Local Government

Oregon Legislature kills the Right to Rest Act (HB 2367) after 7-minute “hearing”

The Oregon Right to Rest Act (HB 2367) would have removed laws that further entrench people into poverty and traumatize our neighbors by citing them for sleeping, sitting, and standing in public space. In spite of the overwhelming public response…

We Cannot Address Discriminatory Police Enforcement Until We Overturn Discriminatory Laws

Despite Oregon legislature’s emphasis on “police accountability” this session, the Judiciary Committee refused to address discriminatory policing in public space. The day before it was scheduled to be heard, Chair Janelle Bynum pulled the Right to Rest Act (HB 2367)…

SANTA CRUZ, CA. ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ APPLICATION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION BLOCKING THE SWEEP OF UNHOUSED AT SAN LORENZO PARK IN SANTA CRUZ.

ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ APPLICATION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION BLOCKING THE SWEEP OF UNHOUSED AT SAN LORENZO PARK IN SANTA CRUZ. Today in a historic ruling Federal Magistrate Judge Susan van Keulen granted the unhoused camping at San Lorenzo Park in Santa…

San Francisco, CA. Cited in Plain Sight: How California Polices Being Black, Brown and Unhoused in Public!

The release of our new report revealed thousands of non-traffic infractions are disproportionately enforced on Black, Latinx and unhoused Californians each year, primarily for behavior that amounts to simply existing in public: sitting, sleeping, and loitering (standing). Here are resources…