Saturday, September 06, 2014

 

Advocate Kathryn Xian: City/State Hearings to Consider Internment of Displaced Families and Houseless Individuals


by Larry Geller

What the City and County of Honolulu referred to officially as “Temporary Housing First” in its RFP (see: Honolulu’s RFP for “Housing First” is misguided and deficient, 9/3/2014) it is now referring to instead as Temporary Mobile Access to Services (Star-Advertiser p.1, Center to shift users to stable housing, 9/6/2014).

Changing the name does not change what the city is trying to do: criminalize those individuals who won’t move from Waikiki to the camp.

Advocate Kathryn Xian says it better than I can, in an email reproduced with her permission below.

Advocacy works best if you, the reader, take Kathy’s advice and send in some testimony.


Subject:    City/State Hearings to Consider Internment of Displaced Families and Houseless Individuals

Aloha, Friends:

This email is sent as an "Educational tool" to help you form a personal opinion on the internment of the houseless on Sand Island, which would take effect even if such a proposal claims to be permissive. Due to this proposals link to current bills seeking to criminalize the houseless by outlawing their existence in all public spaces, the extreme poor, as these laws are enforced, would have no choice but to choose Sand Island internment or prison.

LAST CHANCE TO STOP THE INTERNMENT OF THE POOR: Submit written testimony online and/or show up in person.
Coming up this week are three important Hearings/Meetings to decide the fate of Houseless persons and Displaced 'Ohana. The City and State are looking toward interning the extreme poor at Sand Island, facilitated by new laws that if passed will criminalize all Houseless persons from existing in public spaces. JOIN US in stopping these cruel unconstitutional measures once and for all!
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND COME TO AS MANY MEETINGS AS YOU CAN. TESTIFY! All of these meetings are EXTREMELY important. If you've never taken a stance for a good cause before, now would be the time for your voice to be heard!
1) Weds, Sept. 10th at 10am at Mission Memorial Auditorium: City Council Final Hearing for Bills Criminalizing Homelessness
2) Weds, Sept. 10th at 6pm at Puuhale Elementary : Community meeting to discuss support for Sand Island Internment Camp for the Poor. 345 Puuhale Road.
3) Friday, Sept. 12th at 9am (Suggested arrival time 8:30am) at KALANIMOKU BUILDING - LAND BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM 132 - 1151 PUNCHBOWL STREET - BLNR approval of Sand Island for use at Homeless Internment Camp
OPPOSE the SAND ISLAND INTERNMENT OF THE POOR.
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[1]
OPPOSE BILLS 42, 43 (Waikiki area), 45, 46 (Island-wide), and 48 (Commercial areas)
BILLS HEARING DATE/TIME
WHEN: Wednesday, September 10th 2014 at 10am
WHERE: Mission Memorial Auditorium, Diamond Head of Honolulu Hale (530 S. King)
SUBMIT TESTIMONY ONLINE by Tuesday, September 9th. Go to:http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html
>> Meeting Date: September 10, 2014
>> Council/PH Committee: Select "Council"
>> Agenda Item: Bills 42, 43, 45, 46, and 48
>> Your position on the matter: Oppose
>> If you plan to testify in person, select "Yes" next to "Do you wish to speak at the hearing?"
REGISTER TO SPEAK AT HEARING: http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html
Download the City Council AGENDA here: http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-152180/091014%20Draft%20Council%20Agenda.pdf
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[2]
COMMUNITY MEETING REGARDING SAND ISLAND
When: Weds, Sept 10th at 6pm
Where: Puuhale Elementary Cafeteria - 345 Puuhale Road - Map:http://bit.ly/1AjEGoo
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[3]
OPPOSE THE PROPOSAL TO DESIGNATE SAND ISLAND AS AN INTERMENT CAMP FOR HOUSELESS PERSONS - Sept 12th at 9am
Where: Kalanimoku Bldg - LAND BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM 132 - 1151 PUNCHBOWL STREET - MAP: http://bit.ly/1qpoO2Y
When: Friday, September 12th 2014 at 9am (Sign up by 8:45am if you wish to speak)
Download the BLNR AGENDA here: http://files.hawaii.gov/dlnr/meeting/agendas/140912-agenda.pdf
TO BE PLACED ON THE AGENDA (TO TESTIFY), PLEASE SIGN IN BY 8:45 A.M. THE DAY OF THE MEETING. (Friday, Sept 12th)
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The Martin 'Ohana's Story: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/26039725/former-pearl-city-family-sa ys-citys-efforts-to-end-homelessness-is-hurting-not-helping
Sign the petition to urge the City Council and IHS to stop criminalizing poverty: https://www.change.org/p/councilmember-ikaika-anderson-stop-the-criminalization-of-homelessness

Read UC Berkeley Policy Law Clinic Report on Sit-Lie laws: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2165490

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Kathryn Xian
Executive Director
Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery (PASS)
a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization
United we can STOP Human Trafficking

www.passhawaii.org
www.facebook.com/passhawaii
www.twitter.com/passhawaii
"
The slave breeders and slave traders are a small odious and detested class among you, and yet in politics they dictate the course of all of you" - Abraham Lincoln

"Slavery still exists, but now it applies only
to women and its name is 'prostitution.'" - Victor Hugo



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