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Posted in autonomy, California, campground, civil liberties, cold, northern california, organize, protest, rights, safe haven, self determination, updates, tagged Action Camp, all ages, ancient redwoods, CalTrans, free event, French's Camp, Highway 101, Humboldt County, non-violent direct action, Northern california, old growth redwoods, Pacific Northwest, protest, redwoods, resistance, Richardson Grove, Richardson Grove Action Now, Richardson Grove Campground and RV Park, Southern Humboldt, trainings, workshops on February 12, 2011| Leave a Comment »
The Richardson State Park is on Hwy. 101, 7 miles south of Garberville.
After dropping gear and things at the camp, we will be parking in the driveway of French’s camp, down the road southbound and across the street from the Patriot Gas Station.
Richardson Grove Action Now will be hosting an Action Camp in Southern Humboldt, beginning this Saturday, Feb 12th and going until Tuesday, Feb 15th.
Bring a friend! Train and prepare for Direct Action to STOP the highway expansion through Richardson Grove!Bring gear and food if you can.
Flier and handbill:
The camp needs donations* of Funds, Food, Firewood, Tents, AA and AAA Batteries, and Warm Stuff (sleeping bags, hats, etc)!! Olive Oil, Grains, Coffee, Mate, Fruit, Nuts, Headlamps
We will need help in the kitchen throughout the duration of the camp.
There will be meeting places for ridesharing to the camp every day:
Northern Humboldt Rideshare
9:30am – Arcata Corp-Op Kiosk (Arcata)
10:10am – Parking Lot between Walgreen’s and Eureka Natural Foods (Eureka)
Southern Humboldt Rideshare
10:30am – Used Bookstore (Garberville)
Please refrain from bringing alcohol to camp.
For more info, call Richardson Grove Action Now: (707) 602-7551, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted in autonomy, campground, civil liberties, class war, criminalizing, discrimination, homeless, houseless, human rights, illegality of sleeping ban, landless, Oregon, organize, poor people, protest, rights, safe haven, self determination, tent city, updates, veterans, tagged ashland oregon, campground, city hall, civil right, free bus ticket, homeless, homeless protest, houseless, human right, illegal camping, legal camping space, medford oregon, police, protesters, sleeping ban on December 15, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Jason Houk * Medford City Buzz Examiner * December 4th, 2010 3:48 pm PT
At the edge of the community plaza in Ashland Oregon, a group of homeless people have come together to try to raise awareness about the growing problem of poverty, homelessness and the need for a safe campground within the city limits. Ashland is a vibrant community in Southern Oregon that is well known as the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. It’s a little city of about 22,000 people that lies nestled in the valley surrounded by hills and mountains in an area that seems to draw a fair number of dreamers, artists, poets and writers. It’s a place with a tourist driven economy and one that has skirted around the issue of homeless residents for many years.
Technically it isn’t illegal to be homeless in Ashland, but it is also not legal to sleep outside on public property either and therein lies the dichotomy.
It’s about eight o clock on a Friday night, on the fifth day protesters have gathered in the plaza. It is cold enough to see your breath as about a dozen people stand next to a bus stop holding signs asking for solutions.
Some of the signs seem a little angry, but this is largely a peaceful group. “Civil rights, basic human rights are being denied. It’s unacceptable,” says Stephanie Joy, a young woman who is currently homeless. In the distance there are holiday shoppers and fire dancers, and as Stephanie speaks, area residents driving by honking in support.
“I’m convinced that more families will be affected by this and there is a coldness in that.” She pauses for a moment and continues, “It’s also good though in a sense because it is forcing people not to be so distracted. They are talking about it.”
Protests began earlier in the week when police rousted a group of homeless campers sleeping in a wooded area above Lithia Park in Ashland. It was after midnight and the group had nowhere to go. They had been frustrated by earlier encounters with Ashland PD. People who are caught sleeping, camping or cooking on public property face fines and harassment. Finally in a move of desperation the group took up the protest in downtown Ashland across from City Hall.
On the sidewalk under the protesters, some folks have written messages in colorful chalk. One says that Jesus slept outside and above the sidewalk at the entrance of the plaza there is a large lit up menorah. About a million gold lights have been carefully hung up throughout the area so that each downtown shop is illuminated. And in the middle of all of this holiday cheer there are homeless men and women lined up on the sidewalk holding signs, waiting.
Ashland police have issued several citations this week related to the protest. Police say that so far, nobody has been arrested since they have all agreed to keep moving when they have been asked to move on. The general consensus among the protesters seems to be that since they do not have anywhere to go, they are all staying put and will keep protesting and fighting for a legal camping space.
Earlier this week, Ashland’s Police Chief Terry Holderness was quoted in an NBC interview as saying that homeless people could get a free bus ticket to Medford, Oregon where there are social services in place for them. Medford Police Chief Randy Schoen says that “Medford already has a significant homeless population and that is largely due to the social services Chief Holderness has mentioned. The County Health Department, the Veteran’s Administration, job counseling services, drug and alcohol recovery services, shelters and etc are located in Medford. Often these services are close to capacity and in the case of shelters there are times people have to be turned away. This is not just an Ashland or a Medford issue. This is a county wide issue. The Homeless Task Force has some good ideas but often those ideas are limited by access to funding.”
