Civil Rights Campaign

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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 will introduce legislation in California, Oregon & Colorado to overturn local laws targeted to remove people from public space.  From past experience, we know opposition from corporate, political, and law enforcement forces will be strong.  Our base of support at the local level must be extensive.

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. Even if we are not granted an immediate victory, we are building the power to create a social justice movement that will eventually enable a more decent society.   

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Laws that segregate, that make criminals of people based on their status rather than their behavior, or that prohibit certain people’s right to be in public spaces are not just sad relics from the past: Today, numerous laws infringe on poor people’s ability to exist in public space, to acquire housing, employment, and basic services, and to equal protection under the law. Our Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign (HBR) stands on the shoulders of social justice campaigns of the past to alleviate poverty and homelessness while protecting homeless and poor people from unjust laws and ensuring all people’s right to exist in public spaces.  

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February 2nd, 2015 
11am - 2pm

Denver Homeless Out Loud | Right to Rest Festival, lunch, music, crafts & more... (Show Action Poster)

200 E Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO

February 6nd, 2015 
12pm - 2pm

Homeless Action Center | Homeless Bill of Rights Community Meeting. (Show Action Poster)

3122 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA
February 7, 2015 @ 10am

Los Angeles Community Action Network | 
HBR Community Meeting

838 E. 6th St. 
Los Angeles, CA
February 19, 2015 @ 10am
North Side State Capitol 

 WRAP Members & Allies | Press Conference @ 12noon
Release of UC BerkeleyLaw Report 
| Lobbying Day in Support of our Right to Rest Act. (Show Action Poster)

California State Capitol - 
North Steps. 1100 L St. Sacramento, CA 
March 7, 2015 @ 10am

Los Angeles Community Action Network | 
HBR Community Meeting

838 E. 6th St. 
Los Angeles, CA

 

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Right to Rest Act Summary pfd 

Bill Summary pfd 

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WRAP  Campaign  Manual pfd 

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Organizational Endorsements pfd

Organizational Endorsement Form pdf

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Homeless Bill of Rights Fact Sheet pdf or Espanol pdf

HIstorical criminalization Fact sheet or Espanol pdf

Homeless Bill of Rigths Day of Action Flyers

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California's New Vagrancy Laws Report by UC BerkeleyLaw PDF 
The growing enactment and enforcement of Anti-Homeless Laws in the Golden State  

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Campaign Power Point Presentation January 2015  &  Presentation Talking  Points 

L . A .  Homeless Bill of Rights Power Point Presentation Fall 2013 pdf

WithOut Housing Organizers Toolkit Power Point Presentation    read more...

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Uprising with Sonali: Interview with Eric Ares on the Homeless Bill of Rights

Right to Housing Should be Upheld

Homeless Advocates Fighting for More Rights 

US Homeless Pin Hopes on "Bill of Rights" To End Criminalization in 2015

The Hidden Epidemic of Youth Homelessness 

Overcriminalized KBOo Interview with Paul Boden  

Pressing the issue: Art Hezelwood's imagery and action on the homeless front 

Decriminalizing Homelessness KBOO interview with Monica Beemer and Ibrahim Mubarak

House Keys Not Handcuffs: An Interview with Paul Boden by Mike Rhodes 

Homeless Rights Advocate Paul Boden - Tavis Smiley Interview 

Local Commissions Speak Out on Criminalization of Homelessness - In Defense of Human Rights

Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign Video : #ThisCrowWon'tFly

REDEFINING HOMELESSNESS TO MAKE IT DISAPPEAR

WRAP Jan 17th Day of Action

"What America's Most Vulnerable Need: A Bill of Rights for the Homeless"

"Do You Ignore Homeless People?"

"2 Years in Jail for Sitting on a Milk Crate? The Shocking Ways America Punishes Poor People Living on the Street (Hard Times, USA)"

"Old, Female and Homeless" 

"Didn't Work Then, Won't Work Now"

"This Crow Won't Fly"

"McKinney-Vento Turns 25 and Homelessness Continues to Grow!"


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.

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English Form             Spanish Form

English Outreach Form Download>>
Spanish Outreach Form Download>>

Background

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.