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Homeless Persons Memorial Day

Please join us, on the shortest day/longest night of the year, to remember and honor people who have died while homeless in Humboldt County. 
 

2pm- 10pm: Gazebo (2nd and F), Old Town, Eureka, CA 95501 
4pm: Under the clock, Garberville, CA 95542
 

We will gather from 2pm to 10pm with food, music, candles, and opportunity to share your thoughts and memories about the friends and neighbors we have lost. There will also be naloxone training and education. This will all be happening at the Gazebo (2nd and F) in Old Town Eureka on Thursday, December 21st – Winter Solstice and Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.

In Southern Humboldt, you’re invited to gather “under the clock” in Garberville at 4pm, and there will be a candle light vigil in honor of those who have died while homeless, with no where to go.

FOOD AND DONATIONS FOR EUREKA GATHERING [certainly Garberville folks would like donations, too!]:

We are accepting donations of food and warm clothing to ensure our community members can make it through the night.

Please bring warm, clean donations of survival gear to the event: backpacks, sweaters, sleeping bags/blankets, hats, socks, belts, shoes, etc.

If you can, bring some vegetarian/vegan food (so everyone can enjoy). Regarding food, message or call Sarah Torres and let her know when you can bring your dish/food item. 707.267.4757.

Please show your support if you’re housed. Spread the word.

This year there has been a lot of violence against homeless people and unnecessary deaths of people without shelter. We honor those who have died by defending the dignity and safety of people living without shelter. And working so that no one is left out in a wet, cold. and dangerous situation.

Hope to see you Dec 21st. It is important that we come together and stay connected.

This year’s Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is organized by people from Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives (AHHA), Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR), folks from Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community (PARC), and other caring people in the community.

Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

HOMELESS PEOPLE DIE FROM SYSTEMIC VIOLENCE

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NOVEMBER 3, 2010

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This letter is a reminder that I am still entitled to the documents requested in my June 2008 Public Records Request and that the HCSD continues to have a legal obligation to preserve documents material to this request until inspection as requested has been completed and all disputes regarding the availability and production of documents have been finally resolved. Please reference the June 2008 Request to be sure that the HCSD preserves what is mandated by law pursuant to my Request.

As a reminder, the purpose of my request is threefold:
1) to permit public scrutiny of the HCSD customs, practices, and procedures material to contact with homeless and/or transient people, people sleeping and/or camping outside, and people sitting on public sidewalks;
2) to permit public scrutiny of the specific actions of HCSD in the Garberville/Redway area in relation to homeless and/or transient people, people sleeping and/or camping outside, and people sitting on public sidewalks, and;
3) to evaluate the need for additional training, guidance, oversight, and monitoring regarding HCSD interactions with homeless and/or transient people, people sleeping and/or camping outside, and people sitting on public sidewalks to prevent the violation of said peoples’ rights (rights established by law, by the California and United States Constitutions, and by international treatises).

Due to the HCSD’s initial and now long-time refusal to comply with the request, and due to the HCSD’s increased and escalated activities related to and against homeless and/or transient people, people sleeping and/or camping outside, and people sitting on public sidewalks, the records that the HCSD is now required to produce responsive to my June 2008 Request have increased exponentially.

To see the letter in its entirety, CLICK HERE

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Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department Refuses to Comply with California Public Records Request

In 2008, while Sheriff’s made nasty raids of houseless peoples’ camps in Southern Humboldt and attacked houseless and travelling people in the day (for “crimes” like sitting under shade trees during record heat) a Southern Humboldt resident made a CA Public Records Request.

Click on the title link above to read some of the background and see the documents.

Because the Sheriff’s Dept. has failed to comply with the request, it has dragged on to now. Now that Humboldt Sheriff’s Officers are doing STREET SWEEPS and CHECKPOINTS FOR LOCAL ID (with none, you’re run out of town or arrested), they are going to have to give up lots more info in response to the request about what they are doing to people. If they don’t give it up soon, it’s going to court.

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For Immediate Release: contact Paul 707.923.4488
Oct 27, 2010.

