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Response to Englewood Sweeps

Response to article titled “25 truck loads of transient trash cleared from South Platte River encampment” — This article should be re-named “25 truck loads of lies, and omissions of reality on the South Platte River”

See article here: https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/nearly-40000-spent-cleaning-up-homeless-camps-along-south-platte-river

This article is a perfect example of how cities are responding to mass homelessness by sweeping homelessness under the rug and ignoring the causes or effects of the situation. Responding to homelessness by pushing people “away” and never asking why they are where they are in the first place does not end homelessness or help those without housing. It just moves people along to somewhere else.

 

One tactic that is used to divert responsibility for homelessness in the city is to re-name the homeless folks there “transients.”  This term effectivity “otherizes” them making them “someone else’s problem.” All people who are homeless, however often they move, has the same daily needs to sleep, sit, eat, otherwise survive, in public. Furthermore, I happen to know that most of the people staying out in this area of Englewood were not travelers but were local Colorado folks who used to stay on the streets in Denver but have been pushed out to Englewood by the Denver sweeps. These folks are not “transients” they are  people experiencing homelessness.

 

Another tactic used to divert responsibility from the cities to the homeless people is not to speak at all about why they were there, and where they went after being swept from there. Englewood officials sound surprised that there is such a massive increase in people sleeping along the river in Englewood. If the reporter had interviewed the people who are homeless staying in this area they would know that a good majority of them were homeless in Denver and were swept by Denver police farther and farther out of town over the past couple of years.

 

Let’s talk about trash. The city admits there is no trash services in this area. If your residence didn’t have trash service, you would build up lots of trash, too. In our consumption society, people make trash. And that trash does not just disappear – it gets taken to a dump by public trash removal. If the city used regular trash pick up along the river, trash would not need to pile up for weeks on end to be take out all at once in 25 loads. 31 people making 4 pounds of waste a day (which is the average American waste) for a month makes 3,844 pounds of trash. No wonder there were 25 loads needed. If the problem is trash, the answer to that problems is proper trash collection and removal – not moving people along to “somewhere else.”

 

Another tactic used to divert responsibility for sweeping homeless people away to nowhere, is to refer the people to resources. The Englewood officials say their goal was to connect the homeless people to resources, but story is not finished to mention that the resources that person actually needs, like attainable housing, are not available. Most people do not want to be homeless. 332 out of 333 homeless people who were offered housing through the recent Denver SIB program took the housing. Cities cannot continue to claim they have done their part by sending an outreach worker to talk with a homeless person about non-existent housing after they are swept from their place of survival.

 

So what about all that money spent? Englewood officials try to blame homeless people living on the river for all the degradation of trees in the area. This is a long shot at best. Claiming all this need for new trees is due to about 30 people who have only been staying in this area of the river for the past few months is stretching this effect to a ridiculous level. The city quotes the total cost of this sweep at $39,122.30. This includes, trash services, police hours, public works hours, and the bulk of the cost is arbor mediation. If the city would provide trash services to the river side as opposed to using police to sweep homeless people along to some other city riverside or streets, this cost would be much different. It would have cost the city $1,118 if they had just done trash removal and not criminalized those people for surviving.

 

It is time that cities stop sweeping homeless people “away” to somewhere else and never take responsibility for their need to survive somewhere because we continue to have inadequate housing options.

-Terese Howard

Organizer with Denver Homeless Out Loud

Homeless Sweeps Class Action Lawsuit  Pre-Trial Conference!! 

Homeless Sweeps Class Action Lawsuit 
Pre-Trial Conference!! 
Wednesday May 2nd 3pm 
Federal Court House 901 19th st Denver CO (19th and Curtis) 
Come to this Pre-Trial Hearing. If you are homeless you are part of this class. If you are not homeless right now you could be. Be part of the movement for our rights and come to this hearing to hold the courts accountable to protect our constitutional rights.
This case concerns the violation of our 4th amendment rights as the City government continues to sweep homeless people “away” and illegally seizes property.

The Denver Right to Survive Initiative

Handout for Right to Survive Initiative

Right 2 Survive FAQ

The Denver Right to Survive Initiative

Shall the voters of the City and County of Denver adopt a measure that secures and enforces basic rights for all people within the jurisdiction of the City and County of Denver, including the right to rest and shelter oneself from the elements in a non-obstructive manner in outdoor public spaces; to eat, share accept or give free food in any public space where food is not prohibited; to occupy one’s own legally parked motor vehicle, or occupy a legally parked motor vehicle belonging to another, with the owner’s permission; and to have a right and expectation of privacy and safety of or in one’s person and property?

