Civil & Human Rights

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,…

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…

“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…

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…