(rain date: April 4th)
End the Criminalization of Homelessness &
Without Housing, We Will All Be Criminals!
¨ Everyone deserves a home!!
¨ People are suffering!!
¨ We need to end laws criminalizing homelessness & poverty!!
¨ Springfield needs to prioritize replacing housing lost in tornado!!
¨ Springfield—and all of our surrounding communities-- need a housing plan for all people!!
¨ Renters need to build political power, so our voices can be heard!!
¨ The state must stop limiting access to shelter!!
¨ Federal cuts in HUD and housing programs must stop
¨ Without the people, nothing can happen!!!
Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP) and USA-Canada Alliance of Inhabitants (USACAI) are calling on our members and allies throughout the United States and Canada to join us on April 2 for a bi-national day of action to protest the ongoing criminalization of poor and homeless people in our communities.
Just since 1995, the U. S. has lost over 290,588 existing units of public housing and 360,000 Section 8 units, with another 7,107 approved for demolition/disposition since March of 2011. At the same time, 2.5 million foreclosures have taken place since 2007, an additional 6.9 million foreclosures have been initiated, and 5.7 million borrowers are at risk.
In those same 15 years, over 830,000 new jail and prison cells have been built, draconian immigration laws and eligibility screening criteria have been implemented in housing, healthcare, education and jobs programs, and America's three largest residential mental health facilities are now all county jails (Los Angeles, Chicago, & New York).
Contact Arise for Social Justice, 734-4948