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Democratic Party of Denver Endorses Denver Right to Survive Initiative!!!

Democratic Party of Denver Endorses Denver Right to Survive Initiative!!!

February 9, 2019

Denver, CO — The Democratic Party of Denver officially endorsed the Right to Survive Initiative today, voting in favor of supporting the initiative by over 70%.

The Right to Survive Initiative would guarantee people’s rights to protect themselves from the elements, the right for people to share food freely, and will reaffirm people’s right to protection from illegal search and seizure of property, which is also outlined in the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Kevin Brauer brought forth the resolution in support of the Right to Survive, saying “ I am supporting this because I am a Democrat, and as Democrats we should stand with those that are most vulnerable. Anyone of us could end up homeless, and I want to ensure that we do all we can to lift them up, not criminalize them for trying to Survive.”

Colorado Senator Julie Gonzales spoke, “ I am supporting this because homeless people that are directly impacted by the criminalization of poverty brought forth this initiative to secure their Civil Rights.”

The Right to Survive will appear on the Denver Municipal Ballot May 07, 2019.

Right to Housing Summit – Remain, Reclaim, Resist – Feb 2nd !!

Right to Housing Summit – Remain, Reclaim, Resist

Just one week until the Right to Housing Summit…!!
Key Note Speaker Steve Diaz!!
Steve Diaz has been a Community Organizer with the Los Angeles Community Action Network since 2003. Steve was recruited into LA CAN when he was living in a residential hotel in Skid Row, experiencing the issues that people dealing with poverty face daily.  Since 2003, Steve has worked on campaigns to prevent displacement, civil rights abuses of house-less people, and The California Homelessness Bill of Rights campaign. Steve knows what it means to fight for housing as a right.
Full Summit Line Up!!
Steve Diaz – Housing is a Human Right
Global Housing Organizers – More is possible…!
Break out sessions #1 Understanding Housing
The myth of “affordable” housing
Barriers to housing
Legal defense
Housing in the Market
Living without Housing
Break out session #2 ACTION NOW!
Right to Survive
Renters Rights
Community Power and Land Trusts
Building Low/No income Housing
Co-op and Hospitality Housing
Other Work
Closing – Calls to Acton…

Register for Free Here!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/right-to-housing-summit-tickets-54769926324

(unlike the Mayor’s Housing Summit – this summit is free cause people who can’t afford housing can’t afford tickets to housing summits…!)

Check in on facebook Here!

https://www.facebook.com/events/310847262874342/

February 2nd 2019, 1pm-5pm

Red Line Gallery (2350 Arapahoe St)

Announcing Key Note Speaker Steve Diaz!!

Steve Diaz has been a Community Organizer with the Los Angeles Community Action Network since 2003. Steve was recruited into LA CAN when he was living in a residential hotel in Skid Row, experiencing the issues that people dealing with poverty face daily.  Since 2003, Steve has worked on campaigns to prevent displacement, civil rights abuses of house-less people, and The California Homelessness Bill of Rights campaign. Steve knows what it means to fight for housing as a right.

Announcing Full Summit Line Up!!

Steve Diaz – Housing is a Human Right

Global Housing Organizers – More is possible…!

Break out sessions #1 Understanding Housing

The myth of “affordable” housing

Barriers to housing

Legal defense

Housing in the Market

Living without Housing

Break out session #2 ACTION NOW!

Right to Survive

Renters Rights

Community Power and Land Trusts

Building Low/No income Housing

Co-op and Hospitality Housing

Other Work

Closing – Calls to Acton…

The time is now to stand for housing and survival for all. Between now and May a we have to fight for housing and survival rights at the capitol, on the streets, in our communities, and at the ballot. 

Who’s behind this

This Summit is organized by Denver Homeless Out Loud together with…

9to5 Colorado

ASAP

Colorado Cross Disability Coalition

GES Coalition

Atlantis Community

Queen City Co-op

Colorado Village Collaborative

Party for Socialism and Liberation

Family Promise

Denver Foundation

Buck Foundation

and more…

Remain – Reclaim – Resist

Return of Resurrection Village MLK Day Eve

Join us Sunday night January 20th and Monday morning January 21st to honor Dr. King’s vision to organize poor folk in united action for racial and economic justice. On the eve of the Martin Luther King Holiday, Jerry Burton – DHOL member who was recently forced back onto the streets by no fault of his own – will be hosting all who want to survive on the streets as he does every night.

