State Committee Again Votes Against Right to Rest – Community Voice Loud And Clear that Our Human Rights Will Be Heard No Matter What

State Committee Again Votes Against Right to Rest –

Community Voice Loud And Clear that Our Human Rights Will Be Heard No Matter What

On Wednesday March 14, 2018, the Local Government Committee of the Colorado State House voted 10 to 3 against the Right to Rest Act – a law that would protect the right to sleep, sit, cover oneself, share food, or sleep in one’s own vehicle.

After four years of bringing the Right to Rest Act to the Colorado State Legislature and having our rights – our humanity – voted down, our resolve, our movement, and our power just grows. We know this is a long-haul struggle. History has shown us that in order to succeed in overcoming discriminatory practices, communities must stand strong together, and the fight takes years.

This vote against humanity came at the end of a nine-hour hearing that included testimony from more than 60 people supporting the Right to Rest and only six people who testified in opposition. Person after person supporting the right to rest testified to being told their presence is illegal, being arrested, having their belongings stolen and constantly being forced by police to “move along.” Lawyers, academics, youth, business owners, service providers, and faith leaders each spoke to the unconstitutional, dehumanizing and moral impacts of criminalizing existence. Also notably Denver Councilman Lopez testified as well as Erik Solivan, former director of the Office of HOPE under the mayor who was sent last year to testify against the bill and this year testified in support. And person after person testified to how this bill does not create “special rights” for homeless people, but protects the rights of all people to stand, sit, lie down, or cover oneself – to exist – in public spaces.

The Right to Rest Act, introduced through the Western Regional Advocacy Project in Colorado, California, and Oregon, aims to end all laws and practices to push certain “unwanted” community members out of public space. Our country has a long history of racist, classist laws – Jim Crow, Anti-Okie laws, Sundown laws, and others – and today’s anti-homeless ordinances are just another example.

The bill was carried for the fourth year in a row by its sponsors Representatives Joe Salazar (D-31, Thornton) and Jovan Melton (D-41, Aurora). Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran (D-5, central Denver), again assigned it to the House Local Government Committee, despite our strong efforts to have it assigned to the House Judiciary Committee, which would be the appropriate committee since it is the one that deals with civil rights and where it would have a much greater chance of passing.

The representatives who voted no against the Right to Rest justified their vote by expressing concern that this bill might create a “free-for-all” with homeless people sleeping and sitting everywhere, that there will be endless lawsuits against cities, that local municipalities need local control to use “tools” to deal with their homeless population, and that they want to “solve homelessness” instead of protecting homeless people’s rights.  Most of these concerns had been dispelled or addressed by many witness testimonies. Those opposed had no shame in showing the racist, classist blood in their veins. Eerily reminiscent of arguments made during Jim Crow, when politicians would claim to be sympathetic but still vote for measures that criminalized people and chased them out of town, Representative Paul Rosenthal (D-9, southeast Denver) voted against the bill while claiming he cared deeply about the issue and even “had a homeless friend.”

Notably, one committee member, Representative Donald Valdez (D-62, south central CO), reversed his yes vote from last year to vote no on the bill this year, giving little clues as to why.  The other new no vote this year came from Dan Pabón (D-4, northwest Denver), who was appointed at the last minute to fill the vacancy left by the recent expulsion of former representative and committee chair Steve Lebsock.  Pabón voted against the bill even though Lebsock had been a strong supporter in the past, stating that while he saw the moral and religious imperative for the bill, he believed it didn’t work on legal grounds, even though he had just witnessed countless lawyers and other legal experts testify to the legal viability of the bill.Bill advocates had petitioned Duran to fill Lebsock’s seat with someone favorable to the bill, but this was not honored.

Three representatives voted yes for the Right to Rest this year. Their votes and words of support for a bill that simply asks we be allowed to be in public are a sign of hope and humanity! We thank Representatives Jonathan Singer (D-11, Boulder Co.), James Coleman (D-7, northeast Denver), and Tony Exum (D-17, Colorado Springs)! Representative and committee chairman Singer recognized that the people who have come to these hearings year after year deserved to finally have the full House body take up this issue and have their voices heard. It is our House of Representatives too!

