Stop the City from Targeting Homeless and Poor People for just for Smoking a Cigarette!!

Stop the City from Targeting Homeless and Poor People for just for Smoking a Cigarette!!
The Denver City Council will be voting on a smoking ban on 16th street mall – sponsored by Councilmen Albus Brooks – on October 23rd at 5:30pm at the City and County Building 1437 Bannock St. The bill passed committee with concerns but no objections to moving forward.
The proposed “Breathe Easy” ordinance or, better called, Smoking Ban on the 16th Street Mall would make it a civil offense and institute fines of up to $100 for people who smoke or vape on the pedestrian mall. These laws are used to target homeless and poor people in attempt to move them out of the area. These laws have been proved in cities across the country to discriminate against homeless people and to lead to the incarceration of homeless and poor people. In both Boulder and Fort Collins over 83% of those ticketed were homeless. There is no way but to see this as unjust, harmful, and unconstitutional discrimination. We must stand against this! 
 
Denver Homeless Out Loud, Harm Reduction Action Center, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Warm Cookies of the Revolution, and American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado are all standing up to oppose this injustice. Please join us! 
 
Our letter to City Council opposing this ban is attached. If your organization agrees with this letter and wants to oppose this ban please email us at info@denverhomelessoutloud.org and add your name to the list. 
 
Come to the City Council meeting on Monday October 23rd at 5pm to sign up to speak against this law! And don’t forget to email city council members asking them to vote NO. The Committee members email addresses are below. 
 
Council Members
16th Street Mall is for ALL! 
 
Contact:
Denver Homeless Out Loud

 

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