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4th July 2010 Sleepout/Camping Ban Vigil at S.C. County Bldg.
by Skidmark Bob
Sunday Jul 4th, 2010 10:55 PM
Short interview with Robert Norse at camping ban protest vigil where 20+ folks gathered to bring attention to the citys sleeping/camping ban some intend to stay the night to sleep in violation of the sleeping ban.
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by Gerry
Monday Jul 5th, 2010 5:03 PM
How come no one has commented on the guy who set fire to Barisone's office while passing out fliers for this event?The guy is a friend of Robert's. He's even caught on tape doing it.
by lighthouse Linda
Tuesday Jul 6th, 2010 6:16 PM
Thank you for the video peek, I had hoped to visit there but haven't been able to yet.

The scene in Santa Cruz County for single men and youth is simply inadequate. The City of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County have done a remarkable job at getting families with young children off the streets. People who need and want to be in recovery have an easier time of it than they would have several years ago. Disabled people who have any medical access are often becoming safely housed, and some have even regained their independence.

It is the still-working man and the older youth who have been slapped farthest off the grid by our inadequate response to America's ever deepening housing crisis.

Sometimes when I meet these people, I am deeply amazed that they persevere in the face of such hostility, arrogance and shaming. *and many die or THEY become crippled) Many single women are in the same boat; hundreds of women my age, who could be readying for retirement.

Except when one lives on the streets, there is no knowable tomorrow, let alone a retirement plan.

And these are the people, many of whom could contribute something along their way if permitted, who are locked out of the "helping" systems, including the rare emergency shelters, and who are criminalized for not becoming a "dependent" of the state because they just want to live out of people's way.

Regardless what happens as a result of this CampPeaceVigilSleep event at 701 Ocean Street; for these few nights, those stoic men who come by there get to sleep among allies and maybe they can sleep a little deeper? And maybe we get to hear their stories, in their voices, for a change.

by Free the Land
Wednesday Jul 7th, 2010 4:05 AM
Frustrated city can't ticket the sleepers because, although close to
downtown, the sleep-in is outside their jurisdiction.

Free the Land on Peace Camp Night 3