Right To Rest ACT Hearing on April 19th!

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Date and Time: 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 1:30pm

Location: 

Denver--State Capital

Dear Friends-

Please take a moment to contact the members of state legislatures in the local government committee (below) to ask them to support the Right to Rest Act. If this were to pass, we would not need to spend time fighting sit-lie bans in Fort Collins. We could use that time and energy for creative solutions!

If you want to go down on Wednesday, please contact FCAN 970.419.8944 or info@fccan.org, and we'll try to find you a carpool. This is important!

Colorado organizers are so excited announce that HB 17-1314, the Colorado Right to Rest Act has been introduced and has been scheduled for its first hearing in House Local Government Committee on Wednesday, April 19th at 1:30 in room 271, on the second floor of the State Capitol. We need you all to speak up!


Colorado state legislators Salazar and Melton are HB 17-1314- The Oregon Right2Rest Act - for the third year. The Right2Rest Act is stronger, clearer, and more powerful! If HB 17-1314 passes this year - it will force the state of Colorado to abandon its practices of criminalizing homeless people for engaging in basic life-sustaining activities like sitting, lying, sleeping, resting and eating in public. The criminalization of rest must end if we are ever to turn the tide on our homelessness crisis.

Please take a moment to email AND call the committee members and ask them to support this important legislation!

First Name

Last Name

Email

Work Phone

Party Affiliation

James

Coleman

james.coleman.house@state.co.us

303-866-2909

Democrat

Tony

Exum

tony.exum.house@state.co.us

303-866-3069

Democrat

Matt

Gray

matt@matthewgray.us

303-866-4667

Democrat

Steve

Lebsock

steve.lebsock.house@state.co.us

303-866-2931

Democrat

Larry

Liston

larry.liston.house@state.co.us

303-866-2937

Republican

Hugh

McKean

hugh.mckean.house@state.co.us

303-866-2947

Republican

Clarice

Navarro

clarice.navarro.house@state.co.us

303-866-2905

Republican

Kim

Ransom

kim.ransom.house@state.co.us

303-866-2933

Republican

Paul

Rosenthal

paulrosenthal5280@gmail.com

303-866-2910

Democrat

Jonathan

Singer

jonathan.singer.house@state.co.us

303-866-2780

Democrat

Dan

Thurlow

danthurlow55@gmail.com

303-866-3068

Republican

Donald

Valdez

donald.valdez.house@state.co.us

303-866-2916

Democrat


You can read the full bill language here and you can read the main talking points here

Follow These 2 Easy Steps to TAKE ACTION!

1) Send a letter of organizational support!

Click here for a sample letter.

Please send your letter on organizational letterhead, to: info@denverhomelessoutloud.org and coral@wraphome.org

2) Email and call the members of the Local Government Committee by Friday, April 14th, and urge them to support HB 17-1314 , the Colorado Right2Rest Act

Add list of committee members and contact info here

Sample Script:

My name is ________ and I am calling to urge you to vote YES on the Right To Rest Act. You will be hearing HB 17-1314: Colorado To Rest Act in the Local Government Committee. This bill provides critical civil rights protections to ALL Coloradoans that every Coloradoan is able to meet the biological need of rest. The practice of criminalizing poor and homeless people for engaging in basic life-sustaining activities like eating, sleeping, resting, and lying is unjust, cruel and entrenches people in homelessness. HB 17-1314 will allow homeless people more time and energy to access services, search for employment and apply for housing that would otherwise be spent responding to police harassment, tickets, courts and jail time. Please vote YES on HB 17-1314: the Colorado Right To Rest Act!

Right now, as we write, 3 people are on trial in the City and County of Denver - defending their right to survive in public space. This is the first Camping Ban (more aptly called "Survival Ban") Trial in Denver's history. The time to act to end the criminalization of "certain types of people" and defend the rights of all Coloradoans is NOW!

Onward,

The Colorado Homeless Bill of Rights Organizing Team