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2018 Proposed HUD Cuts and more…

2018 Proposed HUD Cuts and more…

With all the potential devastating damage in Trump’s Proposed 2018 budget – These massive cuts to housing and community programs are not generating the kind of media attention needed to fend off some seriously nasty stuff. Behind all the tweets,…

Beloved Community Village Needs You to Help Build!

It’s been two and a half weeks of building and progress is real…but as fast as we are building they are not done yet and homes don’t just build themselves… If you are free to help build TODAY (Thursday) or TOMORROW (Friday) we…

30 YEARS OF INJUSTICE

It was 1987 when Sacramento City Council decided it would address the growing homeless population with criminalization measures by enacting an anti-camping ordinance. That is when SHOC formed to work on overturning the anti-camping ordinance and anti-homeless sentiments. We were…

Beloved Community Village is getting Built! Yet Sweeps Continue…

Saturday May 20th, 2017 was the first big day of building Beloved Community Village, the first ever Tiny Home Village in Denver. 100 volunteers including future village residents, neighborhood residents, members of Mennonite Desiaster Services, Whiting-Turner, Ridian Ink, and members…
Survival Camps Flooded Need Gear

Survival Camps Flooded Need Gear

Remember that hail storm on Monday May 8th?? Did you find somewhere to stay dry…or get dry after the fact?? Well a bunch of people living outside did not. A number of survival camps along the river were flooded out…
WRAP’s 2016 Annual Report

WRAP’s 2016 Annual Report

WRAP 2016 Annual Report is out and about, even though it is the first one we have done in the 12 years WRAP has been in existence! But we thought this year, more than ever, it was important to remind…
Unhoused people silenced by Oregon legislature

Unhoused people silenced by Oregon legislature

In an unprecedented act of disrespect, the Right To Rest Act HB – 215 will not get a chance for a hearing in Oregon this year. In spite of an unprecedented seven co-sponsors, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Representative…

WRAP annual report is out and in your mailbox!

WRAP 2016 Annual Report is out and in your mailbox , even though it is the first one we have done in the 12 years WRAP has been in existence! But we thought this year, more than ever, it was…

People Go on Trial for Survival Ban April 4th, 2017

When: April 4th (and likely 5th and 6th), Press Conference at 7:15am, 8am-5pm(ish) 2017 Where: Lindsay Flanagan Courthouse (520 w Colfax Ave Denver CO 80204) On April 4th, 2017 at 8am the Lindsay Flanigan Courthouse Jerry Burton, Terese Howard and…
Homeless People Go on Trial for Surviving April 4th, 2017

Homeless People Go on Trial for Surviving April 4th, 2017

When: April 4th (and likely 5th and 6th), 8am-5pm(ish) 2017 Where: Lindsay Flanigan Courthouse (520 w Colfax Ave Denver CO 80204) On April 4th, 2017 at 8am the Lindsay Flanigan Courthouse Jerry Burton, Terese Howard and Randy Russell will be…
Camping Ban Trial Update

Camping Ban Trial Update

Two new developments in the Denver Camping Ban Trial set 8:30 a.m. Tuesday April 4, 2017. Today, Sua Sponte, the judge directed a “Decorum Order” to the homeless defendants. Sua Sponte Decorum Orders are exceedingly rare, not seen since the…

Get Ready for Beloved Community Village!! – Colorado

It is almost real… the first ever tiny home village in Denver is about ready to be built! But first we have to have the money to build the homes! Our “gofundme” will kickoff on March 15th… Beloved Community Village…

Tiny Home Clean Up Work Day!

We need your help! As we come closer and closer to the time when we will be building tiny homes at Beloved Community Village…we first need to clean up the land we have been using to store some materials for…

Report from Camping Ban Motions Hearing: 2/16/17

The new trial date is scheduled for April 5th, 2017. Mark your calendar. Yesterday there was a dispositive motions hearing in the Camping Ban criminal cases where homeless and poor people are being charged with crimes for sleeping on the…

DHOL Weekly Updates and Main Meeting 2/1

2017 Right 2 Rest Fest Rocks the Socks of the Capitol! Over 300 people showed up to the State Capitol on Friday to speak up for the Right to Rest! Over 20 people spoke, all most all of whom are…
On The Ground – Available now!

On The Ground – Available now!

On the Ground Trailer from Sisters Of The Road. Stay tuned for the release of our original documentary short On the Ground! With content direction by Sisters community members and film production by Portland local Trip Jennings of Balance Media,…

CAMPING BAN PROSECUTIONS CONTINUE IN COURT

Come support! T/D/P: 8:30 a.m. Courtroom 3H, Thursday, 1/12/17 Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse 520 W Colfax Denver, CO 80204. Despite Mayor Michael Hancock’s order to the Denver Police Department to stop using the Camping Ban as justification to seize blankets and survival…

DHOL Weekly Updates and Main Meeting 1/4

Right to Rest Get Involved Kick Off This Saturday Saturday January 7th, 2017 1-3pm Denver Homeless Out Loud Office (Centro Humanitario) – 2260 California St Denver (Purple Building on California and Park Ave) Join us to learn about the 2017…

Homeless People Win the Blocks Back!!!