Gathering at 27th and Arapahoe at 7:00 pm

There will be food!
All who want to stay the night are invited – whether you are a housie who wants to experience what it is like sleep on the streets, or someone living on the streets who wants to stay with us in community this night. You can also just come by in the evening or morning to join in solidarity and community.

What to Bring…
If you have your own tent, sleeping bag, tarp that you want to use bring those.

If you do not have your own sleeping gear and need some to sleep we will have some gear there but not enough for all. Anyone living on the streets will have first dibs on using this gear.
If you have the resources to buy gear to use yourself or donate to others in need that is rad!
Who Organized This…
This night of survival and solidarity is organized Occupy Denver and various individual community members, it is supported by us at Denver Homeless Out Loud, and hosted by DHOL member Jerry Burton at the spot he and others survived holding down Resurrection Village in Denver for over a year in 2016/17. Together we all bring our strengths and collective power to continue this campaign for poor people’s economic and human rights.
Dr. King’s vision remains critical to our city today as it was 40 years ago. For more info on Resurrection City of 1968 see here.

Right to Housing Summit – Remain, Reclaim, Resist – Saturday FEB 2nd 1-5pm

Right to Housing Summit – Remain, Reclaim, Resist

February 2nd 2019, 1pm-4pm

Red Line Gallery (2350 Arapahoe St)

Because everyone should have a right to housing and survival. Because we, the people of Denver, need to fight for this together. The purpose of this event is to educate, ignite, and organize the people of Denver around the fight for the right to housing and survival. It is to present active 2019 initiatives and work for attainable housing and human rights lead by communities in Denver metro to current and future elected officials, and to Denver voters to effect real change.

Right now the average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Denver is $1,419 a month. An full time minimum wage worker makes $1,316 a month before taxes. The math doesn’t add up. Thousands of Denver residents find themselves homeless.

The Colorado Constitution Bill of Rights states “All persons have certain natural, essential and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties, of acquiring, possessing and protecting property; and of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.” Is this right protected in Colorado when full time workers can’t afford to live in a home and are criminalized for sleeping in public??

As long as Denver continues to treat housing as a commodity for those with wealth and not a right of all people, we will continue to live in a Denver where people work three jobs just to pay for housing and where people are forced to live on the streets and criminalized for doing so. We have no choice but to come together and fight for the right to housing and survival.

 

Values: (from Homes For All)

❖ Community and Housing are a human right, not a commodity to be exploited for

profit

❖ Land and housing should be collectively owned and controlled by communities

❖ Land and housing should be developed in a way that is sustainable for the planet

❖ Land and housing should be accessible, permanent, quality, and connected to

economic, social and cultural networks and institutions.

❖ Grassroots groups and directly impacted people should be at the forefront

❖ New community resources should not come at the expense of the people living there

❖ Community solidarity- understanding that our individual struggles are all of our

struggles

❖ Land and housing should be accessible to transit, grocery stores, healthcare,

education, jobs etc.

Homeless People’s Blankets and Tents Trashed with threat to “Burn” in Freezing Snow

Homeless People’s Blankets and Tents Trashed with threat to “Burn” in Freezing Snow
Denver, CO — This morning, January 11th, a Rescue Mission employee was caught on camera trashing homeless people’s blankets and tents and threatening to “Burn Them.” This morning it was 30 degrees and snowing and will continue to snow all day – leaving all whose property is now trashed in the cold with nothing to cover from the snow.
Thousands of people live on the streets of Denver every night – even in the cold and snow. Gear like blanks and tents are not a choice in this weather, they are the means of survival.
This insane inhumanity must end.