Furthermore, this bill would not exist without the leadership and commitment of Representatives Salazar and Melton sponsoring the Right to Rest four years in a row, standing strong against internal party division, and standing up for what is right!

Our work does not end. As homelessness continues to rise,  with even more housing budget cuts coming our way, and while criminalization does absolutely nothing to actually end homelessness, we will remain right here, growing in numbers, demanding justice. We have no place left to go. We have no other choice but to fight for our rights to survive. Our solidarity with each other and strength against the fight against our humanity only grows. Our struggle continues right now and onward in the city councils, in the federal and local courts, back at the state Capitol next year, and on the streets every day!


Contact:

720-940-5291

info@denverhomelessoutloud.org

coloradohomelessbillofrights.org

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Right to Rest Act Has a Date!! March 14th. Call to Action!!

Right to Rest Act Has a Date!! March 14th. Call to Action!!

HB 18-1067, The Colorado Right to Rest Act has been introduced and has been scheduled for its first hearing in House Local Government Committee on Wednesday March 14th at 1:30pm in room 271, on the Second floor of the State Capitol. We need you all to speak up!!

Colorado state legislators Salazar and Melton are sponsoring HB 18-1067 The Colorado Right to Rest Act – for the fourth year. The Right to Rest Act is stronger, clearer, and more powerful! If HB 18-1067 passes this year – it will force the state of Colorado to abandon its practices of criminalizing homeless people for engaging in basic life-sustaining activities like sitting, lying, sleeping, resting and eating in public. The criminalization of rest must end if we are ever to turn the tide on our homelessness crisis.

You can read the full bill language here and you can read the main talkingpoints here

TAKE ACTION!!

Follow these two easy steps.

1) Email and call the members of the Local Government Committee, and urge them to support HB 18-1067, the Colorado Right2Rest Act, and VOTE YES!

James Coleman james.coleman.house@state.co.us 303-866-2909 Democrat
Tony Exum tony.exum.house@state.co.us 303-866-3069 Democrat
Matt Gray matt@matthewgray.us 303-866-4667 Democrat
Steve Lebsock steve.lebsock.house@state.co.us 303-866-2931 Democrat
Larry Liston larry.liston.house@state.co.us 303-866-2937 Republican
Hugh McKean hugh.mckean.house@state.co.us 303-866-2947 Republican
Judy Reyher judy.reyher.house@state.co.us 303-866-2905 Republican
Kim Ransom kim.ransom.house@state.co.us 303-866-2933 Republican
Paul Rosenthal paulrosenthal5280@gmail.com 303-866-2910 Democrat
Jonathan Singer jonathan.singer.house@state.co.us 303-866-2780 Democrat
Dan Thurlow danthurlow55@gmail.com 303-866-3068 Republican
Donald Valdez donald.valdez.house@state.co.us 303-866-2916 Democrat

James Wilson representativewilson@gmail.com 303-866-2747 Republican


Sample Script:

My name is ________ and I am calling to urge you to vote YES on the Right To Rest Act. You will be hearing HB 18-1067: Colorado Right To Rest Act in the Local Government Committee. This bill provides critical civil rights protections to ALL Coloradoans that every Coloradoan is able to meet the biological need of rest.

The practice of criminalizing poor and homeless people for engaging in basic life-sustaining activities like eating, sleeping, resting, and lying is unjust, cruel and entrenches people in homelessness. HB 18-1067 will enable homeless people to better access employment and apply for housing with time and energy that would otherwise be spent responding to police harassment, tickets, courts and jail time. This bill protects the health and safety of homeless people trying to survive without a home. Please vote YES on HB 18-1067: the Colorado Right To Rest Act!

2) SHOW UP at the hearing!!

Be part of the movement…BE THERE to continue the fight for our rights and survival.


Right to Rest Act HB 18-1067 Goes to Committee Hearing!

