Lenz art parking and short walk to the Rec hall. Please bring others whom you think might want to be a part of a group that is committed to considering justice and issues of conscience in SC and acting on them. We will be discussing the meeting with City Manager Martin Bernal, and considering our next action. 


Last Friday several activists from the protest met with Bernal.  Phil Posner took these minutes:


Meeting of Conscience and Action group with City Manager, Martin Bernal

6-29-18 3:00 regarding closed bathrooms. Present: Nicholas, Keith, Steve, Robert, Philip, Jean, and Jesse and Gloria who came in late …


Phil thanked him for meeting with us; we introduced ourselves and Phil and Nicholas told him what C&A was about, that we were a newly formed group committed to addressing local issues that raise the conscience of injustice etc and call for action. 


He began by stating that “nobody was opposed to bathrooms and that there are more than there were, though some are closed at night. He said the issues having to do with them being open or closed is not the cost, but because of problems with vandalism. For example he cited San Lorenzo Park, and City Hall bathrooms having feces being spread all over. Similarly at Louden there have been persistent problems with vandalism etc.


Philip spoke of and showed him his statement* that would be posted in bathrooms. He was not impressed, suggested that those who vandalize are not acting rationally, meaning that such statements would have no value. However, he said he would follow up with Parks and Rec. regarding the possibility of reopening San Lorenzo and that he was “not opposed to adding more bathrooms.”  … Spoke passionately about individuals that do (inappropriate) behavior is the result of their anger and helplessness at their situation.  However when Robert later specifically requested Martin open the San Lorenzo and/or Louden Nelson bathrooms, he directly said “no:”  The best he would do, as Robert remembers, is “look at the situation” (including the prospect of opening some more portapotties, though he continued to stress that the two previously locked-during-the-daytime portapotties on Cedar St were now open during the day.


Keith asked him what was the problem with the toilet he paid for and had placed by the Post Office, having gotten the postmaster’s ok? He responded that it just wasn’t possible for anyone to place bathrooms anywhere. 


Robert him asked him, “do you have the power to open bathrooms?” He answered: “Probably.”  He later acknowledged that he had the power to do so, but would not without the consent or consultation with staff members below, notably Carol Scurich.


Philip raised the idea of a task force made up of a few homeless individuals, homeless activists and city representatives, like from his office and or Parks and Rec that would try to find solutions to the problem?

He did not respond positively to the suggestion. He said the City wants to prioritize, my word, shelters as the real solution. 


Posner said to him, “Martin, I don’t think you are listening to us. The issue is suffering that is occurring right now to homeless who have no place to shit or pee.” 


He said he would “look at the possibility of more portapotties.” And made the point that “finances are not the predominant issue, but finding solutions that work.” 


We raised the issue of monitors. He said First Alarm did not want to do it because there have been confrontational situations.


Robert raised the issue of a list of inappropriate incidents? Martin agreed to forward any documents that currently existed around the Louden Nelson bathroom closings (i.e. incidents of vandalism, disruptive behavior, unsafe needle disposal, etc.), but refused to create a list of incidents that lead to the closing of the bathrooms (which, Robert thinks, included San Lorenzo Park).


We concluded by asking him what we could expect from him? He answered by saying that:


He would consider reopening San Lorenzo.


More – ADA accessible – portapotties


Individuals signing (their names when they want) to use the bathroom at Louden Center

and will try to find out if there is a list of incidents that have occurred (that caused the closing of bathrooms)


And at the end added that he would look into the process for permitting private toilets (like Keith’s).. He suggested Keith get a list of neighbors who wanted a portapotty around the post office.


Meeting concluded at 4:05 with our thanks for meeting with us.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Posner and Robert Norse.


* To those who are using this bathroom

As you may know our city makes this facility available to the public even though some bathrooms have been vandalized, or in other ways used inappropriately.

Please respect the right of everyone to use this facility, by abstaining from behavior that may necessitate the city having to close it, thus preventing you and others from having it to use the next time we need it.

Conscience and Action

Food not Bombs

Downtown Bathroom Task Force

The Homeless Depot

Police Chief Mills

HUFF meeting-HUFF stumbles on: Wednesday June 27, 2018. 11 AM Sub Rosa 703 Pacific: Pissed On, Pissed Off and Preparing to Protest

HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] will meet Wednesday, 6-27 11 AM at the Sub Rosa, our normal meeting place, next to the Bike Church. 


