California Homeless Bill of Rights

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History

The California Statewide Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign is one part of 3 statewide campaigns in California, Colorado and Oregon. The Homeless Bill of Rights is a grassroots organizing campaign fighting to end the criminalization of poor and homeless people’s existence. The campaign strives to ensure that all people have the basic right to live where they choose without fear of harassment and criminalization at the hands of the police. This campaign is a way of working collectively with groups possessing different talents to address the many injustices that we face in our communities. We are building the power to create a social justice movement that will create a society where we can all thrive.

The California Statewide Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign is hard at work to build statewide power. We are engaging in street outreach, scheming ideas about direct actions and preparing community forums in various cities across California to keep up our fight against criminalization. We are also shifting gears this year from the #Right2Rest Act to run the Name and Dignity Act for Incarcerated Trans People, SB 310. The Name and Dignity Act is a partnership with the Transgender Gendervariant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), the St. James Infirmary and the Transgender Law Center (TLC).  The Name and Dignity Act would change the process in which transgender people can access a legal name/gender change while in prison. This is impactful not only for the dignity, safety and well-being of trans prisoners who experience intense daily violence but is also an integral tool for trans people coming out of prison applying for housing, employment and healthcare. At WRAP, we know that the criminalization of poverty effects people differently across lines of race, gender, sexuality, ability, nationality and citizenship.

We are excited to be building up our alliances with organizations working with street based trans women and sex workers to continue to strengthen our multi-issue movement and grow our capacity to resist criminalization in all of the ways it appears.

SB 310 Materials

SB 310 Bill Language
SB 310 Fact Sheet Article on SB 310

California WRAP Members

Los Angeles Community Action Network
Street Spirit
St. Mary’s Center
San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness
Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee

Campaign Materials

California Street Outreach Fact Sheet
National Street Outreach Fact Sheet

2017 Allied Bills to Look Out For

SB 180, the RISE Act would repeal the three-year sentence enhancement for prior drug convictions, with the exception of convictions involving a minor. You can read the fact sheet or send a support letter.

Get Involved with the Campaign

The best way to get involved with the California Statewide Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign is to get in touch with one of the WRAP core members to find out about working on the local level to push for change on the state level.

Some other ways to get involved:

  • Participate in a quarterly webinar about different aspects of criminalization and the Homeless Bill of Rights campaign.
  • Invite California organizers to come to your community and hold a forum to talk about criminalization and the Homeless Bill of Rights campaign.
  • Participate in WRAP’s street outreach to people on the streets in your neighborhood to hear their experiences and build a collective voice around criminalization.
  • Provide connections with universities who want to do research on criminalization or others who want to support moving anti-criminalization legislation in 2017.
  • Donate to WRAP or the 5 core members of WRAP in California.

If you have questions about the campaign you can write to us or call us:

coral@wraphome.org
(415) 621-2533

Legislative Strategy

In 2016, WRAP organizers in California ran the Right to Rest Act in the state legislature. The purpose of this legislation was to decriminalize sleeping, sitting, lying, resting, eating and existing while poor and/or homeless in public. Organizers are taking a break from the Right to Rest in 2017 to build up towards a powerful decriminalization bill next year in 2018.

Documents from 2016:

SB 876 Right to Rest Act

Sample Support Letter  for SB 876

List of Supporters

 

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