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Tightening the Screws on "Sleepcrime: Criminal: Interview with Attorney Jonathan Gettleman
Date Thursday March 26
Time 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location Details
101.1 FM also streaming at Afterwards archived at
Event Type Other
Organizer/AuthorRobert Norse
Emailrnorse3 [at]
Gettleman is a pro bono attorney for Anna Richardson, who along with Miguel deLeon, faces an Injunction Against Sleeping for having accumulated dozens of unpaid Sleeping Ban tickets in Santa Cruz over the last year.

Santa Cruz has been under a City Council declared shelter emergency for decades and has space for less than 10% of its 1500-2000 homeless people in emergency walk-in shelter. MC 6.36.010a makes it a crime to sleep outdoors or in a vehicle after 11 PM at night.

Numerous cities, generally regarded as less liberal than Santa Cruz, have lifted their own Sleeping Bans against the homeless--including Los Angeles, San Diego, Laguna Beach, Fresno, and Richmond. Sleeping Bans are under legal challenge in Sacramento and Santa Barbara.

Nonetheless City Attorney John Barisone not only refuses to recommend changing Santa Cruz's infamous anti-homeless law, but is taking aggressive action to take action that could lead to jail for these two homeless people.

Previously each unpaid sleeping ticket resulted in a $100 fine, with a $300 surcharge. Tickets were sent to collection resulting in loss of credit and driver's license. After the City Council's new merchant-fueled anti-homeless Downtown Ordinance amendments, three unpaid citations can result in a new misdemeanor crime punishable by up to $1000 and 6 months in jail.

Under Barisone's injunction, this couple would face contempt of court charges, and continuing jail, for each "criminal" sleepcrime outside.

See Santa Cruz Sentinel story story "Santa Cruz seeks injunction against homeless couple" at .

For an interview with Anna Richardson go to (download and fast forward to the last few minutes of the audio file).

I will also be playing a street interview with Miguel de Leon and taking calls from the public at 831-427-3772.
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Mar 24th, 2009 4:20 PM

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by jonah
(blackstar997 [at] Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 1:13 PM
Let's criminalize the homeless! Make them stay in police state concentration camps- Yes, all APPROVED by the Governor!

Sig Heil!

the Cruz
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Schwarzenegger To Provide Government Camps For Homeless

Shut down and takeover of “tent cities” stokes fears of internment pretext

Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Plans to shut down tent cities in California and relocate homeless people to government-run facilities have stoked fears that the move could be a pretext for a wider internment of Americans in the event of a total economic collapse.

“California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said a make-shift tent city for the homeless that sprang up in the capital city of Sacramento will be shut down and its residents allowed to stay at the state fairgrounds,” reports Bloomberg News.

Homeless people will be moved to the the state facility known as Cal-Expo as the Sacramento City Council last night agreed to spend $880,000 to expand homeless programs.

“Together with the local government and volunteers, we are taking a first step to ensure the people living in tent city have a safe place to stay, with fresh water, healthy conditions and access to the services they need,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement. “And I am committed to working with Mayor Johnson to find a permanent solution for those living in tent city.”

That “permanent solution” has some people worried that many more Americans could be interned against their will in the event of widespread rioting and the implementation of martial law.

Legislation currently working it’s way through Congress mandates the establishment of “national emergency centers” to be located on military installations.

The purpose of such facilities is to provide “temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster,” the expansion of which under FEMA is codified under HR 645, otherwise known as the National Emergency Centers Act.

Ominously, the bill states that the camps can be used to “meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security,” an open ended mandate which many fear could mean the forced detention of American citizens in the event of widespread rioting after a national emergency or total economic collapse.

The issue of containment camps re-gained national attention three years ago when it was announced that Kellogg, Brown and Root had been awarded a $385 million dollar contract by Homeland Security to construct detention and processing facilities in the event of a national emergency.

The language of the preamble to the agreement veils the program with talk of temporary migrant holding centers, but it is made clear that the camps will also be used “as the development of a plan to react to a national emergency.”

Research related articles:

1. California “tent city” for homeless to be closed
2. New Legislation Authorizes FEMA Camps In U.S.
3. Internment Camps Readied For Mass Illegal Alien Influx?
4. Schwarzenegger Blames Global Warming for Elongated Fire Season
5. Schwarzenegger “Absolutely” Wants To Be President
6. ‘Tent Cities’ Spring Up In The US
7. Homeless numbers ‘alarming’
8. Schwarzenegger: I’ll take Obama’s call ‘when he’s president’
9. Dear Glenn Beck, Detention Camps DO Exist In America
10. WeAreChangeLA holds Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mayor Michael Bloomberg accountable
11. Glenn Beck Mentions FEMA Camps on Fox & Friends
12. List of Labor Camps Released to International Journalists in China

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