Be it enacted and ordained by people of the City and County of Denver:

Section 1. The Revised Municipal Code of Denver, Colorado, Title I, Chapter 28, is hereby amended to include
a new Article IX:

Chapter 28 – HUMAN RIGHTS [1]

ARTICLE IX. – RIGHT TO SURVIVE IN PUBLIC SPACES
Sec. 28-254. Protected Rights of People.
(a) Purpose. The purpose of this section is to secure and enforce basic rights for all people within the jurisdiction of the City and County of Denver, including the right to rest and shelter oneself from the elements in a non-obstructive manner in public spaces, to eat, share, accept or give food in any public space where food is not prohibited, to occupy one’s own legally parked motor vehicle or occupy a legally parked motor vehicle belonging to another, with the owner’s permission, and to have a right and expectation of privacy and safety of or in one’s person and property.
(b) Definitions.
(1) “Public space” means any outdoor property that is owned or leased, in whole or in part, by the City and County of Denver and is accessible to the public, or any city property upon which there is an easement for public use.
(2) “Rest” means the state of not moving, and holding certain postures including but not limited to sitting, standing, leaning, kneeling, squatting, sleeping or lying down.
(3) “Non-Obstructive Manner” means a manner that does not render passageways impassable or hazardous.
(4). “Motor Vehicle” includes vehicles defined in Colorado Revised Statutes Sections 42-1-102 (58), Camper coach 42-1-102 (13), trailer coach 42-1-102 (106) (a), or noncommercial or recreational vehicle 42-1-102 (61).
(5) “Ceiling preemption” means any limitation on local law-making that limits the amount of protection local law may extend to municipal residents that exceeds state or federal protections.
(6) “Municipal Subordination” means any exercise of “Dillon’s Rule,” preemption, or other mechanism used to usurp the right of the people of Denver to use their City and County government for the protection of residents’ rights.

(c) Rights.
(1) The right to rest in a non-obstructive manner in public spaces.
(2) The right to shelter oneself from the elements in a non-obstructive manner in outdoor public spaces.
(3) The right to eat, share, accept, or give free food in any public space where food is not prohibited.
(4) The right to occupy one’s own legally parked motor vehicle or occupy a legally parked motor vehicle belonging to another, with the owner’s permission.
(5) The right and expectation of safety and privacy of or in one’s person and belongings while occupying public spaces.
(6) The right to have the City and County government of Denver enforce and defend this law on the basis that a constitutional right of initiative, which is an expression of local community self-government, exists. This law is an assertion of that right as it seeks to expand and secure the rights of the people of Denver. The exercise of the legal doctrines of Dillon’s Rule, ceiling preemption or municipal subordination to state government would unconstitutionally and illegitimately violate the right of the residents of the City and County of Denver to local
community self-government.

(d) Prohibitions and Obligations.
(1) It shall be unlawful for the City and County of Denver to enforce any ordinance, resolution, regulation, rule or policy that limits, prohibits or penalizes the rights secured by this ordinance.
(2) It shall be unlawful for any public law enforcement officer, private security employee or agent, corporation, business or other entities to violate the rights recognized and secured by this law.
(3) It shall be unlawful for an employee or agent of any government agency, corporation, business, or other entity to harass, terrorize, threaten, or intimidate any natural person exercising the rights secured by this ordinance.

(e) Enforcement.
(1) Any law enforcement officer or other agent of the City and County of Denver who detains, causes to move, or violates the protected rights in Section (c) of this ordinance has committed a civil rights violation(s) under color of law. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, requesting identification by any person unless supported by reasonable suspicion of a crime.
(2) The City and County of Denver, or any resident of the City and County of Denver, may enforce the rights and prohibitions of this law through an action brought in any court possessing jurisdiction over activities occurring within the City and County. In such an action, the City and County of Denver or the resident shall be entitled to recover as a prevailing party all costs of litigation, including, without limitation, expert and attorney’s fees.

(3) All laws adopted by the legislature of Colorado shall be the law of the City and County of Denver only to the extent that they do not violate the rights or prohibitions of this law. Where state or federal law is more protective of human rights and civil rights than this local law, the state or federal law controls.

(f) Severability.
(1) The provisions of this law are severable. If any court decides that any section, clause, sentence, part, or provision of this law is illegal, invalid, or unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect, impair, or invalidate any of the remaining sections, clauses, sentences parts, or provisions, of the law. This law would have been enacted without the invalid sections.

(g) Repealer.
(1) All inconsistent provisions of prior laws adopted by the City and County of Denver are hereby repealed, but only to the extent necessary to remedy the inconsistency.

(h) Effective Date.
(1) All provisions of this act shall take effect immediately.

ENACTED AND ORDAINED this _________________ day of _______, 2019, by the City and County
of Denver, Colorado.

 

Homeless Class Action Moves Toward Trial!! City’s Motions Denied.

Homeless Class Action Moves Toward Trial!! City’s Motions Denied.

​sweep of homeless survival spot
U.S. District Court of Colorado issued its ruling this morning with regard to Denver Homeless Class Action litigation that has sought to end the mass civil rights violations of the dispossessed in Denver. Denver filed two motions:  1)a motion to strike much of the evidence submitted by homeless persons; 2)A Motion for Summary Judgment to dismiss the case. Both motions were, in the main, denied by the Court so that the class action is now going to trial.
“There was one promise made at the outset,” says lead attorney Jason Flores-Williams. “That the thousands of poor who have been broken and violated by the homeless sweeps would have their day in court – and now they’re getting it.”
Stay tuned for pre-trail hearing date and trial to come…! Denver cannot sweep away homelessness…
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Right to Survive Initiative Filled in Denver Day After State Right to Rest Hearing!!!

