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Taking a Pledge in Support of the Homeless Community in Santa Cruz
by ~Bradley (bradley [at]
Friday Jul 3rd, 2009 7:43 PM
On July 3rd, a busy pre-holiday afternoon in downtown Santa Cruz, numerous stores were displaying a declaration printed by local homeless rights advocates. The pledge reads, "This business does not discriminate. We support Human Rights for the homeless community, including the right to sleep at night--not anywhere and everywhere--but somewhere."

Since around mid-June, homeless rights advocates, including HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom), have been approaching local businesses and asking them to support human rights for the homeless by displaying the pledge either outside or inside their store. It is possible that some stores could see the pledge as little more than a cheap marketing opportunity or perhaps as something as simple and socially-accepted as a peace-sign. However, the stores are taking a stand against backers of a Santa Cruz Municipal Code known as the "homeless sleeping ban." The influential backers of the sleeping ban include City of Santa Cruz bureaucrats, the Santa Cruz Police Department and the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz, which claims to represent hundreds of Santa Cruz businesses.

The sleeping ban prohibits the act of sleeping between 11pm and 8:30am anywhere outdoors or in a vehicle on both public and private property within the city limits. Homeless rights activists are dedicated to ending this ban and finding what they say are real solutions, such as "Safe Sleeping Zones" for vehicles and campers.
photo: Santa Cruz City Soccer

Many articles have recently been published to Santa Cruz Indymedia that are related to the pledge in support of the homeless community in Santa Cruz. For your reference, those articles include:

May 28th, 2009

June 2nd

June 9th

June 12th (the pledge)

June 15th

June 27th

July 2nd

July 2nd

July 2nd

July 3rd

Various business have been listed as taking this pledge in support of the homeless community. While I saw the pledge displayed at most businesses that have been listed, there were some listed business where I could not see the pledge displayed. Specifically, I looked and did not see the pledge at Streetlight Records, Starbucks and El Pollo Loco. I saw the pledge at Taqueria Vallarta, Santa Cruz City Soccer, Perfumer's Apprentice, More Music, Vasili's Greek Restaurant, Bad Ass Coffee, the thrift store on Front St, as well as Camouflage, which I happened to notice though I was not specifically looking, since I did not see it listed.

I have taken these photographs and listed the stores for your information.

.... help maintain a garden, share food, and scavenge!
by ~Bradley Friday Jul 3rd, 2009 7:43 PM
Taqueria Vallarta
by ~Bradley Friday Jul 3rd, 2009 7:43 PM
Perfumer's Apprentice
by ~Bradley Friday Jul 3rd, 2009 7:43 PM
by ~Bradley Friday Jul 3rd, 2009 7:43 PM
More Music
by ~Bradley Friday Jul 3rd, 2009 7:43 PM
thrift store
by ~Bradley Friday Jul 3rd, 2009 7:43 PM
Bad Ass Coffee
by ~Bradley Friday Jul 3rd, 2009 7:43 PM
Vasili's Greek Restaurant
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putting forward recommendationsDan McMullanSunday Jul 26th, 2009 11:58 AM
From the city's official Homeless Issues Task Force (2000)Robert NorseSaturday Jul 25th, 2009 1:19 PM
Show me Thomas?Not buyin it yetWednesday Jul 15th, 2009 4:54 PM
Latest UpdatesRobert NorseFriday Jul 10th, 2009 4:21 PM
HUFF has all sorts of suggestionsThomas LeavittFriday Jul 10th, 2009 1:04 PM
That requires an actual desire to helphuh asks the right questionFriday Jul 10th, 2009 10:51 AM
Where then?huhWednesday Jul 8th, 2009 1:58 PM
Not anywhere and everywhere but somewhere...John ThielkingTuesday Jul 7th, 2009 11:09 AM
6.36.010 CAMPING PROHIBITED.Santa Cruz Municpal CodeMonday Jul 6th, 2009 5:53 PM
Sleeping at night for the homeless--legal in L.A. San Diego, Fresno...but not Santa Cruz..Robert NorseMonday Jul 6th, 2009 4:49 PM
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