Today, November 16 2016, 12:30pm over a hundred homeless people marched across the street and set back up their make shift “homes” of shopping carts, tarps, and the like back up on the blocks of Lawrence, Broadway, and Park Ave.…

Homeless People Refuse to Be Swept “Away”

Be back to Lawrence and Broadway bright and early tomorrow (11/16) morning for continued sweeps. Today, November 15 2016, homeless people who have been surviving together on the streets by Lawrence and Broadway refused to be forced away – to…
Homeless people make local gains in San Francisco

Homeless people make local gains in San Francisco

Post-Election Op-Ed by Jennifer Friedenbach Trump isn’t the only surprise winner this election season. Here in San Francisco, homeless people had a major win, despite all the trump style shenanigans coming from our local policy makers.  With San Franciscans top…
Community Swept By Denver Police Oct 21st

Community Swept By Denver Police Oct 21st

Around 5am on October 21st, 2016, cops showed up to “move along” a community of about 20 people who have been living on Broadway and Lawrence for the past couple months. This community has been looking after each other –…

The Deck Is Stacked: Vote NO on Q a new mural on Clarion Alley

October 20, 2016 For immediate release Press contact: clarionalleymuralproject@gmail.com The Deck Is Stacked: Vote NO on Q a new mural on Clarion Alley Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) along with The SF Poster Syndicate is pleased to announce a new…

Class Action Lawsuit Hearing is TODAY Oct 12th!! Be there!!

TIME: 8:00 A.M. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2016 PLACE: ALFRED A. ARRAJ, U.S. FEDERAL COURTHOUSE, 901 19th  ST. DENVER, CO 40294 Courtroom A 402. (20th and Champa) Food and Press Conference outside 8am — Hearing inside 9am Homeless people are going…

Oregon’s racist past, is new again

On September 27, 2016, the City of Prineville unanimously passed an ordinance “Excluding Certain Persons from Public Property.” This ordinance (#1225) authorizes public service employees to ban anyone from public property who is violating a city, state or federal law,…

Right 2 Survive and Community Alliance Of Lane County ( CALC )

In a progressive church on Oak street, community and neighborhood association members sat with interest as Paul Boden, Executive Director of Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), opened strong the night, with a speech as to why Oregon needs a Homeless…

DHOL Weekly Updates and Main Meeting 9/21

SUPPORT DHOL AND OUR HOUSELESS COMMUNITY! This is the launch of TWO wish lists/fundraisers to help our houseless community! We are collecting survival gear to make sure our community without housing is safe, secure, and comfortable as best as possible,…

Hospitality House in partnership with the Western Regional Advocacy Project presents Artists for Justice A community forum on the intersection between art and social change

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Ivan Vera (415) 553-4525 x304 – ivera@hospitalityhouse.org September 20, 2016, 2016 Hospitality House in partnership with the Western Regional Advocacy Project presents Artists for Justice A community forum on the intersection between art and social change…

DHOL Speaks at Art& event on Friday 16

Come join DHOL members at Art& on Friday at 4:55pm at the MCnichols Building (in Civic Center Park). There will be panel discussions between 1pm and 6pm on various art and social justice issues including drug policy, diversion programs, harm…

National Prisoner Stoppage September 9th

Friday, September 9th, 2016 marks the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison rebellion in which prisoners organized a mass demonstration to demand better treatment in the prison system. This uprising was one of the most powerful prisoner mobilizations in the…

The Non-Solution Solutions to End Homelessness

Researched in collaboration with the 9 WRAP members: Denver Homeless Out Loud, Los Angeles Community Action Network, St. Mary’s Center, Street Spirit, San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee, Street Roots, Sisters of the Road and Right2Survive. It…

We had us a celebration!!

Hey everybody!! We said we were having a celebration of our communities strength and DAMN did we ever… Powerful murals, kick ass music and a whole bunch of social justice warriors from California, Colorado and Oregon….and of course the Tenderloin:),…

City Sweeps “Away” at least 80 People Sleeping by River

On July 13th 2016 throughout the night and early morning at least 80 people who are homeless were displaced from their resting place, treated as criminals, many ticketed for simply existing, some had property taken, and all moved along to…

Join us at The People’s State of the City Address!