When: Wednesday March 14th 2018 1:30pm

Where: State Capitol Building (200 E Colfax Ave – Colfax and Lincoln)

Rally West Steps

Hearing Room 271

Denver, CO— On March 14th 2018, the Colorado State Legislative Local Government Committee is scheduled to hear the Right to Rest Act – HB 18-1067. This bill, sponsored by Representatives Salazar and Melton, would end the alarming trend of cities passing and enforcing laws that criminalize the basic civil rights of homeless individuals. The Right to Rest Act would, among other things, protect the rights of all people to move rest with cover from the weather, have privacy of one’s belonging, and eat in public space as well as protect their right to occupy a legally parked motor vehicle. This bill protects all people’s human right to survive in public space and not be pushed “away” to nowhere.

This bill comes as housing prices are at an all time high in Denver and across the nation and government assistance for low-income housing has massively decreased. We cannot afford homes yet are criminalized for living homeless.

The Right to Rest Act (HB 18-1067) protects the following rights:

  • Right to rest or sleep in a public space.
  • Right to rest in public spaces and protect oneself from the elements in a non-obstructive manner.
  • Right to reasonable expectation of privacy of your property in public space.
  • Right to occupy a legally parked vehicle.
  • Right to share food and eat in public.

Come to the rally March 14th 2018 at 12:30pm in front of the Capitol, hearing at 1:30pm in room 271. Homelessness cannot be swept “away.”

Onward,
The Colorado Homeless Bill of Rights Organizing Team

Contact:

Right to Rest Act Hearing Postponed

Right to Rest Act Hearing Postponed
The hearing for the Right to Rest Act will NOT be held on February 21st as had been set. Again, to clarify there is no hearing date set for the Right to Rest at this time. We will keep all updated as soon as we have a date for the hearing. 
We are still scheduled to be heard in the Local Government Committee right now but will keep y’all updated if that changes.
In the mean time come to the Testimony Prep Day this Saturday to make sure your ready to testify! 

Saturday February 17th, 2-4pm 2018
At Denver Homeless Out Loud office 2260 California st Denver CO 80205

Learn more about the bill, how the testimony process works, and practice your testimony!

Right to Rest Fest was a Fest! We will not be silenced!!!

Right to Rest Fest was a Fest! We will not be silenced!!!
Over 200 people came out to stand up for the Right to Rest at the Fest on Monday!!! People came from cities across the state including Fort Collins, Boulder, and many nearby suburbs where homeless folks in Denver have been swept. Over 30 people spoke calling for the Right to Rest. At least 16 of these people came from the streets with lived experience of homelessness and the inescapable need for this bill. We had tons of delicious food provided by FNB, Sexy Pizza, and Blue Point Bakery. Bike’s were fixed by Bike Pit. Cloths was gather. Everyone (should have) gotten a R2R t-shit. And good times were had by all!!!
Watch video of the Fest here
You can watch all most all of the speeches! And you can even watch our fabulous MC Jerry if you want to re-heard those jokes:)
Stay tuned for updates on the hearing date and committee. Get ready to start calling legislators soon to tell them you are counting on their vote for our survival…! It will take all of us speaking up…
 

Right to Rest Fest 2018 is on!! Jan 29 at State Capitol

This year will be the 4th annual Right to Rest Fest! Every year in the beginning of the legislative session we hold a festive rally at the State Capitol kicking off the legislative fight for the Right to Rest Act. This year the day is January 29th at 11am at the State Capitol (Colfax and Lincoln). Mark your calendar!

 

Right to Rest Fest To Kick off State Bill Campaign for Fourth Straight Year

What: Right to Rest Fest

When: Monday January 29th, 2018; 11am – 1:30pm

Where: Colorado state Capitol building (Colfax and Lincoln)

Hundreds of people have gathered on the Capitol steps for the “Right to Rest Fest” each of the last three years to stand together before the legislative hearings of the Right to Rest Act.  The Right to Rest Act is back – and stronger than ever in 2018!  State representatives Salazar and Melton continue to lead the fight in the Capitol with their sponsorship.

