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Title: PeaceCamp2010 Marches to City Hall
START DATE: Tuesday July 27
TIME: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location Details:
The protest parade begins at PeaceCamp2010 on the steps in front of the County Building at 6 PM. The camp, other homeless folks, and housed sympathizers, will walk to City Hall to speak when City Council convenes its evening session at 7 PM. The group is expected to arrive at City Hall (809 Center St.) around 6:30 PM. Jumbogumbo Joseph Schultz of India Joze will be providing food there. Folks not able to make the march can join us at City Hall to speak or support.

Council will begin its Oral Communications period at 7 PM, with 2 minutes per speaker and 20 minutes total allowed for all speakers. Folks should line up early to be assured speaking time.
Event Type: Protest
Contact NameRobert Norse
Email Addressrnorse3 [at] hotmail.com
Phone Number831-423-4833
Address309 Cedar PMB #14B Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Santa Cruz has a shelter emergency (declared officially repeatedly in the 90's and more pressing today than ever).

There is NO walk-in emergency shelter tonight. The City's new law makes the 4th unattended Sleeping Ban ticket a possible misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and $1000 fine.

Mayor Mike Rotkin had refused to consider attorney-activist Ed Frey's proposal that police call the Homeless Service Center. [Go to http://www.radiolibre.org/brb/brb100711.mp3 and fast forward past first 2/5 of the file for the Rotkin-Frey debate]

Before harassing, citing, arresting, or jailing homeless people under the Sleeping Ban we ask the police to see if there is actually a shelter bed available. If not, such harassment is not only cruel but illegal and possibly criminal.

Since City officials have refused to lift the Sleeping Ban in parts of the city to provide safe sleeping places, homeless people and their housed supporters have done so themselves.

In response, for the last three weeks, folks have been Folks sleeping at the homeless-created Peace Camp 2010 on the steps of the Courthouse, where Frey and Paul Lee are providing a portapotty.

Donations of prepared food and blankets are welcome.

Last night 55 people slept in the safe zone there. The numbers grew after city workers swept the Levy, confiscating and destroying homeless property there.

In response, Peace Camp 2010 is going to City Hall to speak to the community and demand City Council (a) end the Sleeping Ban, and (b) declare an amnesty for all past Sleeping Ban citations. They are also seeking secure and sanitary camping areas.

There will be music and merriment along with the serious purpose of the march. All are invited.



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§March Against Madness
by HUFF ( rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com ) Tuesday Jul 27th, 2010 8:13 AM

March Against Madness to City Council Tuesday July 27th
March Begins 6 PM at the Courthouse through Downtown to City Hall
FREE Hot India Joze Soup at 6:45 PM at City Hall (across from the Main Library)
7 PM Say Your Piece to the Gang of Seven (City Council)
Say NO to Anti-Homeless Sweeps on the Levy and the Cutting of the Drum Circle Trees
Say YES to PeaceCamp2010—Peace and Protest—with a Portapotty!
Support PeaceCamp2010 at peacecamp2010.blogspot.com 831-675-6096
§March Against Madness to City Council
by HUFF ( rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com ) Tuesday Jul 27th, 2010 8:59 AM

March Against Madness to City Council...

Tuesday, July 27th - 6pm - Courthouse
§The Speech City Council Didn't Hear
by HUFF ( rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com ) Wednesday Jul 28th, 2010 8:16 AM

On Tuesday night, Mayor Mike Rotkin ended Oral Communications, leaving two speakers without time to present their thoughts--Robert Norse and Chris Doyon, both speaking on the issue of PeaceCamp2010 and the Sleeping Ban. Norse distributed his speech to the audience and the Council in hard copy. KSBW did a report on the march ("Fighting for the Right to Sleep in Santa Cruz") at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/07/26/18654725.php . The Sentinel's story ("Homeless campers plead with Santa Cruz city leaders to change sleeping law") can be found at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_15619520.
§Santa Cruz Peace Camp 2010
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net ) Friday Jul 30th, 2010 2:09 AM
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July 27, 2010

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by Very sensible
Monday Jul 26th, 2010 7:11 PM
I think its completely legitimate to demand that people give you a free place to sleep along with the free food and social services they're already giving. Denying the one while giving the other just smacks of selfishness.
by Robert Norse
Tuesday Jul 27th, 2010 10:18 AM
Please specify the shelter services provided vis a vis the number of homeless people every night.

