For Immediate Release:
Steamer Landing Park, Petaluma CA, Friday April 30 7:00 AM
With no shelter space or housing available, the homeless at Steamer Landing Park are banding together and will challenge the unlawful sweep planned Friday morning. Under the wing of the Ninth District Martin v. Boise Ruling, campers plan to stand firm against the eviction order. Petaluma police have stated those who resist, will be arrested.
The Petaluma Police Department has repeatedly swept the homeless out of Steamer Landing Park during the entire pandemic. For the last month, homeless advocates from Petaluma have been saying that the Petaluma Police Department have been telling the homeless that the city owned public property at Steamer Landing Park was a safe place for them to camp.
For homeless to be told by police it is safe to sleep at Steamer Landing Park, then be told, they have 72 hours to pack up and leave or have their possessions bulldozed and themselves arrested, is an unforgivable indignity to the homeless.
The City and Police of Petaluma have lost the trust of the homeless in Petaluma.
Homeless advocates from Porchlight Coation, Tam Equity Campaign and the California Homeless Union will be at Steamer Landing Park to protest the sweep.
Contact Info: Jason Sarris (415) 879-6507 / Robbie Powelson (415) 847-7500