On Monday, January 29th from 11am to1:30pm, we will be back at the state Capitol for the Right to Rest Fest!  Members of the public are asked to join us to speak out, eat food, listen to music, and call for the end of the criminalization of people living without homes.

The Right to Rest Act, which would help end the criminalization and incarceration of homeless individuals and families, is run together with members of the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP) in California, Oregon, and Colorado. The proposed legislation in each of these states  is part of a response to the growing trend of cities creating laws that make it illegal to sit, sleep, stand, and share food in public space.  

Housing prices are skyrocketing in many parts of Colorado, and efforts to address this housing crisis don’t come even close to keeping up with the numbers of people who are losing their housing every year.  Sweeps of homeless people trying to survive outside without homes are escalating across the whole state. People experiencing homelessness are being pushed around the State like a game of homeless whack-a-mole.

Even in the midst of all this intense daily struggle to exist with constant police harassment under the command of city government, homeless people have been standing up for their rights and demanding this injustice end. The city of Denver is facing a lawsuit in federal court for its role in seizing people’s property in violation of the 4th and 14th amendment of the US constitution.  

“We raise our voices this week to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and continue his work in fighting for the civil rights of the most marginalized in our society,” said Ibrahim Mubarak of Portland’s Right 2 Survive, one of the 180 organizations working actively on the three Right to Rest Act campaigns. “With shelters filled to capacity and thousands of people on waiting lists for housing around the country, homeless people have no choice but to live in public space. Cities cannot continue to act as if arresting people for that is going to solve the problem.”

Over the past couple of years, Denver Homeless Out Loud and other members of WRAP have documented 1,527 homeless people’s interactions with local police, private security guards, and the criminal justice system in 17 cities in 8 states. More than three-quarters of survey respondents (81%) reported being harassed, cited or arrested by police officers for sleeping outside,  76% reported the same for sitting or lying down and 74% for loitering or simply “hanging out.”  These were far and away the top crimes for which homeless people were charged. A sad corresponding fact is that only one quarter of respondents (25%) believed that they knew of safe, legal places to sleep.

WRAP continues its fight to protect these civil rights for all.  The proposed Right to Rest Acts in both Colorado and California would overturn all city ordinaces within their respective states that criminalize homeless individuals, such as camping bans and “sit/lie” ordinances.

“Policymakers and elected officials can no longer use the police, discriminatory laws, and unjust enforcement as solutions to the problems that pervade our communities,” said Paul Boden of the Western Regional Advocacy Project. “They cannot ignore the calls for justice emanating from communities across the country.”  

Our Fight for Right to Rest Just Grows Stronger as Committee Votes Against the Bill Again

Our Fight for Right to Rest Just Grows Stronger as Committee Votes Against the Bill Again


On Wednesday April 19, 2017, the Local Government Committee of the Colorado State Legislature voted 5 to 8 against the Right to Rest Act – the right to sleep, sit, cover oneself, share food, sleep in your own vehicle.

After three years of bringing the Right to Rest Act to the Colorado State Legislature and having our rights – our humanity – voted down, our resolve, our movement, our power just grows. We know this is a long haul struggle. History has shown us that in order to succeed in overcoming discriminatory practices, communities must stand strong together and the fight takes years.

 

This vote against humanity came at the end of an 11 hour hearing including testimony from over 60 people supporting the Right to Rest and only 5 people who testified in opposition. Person after person supporting the right to rest testified to being threatened, having their belongings stolen and being forced by police to “move along.” Lawyers, business owners, service providers and faith leaders each spoke to the unconstitutional, dehumanizing and moral impacts of criminalizing existence. And person after person testified to how this bill does not create “special rights” for homeless people, but protects the rights of all people to stand, sit, lie down, cover oneself – exist – in public spaces.

