EXPIRED: Tell CBJ Assembly to Vote No on Anti-Camping Ordinance

Ordinance 2016-44 hurts desperate homeless people and criminalizes poverty. This ordinance empowers JPD to fine people who are sleeping in doorways, without the owner of the building having to get involved. It also allows a disorderly conduct arrest if the person fails to leave the site.

Tell the Assembly that we want a smarter and more humane answer that serves property owners and our most desperate and vulnerable residents. If you have a better idea, tell them those too.

What: Email CBJ Assembly at BoroughAssembly@juneau.org before they vote at Monday’s meeting or give testimony before the Assembly on Monday evening.

Date: Monday, Jan. 23

Time: Meeting starts at 7:00 PM 5:00 PM, so emails should be sent early enough to be read before the public meeting.

This action item is associated with the TongassDemocrats.com opinion piece Action Alert: CBJ No Camping Anti-Homeless Ordinance.

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Updated 1/23/2017: Edited to correct meeting time. If you showed up 2 hours early because of me, please accept my sincere apologies. – Mary

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One Response to EXPIRED: Tell CBJ Assembly to Vote No on Anti-Camping Ordinance

  1. Mary says:

    Here’s my email to the Assembly –

    I am writing to urge the Assembly to vote against the “No Camping” ordinance that is before them for the following reasons:

    1. It will be expensive: creating another way for people to be arrested and jailed will increase costs of policing, courts, and incarceration. It is a simple equation: more arrests = more money spent on things that don’t solve the problem of homelessness.

    2. It criminalizes a basic human need. These people are not camping by choice, they are out there because they have no where else to sleep.

    3. We have better solutions coming in the form of Housing First and whatever other ideas we are able to come up with. If we continue to develop ways for more people to stop being homeless, we will have fewer homeless people who need to sleep in doorways. If we continue to develop ways for more people to go to jail, we will have more people that we pay to keep in jail.

    4. I feel for people who are uncomfortable when they walk by a person sleeping in a doorway, but truly, shouldn’t it be uncomfortable to have people in our community so desperate that they have to sleep outside?

So, what do you think?