PEOPLE PROJECT has long acknowledged that the City of Eureka and County of Humboldt have little to no interest in assuring that its poor and/or houseless residents are sheltered and safe despite government rhetoric claiming concern for “affordable housing” and “homeless services” and in spite of government-sought grants to provide such basic life-sustaining resources. Currently, the City of Eureka and the County of Humboldt are defendants in a lawsuit brought by PEOPLE PROJECT participants for civil rights violations against houseless people. [See http://peopleproject.
Being that there is a deliberate policy of cruelty and criminalization against houseless people- a policy which includes physical and emotional abuse and deprivation of sleep by police- we know that there are several fronts on which we must continue to struggle:
While we organize together to expose and stop abuse against houseless community members by police, civilians, and businesses;
While we speak out about government plans, policies, and language that perpetuate low-intensity war against poor and houseless people;
While we fight in the courts to end the regular incarceration and other unconstitutional treatment of houseless people;
While we attempt to keep the only long term free meals from being shut down by the gentrifying forces of Humboldt County, and;
While we endure the deception and oppressive actions of agencies and individuals who chase grant money and job positions related to “homeless services”, but only trash and exploit houseless people in the process...
We must keep each other alive and protected, and attempt to restore and keep our dignity intact.
Signs displayed around the tarp shelter : “All Power to the People”, “Houseless People Are Hunted for Sleeping! Speak Out,” “Safe Sleeping Space,” “Dignity and Respect for All”
The PEOPLE PROJECT tarp shelter does not wait for grant money; it does not rely on paid employees and administrative costs; it does not force religion on participants; and it does not dictate what people should or should not be doing with their lives. The PEOPLE PROJECT tarp shelter is a grass roots, cooperative way of meeting an immediate need- shelter from the storm.
Please contact PEOPLE PROJECT either through phone, email, or a night visit to the tarp shelter at City Hall. PEOPLE PROJECT also has daytime meetings every Tuesday at Peoples' Action for Rights and Community [PARC]. There is an ongoing need for sleeping gear, warm socks, jackets and sweaters, money for duct tape and other supplies, and volunteers to help throughout the nights.
Phone: (707) 442-7465 [number at PARC, Peoples' Action for Rights and Community]
See the PEOPLE PROJECT blog http://peopleproject.
for more info about weekly meetings
Short quiet videos
Video: from first morning
Video: Safe Sleep Zone
Video: ALL Power To The People