Follow up Letter to Mayor Hancock

Mayor Hancock and City Council,

On November 21st, we, the undersigned organizations, sent you, Mayor Hancock, a letter demanding immediate action be taken to protect the rights, dignity, and survival of people without housing in Denver by stopping the sweeps, stopping taking people’s blankets and property, and providing land and legal variance for tent dwelling for people without homes. Weeks later we have received no reply from the Mayor’s office whatsoever. We sent this letter seeking immediate action from the Mayor on these steps, not to send a call into a void. People’s lives are at risk and the lack of response indicates the Mayor’s office is not taking this seriously.

In order to move forward the immediate steps called for, we are providing further clarity on the exact laws and processes tied to these action steps.

 

  • Stop the sweeps – Cease enforcement of the Unauthorized Camping Ban ordinance 38.86.2 (i.e. Survival Ban)

 

  • Stop taking people’s blankets and property – Comply with the US Constitution in resolution of the active Class Action Lawsuit Lyall vs City of Denver. “

 

  • Provide land and legal variance for tent dwelling for people without homes – Adopt and modify one of the countless models for designated and non-designated tent and vehicle dwelling around the country. See Seattle’s Transitional Encampment zoning law (attached) which creates legal code for tent and vehicle dwelling. And see Indianapolis’ Encampment response policy (attached) which requires encampment residents be given an open and attainable housing option before individuals can be swept. (These codes and policies can be immediately implemented by the Mayor under a “state of emergency” as similarly done in other US cities).

 

The past 5 weeks of police sweeps across the city of Denver, directed by you Mayor Hancock, can be stopped just as easily as they were started.

Until there is actual attainable low-income housing enough to meet the need of the thousands of people, with numbers growing each day, who can’t afford Denver’s rents, people will be living on the streets of Denver. Shelters are not an option for hundreds of people. The city must hear the cry of people without housing, let people cover themselves from the winter weather, and be seen.

 

Sincerely,

 

Denver Homeless Out Loud

Interfaith Alliance of Colorado

Colorado Cross Disability Coalition

9to5 Colorado

Buck Foundation

Atlantis Community

ADAPT

Project Voyce

Colorado Stands

Coloradans for Progressive Action

Colorado Village Collaborative

Shiva Mandir Humanitarian Outreach

After Hours Denver

ACLU of Colorado

Birdy

Denver Relief and Denver Relief Consulting

KSTKL Investments

Sexpot Comedy

Sexy Pizza

Beloved Community Mennonite Church

Wheeler Consulting

Severe Weather Shelter Network

Food Not Bombs Denver

 

How Can I Help with the “March for Homes, Rights, and Dignity”?

How Can I Help with the “March for Homes, Rights, and Dignity”?

When: Saturday December 15 th 10am

Where: Across from the Triangle at Lawrence and Park Ave – to End at City Hall

Thanks for being down to help make this March the strongest call of the people for basic human
rights and needs! Here are some ways you could help:

● Flyer on the streets! Make copies of the flyer or contact us to get copies of the flyer to
pass out if you don’t have copying capacity. Pass out the flyers on the streets to folks
who are homeless or anyone who might join us! Bring copies to service centers,
businesses, or anywhere you can post on a bulletin board. Tape them up to post around
the city.
● Share, like, and comment on facebook! Spread the word on social media telling people
to come and why you will be there to stand up for our survival.
● Make a video saying why you will be there and what this means to you! Share that on
social media and email. Send it to us to share too!
● Make a model house or tiny home that you can carry in the march.
● Bring a tent or blanket that you can carry in the march. If you have the resources, buy
one you can give out to someone in need at the end of the march.
● Bring water bottles or snacks for people on the march.
● Bring food to City Hall at the end of the march.
● Bring your body, your voice, and your energy to stand up for housing for all and the right
to survive!
Contact Denver Homeless Out Loud with any questions, comments, concerns, or to notify us in
what ways you can help!
Email – info@denverhomelessoutloud.org
Phone – 720-940-5291 or 415-517-5603

March for Homes, Rights, and Dignity

 

March for Homes, Rights, and Dignity

We want housing. Or a tiny home would at least be nice. Or even just a tent for now. At the very least let me use my blanket.

