Civil Rights Campaign

allHomeless  Bill  of  Rights  Campaign 

Join us the weekend before MLK Day, January 17th – 19th for simultaneous day(s) of action with music, artwork, dance and unity for all those whose mere presence is now considered a crime! 

As Dr. King said in his Nobel Lecture in 1964: “We will not obey unjust laws or submit to unjust practices” was true then and is still true today!

Forget any pretense of humanity, the United States has clearly, blatantly and with extreme vigor embarked on a campaign of  “addressing” homelessness and poverty through a pattern of rules, regulations, policies, procedures and laws whose sole purpose it to demonize ... read more 


  We will only win this struggle if we use our collective     strengths, organizing, outreach, research, public education, artwork, and direct actions. We are continuing to expand our network of organizations and cities and we will ultimately bring down the whole oppressive system of policing poverty and treating poor people as “broken windows” to be discarded and replaced.

  To join our campaign for a Homeless Bill of Rights in both California and Oregon contact WRAP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This emaand we will hook you up with organizers working in both of these states or others as this movement continues to grow.

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. 


Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign Summary  or Espanol 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

Organizational Endorsements pfd 

Organizational Endorsement Form 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  



Articles & Videos

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.
  • 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 1276 homeless people in 12 communities.

NEW National Civil Rights Outreach Fact Sheet >>>

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.  

WRAP thanks the Diane Middleton Foundation for the generous support that helped make this outreach and organizing possible.