Civil Rights Campaign
Our Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign (HBR) strives to ensure that ALL people have the basic right to live where they choose without fear of harassment and criminalization. Today, numerous laws infringe on poor people’s equal protection under the law.We have introduced legislation called the Right to Rest in California , Oregon & Colorado to overturn local laws targeted to remove certain people from public space. While the legislation did not make it out of committee in these three states this year, we will continue to build up our organizing efforts to come back next year with an even stronger legislative fight. The HBR campaign is more than an effort to pass state legislation. It is a way of working collectively with groups possessing different talents to address the injustices which we face in our communities. Though we have not been granted an immediate victory, we are building the power to create a social justice movement that will create a society where we can all thrive.
Homeless Bill of Rights Fact Sheet pdf or Espanol pdf
HistoricalCriminalizationFactSheet or Espanol pdf
National Street Outreach
In preparation for launching a national campaign The Right to Exist, we’re now working on a Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign. WRAP members have been documenting homeless people’s experiences with the police, BID agents, criminal justice system, and private security guards.
The findings of our research are an affront to fairness and decency:
- 81% of survey respondents reported being harassed, cited, or arrested for sleeping.
- 78% of survey respondents reported being harassed, cited, or arrested for sitting or lying on the sidewalk.
- 68% of survey respondents reported being harassed, cited, or arrested for loitering or hanging out.
- Only 26% of the respondents said they knew of a safe place to sleep at night.
Below is a fact sheet with the preliminary results from outreach to over 1369 homeless people in 13 communities.
NEW National Civil Rights Outreach Fact Sheet >>>
Nuevo Censo Nacional en Derechos Civiles Hoja de Resultados >>>
If you would like to add your communities voice to this effort download the forms below, complete the surveys, and send them into us. We will add them to the national results and send you your local & national results.
Because federal responses to homelessness have been so ineffective, a growing number of localities are using “broken windows” policing to remove homeless people from public view. These punitive measures involve gross human and civil rights violations.
This nationwide pattern has escaped civil rights protections because these ordinances are drafted very carefully to appear as if they apply equally to all people, but enforcement is very much impacted by people’s skin color, housing, economic, and mental health status.
WRAP civil rights campaign combines street outreach, documentation of civil rights violations, organizing, legal defense, and direct action. None of us can do this alone. We must work in solidarity with one another to defend those being attacked and pressure local governments to end these discriminatory programs.