Right to Survive Initiative Filled in Denver Day After State Right to Rest Hearing!!!

On March 15th, the day after the Right to Rest Act was heard and killed in the State Capitol, Denver Homeless Out Loud filled a ballot initiative in the City of Denver called The Denver Right to Survive Initiative. Just like the State level bill, the Right to Survive Initiative would protect people’s basic human right to sleep, sit, use cover, sleep in a vehicle, and share food in public space. This initiative would overturn Denver’s cruel and inhumane “Urban Camping Ban” [which we re-named survival ban] which was passed by Denver City Council in 2012 and has criminalized and terrorized people experiencing homelessness in Denver ever since.

We know the fight for our rights is long and hard. No struggle for the rights of the oppressed has come easy – not that of black people, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ folks, or any oppressed community. The Right to Survive Initiative is part of the fight for all oppressed communities who have been forced out of their homes and into the streets to survive.

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

The Right to Survive Initiative will be gathering signatures over the next few months to get the initiative on the May 2019 ballot for a vote of the people.

When the government’s concern is making profit on market rate housing developments and turning public spaces into private spaces directed by the wishes of the wealthy, we know we must turn to the people of Denver to defend our human right to survive and make public space for the public. We will continue to fight for our rights, our dignity, and our survival in the legislature, in the courts, on the streets, and now, on the ballot.

Contact:

info@denverhomelessoutloud.org

720-940-5291

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

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

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Right to Rest Fest! January 29th at the State Capitol

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.”  

Denver Ranger Takes Homeless Man’s Tent, Sleeping Bag, and Blankets on Freezing Day Leaving Trash Everywhere

Denver Ranger Takes Homeless Man’s Tent, Sleeping Bag, and Blankets on Freezing Day Leaving Trash Everywhere
Jackson’s belongings formerly in his tent throw about by ranger after taking of tent and sleeping bag. Next to friends tent who were present in their tent when ranger came and took Jackson’s tent. Taken 11/7/2017
Today, November 7 2017, Denver Park Ranger took a homeless man named Jackson’s tent, sleeping bag, and blankets and left his other possessions and trash from inside the tent strewn about. This was done on a day when it is 25 degrees and snowing. Jackson has been surviving on the river in this spot for months. Two friends were present with his stuff when the park ranger came and took Jackson’s property. These friends informed the park ranger they were there watching his stuff and the park ranger took it regardless.
At the same time as this happened Denver Police were actively forcing homeless people by the Mission and all over the city to “move along.”
This is all taking place as the class action lawsuit against the city of Denver for the homeless sweeps is in progress before the federal district court. The constitutional rights founding this law suit – 4th amendment to property and 14th amendment rights to due process of law – continue to be violated by the city of Denver every day.
Read Jackson’s open letter to Ranger Eric demanding his property be returned below.
Watch video of the aftermath of this sweep here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyXVF3NmYxc&feature=youtu.be
Winter is here and the city is taking homeless people’s survival gear on freezing snowing days putting people’s lives at sever risk. This MUST END.
Contact:
Denver Homeless Out Loud

Open Letter from Jackson to Ranger Eric
 
Ranger Eric,
I want all my property returned.  I am contacting the Denver Police regarding harassment and theft based on your selective behavior, and abuse of authority against the people left to protect my property and kittens.
What possible reason could you have to take only my personal property mostly limited to blankets, sleeping bag and tent and tarps, that was also protecting the four 2 week old kittens that you know I was attending to.  I left people to watch over my property.  Alex and Mike tell me that they all attempted to prevent you from taking the things and to return them all yet you refused.  You took only the things that I need to survive the sub freezing temperatures of last night and the next few nights at sub freezing and wet.  Though I may be younger than you Eric, I am 51, and my 2 sons would be very distressed if I freeze to death or end up with frostbite.  And I am going to be very upset if the 4 newborn kittens are harmed because of this, I had intentions of adopting them out to quality households when they are able to leave their mother, who adopted me not vise versa.
This is in my opinion against the law, sneaky, and very disheartening, that I had left property guards while attending to business in town this morning.  Your behavior seems targeted considering all the other tents and property on the S Platte.
I would like my property returned so I can continue to pack and store it as was done all day yesterday and the day before.  Leaving 60% of the items that were inside the tent sprawled all over the Riverfront Denver Ranger takes homeless man’s tent, sleeping bag and blankets leaving trash everywhere! while only taking the survival gear is ludicrous!  Yes it will make for good video and chapters in the new book but that is not a factor in the 25 degree temps.
-Jackson

Vice Documentary on Homeless Sweeps

Vice Documentary on Homeless Sweeps 

Watch the Vice documentary on housing, homelessness, weed, and the sweeps in Denver.

https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/weediquette-dank-new-world/59ee4498177dd439624ad172 (Note: however you have to have special technology to watch this…so you may need to download things to make it play)

As sweeps continue and winter comes…let us prepare for this trial to protect life…