HUFF preps for September 25 Bathrooms, Winter Survival, and Community Caring Rally at the time and place; 11 AM SubRosa Cafe Wednesday

HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] will meet Wednesday, 9-5 11 AM at the Sub Rosa next to the Bike Church.   Bathrobespierre Robert will be away for a medical event, but may grump in by phone.


Possible action items:
 

  • Conscience & Action invites the community to a September 25 rally 4 PM at City Hall to open the damn Louden Nelson Bathrooms Still Locked to the Community–After a rousing and varied set of speeches from regulars and unexpected allies at the last City Council meeting, C & A plans to keep up the pressure on the pilfered plumbing in hopes of flushing falsehoods and foolishness and restoring traditional decency and inclusivity (whew!). 
  • 9th Circuit Federal Court Decision May Kill Sleeping Ban in Boise and Prompt New Action Here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-idaho-homeless/prosecuting-homeless-for-sleeping-outside-may-violate-u-s-constitution-ruling-idUSKCN1LK26U
  • Independent HUFF strategies for raising and broadening the reversal of anti-homeless exclusionary polices–of which the bathroom bullshit is only one.
  • More Mid-Summer Sidewalk Tabling, Senior Citizen Organizing, & Lining Up Outside the Door of the new P & R boss
  • Publicizing City Council’s Concealed Winter Shelter Shutdown and the Implications of the Boise Court of Appeals Decision here.
  • Salinas Slamdown:  Update on the “leave RV homes alone” struggle at Griffin Park and around town.
  • Charting Legislative Mischief:  AB2178 to Restrict Charitable Food Giveaways, AB 1040 to “conservatorship” troublesome homeless
  • Library Burial in the New Parking Garage Plan: Implications for Folks Outside; 4:30 PM  Save the Farmer’s Market  Rally?
  • Resuscitating the Santa Cruz Switchboard: Creating a Hotline Against Vigilante Violence
  • Reviewing the Candidate Cavalcade for Shitty Council:  Forum for the Posturing Politicos? 
  • Speakers for the September 25th Rally?  Individual visits asking to use the Louden Nelson bathroom, then filing complaints.
 Gems from Journeywise Julie:
 

 

                     

  •   Support the Downtown Santa Cruz Bathroom Task Force, Food Not Bombs,  the Warming Center’s 24 Hour Storage Program, HUFF, Conscience and Action, Monterey County Homeless Advocates, and other activists in documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.
  •  Check out Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz  on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HomelessOutsideSantaCruz/ for updates.
  •   Read Updates and Post Them on Santa Cruz Indymedia at https://www.indybay.org/santa-cruz/
  •   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.
  •   Listen in to Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides at 101.3 FM and freakradio.org every Thursday 6-8 PM, Sundays 9:30 AM- 3 PM
  •   Hear archived shows at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html .

NO HUFF MEETING TODAY Wednesday August 29th–But Homeless Civil Rights Fans Can Check Out the Conscience & Action Meet 11 AM at the Sub Rosa Cafe Today

Some HUFFish suggestions for today’s Conscience & Action meeting:

  • Louden Nelson Bathrooms Still Locked to the Community–State of the Petitions, Meeting with the Masters, On-Line Petition, the Rental Option
  • Stepping up the Louden Nelson Bathroom Struggle: More Mid-Summer Sidewalk Tabling along Laurel or In Front, Senior Citizen Organizing, & Direct Bathroom Use
  • Winter Shelter “Increase” Hoax”–the Latest Fables from City Council
  • Food Not Bombs Under Attack–AB2178 to Restrict Charitable Food Giveaways
  • Candidate, Bureaucrat, and Officeholder Accountability: Demanding Public Access: Bringing It to the Candidate Forums & to the Streets
  • Racial Profiling: the Current Case of Errol Hepburn
  • Library Demolish:  Stopping the Premature Burial
  • Resuscitating the Santa Cruz Switchboard
  • Violence Against the Unhoused: Recent Deaths and Van Victims
  • Van Theft: the Crackdown on RV’s
  • Rent Ripoff’s:  Confronting the City’s Failure to Confront Landlords in Violation


Other News Compliments of Jubilant Julie Schaul:

  •   Write Updates and Post Them on Santa Cruz Indymedia at https://www.indybay.org/santa-cruz/
  •   Letters to media regarding the Louden Nelson bathroom closure; Call 423-4833 and Sign the Petition Demanding Reopening!
  •   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.

Next HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] meeting:  Wednesday, 9-5-18  11 AM at the Sub Rosa next to the Bike Church. 

