While we are all feeling immense disappointment at the defeat of this legislation, the true disappointment comes from knowing that in the eyes of the state of California, poor and homeless people do not deserve the most basic rights to exist in public.
Poor and homeless people will continue to experience violence, harassment, ticketing and jailing at the hands of the police. We know that this is a call to action to continue to build up our community’s capacity to respond to state violence, keep growing our fight for justice, and speak truth to power.
There is no doubt about it, we will win our right to rest. From Colorado to Oregon to California and beyond, we are growing our power. We will be here next year, the year after, and every year until our legislation passes. Don’t believe us, just watch.