Fwd: CALL TO ACTION!!!
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From: Bilal Ali <mafundi421@...>
Date: Thu, May 2, 2013 at 3:24 PM
Subject: CALL TO ACTION!!!
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Join homeless individuals, organizers, and advocates on Tuesday, May 7, in
the City Council to demand the the City Council support "The Homeless Bill
of Rights and Fairness Act" (AB5). The City Council will be voting on the
Bill. Several Council members have already voiced their opposition to AB5.
Your testimony and support is greatly needed. On April 23, the Homeless
Bill of Rights and Fairness Act (also known as Assembly Bill 5, or AB 5)
passed out of the Judiciary Committee of the California State Assembly with
at 7-2 vote.
WHAT IS THE HOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTS?
� California law protects its residents from discrimination based on sex,
race, religion and sexual orientation.
� Now a state lawmaker is pushing to add another category to the list:
� New legislation titled the "Homeless Bill of Rights" by Democratic
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco is meant to keep communities from
rousting people who have nowhere to turn.
� A Bill of rights is a list of the most important Rights of the citizens
of a country.
� This Bill would give legal protection to people engaging in
life-sustaining activities on public property.
PURPOSE OF BILL OF RIGHTS?
� Is to protect those rights against infringement by law enforcement. In
other words this Bill is meant to keep communities from rousting people who
have nowhere to turn.
� Among other activities, it specifically mentions sleeping, congregating,
panhandling, urinating and "collecting and possessing goods for recyling,
even if those goods contain alcoholic residue."
SPECIFICS OF THE HOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTS:
� The bill states that homeless Californians have the right to safe,
affordable housing and 24-hour access to clean water and safe restrooms.
� The measure "would require local governments to leave people in peace who
are not committing crimes.
CURRENT STATUS OF THE HOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTS:
� Dozens of homeless individuals, organizers, and advocates such as LACAN
have worked to get the Homeless Bill of Rights passed and on April 23, the
Homeless Bill of Rights and Fairness Act (also known as Assembly Bill 5, or
AB 5) passed out of the Judiciary Committee of the California State
Assembly. Yet, this is just the first hurdle�there is still more work to be
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP GET THE HOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTS (AB5)
� Next week the Los Angeles City Council will voting to pass resolution to
support or oppose AB 5.
� It is imperative that we fill City hall and give testimony as to why the
City council should support this important legislation.
This Bill Would:
Protect homeless people's right to use public spaces and engage in
life-sustaining activities such as sleeping and resting.
Create Hygiene Centers to provide a sanitary and healthy alternative for
people who don't have access to bathrooms or basic hygiene needs.
Prevent homeless people from being unfairly targeted by police and private
security just for appearing homeless.
Protect homeless people's right to personal property and belongings.
Prevent discrimination against homeless youth, children and students.
Prevent landlords from discriminating against someone based solely on their
Require local government to report on enforcement of laws that are often
labeled "Quality of Life" Laws.
We will be meeting at the LACAN office at 9:00am to prep. Or folks can meet
us at Los Angeles City Hall, Council Chambers.
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