Decriminalize homelessness
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Decriminalize homelessness

    1. alison whitemore
    2. Petition by

      alison whitemore

      santa rosa ca, CA

In the beautiful redwoods and wine country of Sonoma County in Northern California, those without shelter and economic resources are hard-hit. The County and its largest city, Santa Rosa, do not have nearly enough shelter beds, and yet those who are forced to sleep outside can be arrested for doing so. We find that morally repugnant. We hope you do too and join us in signing the below petition.

We the undersigned, join with the Dorothy Day Working Group of Occupy Santa Rosa, to call upon the City Council of Santa Rosa to immediately rescind City Code 11.22, and we call on the on the Supervisors of Sonoma County to rescind Article 1, Sec. 19-15 which prohibit camping on public space and in vehicles.
You can be ticketed for sleeping in public or for sleeping in your car on public property for more than two hours. Yet, at least 1,500 people in Santa Rosa, and 3,400 in Sonoma County are without hope of a shelter every night. City Code 11.22 and County Code 1.19-15 make poverty and lack of shelter a crime – rescind them now.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Avan Curran SACRAMENTO, CA
      • 9 months ago

      I'm homeless and need to be able to sleep

    • Adam Kirshenbaum SANTA ROSA, CA
      • 10 months ago

      In Santa Rosa please come to our meetings on Mondays from 1-3 at the Peace and Justice Center on 467 Sebastopol Ave, and our vigils on Sundays from 1-4 at the corner of Mendocino and 4th St. Please go to City Council meetings on Tuesdays and speak out or write to City Council and the County Supervisors. If you don't live here please get to know your local poverty ordinances and talk or write to politicians where you live. Tent cities are not enough. Rescind City Code 11.22 and Article 1, Sec. 19-15! Thousands of unhoused people are counting on your support especially in cold weather!

    • Heather Reel MISSOULA, MT
      • 10 months ago

      I have lived on the streets before and been through this myself

    • Deborah Winter BETHLEHEM, PA
      • 11 months ago

      Earth is our home and all humans have a right to a standard of living that allows us to life, liberty, and a pursuit of happiness as promised in our bill of rights...

    • James Paquin TRINIDAD, CA
      • 11 months ago

      If the ulta-rich and corporations paid their fair share of taxes, 35%, and couldn't put up to $32 Trillion in off-shore accounts there would be more than enough for housing, health care, education, etc. Think about do something about it.


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