Colorado Legislative Committee Votes 5-6 Against the Right to Rest
Yesterday, February 24th 2016, the Local Government Committee of the Colorado State Legislator voted 5 for 6 against the Right to Rest. We were one vote short of passing this committee.
We are very sad. Because this bill did not pass the people of Colorado will continue to be awakened and moved about the city with no place to legally rest; the people of Colorado will continue to be ticketed and later thrown in jail for covering up with a blanket to stay warm; the people of Colorado will continue to hear taps on their window from officers telling them they can’t sleep in their own car. Laws will continue to be used to attempt to hid, to move “away,” the fact we live in a State and a Country with mass homelessness and poverty.
But we cannot be hidden and forced “away.” We are here and we will continue to exist in public space. And just as we must continue to exist, we will continue to join together and fight for our rights to exist…!
So much gratitude goes to Representatives Salazar and Melton for their incredible, dedicated, and deep hearted leadership in this fight!!
Thanks to Reps Feilds, Lebsock, Singer, Danielson, and Kilinginsmit for voting to support our rights!
Together we ran the Right to Rest Act last year and were voted down 3-8; we ran the Right to Rest Act this year and were voted down 5-6; we will keep coming back to the legislator year in and year out until we have the Right to Rest!
Watch Livestream of the last 20 min of the hearing here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsh2kOxzeVY
Following yesterday’s hearing we are not stopping! Join us TODAY Thursday 2/25 for
Speaking Out For The Right to Rest
Denver Homeless Out Loud In Partnership With People Rising Against Poverty
When: February 25th 5:30–8:00pm
Where: Denver Inner City Parish; 1 21 2 Mariposa St, Denver CO
The day after the committee hearing, we are holding our Speaker’s Bureau with People Rising Against Poverty in order to raise the voices of those impacted by the criminalization of homelessness and mobilize to build the movement even stronger…
-Hear directly from houseless people affected by the brutal policies of criminalization
-Discuss strategy with most affected people and DHOL organizers on paths forward.
-Learn how to get involved