Agenda Prospects:

  • Building Links with Neighbor Cities–the Wes White Report on the RV Struggle in Salinas and Points South
  • Reprieve for the Boneyard Barbed Wire 60; Harassment as Usual for the Many Outside: the Camper Crackdown Continues
  • Rent Control Real Estate Roundalay: the City Council Gives the Profiteers A Snack
  • Updating the Santa Cruz Guide: www.santacruzfreeguide.org :
  • Echoes from Elsewhere, Compliments of Jezebel Julie S:

                 + Doing the Obvious–What Santa Cruz Won’t: https://www.thecoastnews.com/encinitas-to-continue-portable-restrooms-for-home
                     + Satirical Scribblings and Bitter Laughter:   http://berkeleydailyplanet.com/pdfs/pst-06-01-18.pdf

                       +  Oakland Evicts Largest Northgate Encampment: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/06/25/18815997.php
                       + Mixed-Up Murmurings from Mountain View:  https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/06/12/mountain-view-nonprofit-kicking-off-2-year-trial-to-get-car-dwellers-off-streets/amp/

                  + Lawyers Link Up in Orange County: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-oc-homeless-crisis-20180624-story.html

                       + Right-wing Riptide in Lodi: https://m.lodinews.com/news/article_2399aba8-6ae5-11e8-967b-8fdd909282ba.html: 
                           + Trapped in Miami:  http://amp.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article213437954.html
                     

  •   Support the Warming Center, Food Not Bombs,  HUFF, Conscience and Action, and other activists in documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.
  •   Back up homeless efforts to organize either in protest or to demand adequate and accessible facilities.
  •   Exchange information with other supporters there to generate more communication and better solutions in the future.
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NO HUFF MEETING BUT CONSCIENCE-IN-ACTION WILL MEET 11 AM WEDNESDAY AT THE SUB ROSA CAFE

Conscience-in-Action, the Coalition of groups and individuals who demanded reopening of the Louden Nelson and San Lorenzo Park bathrooms will meet again Weds. at 11 AM at the Sub Rosa Cafe (703 Pacific next to the Bike Church). 

On the agenda is a proposed action from Ed Frey demanding documented accountability from politicians local and national. 

Up for discussion is a speak-out on Pacific Avenue, possible while standing on vehicles.  We may also be considering follow-up actions to restore decency, public sanitation, and fair access to toilet facilities for everyone in Santa Cruz. 

Other possibilities HUFFsters may present include Direct Action to Block the New Library-in-a-Parking-Garage proposal.  


HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) meets again June 27th 11 AM at the Sub Rosa.  HUFF reps will be at tomorrow’s Conscience-in-Action meeting on June 20th.

The 20th Annual Homelessness Marathon, for those who missed it, is archived at http://ku.audioport.org.  Just scroll down to June 12th, and
you’ll find it.  Unfortunately, the hours from 3-5 p.m., EST didn’t


The Schedule

all times Pacific Daylight Time, add three hours for EST)

Hour 1 – 9 a.m.- 10- a.m. . – Live from the Poor People’s March on Washington. Guest Host, Rev. Bruce Wright.

Hour 2 – 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Paul Boden, field director for the Western Regional Advocacy Project on the “Right To Rest” and “Housekeys Not Handcuffs” movements; Amanda Brown-Hunter, head of an Amarillo homeless camp that is in hiding,

Hour 3* – 11:00 – noon – “Homelessness, Housing and Human Rights in DC” – Guest Host, Parissa Nourouzi

Hour 4 – noon – 1:00 p.m.- TBA

Hour 5* – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – “Homelessness and the Indigenous Peoples of North America.” Guest Host, Derrick Toledo

Hour 6 – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Helena Liikanen-Renger, Press Counselor for the Embassy of Finland will discuss how it happens that Finland is housing all of its rough sleepers, while the rest of Europe is in a homelessness crisis.

