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Emergency Freedom Sleepers Sleep Out Tonight !
Date Friday May 12
Time 6:00 PM - 6:00 AM
Location Details
809 Center St. City Hall Courtyard and Sidewalk along Center St
Event Type Protest
Organizer/AuthorKeith McHenry (posting by Norse)
Emailkeith [at] foodnotbombs.net
Phone575-770--3377
PLEASE ATTEND !

The City Manager, Martín Bernal made a number of policy changes that will have an impact on those without housing all across Santa Cruz, the Freedom Sleepers and the Survival Sleepers at City Hall.

The City of Santa Cruz has made it illegal to be at City Hall from 6:00 PM to 7:00 AM Monday through Friday and has closed all of the City Hall grounds on Saturday and Sunday. The signs posted this morning also ban amplified sound without a permit, personal property on sidewalks, walls or pathways, bicycles or sitting, lying on sidewalks, walls, pathways or courtyard areas. There are reports that these policies will be enforced at a number of other city buildings in Santa Cruz.

Library staff have also reported that City Manager, Martín Bernal will be removing the benches outside the library and stationing two or more police officers at City Hall.

The Freedom Sleepers campaign inspired an attempt by Councilpersons Don Lane and Micah Posner to seek a change in the camping ban in March 2016 to make it legal to sleep outside, ending the law that made it a crime to sleep outside or in a vehicle from 11:00 PM to 8:30 AM.

Their proposed change failed to gain enough votes. In response to pressure from the Freedom Sleepers the council did create a Homelessness Coordinating Committee whose report was introduced at the May 9, 2017 City Council meeting.

Local unhoused people started their own nightly protest at City Hall the night after the Winter Shelter closed who are referred to as the Survival Sleepers.

Signs stating that it is illegal to participate in the activities of the protest were posted this morning at City Hall. More signs restricting the homeless were placed at the Downtown Library this afternoon.

To see the new posted restrictions go to https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155150021813820&set=a.489759988819.266614.691903819&type=3&theater

PLEASE JOIN US WITH VIDEO AND AUDIO EVEN IF YOU CAN'T STAY THE NIGHT!

Please contact Keith McHenry at 575-770-3377
Added to the calendar on Friday May 12th, 2017 5:17 PM
§Santa Cruz City Hall Campus
by Photo via Keith Saturday May 13th, 2017 11:44 AM
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§Sleeping Outside Santa Cruz Public Library
by Photo via Keith Saturday May 13th, 2017 11:47 AM
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§Sleeping Outside Santa Cruz Public Library
by Photo via Keith Saturday May 13th, 2017 11:48 AM
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§Sleeping Outside Santa Cruz Public Library
by Photo via Keith Saturday May 13th, 2017 11:50 AM
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§Sleeping Outside Santa Cruz Public Library
by Photo via Keith Saturday May 13th, 2017 11:52 AM
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§Santa Cruz Cops Are A Real Nightmare
by Photo via Keith Saturday May 13th, 2017 11:55 AM
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§Taken By Santa Cruz Cops
by Photo via Keith Saturday May 13th, 2017 11:57 AM
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§Taken By Santa Cruz Cops
by Photo via Keith Saturday May 13th, 2017 11:58 AM
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§Cop Records Photographer
by Photo via Keith Saturday May 13th, 2017 11:59 AM
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Scent-Anal's LatestRobert NorseWednesday May 17th, 2017 9:47 AM
Regarding their ability to enforce park hours...Razer RaySunday May 14th, 2017 7:27 AM
Specifics and the Coming Survival Sleeper SmashdownRobert NorseSaturday May 13th, 2017 9:55 PM
"Razer"Pat ColbySaturday May 13th, 2017 8:12 PM
Point-by-point commentary on the 'rules and regulations'Razer RaySaturday May 13th, 2017 6:55 PM
OMG!!SylviaSaturday May 13th, 2017 10:41 AM
Pat Colby: "What have you to say to this Razor?"RazEr RaySaturday May 13th, 2017 7:19 AM
Actions speak louder than empty words!Pat ColbyFriday May 12th, 2017 8:43 PM