Legal Defense

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,…
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…

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…