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Michael Parenti to Speak At a Press Conference Against the Sleeping Ban in Santa Cruz
by Becky Johnson (repost sc-imc) (becky_johnson [at] sbcglobal.net)
Monday Jan 12th, 2004 10:31 AM
Michael Parenti will be speaking at a press conference against the Sleeping Ban in Santa Cruz (MC 6.36.010 a & b) on Tuesday, January 13, at 3:30PM outside Mayor Scott Kennedy's City Council meeting at Santa Cruz City Hall. Micky Z., Yves Engler and many other people will be a the press conference. A statement by Cynthia McKinney will also be read (McKinney will have already left town after her presentation on Monday night).

While we all feel a national unity to throw Bush out of office, how we act locally tells us more about ourselves than any other cause we might work on.

With record homeless levels in Santa Cruz County -- 11,898 people homeless at some point in 2003, up from 8,550 in 2000, and 46 homeless deaths in 2003, it is immoral to force people who are not in legal shelters to stay awake all night or refrain from using a blanket! Sleep is not a crime! City Council is only 4 votes away from ending the Sleeping Ban. Mayor Kennedy (a supporter of the Sleeping Ban) needs to wake up and fix this human rights abuse under his very nose.
Michael Parenti will be speaking at a press conference against the Sleeping Ban on Tuesday, January 13 outside Mayor Scott Kennedy's City Council meeting at Santa Cruz City Hall -- 809 Cedar St. Santa Cruz, CA. (behind the main library and across the street from the Civic Auditorium)

Also at the press conference: Micky Z , Yves Engler and others

A statement by Cynthia McKinney (who will have left town by the time of the press conference) will also be read. While we all feel a national unity to throw Bush out of office, how we act locally tells us more about ourselves than any other cause we might work on.

With record homeless levels in Santa Cruz county ----11,898 people homeless at some point in 2003, up from 8,550 in 2000, and 46 homeless deaths in 2003, it is immoral to force people who are not in legal shelters to stay awake all night or refrain from using a blanket! Sleep is not a crime! We are only 4 votes away from ending the Sleeping Ban at City Council. Mayor Kennedy ( a supporter of the Sleeping Ban) needs to wake up and fix this human rights abuse under his very nose.

--- Becky Johnson of HUFF (831) 423-HUFF
Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom is holding this press conference.

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by long past time
Tuesday Jan 13th, 2004 2:38 AM
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To have bums living in the business districts of this city IS NOT AN OPTION! it is long past time that we end the vagrancy problem that has infested this city and it's streets!
by Carrot Top
Tuesday Jan 13th, 2004 2:46 AM
I for one would like some PROOF of the numbers you are claiming. the homeless service providers are notorious for
(creatively expanding their head counts.....to say the least)
and the numbers you quote are preposterous!

do you really think the public is so stupid that they will believe this tripe?
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