National Press Advisory – Denver’s Right To Survive, Measure 300 ballot initiative
April 27, 2019
Terese Howard, Denver Homeless Out Loud Co-founder, firstname.lastname@example.org;
(415) 517-5603. www.denverhomelessoutloud.org
Raffi Mecuri – Measure 300 Campaign Organizer, email@example.com, (720) 755-3647. www.denverrighttosurvive.org
National contact: Paul Boden, firstname.lastname@example.org (415) 430-7358
The right for people, housed and unhoused, to live free of Police harassment is a fundamental issue for all people. Thanks to groups such as DHOL and the Western Regional Advocacy Project (www.wraphome.org), as well as new research, investigative journalism and public records requests, an increasing number of the general public are learning about this rapidly growing and ubiquitous human rights issue as cities throughout the US criminalize unhoused neighbors for activities we all perform every day. Sitting, standing still and sleeping protected from the elements in a non-obstructive manner is at the forefront of today’s civil rights struggles.
Homeless people didn’t decimate federal funding for affordable housing, the Federal Government did. And now, for the first time anywhere, the people of Denver Colorado have an opportunity to demand their city stop criminalizing unhoused neighbors for the fact that homelessness exists.