Clarify how it's good policy to harass people at night with $97 fines under the Sleeping Ban for doing what the rest of us do every night as a necessity.

Point out how the new law establishing fines of up to $1000 and a year in jail for any Sleeping citation once three infraction citations have gone to collection--which means a jury trial, a public defender, and a public cost of $10,000+ is a good use of public funds.

And tell us all about those wonderful social services as the depression deepens.

Get in touch with PeaceCamp2010 for more accurate info and/or contact the Community Action Board.
by Very Sensible
Thursday Jul 29th, 2010 6:20 PM
I'm happy to address your questions Robert, but I don't suspect we'll find common ground. In reply though:

"Please specify the shelter services provided vis a vis the number of homeless people every night."

ANSWER: I don't feel any responsibility to provide shelter for all who ask, because I firmly believe that we've created an attractive magnet effect in this community for homeless. Yes, I know that stats show that 60% of our homeless are homegrown. But that doesn't address the other 40%, and I believe that the majority of the ones hanging on the mall and wanting to sleep there too fall in this 40%

"Clarify how it's good policy to harass people at night with $97 fines under the Sleeping Ban for doing what the rest of us do every night as a necessity."

Answer: I don't think cherry picking to prove a point, so I find your question unfairly micromanaged. "What the rest of us do every night as a necessity" also includes providing for ourselves, not letting drugs and alcohol rule our lives, contributing to our community rather than just taking, respecting our open spaces, etc, etc. Does the average mall denizen do these necessities? I think not.

"Point out how the new law establishing fines of up to $1000 and a year in jail for any Sleeping citation once three infraction citations have gone to collection--which means a jury trial, a public defender, and a public cost of $10,000+ is a good use of public funds."

Answer: It's not. But then again, neither is providing daily ambulance, police, and fire personnel response to deal wit the mall cohort who absorb an inordanant percentage of these services. Would you propose we discontinue these services as well, in the interest of parity and good use of public funds? On that same note? If you'd quit creating confrontations that you then upgrade into frivolous lawsuits, we would save a LOT of public funds and much appreciate your concern.

"And tell us all about those wonderful social services as the depression deepens."

Answer: The stats Becky and you post are frequently inaccurate. (Example: you regularly post county homeless estimates of 2,000 as city estimates.). Similarly, I've seen huff post lots of stats about how drunks, drug users, etc, can't stay in the shelters. Frankly, I have not a lot of sympathy. And from what I see and read? It was a recession, not depression. And its leveled at worst, improving a bit at best; your claim of a deepening depression is representative to the constant exaggeration I refeerenced.

"Get in touch with PeaceCamp2010 for more accurate info and/or contact the Community Action Board."


Answer: Your crew is the last I'd come to for "accurate info." Becky has built a well deserved reputation as one of the biggest liars on Topix/SCSentinel, and she's your peacecamp mouthpiece. I'm going to look to her for "accurate information"? Laughable! This is the woman who claimed the police destroyed Camp Paradise. Who continues to maintain that teachers earn $800 a day. I could go on for quite a while, but I think the point is made.

So there it stands. We have diametrically differing viewpoints. And as I write this, your peacecamp deteriorates, as was inevitable. Litter spreading. Fights beginning. Drug use occurring. Sleep now only an addendum to hanging out all day partying and, lets just say it, bumming.

Institutionalize and expand upon this scale model experiment? No thank you. In fact, I don't think you could have provided a more visible or compelling example to sink your own chances of shifting public opinion on the matter.