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Stop Felton's Mountain Community Resource Center Driving Homeless Out Into the Rain

by Robert Norse
Charges of cruel, discriminatory, and unnecessary evictions of unhoused folks into survival-threatening weather at Felton's Mountain Community Resource Center have prompted this protest. Two fliers describe the situation and ask the community to respond.

Torrential rains and cold temperatures have made this a particularly hard weather for those surviving outside as the San Lorenzo River rises.

HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) has received repeated reports of discriminatory behavior by the management of the Mountain Community Resource Center in Felton. They include denying promised (once-a-week) shower facilities, turning those sheltered under an outdoor awning into the rain, calling sheriffs to harass otherwise peaceful homeless people, and similar actions treating the poor outside like criminals.

We will be responding to these complaints on Thursday morning to urge a change in these practices and to determine the extent of the abuses there.

Say NO to discrimination at the Mountain Resource Center at 6134 Highway 9, Contact Info: Felton, CA 95018 Phone: 831-335-6600 Parent organization: Community Bridges at 831-688-8840 & info [at]
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The item on the list above about charging phones is an egregious injustice, for many reasons.
The City of Santa Cruz got in early on this abuse of the disenfranchised: their downtown bus terminal was among the first in the country to block off all the electrical outlets that were put in for travelers who need their phones to communicate.

Someone was upset that many people who used the chargers were homeless.
They are forced to travel - to find shelter, and this is a n emergency use.
But the hatred of people who have already been kicked to the curb is so great in this country, that if "The Homeless" are using those chargers, they must go.
I noticed during the past decade the number of city bus stations with blocked-off outlets has increased, but The City of Santa Cruz was the first that I saw, and I was surprised.

The reason I mention this is because the "emergency" the landlord class has with their $100,000 electric vehicles. They need to be charged!
So the city provides 2 free parking spaces about a hundred yards from the blocked off electrical outlets, for the FREE charging station. This was true in 2017, and at that time the cost of charging a vehicle ranged from $10-40. As you know, they need a special heavy duty 220 volt outlet, which the city provided.

All these for the people who do not need to ever take a bus. They can charge their cellphones from the electrical adapters in their cars, after they charge them for free, and park for free, when every other space in town as a meter, and attendants who ticket regularly.

Yes, it's a good idea to get an EV, especial when you're Liberal,

and nothing more convincing proves the intentional oppression that targets the most needy
than denying them access to the communication they need to survive.

David Roknich,

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