Mayor Brand STOP PUNISHING the HOMELESS bc the SHELTERS are full! ALLOW THEM TO USE TENTS
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MAYOR LEE BRAND in FRESNO, CA has signed off on the "UNHEALTHY AND HAZARDOUS CAMPING ACT." EFFECTIVE THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017.
Simply meaning that NO TENTS can be pitched in urban areas such as downtown or in residential areas period. This newly passed "Act" is clearly aimed at the 2,200 unsheltered homeless living in tents and under tarps. There are 3,100 approximately homeless people in Fresno, CA of which 2,200 are unsheltered and have never been sheltered. Mayor Brand feels this "Act" was needed due to the growing number of homeless which are in the wooded areas spilling into the breezeways, underpasses, onto the sidewalks and street corners. Did Mayor Lee Brand make other provisions for these 2,200 unsheltered homeless before hastily signing off on this no tents allowed? NO! NO!
Last year when former Mayor Swearengin tried to implement this same city ordinance she was met with community uproar backlash and disgust. The ordinance was pulled.
Newly elected Mayor Brand has taken all the tents, tarps, any possessions from the 2,200 unsheltered homeless saying "As long as I am in office, we will NOT surrender to our homeless." It appears due to the overflow of the homeless onto the city's sidewalks the Mayor wants to put an immediate stop to this without a second's thought. Additionally, Mayor Brand wants to make not only tents illegal but would like to see in the future that being homeless is illegal.
President City Councilman Steve Brandau states there will be no "tent sweeps" meaning bulldozing down the entire tent city encampments. Tell me what is the difference if they are bulldozed and thrown into the garbage truck or picked up by a city worker and thrown into the garbage truck????? President City Councilman Brandau's commentary continues by stating that the homeless will be ticketed, fined and sent to jail for "misbehaving." Meaning performing daily human functions to live. Sleep and rest outside, cook food, use the bathroom.....many citizens do not know that this is a part of the ordinance. Very sneaky President City Councilman Steve Brandau.
Mayor Brand's own daughter Charity Brand was homeless for over 2 years. Where is this man's heart? The only 2 shelters in Fresno, CA are completely full every day. So it seems that because these 2 homeless shelters are full Mayor Brand is punishing the 2,200 unsheltered homeless. Where can they go besides tents and tarps? Tents and tarps are their homes. Some of them work and keep their uniforms inside along with their meager possessions. Now, all thrown into the garbage truck as they stand back and watch everything they had is being tossed as trash, not just tents.
The city of Fresno, Mayor Lee Brand has made NO provisions for these 2,200 unsheltered homeless. Despicable!!!! The next time you walk past a homeless person, think about the fact that they have had lives, rich and interesting lives that were thrown into turmoil due to circumstances that are often out of their control.
SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WE WILL STAND. SIGN THIS PETITION TO TELL FRESNO'S MAYOR LEE BRAND TO STOP THE CRIMINALIZATION OF FRESNO'S HOMELESS BY TAKING AWAY THEIR TENTS....THEIR HOMES. TELL MAYOR BRAND TO ALLOW THE HOMELESS TO USE TENTS UNTIL FURTHER PROVISIONS ARE MADE.
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