In the meantime other ideas are flowing. “A homeless council could possibly come out of this,” says Critter Salent who is one of the homeless men in the group, “and anyone who does not have a house or pay rent could be on it, so we could have a voice.”
Sean Gordon, a local passerby thinks that one solution might be to get some of the homeless to help keep the downtown area clean. “Sweeping up in front of businesses could go a long way in establishing people’s credibility and they would get business owners support, community support. It’s good karma, he says.”
As the evening progresses the atmosphere changes when four Ashland city police cars suddenly converge on the plaza. Officers gather at the south end of the plaza as the protesters nervously hold their ground. It is still early and the police withdraw but the protesters know the officers will be back.
When asked what the protesters need Critter responds “We need people to come out…” noting they have received some public support, folks standing in solidarity and delivering food and beverages to the determined group.
The challenges facing Ashland and its homeless citizens are not unique to this community. Ashland is in a position to demonstrate compassion and become a leader in finding solutions. If any community has the ability, resources and will it is Ashland, Oregon. “We have to start cooperating together,” says Stephanie Joy.
Vanessa Houk contributed to this article.
Posted in campground, civil liberties, class war, cold, criminalizing, discrimination, gentrification, homeless, houseless, human rights, illegality of sleeping ban, landless, necessity defense, Oregon, poor people, rights, safe haven, updates, veterans, tagged ACLU, ACLU of Oregon, Arizona, Ashland, Criminalizing Homelessness, deprivation of sleep, florida, homeless, homelessness, illegality of sleeping ban, News, oregon, Orlando, poverty, sleeping ban, sleeping in public on December 15, 2010| 3 Comments »
We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. ~ Edward R. Murrow
Ashland Oregon Criminalizing Laws Target Homeless – One Ordinance States “Sleeping Prohibited”
October 19, 2008
When a city like Ashland, Oregon passes laws targeting the homeless it sends a clear message that they are not welcome. It sends another message that beneath the thin veneer; society considers them worthless. Instead of lending a helping hand, most people cross to the other side of the street to avoid them. As if they have something that is contagious. This lack of empathy I find to be heartbreaking.
McCain’s home state of Arizona is one of the places where 32 homeless people died on the streets of Phoenix, in the summer of 2005. Four homeless men died of heat exposure, in one weekend, in the summer of 2006. Sad statistics that I’m sure did not even get a mention in the local paper. When cities like Phoenix and Ashland could solve the problem easily by building homeless shelters.
The ACLU of Oregon is challenging Ashland’s anti-camping ordinance.
The Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon calls upon the City of Ashland to amend its “Prohibited Camping” ordinance from one that punishes poverty and homelessness into one that prods the city to provide housing for the homeless.
The city’s inhumane anti-camping law is inconsistent with the values of the Ashland, and the ACLU calls for immediate reform.
“The poor should not be punished simply for being poor, and that’s what this law does in Ashland,” said the ACLU of Oregon Executive Director David Fidanque. “The city of Ashland and all cities should seek to address the underlying issues of homelessness and poverty, rather than enacting and enforcing laws that target those who are homeless.”
In a report released today, the Southern Oregon Chapter calls on the Ashland City Council to make the specific revisions to the Prohibited Camping Ordinance, Municipal Code Section 10.46, and to the related “Sleeping Prohibited” ordinance, Section 10.68.230:
Section 10.46.020 (“Camping Prohibited”) should be amended to provide that, except as set forth in Section 10.46.030, the prohibitions in this ordinance shall not apply between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m., unless and until at least 50 units of permanent supportive housing are created within the City of Ashland, at least 50 percent of which are centrally located. These units must be created for current or chronically homeless persons.
Section 10.46.050 (“Penalties”) should be amended to lower the offense in Subsection A to a “violation,” to correct the erroneous reference in Subsection B to Section 1.08.010, and to correct the next to last word in Subsection B from “rebuttal” to “rebuttable.
Section 10.68.230 (“Sleeping Prohibited”) should be repealed.
The “Sleeping Prohibited” is way over the top. Ashland is by far not the worse for their poor treatment of the homeless; actually that goes to Florida.
Florida historically is “one of the worst states for criminalizing homelessness.” Stoops points out an Orlando ordinance that limits feeding homeless people in public places. In April 2007, undercover cops were sent to Orlando’s Lake Eola Park, to arrest Eric Montanez for feeding 30 homeless people – five more than the city’s 25-person limit.
“You can feed pigeons, dogs and squirrels, but God forbid you try to feed the homeless,” Stoops says.
In many cases, ours laws protect animals better than they do people. It makes me yearn for the stories my grandmother use to tell me about – during the depression – when her family of 11, use to feed the homeless that would come to their back door for a meal. They didn’t have any money but they never turned away a single person that came to the door hungry. It was the worst of times that brought out the best in people.