When: Saturday December 15th 10am

Where: Across from the Triangle at Lawrence and Park Ave – to End at City Hall

Two weeks after the community sent a letter to the Mayor and held an action at City Hall demanding an end to the insane sweeps, there has not even been a reply from the Mayor. Sweeps are still rampant across the city, under the direction of Mayor Hancock. Police, and now police cameras, are stationed at the Triangle and other areas people gather to survive – waking people up and moving them along the minute they lay down to sleep. Many people have been pushed from place to place around the city every day. People are losing opportunities for housing due to case managers being unable to find folks scattered in the sweeps. People are freezing with no protection from the cold. Lives are at risk.

This insanity and inhumanity must end.

The community will again join in action on Saturday December 15th 2018 unless our demands are met. We will march from the Triangle, where countless people have lived without housing for years until the City sweeps everyone out, to City Hall to bring the cry of the people to the Mayor. We will carry models of housing, tiny homes, tents, and blankets to represent the housing we want most and basic protection we are asking we at least be given now in our immediate emergency need for survival and dignity.

Here are our demands with further detail on how the Mayor can immediately take these steps:

  • Stop the sweeps – Cease enforcement of the Unauthorized Camping Ban ordinance 38.86.2 (i.e. Survival Ban)
  • Stop taking people’s blankets and property – Comply with the US Constitution in resolution of the active Class Action Lawsuit Lyall vs City of Denver. “
  • Provide land and legal variance for tent dwelling for people without homes – Adopt and modify one of the countless models for designated and non-designated tent and vehicle dwelling around the country. See Seattle’s Transitional Encampment zoning law which creates legal code for tent and vehicle dwelling. And see Indianapolis’ Encampment response policy which requires encampment residents be given an open and attainable housing option before individuals can be swept. (These codes and policies can be immediately implemented by the Mayor under a “state of emergency” as similarly done in other US cities).

Join us Saturday December 15th 10am at Lawrence and Park Ave. March for homes, rights, and dignity.

Community Converges on Thanksgiving Eve to Demand Human Rights, End Homeless Sweeps

Community Converges on Thanksgiving Eve to Demand Human Rights, End Homeless Sweeps

When: Wednesday November 21st 2018 6pm

Where: Location to be announced

What: Community Convergence Demanding End of Homeless Sweeps

 

After 4 weeks of non-stop police sweeps of homeless people trying to survive the winter, the people of Denver are saying enough is enough and convening in public outcry to demand this displacement end. 319 sleeping bags will be collected and distributed to people living on the streets to represent the 3195 people who have been contacted by police for violating the survival ban (known as camping ban) in the last 9 months and forced to move along to nowhere.

 

On October 29th 2018 Mayor Hancock sent in police and city cleaning crews en mass to sweep over 200 homeless people who had been staying in tents outside for months. Homeless people gathered together for safety and access to resources in this area. This police sweep scattered the over 200 homeless people around the city. But Mayor Hancock did not stop there. Over the next 3 ½ weeks he has sent police and city workers out to sweep any congregation of visible homeless people using protection from the winter weather. On November 6th and 7th large scale police sweeps displaced people trying to gather at an area off Brighton blvd surrounding a vacant plot of land. And than when people came back to the area – with no where else to go – police swept the group and painted lines calling the whole area “closed.”

 

We refuse to sit back while the City sends police to sweep homeless people from sight. Police are forcing homeless people to stand up, take their blankets off, take down their tents, and move along in the cold. Right NOW this is happening right HERE in OUR city.

 

We are converging together on Wednesday November 21st at 6pm to make our OUTCRY heard loud and clear by the City of Denver. We will take space in our city to try and exist in solidarity with those without housing — and in demand for the right to survive.

 

Stay tuned for details on where we will be convening…

 

If you can donate…

Bring a sleeping bag, tent, blanket, hand warmers, food, coffee…

(we are trying to collect 319 sleeping bags to represent the 3195 people moved along for the survival ban in the last 9 months)

 

One year ago this day Ink Coffee made a sign saying “Happily Gentrifying the Neighborhood since 2014” and the people of Denver responded in outcry demanding action to end this unabashed gentrification of our communities. Exactly one year later the City is sweeping every homeless person from the blocks two blocks away from that very coffee shop. This gentrification must STOP.

