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.