On May 1 a homeless community living on a vacant lot on Stockton Blvd. were evicted by a military-style process led by the Sheriff’s Dept. Advocates joined the residents in asking that the homeless people be allowed to stay but also be given services and sanitation. SHOC members were among the many community members that support the people’s rights to live there or somewhere nearby. Though we would like everyone to have housing, a place to pitch a tent is preferable to being evicted and moved and separated from friends and mutual support systems. Here are links to some news:
SHOC member, Crystal was interviewed by Sacramento Bee about Stockton Blvd camp Here’s what’s happening, what’s wanted at homeless encampment in south Sacramento
Homeward vendor, Edward Rideau was interviewed on KCRA about converting a hotel to a homeless shelter Sacramento leaders plan to convert hotel to homeless shelter
SHOC press conference protest was covered by News & Review No shelter from the critics. Some homeless advocates says $40 million is too high a bill to shelter too few (See our position paper here)
SHOC’s been involved with Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, Covered by News & Review Unite the poor. Martin Luther King’s bid to unite the poor remains unfinished 51 years after his assassination. Organizers in Sacramento are trying to change that with a statewide bus tour.