Emerald Region Poor People’s Campaign

STAND UP GET UP

Once again, the rain is a sign for police action against the poor. Wed, Oct 27, camps have been raided here in SoHum. Shamefully, deputies and chp have set up checkpoints in Redway and street sweeps in Garberville as well. Those without I.D.s showing local addresses are warned to leave the area or face arrest.

Numbers of people were arrested and others issued tickets. Reportedly the police are promising 20 or more officers for Thursday, Oct. 28.

Opposed to a police state for the poor who don’t have the proper papers? Fed up with a County where the police and some hardline merchants and some hippy gentry make policy and NOT elected officials and their administrators?

This a Civil Rights issue. Poor people are the objects of an organized campaign where “homeless” is a shorthand to hate speech. As we are told repeatedly, most Americans are two paychecks (or one mortgage or rental agreement) away from, this locally criminalized “homelessness”. This an unabashed war on the poor, starting at the bottom.

The choice is obvious – to identify clearly with the Civil Rights of poor people and stand in support.

For that purpose, there will be a Poor People Solidarity Rally in downtown Garberville at noon on this Thursday, Oct 28 and again at noon on Friday.

Bring a sign, a song, a statement – in the spirit of Martin Luther King and Bob Marley. Stand up, get up, stand up for our rights.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010:

We don’t have all the info yet; A friend has gone to see if he can help people get their gear safely away.

 

We have reports of destruction of property by the police who are slashing tents and bagging camps in the Redway/Garberville area.  

 

Also reports that people are being told they can’t go back to their sleeping places or they will be arrested.  

 

Hamilton seems to be the deputy in charge at the moment. McCall is the other one according to my informants.

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So today (July 14th) the Mateel meal was held at the Vet’s park across the street from the bookstore in Garberville(because the Mateel kitchen staff is down at the reggae site). Police (Humboldt County Sheriff’s Dept) arrived and told people that the Veteran’s have said they don’t want anyone sitting in the park, that they want it cleared out. People asked where they could go and there were no places. Police said they will arrest people who are sitting in town anywhere.

One of the people who cooks the Mateel meal reported that when she asked Deputy Ken Swithenbank where people could EAT, he responded, “They can go a day without food.”

A call was made by a caring resident (and business owner) in the area about the cops’ Vet’s Hall claim. The call went to Brian Ormond, who is supposedly the vet in charge, but he is out of town till Monday.

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[this was played on All Sides Now, a listener commentary of KMUD (http://www.kmud.org/)

Monday, June 14th WHILE a caring community member shared sandwiches with up to 100 hungry people in Redway- on the street- engaging in a responsible and constitutionally protected activity- the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department drove around photographing the people who were eating lunch. This is INTIMIDATION. This is profiling. There is no good reason for it.

People are scared when the Sheriff’s Department behaves this way because the Sheriff targets anyone who lives outside with very few resources. The Sheriff’s Department hunts people down while they are sleeping -out of sight- and Sheriff Deputies attempt to DISAPPEAR people who are, for instance, sitting under a tree for shade.

The cops call this “sweeping”, but in reality, they are PUNISHING people for their status as houseless, PROFILING people who appear to be carrying all of their possessions on their backs, and INTIMIDATING people out of their constitutional rights to travel, to assemble, to express themselves, and to be free of unreasonable invasion of privacy. The Sheriff’s Dept, and the County are also INTIMIDATING the same people out of their human right to LIVE, and to live without fear of government abuse and invasion into their lives. The photographing today is part of a County wide government campaign to harass, hurt, punish, and disappear people who have no shelter, or have very few resources.

There is no reason that people who are eating lunch in Redway in public- poor , rich, houseless, employed, unemployed, black, white, old, or young- should be subject to police intimidation and persecution.

We can do something about this. We can anticipate the Sheriff’s using those photos and the fear they instill to mess with people tonight or tomorrow. Please have your cameras and eyes and awareness ready on the streets of Redway and Garberville, and in the outlying areas. Please defend people, be present when and if the sheriff’s come around to further harass folks who live outside of capitalism’s graces. Do not allow your own prejudices to blind you from the need for persecuted communities to be protected. Sharing food is not a crime. Surviving without a roof is not criminal. Pay attention. Speak out. Let the Sheriff’s know that this behavior is unacceptable against ANY community.

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