We need your help yet again. Mayor Bates is advocating to put a Civil Sidewalks Measure on the November ballot to prevent people from sitting on the sidewalk. We all know that this measure targets our clients and who else will speak out if we don’t. Although we just advocated against this measure last year, it’s clear that Mayor Bates is trying to put this item on the ballot during a time when very few UCB students are around to speak against it. Thus, WE NEED YOU to make a phone call or send an email to the City Council members even if you aren’t in Berkeley and can’t speak out in person.
You can use the email form below to contact a City Council Members. Just follow these steps:
- Select a City Council Member to email
- Type in your name and email address
- Edit the template email as you see fit (be sure to replace “____” with the appropriate names, and to press Return/Enter on your keyboard to enter line breaks after the greeting and before the closing)
- Enter CAPTCHA code
- Click Submit
Council Members Max Anderson, Jesse Arreguin, and Kriss Worthington already oppose the sit-lie ordinance. If you wish to contact them, you should thank them for their support!
STOP the City of Berkeley from banning people from sitting on the sidewalks! The Berkeley City Council will vote on Tuesday night whether to put the Sit Ordinance on the November ballot. Join CALPIRG and the Suitcase Clinic to stop the criminalization of Berkeley’s homeless. The homeless need our care, not punishment.
- Link to Mayor Bates’ proposal: http://
www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ uploadedFiles/Clerk/ Level_3_-_City_Council/ 2012/06Jun/ 2012-06-12_Item_47_Civil_Si dewalks_Ballot_Measure.pdf
- Berkeley Political Review Op Ed: http://bpr.berkeley.edu/
2012/06/ op-ed-open-letter-to-the-be rkeley-city-council/
- SF’s Sit/Lie Ordinance doesn’t address the root of the problem:http://www.nytimes.com/
2012/03/02/us/ at-one-san-francisco-mcdona lds-calls-to-the-police-ha ve-been-supersized.html?_r =1
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE
Last April, UC Berkeley students strongly opposed this measure and prevented any action from occurring. It is not surprising that Mayor Bates chose to act upon this issue during the month of June when the least amount of UCB students are in Berkeley. We need every one of you to speak out (either in person or via email/phone) this week!
- Take a minute to send an email or make a phone call to council members. Ask them to vote NO or to ABSTAIN on Item 47, the Civil Sidewalks Measure.
- Attend the City Council Meeting on Tuesday.
- Invite your friends to this email and inform others.
- This measure criminalizes homelessness during a time when homeless shelters and relief programs are receiving increasing cuts to funding. There are no efforts to increase shelter beds or homeless services in Berkeley to give the homeless a place to go.
- The city already has programs and resources in place to make sure people sitting on public sidewalks are not breaking existing laws: Public Commons for Everyone Initiative Block by Block, BOSS Clean Streets Program, police, etc.
- A Sit Ordinance has been proven ineffective in cities like San Francisco in improving business and does not address the root of the problem.
THE WEEK’S EVENTS
- Rally and Press Conference
Monday, June 11th at 12:00 pm
2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley front steps of City Hall
- Call into KPFA (510) 848-4425
Tuesday, June 12th at 7:30 am
Guest: Osha Neumann on sit/lie ordinances
- Rally and Press Conference
Tuesday, June 12th at 6:00 pm
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley
- Speak out at the City Council Meeting
Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 pm
2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley, Council Chambers
- Mayor Tom Bates (510) 981-7100 mayor@CityofBerkeley.info
- District 1 Linda Maio (510) 981-7110 lmaio@CityofBerkeley.info
- District 2 Darryl Moore (510) 981-7120 dmoore@CityofBerkeley.info
- District 3 Max Anderson (510) 981-7130 manderson@CityofBerkeley.info
- District 4 Jesse Arreguin (510) 981-7140 jarreguin@CityofBerkeley.info
- District 5 Laurie Capitelli (510) 981-7150 lcapitelli@CityofBerkeley.info
- District 6 Susan Wengraf (510) 981-7160 swengraf@CityofBerkeley.info
- District 7 Kriss Worthington (510) 981-7170 kworthington@CityofBerkeley.info
- District 8 Gordon Wozniak (510) 981-7180 gwozniak@CityofBerkeley.info