Hour 7* – 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – “We Got The Power: Lessons in the Fight Against Poverty for Women and Girls” – Guest Host, Carmen Berkley

Hour 8 – 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Attorney Jason Flores, who is suing Denver on behalf of the homeless. Then journalist and activist Mike Rhodes with an update on homelessness in Fresno.

Hour 9 – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – A conversation with Bill Higgins, a former submarine officer who became homeless (right before Trump took office, he told us how happy he was that Ben Carson was to be HUD Secretary, but that’s not what he says today). Then, attorney Judith Berkan, will speak from Puerto Rico on hurricane recovery.

Hour 10* – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Homeless Faculty and Students in Higher Education. Guest hosts, Corrine Ruff and Shalina Chatlani.

Hour 11 – 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. – Kent Anderson, Chief High Risk Services Officer, Waikiki Health, will report some facts on just how young kids there are when they become homeless and what happens to them. Then a look at homelessness in Portland, ME.

Hour 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – “A DC Street Poet, His Reflections and His Lawsuit.” Then Richard Tripp’s Taxi to Heaven, a memorial for homeless advocates who have died since our last broadcast, Richard Tripp among them.

HUFF stumbles on: Wednesday June 13, 2018. 11 AM Sub Rosa 703 Pacific: Pissed On, Pissed Off and Preparing to Protest

HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] will meet Wednesday, 5-30-18 11 AM at the Sub Rosa, our normal meeting place, next to the Bike Church. 

Agenda Prospects:

  • Poor People’s Campaign Report from Sacramento–Hopefully
  • Looking in on Juneteenth (6-13) at Louden Nelson: https://www.facebook.com/SantaCruzJuneteenth
  • The Camper Conundrum: Looking at Police Raids and the End of the Barbed Wire Boneyard
  • Murmurings from Marysville:  Raelyn Butcher & Brian Brown Check In
  • Rumors of Safe Parking–Can They be True?
  • Another Round in Salinas?: Return of the RV Ban
  • Tales from Elsewhere, Compliments of Jezebel Julie S:

+ Colorado blues:  https://www.denverpost.com/2018/06/11/parker-camping-ban-denver-homeless/

                       + Nevada blues:  http://www.kolotv.com/content/news/Homeless-have-24-hours-to-move–485188801.html
                       + HUFFster to head Parks and Rec?  http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/general-news/20180611/coast-line-parks-amp-rec-director-sought-by-city-of-santa-cruz

  •   Support the Warming Center, Food Not Bombs,  HUFF, Conscience in Action, and other activists in documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.
  •   Back up homeless efforts to organize either in protest or to demand adequate and accessible facilities.
  •   Exchange information with other supporters there to generate more communication and better solutions in the future.
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NO HUFF MEET tomorrow but there is a Coalition of Conscience meeting 11 AM Sub Rosa Wednesday June 6th

 HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] WON’T  meet tomorrow, but WILL meet Wednesday, 6-13 11 AM at the Sub Rosa, our normal meeting place, next to the Bike Church. 

However, Nick Whitehead’s group, which I’m calling the Coalition of Conscience will meet again tomorrow at 11 AM at the Sub Rosa as an offshoot to the David Silva Memorial to consider reviving a broader coalition of groups around basic human rights issues.

One issue that concerns HUFF has been the recently publicized closure of the Louden Nelson bathrooms (described at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/social-affairs/20180530/louden-nelson-center-another-santa-cruz-public-bathroom-under-lock).  A letter from Peter Geldblum speaking for the ACLU is posted there.

Also of interest to HUFFsters:

  •   Support the Warming Center, Food Not Bombs,  HUFF and other activists in documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.
  •   Back up homeless efforts to organize either in protest or to demand adequate and accessible facilities.
  •   Exchange information with other supporters there to generate more communication and better solutions in the future.

HUFF meets Wednesday May 30th 2018. 11 AM Sub Rosa 703 Pacific

 HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] will meet Wednesday, 5-30-18 11 AM at the Sub Rosa, our normal meeting place, next to the Bike Church. 


