SHOC (Sacramento Homeless Organazing Comittee ) Harvest Party date change & other news

Posted on November 7, 2018 by Jonathan


In the News:
SHOC’s press conference on September 18 announcing Berkeley Law School’s report on Business Improvement Districts was covered by Sacramento News & Review (10/11/18) “Improvement or exclusion -Downtown Sacramento Partnership got police to change the boundaries of a patrol beat to match those of a business district, one email revealed.” Here’s a link to Niki Jones’ speech at the press conference, which has been transcribed into current issue of Homeward Street Journal

SHOC members met with Western Regional Advocacy Project and UN Special Rapporteur earlier this year in San Francisco. Here is a news article about the visit and a link to the report.Business Insider (10/30/18) “UN report: San Francisco’s ‘cruel and inhuman’ homelessness crisis is a human rights violation” “Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context” (9/19/18)

The City took out benches on K Street all of a sudden. Sr. Libby Fernandez spread the word and there was a public outcry leading to the benches being quickly put back. Sacramento Bee (10/11/18) “Why did downtown Sacramento benches vanish overnight? Homeless advocates have an idea why“, CBS (10/12/18) “Benches Removed On K Street For ‘Revitalization’ Leave Many Without A Place To Sit”, Sacramento Bee (10/15/18) ” After outcry from Sacramento homeless advocates, benches to return to K Street

SHOC board member Cathleen Williams was quoted from our press conference for this Sacramento News & Review article about the recent Boise Ninth Circuit ruling that says camping ordinance enforcement is Cruel and Unusual punishment. She wrote a front page article in current Homeward Street Journal that you don’t want to miss! ““This is a new day, a new year,” Williams said at the press conference. “This Boise case is a powerful weapon that we should drive home to City Council. This is their second unconstitutional ordinance that is designed to protect particularly this rapidly developing downtown with its luxury apartments.”” Sacramento News & Review (10/4/18) ” Right to rest holdout – Boise ruling against unlawful camping ordinance has reverberated across northwest” More local news on Boise decision: KCRA (9/25/18) “No More Tickets For Illegal Encampments In Sacramento County

Some More Local News on Homelessness and Poverty:
11/1/18 Sacramento Bee Jury finds in favor of mentally ill patients who were bused out of Nevada psychiatric hospital
10/26/18 Sacramento Bee Sacramento inches closer to rent control. But which competing proposal will win?
10/25/18 Sacramento News & Review Crisis course correction – County officials follow City Hall’s lead on declaring a homeless shelter crisis, but not when it comes to enforcement of homeless encampments
10/12/18 KCRA Hope, Humanity & Housing: Sacramento Mercy Pedalers deliver simple solutions
10/11/18 Sacramento Bee Sacramento rent control measure would put a cap on increases. You’ll get to vote on it in 2020
10/7/18 The News Tribune Underprivileged athletes flock to Sacramento for Street Soccer USA National Cup Street Soccer National Cup was held in Sacramento earlier this month, featuring teams from homeless services and youth from 14 cities. Individual players are chosen to go to the World Homeless Cup in Mexico City. (See photo spread in current Homeward Street Journal)
9/27/18 Sacramento News & Review “Joan, of the arc – Longtime homelessness advocate spoke softly but carried a big heart” Joan Burke, Director of Advocacy at Loaves & Fishes, retired and will be impossible to replace.
9/6/18 Sacramento News & Review Mercy on wheels – On the eve of her charity’s one-year anniversary, Sister Libby Fernandez and volunteers continue peddling—and pedaling—mercy to the margins
9/6/18 Sacramento News & Review The $20 million plan – Homeless advocates who have long requested designation fear being left out of planning process now that money is involved

10/18/18 Capital Public Radio Humanizing Homelessness Through Fiction
“Tim Brown, founder of Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee and past director of Loaves & Fishes, wrote a book a bit about the Squatter’s Riot, hidden treasure, a fictitious non-profit homeless services agency that somewhat resembles a real organization, with a fictitious ED resembling a real past ED, and a murder mystery. Taking place in a fictitious homeless community that somewhat resembles real characters that I may have met. A deep delve and insight into the community and a fun read!” Paula Lomazzi
You can purchase book online (click on graphic) or pick one up in the SHOC office for $15!

Look out for a new issue of Homeward Street Journal being sold on the streets by a group of dedicated distributors! You can read back issues online at

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