Who are you building for?
Join Denver Homeless Out Loud at Union Station (on Wynkoop in front) Saturday April 23rd 12:30pm to demand the Mayor End the Sweeps! Then join together with social justice organizations all standing together for a Denver built for all!
On April 23rd, RTD and the City of Denver will be celebrating the opening of A-Line commuter rail traveling from Union Station to DIA
This opening symbolizes the growing divide between the people of Denver, and the development happening in our City. RTD recently increased the costs of their fares and passes in a move that primarily impacts transit dependent riders. While tourists can take the A Line from DIA to stay in 5 Star Hotels, some DIA workers will have to pay a shocking $18 a day in transit fares. This is happening as Denver Metro area housing costs are some of the fastest rising in the nation. Meanwhile, the City of Denver has criminalized homelessness and is doing aggressive “sweeps” pushing people without homes far from their communities, resources, and belongings.
On this day, we ask Denver and RTD, “WHO ARE YOU BUILDING FOR?” We demand that our communities be seen and valued, not simply viewed as potential sites for future condos.
Actions will culminate at a gathering at Union Station.
End the Sweeps! Tiny Homes for the people!
Since March 8th Denver police have been actively enforcing the camping ban with sweeps to move “away” homeless people trying to survive in public spaces. These sweeps are taking place under the direction of Mayor Michael Hancock. We at Denver Homeless Out Loud have repeatedly requested to meet with the Mayor to address these harmful sweeps, but he continues to refuse to meet and hear from homeless people directly affected by the sweeps. We are demanding the Mayor call for an Immediate End to the Sweeps and the Confiscation of People’s Belongings.
Furthermore as a city we must…
Repeal the Camping Ban and Pass a Right to Survive
Instead of spending city money criminalizing homelessness allocate public funds for homes and underutilized public spaces for alternative housing models
In 2014 Denver spent at least three-quarters of a million dollars ($750,000.00) policing, adjudicating, and incarcerating homeless people for five of the Denver laws against necessary life-sustaining acts in public space. For that amount of money we could build 150 tiny homes at the going cost of $5000 per home for people currently without homes.
*** DETAILS: (Coordinated by 9to5)
DIA Station: 11:00 -1:00 Denver Area Labor Federation (DALF) & FRESC. Eco-passes for all Workers
40th and Airport Station: 10:00-12:00 Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA). Stop Fracking
Peoria Station: 10:00-1:30 Montbello Organizing Committee. Save our Park-n-Ride & Bus Routes
38th and Blake Station: 12:00-1:30 People Rising Against Poverty (P-RAP), Make Housing Affordable, especially for people in the lowest incomes. Folks are meeting at St. Charles rec center at 3777 Lafayette for this station.
Union Station: 12:30-1:30 Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL) Overturn the Campaign Ban and Stop the Sweeps!
Everyone will culminate at Union Station at 1:30 for the March of Resilience
Coordinated by 9to5 Colorado