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PeaceCamp2010 Marches to City Hall
Tuesday July 27
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.
|Contact Name||Robert Norse|
|Email Address||rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com|
|Address||309 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.
Added to the calendar on Monday Jul 26th, 2010 2:02 PM
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3 More Strikes Against the Homeless...See flier...
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...
Tuesday, July 27th - 6pm - Courthouse
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
July 27, 2010