HUFF boxes with Bathroom Baricaders and Rent Profiteer Peckerwoods 11 AM SubRosa Cafe Wednesday 8-22-18

HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] will meet Wednesday, 8-22 11 AM at the Sub Rosa next to the Bike Church.   Or we may have to move to The nearby Bagelry (320 Cedar St.) if no space is available.

Possible action items:

  • Louden Nelson Bathrooms Still Locked to the Community–Document Survey and Next Steps–Bringing the Straight Poop to Shitty Council Next Tuesday
  • Updates from Conscience and Action  and recent petitioning –Taking the Issue to Martin Bernal & Iseth Rae; More Mid-Summer Sidewalk Tabling, Senior Citizen Organizing, & Examining Buried Documents
  • Salinas Slamdown: the Coming Crackdown on RV’s at 7 AM at Griffin Park Friday August 24th
  • Charting Legislative Mischief:  AB2178 to Restrict Charitable Food Giveaways, AB 1040 to “conservatorship” troublesome homeless; Bail Elim With a Poison Pill
  • Library Burial in the New Parking Garage Plan: Implications for Folks Outside; 4:30 PM  Save the Farmer’s Market  Rally?
  • Resuscitating the Santa Cruz Switchboard: Creating a Hotline Against Vigilante Violence
  • Reviewing the Candidate Cavalcade for Shitty Council:  Forum for the Posturing Politicos?
 Gems from Journeywise Julie:
 

                     

  •   Support the Downtown Santa Cruz Bathroom Task Force, Food Not Bombs,  the Warming Center’s 24 Hour Storage Program, HUFF, Conscience and Action, Monterey County Homeless Advocates, and other activists in documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.
  •  Check out Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz  on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HomelessOutsideSantaCruz/ for updates.
  •   Read Updates and Post Them on Santa Cruz Indymedia at https://www.indybay.org/santa-cruz/
  •   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.
  •   Listen in to Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides at 101.3 FM and freakradio.org every Thursday 6-8 PM, Sundays 9:30 AM- 3 PM
  •   Hear archived shows at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html .

NO HUFF MEETING TODAY Wednesday August 15th–But Homeless Civil Rights Fans Can Check Out the Conscience & Action Meet 11 AM at the Sub Rosa Cafe Today

Some HUFFish suggestions for today’s Conscience & Action meeting:

Louden Nelson Bathrooms Still Locked to the Community–Document Survey and Next Steps–Taking the Issue to Iseth Rae
Stepping up the Louden Nelson Bathroom Struggle: More Mid-Summer Sidewalk Tabling along Laurel or In Front, Senior Citizen Organizing, & Direct Bathroom Use
San Lorenzo Park Bathroom Open or Shut? and the Broader Anti-Homeless Architecture & Policies There https://www.facebook.com/Downtown-Santa-Cruz-Bathroom-Task-Force-886531701404169/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eJG_ER74hE&feature=youtu.be

Food Not Bombs Under Attack–AB2178 to Restrict Charitable Food Giveaways
Candidate, Bureaucrat, and Officeholder Accountability: Demanding Public Access
Racial Profiling: the Current Case of Errol Hepburn
Library Demolish: Stopping the Premature Burial
Resuscitating the Santa Cruz Switchboard
Violence Against the Unhoused: Recent Deaths and Van Victims
Exposing City Council “Unaffordable” Housing Priorities and Vacant Buildings in Santa Cruz as Part of Rent Control Struggle

Other News Compliments of Jubilant Julie Schaul:

https://www.theatlantic.com/sponsored/aarp-2018/the-unexpected-face-of-poverty/1913/ (Organizing Seniors in Poverty in Santa Cruz)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/eriksherman/2018/08/03/additional-building-wont-make-city-housing-more-affordable-says-fed-study/

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/20180813/santa-cruz-city-run-homeless-camp-may-extend-past-august

Write Updates and Post Them on Santa Cruz Indymedia at https://www.indybay.org/santa-cruz/
Letters to media regarding the Louden Nelson bathroom closure
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.

Next HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] meeting: Wednesday, 8-22-18 11 AM at the Sub Rosa next to the Bike Church.

