top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Wed Jun 29 2011
Homelessness in California is Now Punishable by a Year in Jail
Wed Jun 29 2011
California Laws Make it Illegal for Homeless People to Sleep at Night
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
08/20/16 Tribes Push Back Against Yet Another Threat to Clean Water Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | U.S.08/20/16 Grand Jury Releases Report on 2015 Jail Death of Krista DeLuca Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia08/20/16 Nationally-Coordinated Prisoner Work Stoppage on Anniversary of Attica Prison Uprising Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | U.S.08/19/16 Renter Protections on the November Ballot for Six Bay Area Cities Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | East Bay | Peninsula | California08/19/16 Bulletproof "Shoot First, Ask Questions Later" Training Relocated to San Jose Church Front Page | Police State and Prisons | South Bay | East Bay | California08/18/16 The PR Campaign to Uplift Police & Demonize Those Who Call for Accountability Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Indymedia | San Francisco | California | U.S.08/14/16 California Coastal Commission Upholds Public Access for All Police State and Prisons | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia08/14/16 Santa Cruz NAACP Plans Peace Party with Local Police Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Santa Cruz Indymedia08/11/16 Residents Look for New Places to Live Following Chinatown Homeless Sweeps Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia08/04/16 Boycott Driscoll’s Protest at Watsonville Strawberry Festival Front Page | Labor & Workers | U.S. | Americas | Santa Cruz Indymedia07/28/16 Tuesday is Still the Night to Sleep at Santa Cruz City Hall After First Anniversary Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia
Related Categories: California | Santa Cruz Indymedia | Government & Elections | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Police State and Prisons
Lawsuit Launched Over California Cities' Killing of Threatened Santa Ana Suckers Center for Biological Diversity Monday Aug 22nd 4:29 PM
Justice For CTC Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll-Statement At Sacramento Trial Labor Video Project (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 9th 9:56 PM
Millions of Acres of Forest Will Remain Protected for Marbled Murrelets in WA, OR, CA Center for Biological Diversity Wednesday Aug 3rd 3:37 PM
Fired CTC Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll's Lawyer Dan Siegel On Retaliation Witnesses Labor Video Project (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 2nd 7:55 AM
Massive Mine Threatens America's Only Known Jaguar, Local Water Supplies Center for Biological Diversity Friday Jul 29th 6:16 PM
Nuclear Shutdown News July 2016 Michael Steinberg Friday Jul 29th 1:23 PM
Exoneration of Honorable Marcus Garvey ~ UNIA-ACL ~ August 2016 Senghor Jawara Baye Wednesday Jul 27th 10:21 AM
Pipeline Company in Southern California Oil Spill Has Long History of Leaks Center for Biological Diversity Friday Jun 24th 5:04 PM
More Global News...
[ × close ]
Daniel Guss of Stand Foundation convicted of stealing dogs For The Love of Dogs (3 comments) Wednesday Aug 17th 7:54 PM
Marcus Mosiah Garvey Birthday Celebration ~ Sacramento, CA Robert Vinson Saturday Aug 13th 12:11 PM
Justin Vineyards criticized for clear-cutting oaks Skye Ravy, Paso Robles Daily News (2 comments) Saturday Jun 11th 4:06 PM
6/7/16 End of Act 1 of Staged Presidential Election Register Peace & Freedom or Green Wednesday Jun 8th 6:48 AM
US Encirclement of Russia Accelerates; 5/23/16 Voter Reg Deadline for 6/7/16 Election Register Peace & Freedom or Green Wednesday May 18th 9:10 PM
Men with "gender identity" problems are not safe for women & girls AKA (1 comment) Wednesday May 18th 12:59 AM
Open Newswire...
[ × close ]