Agenda Prospects:

  • Reports from Berkeley’s Vehicular Parking Spot, Sonoma Homeless, and the Santa Ana Struggle
  • Ranger Runover–Homicide in the Park?
  • Haunting the High Roads–Are the Hosts Coming Back?
  • Sacramento Poor People’s Campaign Mobilizing in June
  • Give a Shit Revisited–Reigniting the Demand for Bathrooms for All
  •   Support the Warming Center, Food Not Bombs,  HUFF and other activists in documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.
  •   Back up homeless efforts to organize either in protest or to demand adequate and accessible facilities.
  •   Exchange information with other supporters there to generate more communication and better solutions in the future.

HUFF meets Wednesday May 16th 2018. 11 AM Sub Rosa 703 Pacific

HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] will meet Wednesday, 5-16-18 at 11 AM at the Sub Rosa, our normal meeting place, next to the Bike Church.

Agenda Prospects:

  • Rent Control Blues: the Sandy Brown Buffeting and Behind-the-Scenes Council Clucking
  • Poor People’s Campaign Report from D.C. :  Arrests Against Criminalizing the Poor
  • Silva Memorial Chapter 2: Prep for Saturday’s 4-6 PM Event
  • Activist Abbi Samuels Appeals her Freedom Sleeper citation from last year 4 PM Thursday S.C. Courthouse 5-17
  • Jeremy Saunders UCSC striker goes to court 8 AM 5-22
  • ACLU Meeting Wednesday 5-16 Louden Nelson–you know, where they have closed the bathrooms and put up the anti-homeless fence. 7 PM
  •   Support the Warming Center, Food Not Bombs,  HUFF and other activists in documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.
  •   Back up homeless efforts to organize either in protest or to demand adequate and accessible facilities.
  •   Exchange information with other supporters there to generate more communication and better solutions in the future.

Tonight 5-10-18 at 6 PM Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides on Free Radio Santa Cruz at 101.3 FM, Brent Adams from Santa Cruz; Carol Denney from Berkeley, Vittorius Alexander from San Jose, and a Landlord versus the City

Tonight’s Show(6-8 PM) Includes: Brent Adams on his delayed storage program and Crackdown on tents in San Francisco and Santa Cruz, Carol Denney’s Berkeley Fight to Stop the Business Bullies from Tearing Down Fliers, Vittorio Alexander’s Challenging San Jose Courts, and Jeanie J.’s Landlord Lament.

Free Radio, as usual, streams at freakradio.org.  The show archives under Lost Shows on the HUFF website at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html.   Look for the Latest Show – 5/10/2018  Thursday, May 10, 2018 – Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides.  

HUFF meets Today Wednesday May 2nd 2018. 11 AM Sub Rosa 703 Pacific

HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] will meet Wednesday, 5-2-18 11 AM at the Sub Rosa, our normal meeting place, next to the Bike Church.

Agenda Prospects:

  • Anti-Homeless Sentinel Fearmongering  in the recent Town Clock assault.
  • Rent Control/Just Eviction: Final Week of Signature Gathering
  • Follow-up on Local Response to Aggressive Wars
  • Boneyard Campground Documents and Last Council Chitterchat
Stories & Websites of interest: 

  •   Support the Warming Center, Food Not Bombs,  HUFF and other activists in documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.
  •   Back up homeless efforts to organize either in protest or to demand adequate and accessible facilities.
  •   Exchange information with other supporters there to generate more communication and better solutions in the future.

HUFF meets as Santa Cruz Ignores the Two Wars (Against Syria and the Poor in Santa Cruz) Tomorrow. Wednesday April 18, 2018. 11 AM Sub Rosa 703 Pacific

HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] will meet Wednesday, 4-18-18 11 AM at the Sub Rosa, our normal meeting place, next to the Bike Church.

Agenda Prospects:

  • Aftermath of the End of Winter Shelter last weekend
  • Rent Control/Just Eviction: Renter Updates Statewide and the Local Struggle
  • Breaking the Silence as Aggressive Wars (and U.S. bombs on Syria) Mount
  • Homeless Reports on Police/Ranger “Out Into the Rain With You” Incidents
  • Public Records Delays–and Assessments of What We Have
  •   Support the Warming Center, Food Not Bombs,  HUFF and other activists in documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.
  •   Back up homeless efforts to organize either in protest or to demand adequate and accessible facilities.
  •   Exchange information with other supporters there to generate more communication and better solutions in the future.