https://popularresistance.org/court-affirms-right-of-homeless-persons-to-not-be-punished-for-sleeping-in-public/

Boise, Idaho – The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that homeless persons cannot be punished for sleeping outside in the absence of adequate alternatives in Martin v. Boise (formerly Bell v. Boise), a lawsuit challenging Boise, Idaho’s ban on sleeping in public….

This case is part of a nationwide movement against the criminalization of homelessness, spearheaded by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and more than 700 groups and individuals who have endorsed the Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign.

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Here is some good news about our friends in Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-sb-food-for-homeless-appeal-20180822-story.html#

But the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday said that the group’s food distribution events were “peaceful political direct action,” and therefore enjoyed First Amendment protection.

The group “does not serve food as a charity, but rather to communicate its message ‘that society can end hunger and poverty if we redirect our collective resources from the military and war and that food is a human right, not a privilege, which society has a responsibility to provide for all.’ Providing food in a visible public space, and partaking in meals that are shared with others, is an act of political solidarity meant to convey the organization’s message.

SF Food Not Bombs showed solidarity with Fort Lauderdale in 2014:  https://sffnb.org/2014/11/14/san-francisco-fnb-stands-in-solidarity-with-fort-lauderdale/

 

Here is the article:  https://missionlocal.org/2018/08/our-city-our-home-campaign-prepares-for-david-vs-goliath-battle/.

“Only blocks away from Food Not Bombs volunteers serving black beans to a long line of homeless men and women at the 16th and Mission BART plaza…”

Anyone can eat with Food Not Bombs.  Plenty of people with inside places to live eat at our sharings.

Please join us for a delicious, nutritious meal.  And, of course, we always need help.

Here is our up to date sharing schedule:  https://sffnb.org/serving-schedule/.

The Bay Area housing affordability crisis is so extreme that the press coverage of squatting goes mainstream:  https://www.sfgate.com/expensive-san-francisco/article/To-stay-housed-in-the-Bay-Area-some-families-and-12825935.php

We will update our list of empty and abandoned buildings in San Francisco in early May on this webpage:  https://sffnb.org/list-of-san-francisco-empty-and-abandoned-buildings/

 

An update from the San Francisco Examiner:  http://www.sfexaminer.com/storied-demonstration-gardens-headed-long-vacant-mccoppin-hub/

“A community garden that was displaced from its UC Hastings-owned site in the Tenderloin neighborhood this week to make room for a new academic building has found temporary shelter at the Mission District’s embattled McCoppin Hub….

The fence also triggered an Americans with Disabilities Act requirement for a wheelchair ramp, which resulted in its continued closure. As long as the ramp’s installation is outstanding, Demonstration Gardens will not be open to the public at McCoppin Hub, [John] Gavin, [chief policy adviser of The City’s Real Estate Division,] said.

Supervisor Jane Kim, whose district includes McCoppin Hub, is expected to hold a community meeting in the coming months to discuss ideas to activate the plaza once again, though a date has not been set….”

The Hub will remain closed to the public, as it has been for well over a year.  Supervisor Kim has not scheduled the promised community meeting.

Here is a timely, informative essay from Ron Jacobs posted on “Counterpunch”:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/21/stamping-out-hunger/

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/15/twelve-charged-defying-california-el-cajon-ban-feeding-homeless

The authorities in El Cajon arrest people for providing mutual aid to those in need.

Here is the article:  http://www.sfexaminer.com/residents-grow-impatient-fenced-off-soma-plaza/

San Francisco’s Real Estate Division claims that it must keep the park closed because the construction of the fence triggered an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirement that apparently no one considered ahead of time.

In order to make the enclosed park ADA compliant and re-open it, the City must build a $45,000 wheelchair ramp, although there is no time frame for that further renovation.

Presumably, the unenclosed park was ADA compliant because of its multiple egresses.

News from Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs:  https://popularresistance.org/cities-volunteers-clash-over-feeding-homeless-in-public/.

These articles are informative, worthwhile and timely.

https://popularresistance.org/activists-arrested-in-atlanta-for-feeding-homeless-without-a-permit-before-thanksgiving/

https://popularresistance.org/community-members-defy-el-cajon-ordinance-against-feeding-homeless/

Food Not Bombs.  We ain’t playin’.  You ain’t payin’.

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