San Jose Community Challenges City Policy to Ban Assistance to Homeless
Faith based organizations, students, and service providers have issued the following statement regarded a proposed policy that would criminalize assistance to the homeless. A petition has been started against this proposal that can be signed online here.
VICTORY – SAN JOSE RETRACTS ITS PROPOSED FEEDING BAN – APRIL 22 CANCELLED
Thanks to everyone for your calls, emails, and petition signatures in response to our notice about the City of San Jose’s attempt to ban feeding the homeless in public parks. As a result of the public uproar, which has been building for a couple of weeks, the Director of Housing informed me late this morning that this item will NOT be on the agenda next week and the special events ordinance will NO LONGER include language forbidding people to feed the homeless.
This is a great victory for compassion, common sense, and the people of San Jose. Apparently the City Councilmembers are reluctant to publicly defend this draconian measure when so many of them are campaigning for Mayor in the June 3 election.
Defeating this repressive ban was the first part. Now we have to re-commit ourselves to fighting for a city and a country that houses its people and meets their basic human needs. San Jose will find its way when it discovers that its true wealth is not in technology corporation bank accounts, but in the heart, mind, and soul of its people, every single one of them.
Feel free to join us at the Jungle at 5:30 pm this Friday, April 18 to feed the homeless and prepare for the Earth Day Clean-Up that has been scheduled there for this Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20. The Jungle is the large encampment at the corner of Senter and Story Road, across the street from Happy Hollow in San Jose.
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