Friday, March 22, 2013

Human Rights advocates for the Homeless set to invade Take Back Santa Cruz's hate parade

Defend those without homes! campaign page [link]
Santa Cruz is attacking houseless people [link]

2013-03-22 "Let's join TBSC's march with COLOR, signs of positivity and compassion, costumes etc."
message from Brent Adams of "Santa Cruz Sanctuary Camp":
Hi friends,
As you know, over the past few years and especially recently, Take Back Santa Cruz (TBSC) has been repeatedly using news stories about violence and drug abuse to focus attacks on our homeless population and Homeless Services.  Recently they've begun to lobby for a removal of the sustenance food program at HSC that feeds hundreds of people daily.  They also want drug and background checks as a requirement for basic homeless services.
They are having a march from Harvey West Park to City Hall to parade their hatred of homeless people past the Homeless Services Center HSC.
The march will be at 5pm Tuesday March 26
I invite you to join me in this march as we engage in colorful, compassionate community.  Bring signs of compassion and love.  Costumes are highly encouraged.  Let's begin to transmute this negative energy into something beautiful.
This community group has had a large roll in the removal of a long-time needle exchange program, the virtual clear-cutting of the river levee and a 3 month long homeless sweep of the woods.   At city council meetings they use "compassion" as a negative trait and they blame former liberal politicians for the violent climate only to harvest the pain and fears to base proposed anti-homeless policies on.  The net effect is an increasingly fearful and knee-jerk environment where fair practices and justice are at risk.
TBSC just filled the court room to protest the defense of a man who was held in jail for 18 days even though he had direct evidence of his innocence in his pocket.  He had been detained for stealing a bouquet of flowers that he had just purchased.  Charges were dropped but with no apology to the man who spent 18 days in jail before seeing a judge.
Let's have fun out there!
NOTE BY NORSE:  Brent Adams is a musician, community activist, and for the last year, target of the SCPD and D.A. Bob Lee as a member of the Santa Cruz Eleven.  He has led protests seeking an end to the harassment of the homeless in the past, and is currently working on a Sanctuary Camp project (see his facebook page).  Below he calls for joining a march with the Banish-the-Homeless group Take Back Santa Cruz in a dialogue strategy.   He also has a radio show on Free Radio Santa Cruz at 101.3 FM every Tuesday night from 9 PM to 11 PM.

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