10/10/14 is World Homeless Day and as many cities criminalize peoples rights to exist, we feel it is necessary to rally in remembrance of those who have died on the streets from lack of shelter, to raise awareness for the need for more shelter as the upcoming winter approaches, and to put out a call to action to establish safe harbors if and when the city refuses to act.
Join us at 8am 10/10/14 at Oscar Grant Plaza (formerly known as Frank OGawa Plaza) 14th and Broadway, Downtown Oakland and let’s tell the world that we will #LeaveNoOneBehind
We will march to Wiley W Manuel Court House, located at 661 Washington Street, Oakland CA. This march is to raise awareness to efforts across the bay area and the nation to criminalize homelessness with inhumane, uncompassionate, unconstitutional laws making it essentially illegal to exist. From “No Sit-Stand-Lie” ordinances to “No Camping” ordinances to the criminalization of sharing food, it is clear that there is war on the homeless and we promise to #LeaveNoOneBehind because Homelessness is NOT a Crime”.
Aaron Colyer, a formerly homeless, disabled, United States Marine Corps Veteran with PTSD was ticketed on July 24, 2014 for “Sleeping/Living in a Vehicle”. My Colyer was homeless at the time and was living in his van with his PTSD Service Dog Captain when Alameda Police violated his rights, threatened him with arrest, and essentially cited him with being homeless 500 yards away from the old Alameda Naval Station as seen in the following clip uploaded to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1w3lZV91ak
The City Attorney has been asked to get the City Council to withdraw the ordinance in light of the June 19, 2014, United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, decision in Desertrain vs. City of Los Angeles, (No. 11-56957). In that case the Court overturned the City of Los Angeles’ ordinance banning use of vehicles as “living quarters”. The analysis set forth in Desertrain, applies to the City of Alameda’s ordinance as well.http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-homeless-vehicles-20140620-story.html
With our current economic situation and the ever increasing cost of rent and living in the bay area, more and more people are becoming homeless and/or living in their vehicles. As more and more states ban sleeping, camping, sitting, walking, sharing food and existing, Utah has taken a different approach, a Housing First approach.http://www.nationofchange.org/utah-ending-homelessness-giving-people-homes-1390056183 Instead of criminalizing homelessness, they are providing case management and housing and they are saving big bucks by doing so.
Barbara Thomas, former Vice Mayor and City Council Woman of Alameda City is representing Mr. Colyer and has scheduled a hearing for October 10/10/2014 at 9:00am in Department 102 at the Wiley W. Manuel Court House, 661 Washington Street, Oakland, CA this hearing was intentionally scheduled to coincide with World Homeless Day to raise awareness for the criminalization of the homeless and veteran homelessness. No one in America should be homeless, homelessness is NOT a crime and we will #LeaveNoOneBehind.