The word is that raids will begin on Monday, July 19th. Cops hunt down outside-sleeping people every night, but these raids will be broad-sweeping and perhaps more orchestrated.
These raids will violate the rights of the houseless people. There are no legal, free-of-charge places to sleep in Eureka (or Arcata), so there are no options for almost all people who have no shelter except to sleep where they can find a hidden piece of ground. Then ya gotta be able to protect yourself from the rain, wind, cold, dew.
This is not a new situation. But all too often, people who are housed dismiss the reality of the situation by simply saying, "Well, there are homeless shelters for them to go to." That is completely INACCURATE.
HOMELESS PERSONS' MEMORIAL DAY
Homelees people die from systemic violence.
Homeless people die from illnesses that affect everyone, frequently without healthcare.
Homeless people die when government policies deprive them of everything.
Homeless people die from exposure, unprotected from the heat and cold.
Homeless people die at the hands of police and civilians, in unprovoked hate crimes.
Health care is a human right.
Housing is a human right.