SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
About Contact Subscribe Calendar Publish Print Donate

California | Santa Cruz Indymedia | Government & Elections | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Police State and Prisons

Wed Jun 29 2011 California Laws Make it Illegal for Homeless People to Sleep at Night
Homelessness in California is Now Punishable by a Year in Jail For protesting on the county steps against Santa Cruz laws that make it illegal for the homeless to sleep at night, homeless activists Gary Johnson and Attorney Ed Frey were sentenced to 6 months in jail on June 10th. Bail was set for Ed Frey at $50,000. Their only act of civil disobedience was sleeping. This occurred at a three month protest called “Peace Camp 2010”. Revealing the political nature of the draconian sentences, Judge Gallagher told Gary Johnson that he “could get some sleep in jail” before they were dragged away in chains for their 6 month sentences.

The law for which Gary Johnson and Ed Frey were arrested, prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced was Penal Code Section 647(E), for “unlawful lodging”. This is a California state law. It was also recently used in August 2010 by the Santa Barbara Police to ticket Courtney Caswell-Peyton, a Santa Barbara disabled woman who fell asleep in her wheel chair.

In May 2011, this anti-homeless law 647(E) was made even worse with the State Legislature making a second violation punishable of up to a year in jail and $2,000 fine. So now homelessness in the state of California is punishable by up to a year in jail if one is caught doing it twice.

Voting for this worsened anti-homeless law were Democrats and Republicans alike, including local Santa Cruz Democrat and darling of many reformist liberals, Bill Monning.

Read more | previous coverage: Homeless Activist Gary Johnson and Rights Attorney Ed Frey Jailed for Sleeping Protest

10/24/14 Downtown Patrol Issues Disproportionate Number of Citations to Black and Homeless People   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
10/24/14 BDS Activists Seek to Make History at Oakland Port for Third Time in Three Months   Labor & Workers | Palestine
10/23/14 Deupty Chief of Police Steve Clark Leads Suspicious Political Smear Campaign   Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia
10/23/14 Ocean Acidification, Climate Change and Poaching Threaten Pacific Coast Snail Habitat   Environment & Forest Defense | International
10/23/14 District Attorney Admits Insufficient Evidence for Prosecution in 2013 Trayvon Arrests   Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice
10/23/14 EastWest Newspaper Warns of Development Coming in Oakland's Coliseum Area Specific Plan   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism
10/22/14 Rojava Revolution & the Kurdish Resistance in Kobane Fighting Off Brutal Siege by ISIS   Anti-War | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | International | Iraq
10/21/14 San Francisco Group Demands Moratorium on Evictions   Health, Housing, and Public Services
10/21/14 SCPD Officers Beat and Tase Man Exhibiting Erratic Behavior Near Court House   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
10/15/14 Massive Pollution of Water Supply Shows Big Oil's Power in California   Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley
10/15/14 UCSC Student Withdraws from University Citing UC's Connection to War Profiteering   Education & Student Activism | Santa Cruz Indymedia