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Updates from the "Ignore Them Until they Disappear or Die Off" Genocide Zone

by Robert Norse (rnorse3 [at]
While City & County officials who live indoors postulate, ponder, and predict, no safe shelters, sanitary shithouses, or reliable food services have opened up to replace those shut down. HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) critic passes on some updates and the latest in-the-field reports from Food not Bombs still-serving-under-fire foodster Keith McHenry.
Chief Andy Mills' police and Sheriff Hart's deputies keep flouting federal and state guidelines by "moving along" homeless survival-in-place encampments and food servers with threats and arrests. City Manager Martin Bernal's Bureaucrats lock bathrooms, and preventing those outside from taking shelter. City leaders remain silent or facilitate this toxic insanity.

Homeless folks are crowded into the few shelters in conditions that spread COVID-19. We must do what the leaders only talk about before it's too late.


Yesterday [3-29] "Amazon, Instacart Grocery Delivery Workers Demand Coronavirus Protection And Pay" on East Coast at

Today [3-30]
11 a.m. Join the Global Rent & Mortgage Strike April 1st
see "Rent Strike Nation" at

3:55 p.m. We need books for people to read since those of us who live outside cannot charge their phones. We also have a lot of bread that is amazing at the Benchlands behind the Santa Cruz County building. Thanks

4:10 p.m. Still at the Benchlands sharing food. We are almost the only food and water in Santa Cruz for the hundreds without housing. The city portable toilet is overflowing so we are using the bushes until we dig a pit toilet. Tell people in Santa Cruz that we have food, water and lots of bread in San Lorenzo Park behind the county building near Water Street. We want to end service at 7 today. Thanks

HUFF Howlings
Coming Tomorrow: Community Health Demands Immediate Occupation of Vacant Buildings to Stop COVID-19 Outside

Endless promises and reassurances, evasions and lies, by the highly paid homelessness "experts" who have funneled money into very limited and expensive homeless "services" that exclude or recycle the majority of the 1000-2000 homeless people outside in the City.

These excuses and justifications--and those in power who use them--now threaten the health of the entire community.

At the national level we have two sold-out national parties that have passed another huge corporate trillion dollar giveaway. (See "Why Are Progressives Voting For Ultimate Screwing Of America?" at,
"How Bernie and Warren Sold Us Out Over Stimulus Bill" at

We'll no doubt hear more reassuring words from Supervisor Zack Friend. he's "hosting" [and you're paying for] a telephone town hall with Mimi Hall, director of the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, to discuss the latest updates on COVID-19 and take your questions. The session will run from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday. Information: 831-454-2222 and use meeting ID 145384.,

...But are the County Buildings bathrooms, sinks, and showers open for community (and particularly homeless) use while Zack comfortably relieves himself on the community while the officials he funds continue to deny vital services?

Needs: While we're waiting for shelter-in-place access to the many vacant motel rooms,
....a regular check on the availability of toilet paper, towels, soap, water at the few portapotties outside.
....the immediate 24-opening of parking garage bathrooms, and other more civilized facilities currently unused,
....and, of course, occupation of vacant office, apartment, and other buildings as emergency shelter-in-place, and quarantine space,
....the release of prisoners from the local jail in the current crisis before they become the epicenter of a new epidemic,
.....commandeering and distribution of vital food and supplies to unhoused, renters, and others growingly in need in the current crisis. See

Do we wait for the concentration zones for the homeless--frightening alternatives reportedly being set up in other cities such as Las Vegas? See

On the other hand, psuedo-shelters such as the Salvation Army's Laurel Street serve as useful containment and quarantine centers when the inevitable COVID-19 cases break out--cases that could yet be prevented with adequate distancing--say in motel rooms.. Seattle's KIRO news reports on this crisis at

XXXX Homeless providers Cooper and Russell were arrested and released several days ago to move them along from their (legal) sidewalk spot at the complaint of the nearby bank. Their survival gear was seized and has not been returned.

XXXX Mills cops posted the Town Clock and served McHenry with a Cease-and-Desist letter, then fencing off to stop food serving there. On 3-28, they served McHenry with a letter demanding he stop feeding until "getting a permit" in the San Lorenzo Benchlands, after forcing the meal from its safer location in back of the courthouse to the marshy rainsoaked Benchlands.

We need to distribute maps of vacant buildings, unused restrooms, and provide an honest listing of actual food and survival equipment spaces.

Volunteer at noon at the Vet's Hall to help cook for the Benchlands meals.

Democracy Now gives a (very) brief mention of authorities ignoring these needs in New York City at

Check out Facebook for Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs, Santa Cruz County Homeless Advocates, and Wes White (for Salinas & National Updates)

Free Radio Santa Cruz on-the-Net Interview with Keith and others outside at Regular updates at .
Food Not Bombs, now set up on a steamcleanable platform in the San Lorenzo Park Benchlands, is serving meals daily 1 PM and 4 PM. At long last after weathering threats, eviction orders, move-alongs, and denunciations, Volunteer for preparing food by coming to the meals, meeting his crew at the Vets Hall Saturdays and Sundays at noon, or going to his website at You can also find his updates on facebook under Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs.

Organizer Keith McHenry reports "friendly" letters from SCPD Police Chief Andy Mills and do-nothing homeless czarina Assistant City Manager Susie O'Hara finally supporting the Benchlands food service (though the City and County are providing none of their own).

McHenry is also calling for volunteers to search (by phone) for usable kitchens, since the number of hungry mouths is outrunning the capacity of Joe Schultz's India Joze kitchen.

He is also working to set up a daytime library in the park, where a volunteer assures safe access to books now that libraries and bookstores are closed and privileged folks with their own book collections are discouraged from receiving visitors.

City and County authorities have reportedly promised that motel rooms will be made available for the most vulnerable among the homeless BEFORE they start testing positive for COVID-19 or showing symptoms or require quarantine.

None of the huge grants of money provided the City and County for expanding homeless shelter even before the COVID-19 emergency has materialized as safe-and-sane motel space, in spite of the obvious need, availability, and funding. Nor are motel owners being encouraged or compelled to do so in this public health emergency.

Instead, police continue to harass those whose only shelter is their vehicles, have recently made sweeps along Coral St., and are acting in direct defiance of the CVC shelter-in-place leave-encampments-alone directive.

In a directive that targets those outside, today's Santa Cruz Sentinel announces (p.4) that Metro "passengers who board the bus for...essential activities can only board with [items]...that can be held in their lap....Customers will not be allowed to reboard the same bus they arrived on at the end of the route. All customers must leave the bus at the end of the route. [Such behavior] a violation of the county Shelter in Place order and maybe reported to the S.C. County Sheriff's Office or local police."

Interviews and updates will be regularly posted at .

Please post your own reports here or on facebook. If you've posted extensively on facebook, please post here a link to your report. Use your cellphone to video and audio discriminatory encounters as police state activity deepensl
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