Month: August 2017

Denver Government Trying to Throw People in Jail for Survival Ban via Probation 

Denver Government Trying to Throw People in Jail for Survival Ban via Probation

When: August 24th 2017 at 8:30am

Where: Lindsey Flanagan Court House (520 W Colfax Ave, Denver CO 80204)

On August 24th 2017 at 8:30am Terese Howard will go to court to face a sentencing of 30 days in jail for the urban survival ban (otherwise known as “camping ban”). On April 5th 2017 Jerry Burton, Randy Russell, and Terese Howard were found guilty of surviving in public after a high profile 3 day trial with a jury that said things like “Why are we prosecuting people for being homeless?” and “I’ll bear a sense of guilt in prosecuting them,” and where the city prosecution said “you know it is illegal to survive in Denver.” For Terese, however, this was not the end of sentencing for this “crime” of lying in a sleeping bag as she was already on probation under a trespassing charge for sitting in a tiny home. In October 2015 members of Denver Homeless Out Loud and the broader homeless community took direct action to address the housing crisis and built five tiny homes in a day on this vacant Denver Housing Authority land which used to be low income housing and was just about to be sold to a private developer for market rate housing. But instead of responding with greattude that homeless people were taking care of their own housing needs the response was to arrest these people, including Terese, and destroy their homes. On November 28th 2016 when she got a ticket for the survival ban this was considered a violation of the probation condition of the trespassing charge of “no new law violations for a year.”

 

So now the city government is trying to throw her in jail for 30 days. At the same time the city says they do not put people in jail for the camping ban but rather use it to help “connect people to services.” So if they don’t throw people in jail for the survival ban than why are the city prosecutors trying to put Terese in jail for 30 days because of a ticket for the survival ban???

 

This case will be represented by the renown constitutional lawyer, David Lane, who has recently joined on as co-counsel in the class action lawsuit against the city for the homeless sweeps. If the city gets what they want Terese, a prominent organizer with DHOL fighting the cities injustices, will be in jail for 30 days after this hearing.

Contact: Denver Homeless Out Loud

info@denverhomelessoutloud.org

720-940-5291

EVIDENCE AGAINST DENVER SO STRONG THAT A MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT IS FILED IN HOMELESS CLASS ACTION Press Conference and March for our Rights!!

EVIDENCE AGAINST DENVER SO STRONG THAT A MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT IS FILED IN HOMELESS CLASS ACTION

Press Conference and March for our Rights!!


 

When: Monday August 14th 11am

Where: City and County Building 1437 Bannock St Denver CO

What: Press Conference, Rally, March and Food

Why: Because the evidence is so clear: the City has violated our constitutional rights in the sweeps

How: Gather at the City and County Building at 11am. Hear from our lawyers and plaintiffs speaking to the press at 11:15am. March down to the Downtown Denver Business Partnership offices at 16th and Tremont to call out their role in pushing for the sweeps. March back to City Hall to call out the Mayor and his administration’s direction of the sweeps in violation of constitutional rights. Eat food.

To Bring: If you have the resources and can bring some food it is a pot luck so bring food to share!   

 

Denver, CO—Collected through months of discovery, the evidence against Denver exposes a systematic disregard and violations of the rights and dignity of U.S residents in one of the largest homeless class actions in U.S. history.

“They look at you with disdain… instead of a human being with feelings and emotions, you know, wants, needs.” 

Exhibit 1Roy Vincent Browne Deposition.

The purpose of the camping ban and the homeless sweeps was not to help the poor, as officials so often claimed, but to get rid of the unwanted in a growing American city.   

“I think the unauthorized camping ordinance has had a positive effect on the community. I think, without it, we would be looking like LA right now.”

Deposition of Bennie Milliner, Executive Director of the Road Home Program—main program designed to serve homeless persons— stating that the purpose of the homeless sweeps was to keep Denver from looking like Los Angeles.

Newly discovered evidence shows that the city used inmates to conduct the homeless sweeps, used flamethrowers to intimidate homeless persons, and after seizing personal property and throwing it in the garbage, held a city-funded barbecue directly in front of the homeless persons who had just been displaced.

Copies of emails and newly unearthed evidence will be provided at the 8/14 press conference.

Contact:

info@denverhomelessoutloud.org

720-940-5291