HB 18-1067, The Colorado Right to Rest Act has been introduced and has been scheduled for its first hearing in House Local Government Committee on Wednesday March 14th at 1:30pm in room 271, on the Second floor of the State Capitol. We need you all to speak up!!
Colorado state legislators Salazar and Melton are sponsoring HB 18-1067 – The Colorado Right to Rest Act – for the fourth year. The Right to Rest Act is stronger, clearer, and more powerful!
If HB 18-1067 passes this year – it will force the state of Colorado to abandon its practices of criminalizing homeless people for engaging in basic life-sustaining activities like sitting, lying, sleeping, resting and eating in public. The criminalization of rest must end if we are ever to turn the tide on our homelessness crisis.
You can read the full bill language here and you can read the main talking points here
Follow these two easy steps.
1) Email and call the members of the Local Government Committee, and urge them to support HB 18-1067, the Colorado Right2Rest Act, and VOTE YES!
James Coleman firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2909 Democrat
Tony Exum email@example.com 303-866-3069 Democrat
Matt Gray firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-4667 Democrat
Steve Lebsock email@example.com 303-866-2931 Democrat
Larry Liston firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2937 Republican
Hugh McKean email@example.com 303-866-2947 Republican
Judy Reyher firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2905 Republican
Kim Ransom email@example.com 303-866-2933 Republican
Paul Rosenthal firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2910 Democrat
Jonathan Singer email@example.com 303-866-2780 Democrat
Dan Thurlow firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-3068 Republican
Donald Valdez email@example.com 303-866-2916 Democrat
James Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2747 Republican
My name is ________ and I am calling to urge you to vote YES on the Right To Rest Act. You will be hearing HB 18-1067: Colorado Right To Rest Act in the Local Government Committee. This bill provides critical civil rights protections to ALL Coloradoans that every Coloradoan is able to meet the biological need of rest.
The practice of criminalizing poor and homeless people for engaging in basic life-sustaining activities like eating, sleeping, resting, and lying is unjust, cruel and entrenches people in homelessness. HB 18-1067 will enable homeless people to better access employment and apply for housing with time and energy that would otherwise be spent responding to police harassment, tickets, courts and jail time. This bill protects the health and safety of homeless people trying to survive without a home. Please vote YES on HB 18-1067: the Colorado Right To Rest Act!
2) SHOW UP at the hearing!!
Be part of the movement…BE THERE to continue the fight for our rights and survival.
The Colorado Homeless Bill of Rights Organizing Team