 

Enough is enough.

 

Watch these, and more, livestream videos of the City sweeping hundreds of homeless people from the sidewalks on October 29th.

https://www.facebook.com/RighttoSurviveBallotInitiative/videos/247047602659403/

https://www.facebook.com/RighttoSurviveBallotInitiative/videos/2196292683737202/

DENVER HOMELESS OUT LOUD ENCOURAGING CITY OF DENVER TO GIVE BACK SHELTER AFTER TAKING IT IN COLD WEATHER FRONT

PRESS RELEASE

 

Denver Homeless Out Loud

720-940-5291 –  Direct

415-517-5603 –  Mobile

info@denverhomelessoutloud.org

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Nov. 5, 2018

 

DENVER HOMELESS OUT LOUD ENCOURAGING CITY OF DENVER TO GIVE BACK SHELTER AFTER TAKING IT IN COLD WEATHER FRONT

 

Human rights, resources for housing remain UNavailable as temperatures drop

 

Cities cannot use quick-fix criminal justice measures to address their social service failures. Housing is the solution to homelessness.” Eric Tars of National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

DENVER – With winter weather moving in, the City and County of Denver is actively on the streets taking shelter – such as tarps, tents, sleeping bags – from people experiencing homelessness and moving them to less visible areas. As they do this the city claims to be “encouraging homeless people to seek shelter ahead of the cold front.”

 

Let’s just start with the math. Denver has at least 3,445 people experiencing homelessness (a known undercount) and not quite 2,000 spaces at shelters. At least 609 of these people are “unsheltered” (meaning staying outside). The city claims there is on average, 100 to 150 shelter spaces that go unused each night. Even given this massive undercount of people experiencing homelessness, and this liberal estimate of open shelters spaces, 609 people do not fit in 150 spaces. The math doesn’t add up.

 

Now let’s go beyond math to the human elements of this situation. People without housing are not bodies to be put in spaces in a shelter building, but rather human beings who have lives. The reality of life and dynamics in shelters are such that they are not a viable, healthy, safe, or possible options for many people. Accordingly, hundreds of people without housing WILL BE living outside creating their own shelter in Denver this winter.

 

We simply ask the City of Denver to give back the shelter people create for themselves to survive – both the physical tarps/tents/blankets/ect, and the right to use this shelter to survive.

 

Who is asking for this?

 

All those who love their husband or wife and feel safer together than separated as shelters do to couples…

All those who work late nights and can’t get into a shelter…

All those who work nights and have no option to sleep in a shelter in the day…

All those who work early morning day labor and can’t get out of the shelter in time to work…

All those women who are traumatized by men staff in the bunk areas waking women to kick them out…

All those with pets or service animals who are rejected…

All those who can’t conform to regimented rules…

All those who can’t handle being ordered around and degraded by staff…

All those with insomnia who can’t watch tv or read but must be in bed with no cell phones…

All those who have stayed in a shelter program for 90 days with a promise of housing to no avail and given up on service providers…

All those who have been kicked out at 3am for no fault of their own because staff failed to sign them in or enter their chores in the records…

All those who need food in the night and fear being kicked out for keeping food with them in bed against the rules…

All those who don’t want to sleep with bed bugs…

All those suffering a drug addiction that can’t pass a urine analysis  to stay in the shelters…

All those don’t make it in the lottery to get a bed…

All those who can’t get down on the floor to sleep on a mat…

All those with more than two bags of belongings who either go into the shelter and lose their property, or stay outside to keep their property…

All those trans-gender folks who have been abused in a shelter or forced to strip to prove their sex…

All those who want their time back from waiting in lines for early admission hours to get into a shelter…

All those who don’t want to be preached to by shelter providers…

All those with mental health struggles who can’t handle being around hundreds of people in a tight space…

All those released from the hospital at 1am onto the streets…

All those physically unable to move about when police ask them…

All those who feel safer staying outside with friends than in a building with strangers…

All those who feel safer or happier staying by themselves on the streets than with hundreds of people in a shelter…

All those who prefer the dignity of a tent to the warehousing and dehumanizing treatment of a shelter…

All those who want control of their own life and choices…