 

The Right to Rest Act, introduced through the Western Regional Advocacy Project in Colorado, California, and Oregon, aims to end all laws and practices to push certain “unwanted” communities out of public space. Our county has a long history of racist, classist laws – Jim Crow, Anti-Okie, Sundown laws – used to push certain people out of public spaces and anti-homeless ordinances are just another example.

 

The Right to Rest hearing on Wednesday was a powerful demonstration of a people who will not be hidden, silenced, or treated as less than human. For the third year in a row we packed the committee room with a collective energy that will not go away, but rather continues to grow. As homeless and poor people, we know what is really going on in the streets. In closing comments Representative Lebsock, who voted yes, said “today we heard reality versus reporting.” Reality from people living on the streets, and reporting from city officials reporting numbers of shelter beds, housing units being developed, and money being spent. Reality was spoken loud and clear – “we will continue to exist and survive in public spaces no matter how much you try to hide us.”

 

The Representatives who voted NO against the Right to Rest justified their vote by expressing concern that this bill will create a “free-for-all” with homeless people sleeping and sitting everywhere, that there will be endless lawsuits against cities, that local municipalities need local control to use “tools” to deal with their homeless population, and that they want to “solve homelessness” not create rights. They had no shame in expressing their perception of the sight of visibly homeless people as “bad for business.” They had no shame in defending businesses and cities from the potential law suits they would face – never considering that instead they could just respect people’s rights.

 

Five Representatives voted YES for the Right to Rest this year. Their vote and words of support for a bill that simply asks we be allowed to sleep, sit, not have our blankets taken, are a sign of hope and humanity! We thank Reps Lebsock, Singer, Coleman, Exum, and Valdez! Furthermore, this bill would not be real without the incredible leadership and commitment of Reps Salazar and Melton sponsoring the Right to Rest three years in a row, standing strong against internal party division, and standing up for what is right!

 

Our work does not end. As homelessness will continue to persist with more housing budget cuts in sight, and while criminalization does absolutely nothing to actually end homelessness, we will remain right here, growing in numbers, demanding justice. We have no place left to go. We have no other choice but to fight for our rights to survive. Our solidarity with each other and strength in fight against our humanity only grows. Our fight continues right now and onward in the city councils, in the federal and local courts, back at the state capitol next year, and on the streets everyday!!

Right to Rest Act HB 17-1314 Will be Heard in Committee Wednesday!!

Right to Rest Act HB 17-1314 Will be Heard in Committee Wednesday!!


When: Wednesday April 19th

Where: State Capitol Building (200 E Colfax Ave – Colfax and Lincoln)

Rally 12pm West Steps

Hearing 1:30pm Room 271

TAKE ACTION NOW!

https://coloradohomelessbillofrights.org/action-steps/

 

Denver, CO— On Wednesday April 19, 2017, the Colorado State Legislative Local Government Committee will be voting on the Right to Rest Act – HB 17-1314. This bill, sponsored by Representatives Salazar and Melton, would end the alarming trend of cities passing and enforcing laws that criminalize the basic civil rights of homeless individuals. The Right to Rest Act would, among other things, protect the rights of all people to move freely, rest, have privacy of one’s belonging, and eat in public space as well as protect their right to occupy a legally parked motor vehicle. The many laws across Colorado which infringe on these rights would be rendered null and void. This bill is about protecting all people’s human right to survive in public space and not be pushed “away” to nowhere.

 

This bill is being heard just two weeks after three people went on trial and were convicted for violation of Denver’s Unauthorized Urban Camping Ban -properly named Survival Ban – where the prosecution told defendant Randy Russell in cross examination, “You know it is illegal for you to survive in Denver.” This bill comes after a year of intensely escalated sweeps across Denver as well as sweeps in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and many cities across Colorado. This bill comes after a lawsuit was filed and is under litigation against the city of Denver for the sweeps and seizure of property. This bill comes as housing prices are at an all time high in Denver and across the nation and government assistance for low-income housing has massively decreased. We cannot afford homes yet are criminalized for living homeless.

 

The Right to Rest Act (HB 17-1314) ends the criminalization of rest and accompanying violations of basic human and civil rights for all people.

