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Cafe HUFF on the Highway: Emergency Breakfast #4

Thursday, June 25, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Event Type:
Robert Norse
309 Cedar PMB 14B Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Location Details:
NW Corner of Highway 1 and Highway 9 around the corner from the Homeless (Lack of) Services Center

At the end of the month, Coral St. is still due to shut down a significant number of services--such as the twice-daily meal. This in spite of an overall budget of over $3 million last year.

There are over 1000 people outside without shelter who face Sleeping Ban citations or other tickets costing more than $100 each (and triple that amount if they don't get to court).

In response, homeless supporters will begin a nightly campout on July 4th with destination to be chosen and announced after the 4-6 PM FNB meal. See fliers for details.

This "Homeless Lives Matter" action is supported by HUFF, Food Not Bombs [FNB], and the Camp of Last Resort as well as independent activists

This the fourth in a series of breakfasts at Highway 1 and Highway 9 publicizing the lack of services and shelter for folks outside.

Unhoused people trying to sleep at night or use public spaces during the day face the threat of costly and humiliating police harassment and citations.

On June 18, a large number of SCPD and CHP officers flooded the area initially demanding we move, but ultimately leaving us alone after we set up on the supposedly public, public sidewalk.

We invite the community to come and share food, concerns, plans, and fellowship. Bring food if you wish as well as video devices to keep the authorities honest.

More information: "Homeless Lives Matter: Building Towards Justice " at

Sentinel coverage of at
Added to the calendar on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 3:32PM
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by Pat Colby
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by Pat Colby
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§Text of Abbi's email
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Abbi Samuels, FNB activist, on the June 18 Emergency Breakfast
Hi everyone!
...Jessica York from the Sentinel called me about an hour ago asking me what happened at our breakfast
today. She was on her way to another appointment when she got the call (thanks to the person who made the
call!), so she sent her photographer there but, according to her, when he passed by, the police had left and all of
the tables were on the edge of the sidewalk. She wanted to know what happened so I explained and asked her if
she wanted some pictures so she can count the police cars herself. I was able to get a hold of Zav who did take
pictures, which I'm extremely grateful for! Hopefully, he'll be sending the pictures to the Jessica....
When I got there about 9:30, there was one CHP there. I wonder how he got notified so early???? He
asked us to move our tables down the street and out of his jurisdiction. He was very polite. In fact, he supported
Food Not Bombs in what we do letting us know during his childhood he experienced being homeless a lot! He
actually was very kind! He asked us to simply get a permit and the process was quite simple. I proceeded to tell
him that we don't get permits and our permit was our first amendment and we were protesting the
Criminalization of the Homeless.
So, we moved our 5 tables about 30 feet down. He said he would ask his Sargent if that was the
Highway Patrol's jurisdiction. The Sargent arrived and told us it was still within their jurisdiction. Even though
we explained that we would be leaving in about an hour, around 11:00am, they said they would be writing out
tickets for trespassing and taking our food away. I frantically started making phone calls since I didn't want our
arrests to be all for nothing.
At that point, I asked someone to move the literature table back in a more prominent position (back to
the original place) and said, 'I may as well set up here waiting to get arrested'. I made sure Sammy, my dog, was
safe, and that the most important items would get packed away with Robert's help. Thanks, Robert! I would say
about 20 cops lined down the sidewalk on Route 9. Then Lee came by and suggested to move our tables to the
sidewalk. So we did.
At that point, the police moved away, conferred, asked to speak to me and others and explained that they
would be leaving and if they get a call complaining about blocking the sidewalk, they would come back and try
and work it out with us. They also asked if we would be having another breakfast next week and I told him we
didn't have plans but I'm not in charge.
The group may decide differently but I wasn't aware of any plans for a breakfast next week. I told them I
was sorry they wouldn't be arresting me, cause I was sure looking forward to having an interesting press day
with pictures of them taking away food for the homeless! They smiled, shook hands, and thanked us for being
polite and left! Now I know everyone will have their own version of what happened. This is my experience. :)
My lesson today is to be more prepared with people with more cameras and still cameras! Tried getting a
hold of Alex... John Colby was there but I don't believe he got any video of our actual breakfast which shared
food with about 40-50 people today!
THANK YOU SO MUCH for your SUPPORT! Even though I was the only one, I believe, who was
willing to get arrested, I could feel the support from several people around me! Thanks Robert, Lee, Pat, John,
Kevin, Ray, Steve and Keith(on the phone), Meredy, Coral, Cat, and others! Sorry if I left out your name. Some
don't want to be mentioned so I'm excluding them! Don't have Lee's email address!
§June 18 Pictures
by avid reader
Picture from the June 18 breakfast.
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