Posted in California, campground, cold, Eureka, CA, homeless, houseless, northern california, poor people, updates, tagged burning blankets, hate crime, homeless, homeless camp, houseless, targeting homeless, Tea Party on October 29, 2010| 1 Comment »
[this from a trusted friend from mid-September 2010]
I was just talking with a woman at an office in Eureka and she related a disturbing story. She has been talking with a rabid, local Tea Party member recently and at one point he said that some local members had been targeting the homeless by deliberately burning blankets at homeless camping spots. He seemed proud of it and did the usual stereotyping of the homeless as all drug addicts and welfare recipients. Apparently, she really set him straight, especially in noting the huge percentage of homeless who are veterans.
Posted in California, campground, civil liberties, class war, criminalizing, discrimination, Eureka, CA, homeless, houseless, human rights, illegality of sleeping ban, landless, northern california, People for a Human Rights Sanctuary, police brutality, poor people, rights, safe haven, self determination, tent city, updates, veterans, tagged campground, crisis, dignity, Eureka California, Eureka City Council, Eureka Police Department, foreclosure, government grants, government lies, homeless, houseless, human rights sanctuary, John Shelter, Kathy Anderson, low income housing, Murl Harpham, New Directions, PALCO marsh, police brutality, poverty pimp, sanitation, shelter, tent, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights on September 23, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Kathy Anderson of People For A Human Rights Sanctuary
a tent is affordable housing
Eureka City Council Mtg.
Sept. 21, 2010
Dear Council members:
Article 1: Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
As a council that has publicly stated that you, therefore Eureka, supports The Universal Declaration of Human Rights I need to ask you how the conscience of the city can continue using decades old attempts to “handle” the homeless problem that have failed. You have sunk millions of dollars into sheltering, policing and jailing people yet homelessness is on the rise.
20+ years ago and most every year since, you’ve had homeless activists/advocates talk to you about a campground and you always refuse. Then John Shelter comes to you with his New Directions Program that you funded. According to the program description, once John OK’s people to camp, they need not worry about becoming a criminal with a camping violation.
Last week a couple who lives in the marsh with an agreement between them and John was violated by a police officer who threatened to arrest this couple for trespassing and “maintaining a public nuisance”.
Can you imagine having an officer come to where you live telling you that you must leave by tomorrow or you’ll go to jail? Does that sound dignified? The officer (M.Harpham) also added insult to the threat and cut the ropes to their tarp and destroyed the door that keeps out the rain. I’ve taken many complaints from people in my neighborhood who have had the cops slash and otherwise destroy their belongings.
Where do homeless people go to when their agreements with the New Directions Program have been violated? Are you still employing New Directions, if not, when are you going to tell the public?
For more than 20 years you’ve been told of the necessity for a campground set up to provide basic sheltering and sanitation for those in housing poverty. We’ve told you that housing for every income need must be supplied to our communities or suffer with homelessness indefinitely. Today we have a saturated rental market because those who used to own are renting and those who rented are homeless because the owners were foreclosed upon and no low income housing is slated to be built this year. So where are people living? In the forests and the bushes along the bay and you have hired the police to take care of our housing shortage by criminalizing people in poverty and despair!
The welfare department recognizes that people need tents and sleeping bags and will refer people to Saint Vinnie’s for free ones if they have some donations. There are hundreds of others who have voiced their approval of a campground and who would volunteer to set up and support when they are needed.
I ask that the city work out a way to secure “common space” for people without housing to set up camp as transitional housing until the housing needs of the area become stabilized. Please don’t look to professionals to quantify needs, homeless people and activists are far more logical and realistic than are those who have financial interest in these things.
Today, September 22, 2010, I was called by Maria within the hour after I helped them relocate to a new camp spot telling me that the cops were “raiding” again and she was afraid. After calling Verbena to report the raid I went to the marsh and walked with James, Maria and dogs, down to where the patrol cars (2) were. We spoke with Murl Harpham and an unknown officer. I asked Harpham why he threatened to arrest this couple when they had an agreement with John Shelter. He said because it is illegal to camp here. I asked why did the city give $20,000 to New Directions, and he said it was so that John Shelter could teach people how to camp respectfully and clean up the marsh. I asked why the city would pay John $20,000 to teach campers how to camp if camping is illegal. Officer Harpham then told me that he would have to tell John to stop doing that. My understanding of what he was saying is that EPD has jurisdiction and therefore what New Directions was hired to do is ineffectual to the “campers” and a waste of money to the city.
We need and must provide a Human Rights Sanctuary to give relief to people like Maria who worry everyday about her belongings and staying out of the rain.
We need quiet retreats where the mind can heal from too much noise and too many people.
We need a few acres in the woods where a garden can flourish from the care of hands that once were in handcuffs.
We need jobs available to people who can sculpt and build fascinating driftwood benches and art made of recycled materials found in the marsh along the path that will be built from a million dollar grant that was just awarded to the city of Eureka. I’ll bet we could get more grant money to employ people who would live and work in the marsh while building the trail. It could be fashioned into a project like what The Conservation Corps did during the Great Depression.
We need the cops to leave people alone.