HUFF stays cool in a hot summer today Wednesday August 8 2018. 11 AM Sub Rosa 703 Pacific

HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] will meet Wednesday, 8-8 11 AM at the Sub Rosa next to the Bike Church. Possible action items:

Violence Against the Unhoused: Recent Deaths and Van Victims

Louden Nelson Bathrooms Still Locked to the Community–Document Survey and Next Steps–Taking the Issue to Martin Bernal & Iseth Rae; More Mid-Summer Sidewalk Tabling, Senior Citizen Organizing, & Examining Buried Documents
Rogue Ranger Report: Driving Away Homeless in San Lorenzo Park, Bathroom Blues, Taser Tease, & Hopeful Benign Neglect

Charting Legislative Mischief: AB2178 to Restrict Charitable Food Giveaways, AB 1040 to “conservatorship” troublesome homeless
Library Burial in the New Parking Garage Plan: Implications for Folks Outside
Resuscitating the Santa Cruz Switchboard: Creating a Hotline Against Vigilante Violence

Support the Downtown Santa Cruz Bathroom Task Force, Food Not Bombs, the Warming Center’s 24 Hour Storage Program, HUFF, Conscience and Action, Monterey County Homeless Advocates, and other activists in documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.
Check out Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HomelessOutsideSantaCruz/ for updates.
Read Updates and Post Them on Santa Cruz Indymedia at https://www.indybay.org/santa-cruz/
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.

NO HUFF MEETING TODAY Wednesday August 1st–But Homeless Civil Rights Fans Can Check Out the Conscience & Action Meet 10:30 AM at the Sub Rosa Cafe

Some HUFF suggestions for today’s Conscience & Action meeting:
  • Food Not Bombs Under Attack–AB2178 to Restrict Charitable Food Giveaways
  • Candidate, Bureaucrat, and Officeholder Accountability: Demanding Public Access
  • Library Demolish:  Stopping the Premature Burial
  • Resuscitating the Santa Cruz Switchboard
  • Violence Against the Unhoused: Recent Deaths and Van Victims


Other News Compliments of Jubilant Julie Schaul:
                     

  •   Support the Downtown Santa Cruz Bathroom Task Force, Food Not Bombs,  the Warming Center’s 24 Hour Storage Program, HUFF, Conscience and Action, Monterey County Homeless Advocates, and other activists in documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.
  •  Check out Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz  on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HomelessOutsideSantaCruz/ for updates.
  •   Read Updates and Post Them on Santa Cruz Indymedia at https://www.indybay.org/santa-cruz/
  •   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.

Next HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] meeting:  Wednesday, 8-8-18 AM at the Sub Rosa next to the Bike Church. 

HUFF Assesses the Battle of the Bathrooms, the autumn Rent Control struggle, and Connecting with Homeless Civil Rights Struggles in Other Cities Wednesday July 25 2018. 11 AM Sub Rosa 703 Pacific

HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] will meet Wednesday, 7-25 11 AM at the Sub Rosa next to the Bike Church. 

Agenda Prospects:

                 +++ Amazed L.A. Authorities Discover Homeless Have Bowels Too: https://la.curbed.com/2018/7/23/17595360/homeless-public-bathrooms-mobile-pit-stop-program

                   +++ Fighting Back Against the RV Crackdown in San Diego: http://www.cbs8.com/story/38712315/homeless-rally-against-rv-parking-restrictions  (VIDEO)
                   +++ Portland Police Ramp Up Homeless Busts: https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/06/portland_homeless_accounted_fo.html
                +++ Santa Cruz Business Bosses Mobilize Against Renters: http://sccbusinesscouncil.com/business-council-membership-unanimously-votes-to-oppose-rent-control/
                     

  •   Support the Downtown Santa Cruz Bathroom Task Force, Food Not Bombs,  the Warming Center’s 24 Hour Storage Program, HUFF, Conscience and Action, Monterey County Homeless Advocates, and other activists in documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.
  •  Check out Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz  on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HomelessOutsideSantaCruz/ for updates.
  •   Read Updates and Post Them on Santa Cruz Indymedia at https://www.indybay.org/santa-cruz/
  •   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.

TODAY: HUFF celebrates Conscience-and-Action San Lorenzo Bathroom Victory, Plots Louden Nelson Bathroom Liberation- Wednesday July 11 2018. 11 AM Sub Rosa 703 Pacific

HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] will meet Wednesday, 7-11 11 AM at the Sub Rosa next to the Bike Church. 

Agenda Prospects:

                 +++ Bakersfield Snapshot:  https://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/local-woman-who-helps-homeless-now-facing-homelessness-herself
                   +++ Fighting the Criminal Jacket: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/07/09/18816397.php

                   +++  Tips for San Jose Strugglers:  https://www.reddit.com/r/SanJose/comments/8xclpr/i_live_in_east_san_jose_ca_and_i_may_be_homeless/
                +++ Making the Hospital Homeless-jackers Pay:  https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/apxla-hospital-to-pay-550k-in-homeless-patient-dumping-case/
                     

  •   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.

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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