WHEN July 11, 3pm Food, 3:30pm – 5:00pm People’s State of the City Address, 5:00pm City Council Public Comment WHERE City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80202 Denver Homeless Out Loud, Centro Humanitario, Colorado Cross Disability Coalition,…

Videos of Camping Ban Enforcement Since March

Camping Ban enforcement is up 500% since March. Watch these sample videos of what is happening every day now in Denver…   You cannot sweep away homelessness. We need rest. We are not “camping,” we are surviving. The city can’t…

Shooting of homeless man shows need for sincere change in SFPD

by Lisa Marie Alatorre, Coalition on Homelessness San Francisco – A shooting by police officers of a homeless man camping on Shotwell Street near 18th Street occurred in the Mission Thursday, April 7. On Friday, the Medical Examiner identified the…

And The Beat Goes On!!!

Hey Everyone! While we are all feeling immense disappointment at the defeat of this legislation, the true disappointment comes from knowing that in the eyes of the state of California, poor and homeless people do not deserve the most basic…

No Housing, No Treatment, but there sure are plenty of Laws!

In response to deep cuts to federal and state funding for affordable housing, California cities have enacted and enforced a wide range of local codes that target or disproportionately impact homeless people. These anti-homeless laws mimic vagrancy laws of past…

A tale of two homeless sweeps

After a very long and chaotic week for the campers on Division Street, they were finally forced to move, with The City putting up barriers to prevent their return. During that time, the destitute and displaced were threatened with arrest,…

#Right2Rest back and stronger than ever!

Senator Carol Liu Introduces Legislation Protecting the Civil Rights of Homeless Individuals Sacramento. California State Senator Carol Liu (D – La Cañada Flintridge) has introduced a new bill designed to end discrimination against people experiencing homelessness. SB 876 prohibits law…

Honor the legacy – Organize for All!

The Time to Organize is Now! If ever there was a time to organize, it is now. Property and business owners are creating private “Business Improvement Districts” (BIDs) to police downtown areas across the country. The stated goal is to…

Major news: California Right To Rest Act SB 608

Hey Everyone! There is a mayor update about the Right2Rest. As you all know, WRAP California members made considerable amendments and changes to SB 608 in anticipation for this session. After much consideration, Senator Liu has decided to pull SB…

Capturing the revolution, the activist behind the camera.

Janny Castillo, once homeless with her four young children, has become a masterful organizer and multi-media expert in our community. Janny works at St. Mary’s Center in Oakland as the Hope and Justice Coordinator and worked at Building Opportunities for…

Give the gift of resistance this holiday!

In this issue we highlight just of few of the amazing acts of resistance happening in local communities in Colorado, Oregon and California – Resistance is not only beautiful, it is so so so (not ho ho ho) necessary !!!…
A streetwise perspective on housing, mental health

A streetwise perspective on housing, mental health

COMMENTARY | A conversation with Right 2 Dream Too co-founder Ptery Lieght by Rachel Levy Housing activist Ptery Lieght has been involved for years in efforts to make safe, affordable housing available to all. He has been active in Portland’s…

Art Hazelwood – WRAP Minister of Culture

As part of our 10-year celebration, we sat down with a few of the many, many people who make WRAP happen. Today’s reflection is from Art Hazelwood, long-time WRAP supporter and WRAP’s Minister of Culture. Art Hazelwood: I first started…

WRAP 10-year Anniversary Concert, featuring Mic Crenshaw

Celebrate and support WRAP’s 10 years of resisting criminalization of poor and homeless people, fighting for affordable housing and demanding civil rights for all people. Your support keeps us strong! Date:  Saturday, October 17th, 2015 Time:  6:00 pm – 9:30…

“We are our own superheroes”: 10 Years of Kicking Ass!!

WRAP celebrated 10 years of community organizing, direct action, research, street theater, building power and fighting for freedom and dignity for all this past weekend in Portland, Oregon. Western Regional Advocacy Project 2005 “10 Years Strong ” 2015 by Art…
When the BIDs attack us, we strike back

When the BIDs attack us, we strike back

September 30th marked the first day of the annual International Downtown Association conference at the Marriott in San Francisco. The conference was full of workshops geared towards increasing business success in downtowns all over the US and Canada as well…

WRAP 10-year Anniversary Concert, featuring Mic Crenshaw

Hey everybody !! Check out what Mic Crenshaw and KBOO Community Radio are doing for WRAP and the Oregon Right To Rest Campaign!!! Join local WRAP members Right 2 Survive, Street Roots and Sisters Of The Road for an evening…

EXCERPTS US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE LETTER OF INTEREST

Artwork by Roonie Goodman The United States Department of Justice filed a “Statement of Interest of the United States Department of Justice”, filed August 6 of this year,  regarding  a suit, Janet F. Bell v City of Boise, in which…

One Dollar, One Vote: Big Business Subverts Democracy

Grossman offers a frank opinion of why BIDs aim to move homeless people out of business districts. “It’s a customer service district. They don’t see the homeless people as customers… If they don’t see you as a customer you are…

Business Improvement Districts and ‘Broken Windows’ Laws

The broken windows theory of policing conceptualizes poor people as things to be removed and not people who are struggling to survive. On July 31, members of the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP) organized a march to the Union Square…