Justice Dept. Squares Off Against Urban Camping Bans

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Though currently on hold, the Tucson City Council has been for some months now considering an ordinance to ban “urban camping.” The City should, however, tread carefully in how far it goes in this direction, as the Justice Department is weighing in strongly on the issue, as the following press release demonstrates:   Department of …

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Notice of Continued Unconstitutional Conduct

 In this letter directed to the Tucson City Attorney on June 19, 2015, John Cooper of Occupy Public Land continues to defend the right of homeless people to sleep on the sidewalk downtown and continues to call the city to task for depriving the economically disenfranchised of their constitutional rights. For a summary of the …

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Cruel and Unusual: Closing Downtown’s Parks to the Homeless in a Heatwave

In its eagerness to rid its showcase downtown of the reality of homelessness, the City of Tucson is endangering the lives and health of those many homeless who are based in the downtown. After first closing Veinte de Agosto park just in time for the heatwave’s arrival on Monday — closing off one area of …

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Harassing the Homeless

Picture of "Park Closed to the Public" sign

Yes, the park is closed, sealed and sanitized, but they can’t close the sidewalks. City officials might think that closing Veinte de Agosto Park to human beings has rid them of the problem of homeless people in downtown Tucson, but they need only look at the continued presence of protesting homeless and just plain homeless …

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