The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, decided in favor of six homeless persons, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. The suit challenged the city's practice of arresting persons for violating a municipal ordinance, which states that "no person shall sit, lie or sleep in or upon any street, sidewalk or public way."
According to an attorney familiar with the ordinances in Seattle and Portland the ruling doesn’t change much for those cities due to the way the ordinances are written.
This comes at a time when several homeless organizations on the west coast, including Portland’s Street Roots and Sisters of the Road Café, and Seattle’s Real Change have shifted their focus of working on Civil Rights issues locally, and have teamed up with organizations in San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles – with the idea of building a social movement that has more influence and vision.
The Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP) was born in San Francisco several months back when the former Executive Director of the San Francisco Coalition for the Homeless invited members from homeless organizations together to build an organization that could work together on Civil Rights, and housing issues up and down the west coast.
Last month, WRAP produced an extrodianary piece that
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