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 will introduce legislation in California and Oregon 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.   

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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November 7th, 2014 12:30pm

St. Mary’s  |  Community Meeting

925 Brockhurst Street (near San Pablo Ave) Oakland, CA

November 7th, 2014 6pm to 9pm

35th Anniversary of Sisters of the Road |
It’s always better when we’re TOGETHER

133 NW Sixth Ave.
Portland, OR | 97209 

November 7th, 2014 6pm to 9pm

Homeless Bill of Rights Community Meeting  

HBR/R2S Office |
2249 E. Burnside
Portland, OR

November 8th, 2014 10am to 2pm  

Coalition on Homelessness  | 
Powell BART Station

5th & Powell St.
San Francisco, CA

November 8th, 2014 10am

Los Angeles Community Action Network | HBR Community Meeting

838 E. 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA

November 10th, 2014 10am

Mission Neighborhood Resource Center | Know Your Rights Training  

165 Capp St.
San Francisco, CA

November 15th, 2014 9am to 3pm

ACLU, AITA & UTH | Homeless Summit 

525 E. Kern Ave,
Tulare, CA

November 15th, 2014 11am to 12pm

Howard Zinn Book Fair | House Keys Not Handcuffs by Paul Boden

Harriet Tubman room,
Mission High School 3750
18th St. San Francisco 

November 17th, 2014 5pm 

Coalition on Homelessness | Dinner & Survey Training

468 Turk St.
San Francisco, CA

November 18th, 2014 7pm 

City Lights Booksellers | House Keys Not Handcuffs by Paul Boden

261 Columbus Avenue,
San Francisco, CA

December 10th, 2014

St. Mary's Center Annual Memorial for Homeless People 

925 Brockhurst (cross street San Pablo Avenue) Oakland, CA



WRAP  Campaign  Manual pfd 


Organizational Endorsements pfd

Organizational Endorsement Form pdf


Homeless Bill of Rights Fact Sheet pdf  or Espanol pdf

HIstorical criminalization Fact sheet or Espanol pdf

This Campaign Would & Would Not pdf  or  Espanol pdf

Homeless Bill of Rigths Day of Action Flyers



New Campaign Power Point Presentation march 2014  &  Presentation Talking  Points 

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

WithOut Housing Organizers Toolkit Power Point Presentation   




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

Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign Video : #ThisCrowWon'tFly


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.
  • 77% of survey respondents reported being harassed, cited, or arrested for sitting or lying on the sidewalk.
  • 66% 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 1298 homeless people in 12 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.

English Form                  Spanish Form

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


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.