SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
Indybay About Contact Newsletter Calendar Publish Community

Santa Cruz Indymedia | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Front Page

Thu Aug 16 2007 (Updated 08/22/07) An open letter to the city council regarding the sleeping ban
End the Sleeping Ban - open letter to council The Jones v. City of Los Angeles decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that criminalization of homelessness amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. In the words of the judge writing the majority decision: "The Eighth Amendment prohibits the City from punishing involuntary sitting, lying, or sleeping on public sidewalks that is an unavoidable consequence of being human and homeless without shelter in the City of Los Angeles."

Clearly, in a town that can nightly house a mere fraction of the homeless population, the decision applies to Santa Cruz as well. Each night that the sleeping ban remains, the city makes itself vulnerable to a class action lawsuit.

It seems obvious that in this tourist town that there is in place a de facto strategy to either push the visible homeless population out of town, or further underground. The business community is less cagey about their hatred of the homeless.

When it comes to national issues, the Santa Cruz City Council has always been impressively proactive and progressive. War, environment, corruption, whatever the debate, as long as it doesn't effect local business, the city council is on the humane and compassionate side of the issue. But when it comes to local issues, the city council has made downright regressive policy. Read the Full Open Letter

Update: Sleep Ban Fighters Regroup after Saturday Morning Police Raid || Satire: City Council Passes Resolution Preventing Vigilante Justice Against Homeless

imc_photo.gifPhotos: Ongoing Protest Against the Santa Cruz Sleeping Ban

see also: Long-Time Santa Cruz Tenant and Homeless Activist Explains the City Hall Sleep-Out | Trash Orchestra & "Santa Cruz Sit Ban" Video at Homeless City Hall Sleep Zone | Homies for the Homeless Sleep-Out Goes into 4th Night in Santa Cruz | Previous SC-IMC Coverage

10/08/15 Activists Warn SB 350 Won't Address California Oil and Gas Drilling   Environment & Forest Defense | California
10/06/15 Ohio Cannabis Legalization Initiative – A Cautionary Tale for California   Drug War | Government & Elections
10/05/15 Freedom Sleepers Consistently Sleep and Hold Ground at Santa Cruz City Hall   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia
10/04/15 Winnemem Wintu Chief Leads 'Water. Every Drop Is Sacred' Rally and March   Environment & Forest Defense | North Coast | California
10/03/15 Serra Statue Toppled, "Saint of Genocide" Message Left at Mission Carmel Cemetery   Racial Justice | Santa Cruz Indymedia
10/03/15 State Resolution Could Limit Free Speech for those Seeking Justice for Palestine   Racial Justice | Palestine | Santa Cruz Indymedia
10/03/15 Indian Prime Minister Protested for Poor Record on Religious and Women's Rights   South Bay | Government & Elections
09/24/15 Shades of Owens Valley: Metropolitan Water District May Buy Delta Land   Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Central Valley | California
09/24/15 Family, Friends and Supporters of Pedie Perez Continue Fighting for Justice   Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services
09/23/15 On Pope's First Day in U.S., Silicon Valley Low Wage Workers Call for Economic Equality   Labor & Workers | South Bay
09/08/15 Arrest of Dan Rush Raises Questions on Efforts to Unionize Cannabis Workers   Drug War | California | Government & Elections