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January 14, 2013
This morning, a man staying at the Eureka Rescue Mission (an evangelical Christian shelter unavailable to many] was told by a staff member the following: a young man who the shelter turned away the night before because he didn’t pass the required BREATHALYZER to eat or sleep at the Mission, died in the cold. Froze to death. IT’S TIME, FOLKS. TIME TO RISK YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND SAVE LIVES. WE ARE READY TO ASSIST AS EXPLAINED BELOW. More blankets and sleeping bags need as well. ~Verbena (707)442-7465

EMERGENCY- Freezing weather and people with no shelter.

Cold weather, especially over an extended period of time, takes a heavy toll on the health and well-being of the most vulnerable members in our community.

A few years ago, a small household in Eureka, made its garage available as a safe sleeping space for people with no shelter. The household and a group of friends (many PEOPLE PROJECT folks) organized the space in response to the dangerous weather and police conditions on the street. It was actually quite simple. Prior to opening the safe sleeping space, we discussed how we thought it would work best. One of the things decided beforehand was that we would make the space available for 11 nights (December 21-31), and would be explicit about that time frame, so that people sleeping there could depend on a stable schedule.

At this time, opening your home or some covered space is imperative. We were so grateful for the garage, and all went well. Being only a temporary situation, we are reaching out to you, asking you to open your garage, yard, or big room for whatever time you decide is possible.
We imagine a rotating emergency sleeping space.

We have found that when a community cooperates and shares in the protection of its most vulnerable members, the result is a vital sense of security experienced by all.

The people who shared their garage and those of us who supported and helped coordinate that emergency shelter space are available to talk with you about our experiences. We are eager to assist you in many ways if you are able to open up a sleeping space.

Ways we can assist you include: collecting floor padding, blankets, sleepware, and other necessary warm things (the garage just used had a cement floor); driving folks who need a ride to and from the space; and being present in the sleeping space overnight. The volunteer-run PARC (Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community) in downtown Eureka fully supports the creation of temporary or permanent dignified community sleeping spaces. PARC is available, for any set-up you may provide, as a phone contact, a donation drop-off, and a dedicated resource for people offering or utilizing a safe shelter.

Please Call PARC: (707) 442-7465

People can and do freeze to death in cold or wet or windy weather.. here we have all three at once. And the police continue to harass people and ruin their gear in the rain and cold. Please call and/or email if you want to talk about opening a space up yourself. It is freezing at night, and we can make a way through these hard times together.

Please Call PARC: (707) 442-7465

The following are the guidelines that were posted on the inside of the garage. You may have some different ideas for your place. We believe that emphasizing honor, dignity, and relationship makes for a truly “safe space.”

\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ WELCOME ///////////////////////////

This is a hate-free space. that means…
NO racism, sexism, homophobia, etc
* please no physical or verbal violence
* smaller room is for women only
* bigger room is for all

To protect this safe sleeping space…
– no drinking alcohol or doing drugs (including pot) here
– use lights, not candles
– every night, come through front house door when you first arrive;
then use the front gate to go in/out.
– use bathroom in the house (walk in back door, then to right)
– quiet after 9pm, and during cigarette breaks

You are welcome to sleep here…
– every night through the night of Dec 31st.
– Please come in no earlier than 6pm and no later than 10:30pm
-mornings, out by 9am please

Please do not leave your belongings here,
as no-one is here to protect them

Please communicate theses guide-lines with newcomers

If you need anything, please feel free to ask.

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This is a message from Verbena

Greetings all,

This is probably my least favorite task, but here we are again asking for money contributions… We need to pay rent and bills (we don’t use heat, so our bills aren’t too high, except for phone bills- which rise incredibly from jail calls). Also, due to continuous rain, every few days we need to wash and dry blankets, towels, and clothes -for lots of people.

We’re hoping to get another safe sleeping space going (grass roots style, of course) for people who otherwise have no safe sleeping place. Once again, we will be doing lots of laundry and needing miscellaneous supplies.

I know that money is scarce all around (at least for most ordinary folks), but if you can eek out any “spare change”, we can keep things together. We can keep PARC open and thriving and support the projects that we generate.

Please call if you want to drop off or mail any money: (707) 442-7465
Also, we still have the paypal account at the PARC webpage: parc.2truth.com

Please pass on this request if you know people who might contribute. Although, right now we need rent money for the beginning of February, donations at any time of the month are super appreciated.

Thank you!

–Verbena

FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL! http://redwoodcurtaincopwatch.net/node/375#node-375

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Support Tent Cities! Support Safe Sleeping spaces for ALL!!

The below account is from a mainstream T.V. station, Jan 28, 2010

Homeless Resisting Move from Downtown Encampment

More than a dozen homeless people in downtown Fresno are being forced to move from their makeshift camp.

The homeless people are living in tents and sleeping on the ground on privately owned property at the corner of Ventura and F Street.

Work crews began showing up to fence off the property before noon but many of the homeless people living at the vacant lot refused to gather their belongings and leave and actually engaged in a shouting match with city officials.

One homeless man said, “I do not give them permission to enter my home without a valid court order or search warrant. I’m homeless… I live out here… this is my home.”

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said, “The individuals that are on this property today are in violation of trespass laws. We are trying to work with them in terms of finding a solution; a long term and a short term solution.”

The city decided to extend the moving deadline until the end of the day to allow the homeless to gather their belongings and vacate the property. City officials say they are also giving out Section 8 housing voucher applications. [appropriately known as Section WAIT…]

If everything is not moved out by the end of the day on Thursday, the city will label the belongings and store them and the owners will have 90 days to pick them up.

Watch the TV news video: http://www.cbs47.tv/news/local/story/Homeless-Resisting-Move-from-Downtown-Encampment/7pXBprbjB0yCkkrEPOQtFQ.cspx

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