 

This legislation protects the following rights and prohibits the enforcement of any local laws that violate these rights:

  • Right to move freely, rest, sleep and be protected in a public space.

  • Right to rest in public spaces and protect oneself from the elements in a non-obstructive manner

  • Right to reasonable expectation of privacy of your property in public space

  • Right to occupy a legally parked vehicle

  • Right to share food and eat in public

 

Wednesday April 19th rally at 12noon in front of the Capitol, hearing at 1:30pm in room 271. Survival while living without a home should never be deemed a crime.

Contact:

Denver Homeless Out Loud

info@denverhomelessoutloud.org

720-940-5291

coloradohomelessbillofrights.org

wraphome.org

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Right to Rest Hearing April 19!! BE THERE!

Right to Rest Hearing April 19!!

 

HB 17-1314, The Colorado Right to Rest Act  is going to be heard and voted on in House Local Government Committee on Wednesday, April 19th at 1:30 in room 271, on the second floor of the State Capitol. We need you all to speak up! And BE THERE!

There will be food at the Rally at 12noon. The hearing might go late so if you can’t come until later, still come. The Capitol doors close at 5pm so it is hard to get in after that though.

Colorado state legislators Salazar and Melton introduce HB 17-1314 – The Colorado Right2Rest Act – for the third year. The Right2Rest Act is stronger, clearer, and more powerful! If HB 17-1314 passes this year – it will force the state of Colorado to abandon its practices of criminalizing homeless people for engaging in basic life-sustaining activities like sitting, lying, sleeping, resting and eating in public. The criminalization of rest must end if we are ever to turn the tide on our homelessness crisis.

Watch the camping ban in action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etCAymiuRdc

You can read the full bill language here and you can read the main talking points here

Follow These 2 Easy Steps to TAKE ACTION!

1) Send a letter of organizational support!
Click here for a sample letter.

Please send your letter on organizational letterhead, to: info@denverhomelessoutloud.org and coral@wraphome.org and all the committee members below

2) Email and call the members of the Local Government Committeeand urge them to support HB 17-1314 , the Colorado Right2Rest Act

James Coleman james.coleman.house@state.co.us 303-866-2909 Democrat
Tony Exum tony.exum.house@state.co.us 303-866-3069 Democrat
Matt Gray matt@matthewgray.us 303-866-4667 Democrat
Steve Lebsock steve.lebsock.house@state.co.us 303-866-2931 Democrat
Larry Liston larry.liston.house@state.co.us 303-866-2937 Republican
Hugh McKean hugh.mckean.house@state.co.us 303-866-2947 Republican
Clarice Navarro clarice.navarro.house@state.co.us 303-866-2905 Republican
Kim Ransom kim.ransom.house@state.co.us 303-866-2933 Republican
Paul Rosenthal paulrosenthal5280@gmail.com 303-866-2910 Democrat
Jonathan Singer jonathan.singer.house@state.co.us 303-866-2780 Democrat
Dan Thurlow danthurlow55@gmail.com 303-866-3068 Republican
Donald Valdez donald.valdez.house@state.co.us 303-866-2916 Democrat

James Wilson representativewilson@gmail.com 303-866-2747 Republican 


Sample Script:

My name is ________ and I am calling to urge you to vote YES on the Right To Rest Act. You will be hearing HB 17-1314Colorado Right To Rest Act in the Local Government Committee. This bill provides critical civil rights protections to ALL Coloradoans that every Coloradoan is able to meet the biological need of rest.

The practice of criminalizing poor and homeless people for engaging in basic life-sustaining activities like eating, sleeping, resting, and lying is unjust, cruel and entrenches people in homelessness. HB 17-1314 will allow homeless people more time and energy to access services, search for employment and apply for housing that would otherwise be spent responding to police harassment, tickets, courts and jail time. Please vote YES on HB 17-1314: the Colorado Right To Rest Act!

