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Resist the Refugee Makers ! Protest Brunch Outside 115 Coral St.
Date Monday June 08
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location Details
Near the entrance to the Homeless (Lack of) Services Center at 115 Coral St., near Hiway 1 and Hiway 9 (River St.).
Event Type Protest
Organizer/AuthorRobert Norse
Emailrnorse3 [at] hotmail.com
Phone831-4232-4833
Address309 Cedar PMB14B Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Potluck Brunch & Resistance Roundtable

The Homeless (Lack of) Services Center [HLOSC] has lost less than 1/5th of their budget due to state-directed federal budget cuts.

It could tighten its belt and mobilize the community.

Instead the HLOSC has chosen to abruptly close down its meals, showers, mail, bathroom,laundry, the Paul Lee Loft, the Page Smith Community House, and the Resuscitation Center.

This will happen at the end of June. According to a long-time worker there, these cuts and closures will still happen even if the funding is restored or volunteers agree to take on the tasks there.

One hundred or more disabled, sick, and vulnerable clients will be dumped out on the streets to join the 1500-2000 there in the City. Volunteers there believe this could be a death sentence for some. Others will face the revived Sleeping Ban with its $157 nightly fines.,

This apparently is a part of the HLOSC's decision to jettison emergency services. It's part of yet another heavy-on-PR short-on-funding program plans focusing on (the image but not the substance) "long-term housing".

The federal government abandoned its commitment to housing under Reagan over 30 years ago and currently has no plans to fund the massive housing needed. Too busy with more foreign wars, police gear, and bankster bolstering perhaps.

There is no indication in City and County budget hearings, that either are willing to shift money (say from the City's bloated $25 million police budget). The HLOSC has so far declined several requests to release its budget for public inspection.

Emergency services must be restored--hopefully under client-run and community-transparent control.

Come Together to Support Community Restoration and Expansion of the Basic Services That Bureaucrats, Bigots, & Buckgrabbers are Cutting Off July 1st

Food Not Bombs activists will be supplying and serving food.

Bring food, friends, cameras, and conscience!

More info on a four-way discussion on Free Radio Santa Cruz between Stephen Nelson, Andy Carcello, Mike O'Grady, and Doug Loisel at http://www.radiolibre.org/brb/brb150607.mp3
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Added to the calendar on Sunday Jun 7th, 2015 6:03 PM

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Some interesting facts--showing howi indifferent the City Council and the HLOSC itself both seem to be towards the funding shortfall. One Councilmember reports that the Executive head of the HLOSC (Jannan Thomas) has even suggested City Council not make up the difference, citing an unclear "Plan".

That "Plan" may be the simple jettisoning of all emergency services in alleged pursuit of "Housing First"--which is the latest buzz-without-bucks passing for Smart Solutions at the federal and state level (and hence the way to get grants). I'm wondering if this latest focus on "long term housing"is another in a long line of talk-without-action federal "plans" to "end homelessness" (without actually providing the housing funding).

The City this year is allocating $25 million to its SCPD budget (nearly 30% of the General Fund budget). And more than $4 million in economic development. The amount of money going to the HLOSC this year is apparently less than $150,000. The final vote on that budget is Tuesday night at the 7 PM session for those interested in watching this developing train wreck.

Moreover the HLOSC itself has a budget of over $2 million and could shift funds to continue essential services, but reportedly would prefer to dump sick and vulnerable people onto the street. What will the remaining 80% of the budget be spent for? Perhaps ultimately housing for a relatively few--with the homeless population "culled" through illness, accident, and hostility.

The protest breakfast Monday morning seeks to focus a spotlight on the grim and gruesome situation. And to encourage folks to mobilize to find real alternatives. Food Not Bombs is seeking to increase its twice-weekly meals. Some are discussing a restoration of the Santa Cruz Switchboard which operated in the 60's and 70's here. Others want to set up a second Occupation--suich as housed and fed hundreds during October and November of 2011. Some seek to restore funding to the HLOSC itself in hopes of reform there.

Come down and join the dialogue. Sign up to support this new movement to find real direct cheap alternatives that will address concerns bureaucrats are refusing to address.

It's a potluck if you have the interest and resources. If you miss the Monday meal, come on Thursday morning or contact Food Not Bombs or HUFF.

The opinions I'm expressing here are my own and don't necessarily represent the views of other individuals and organizations involved.

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