 

Onward,
The Colorado Homeless Bill of Rights Organizing Team

Colorado Right To Rest Act HB 17-1314 Introduced

Colorado Right To Rest Act HB 17-1314 Introduced

Denver, CO— On Monday April 3, 2017, Colorado State Representatives Salazar and Melton (both Democrats) introduced legislation to end the alarming trend of cities passing laws that criminalize the basic civil rights of homeless individuals. HB 17-1314, known as the “Right to Rest Act,” would, among other things, protect the rights of all people to move freely, rest, have privacy of one’s belonging, and eat in public space as well as protect their right to occupy a legally parked motor vehicle. The many laws across Colorado which infringe on these rights would be rendered null and void. The bill is scheduled for its first hearing in the House Local Government Committee on April 19th at 1:30pm in room 271.

Colorado Right to Rest Organizer, Marcus Hyde, said, “We have a moral imperative to protect the civil and human rights of every person. Criminalization deprives individuals of safe, legal and dignified opportunities to perform necessary human functions. It forces vulnerable people who lack housing into more hidden, and therefore more dangerous, areas—with deadly consequences.”

In a unique irony the bill was introduced the afternoon before three (3) people start a criminal trial for violation of Denver’s Unauthorized Urban Camping Ban with the potential of spending a year in jail for sleeping and up to a $999 fine.

The Right to Rest Act (HB 17-1314) ends the criminalization of rest and accompanying violations of basic human and civil rights for all people.

This legislation protects the following rights and prohibits the enforcement of any local laws that violate these rights:

  • Right to move freely, rest, sleep and be protected in a public space.

  • Right to rest in public spaces and protect one self from the elements in a non-obstructive manner.

  • Right to reasonable expectation of privacy of your property in public space

  • Right to occupy a legally parked vehicle.

  • Right to share food and eat in public.

 

Survival while living without a home should never be deemed a crime.

Right to Rest is Comin to Ya! Get Involved Event Sat 1.7 1pm

Right to Rest is Comin to Ya! 2017 Get Involved Kick Off Event

Saturday January 7th, 2017
1-3pm
Denver Homeless Out Loud Office (Centro Humanitario) – 2260 California St Denver CO 80205
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Join us to get ready to bring about the Right to Rest Act in the 2017 legislative session!! After two years of running this bill to protect our basic human right to survive, this fixing to be a big year! After a year of intense sweeps in Denver, along with major sweeps of communities in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and others, a re-surge in enforcement of the camping ban in Boulder after a brief hold off, and hiking rent prices all over Colorado leaving more people with nowhere to live but outside…We are ready to come in strong demanding the Right to Rest this year.

Over this past year we have shown that together, with persistent work and boldness, we do have power. We the people of the streets, bridges, and poor won this year – stopping a sit/lie law from passing in Fort Collins, getting a brief hold off on camping ban arrests in Boulder, building new organizations to fight for homeless people’s rights in Colorado Springs, filing a lawsuit against the city of Denver for unconstitutionally taking people’s property, forcing the Denver Mayor to instruct cops not to take survival gear when enforcing the camping ban, among many other wins across Colorado. May this also be the year we win the Right to Rest…
The Right to Rest Act is a state legislative bill created from street outreach and run together with California and Oregon all as part of the Western Regional Advocacy Project. The bill protects all people’s rights to exist in public space – to sit, lie, sleep, cover oneself, sleep in a vehicle, have belongings, and share food. Basic survival. Yet, every year businesses, city governments, and the like show up to convince the legislators these are not human rights and cities must have laws to push unwanted people out of sight.
We will not be pushed out of sight. We will continue to exist in public – and increasingly so as homes are becoming more and more as a privilege for the rich.
Saturday January 7th 2017 is the time to come learn about the 2017 Right to Rest Act, learn about the legislative process, and get involved in organizing for the Right to Rest at the Capital, on the streets, in your business, or where ever! Come and bring a friend.
P.S If your organization, business, church, ect has not yet endorsed the Right to Rest you can do so here https://coloradohomelessbillofrights.org/endorse-the-campaign/

Contact: