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The problem is homelessness, not the homeless. Oppose Bills 42, 45, 45, 46, and 48

WHEN: Thursday, July 24th 2014 at 9am
WHERE: Honolulu Hale, 2nd floor hearing room, 530 S. King Street

SUBMIT TESTIMONY ONLINE by Wednesday, July 23rd:

>> Meeting Date: 2014-07-24
>> Council/PH Committee: Zoning and Planning
>> 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?"


In the face of a relentless slew of bills enacted by the City of Honolulu and the State, let's remember that the problem is homelessness, not the homeless.

The hearing on July 9 brought out a bunch of different people, each with their own way of thinking about the problem.

Susan Schultz, the English professor from the UH deconstructs Mayor Caldwell's "compassionate disruption":

Activist Kathryn Xian asks Council to "find their hearts": 

Surprising comments from Madori Rumpungworn who spent 30 days in OCCC (Oahu Community Correctional Center) for protesting the City's Bill 54 (ordinance 11-029):

Peace activist Laulani Teale cites the UN Human Rights report and Kamehameha's Kanawai Mamalahoe:

Councilmember Breene Harimoto has been against the criminalization of the homeless from the beginning:

Mayor Caldwell promised one thing and delivers the opposite. And yes, I did hold his picture up and ask, "When did Satan grab ahold of this guy's heart?":

All the bill are variants of the two drafts sent to the Council by Mayor CaldwellLinks to the bills. One is a prohibits sitting and lying on the sidewalk, and the other peeing and pooping in public (even inadvertently in the absence of public facilities):

Bill 42 "sit/lie" CD1 (Criminal unless waiting for the new iPhone):

Bill 43 "pee & poo" CD1 (No public restroom? Tough):

Bill 45 "sit/lie" with geographic zones and specified times CD1:

Bill 46 CD "pee & poo" variant acknowledging possible redundancy of this law:

Bill 48 CD1 "site/lie" with other geographic zones and specified times:

Here's a Facebook Event page for the hearing:

Again, hearing is on Thursday, July 24, 9am at Honolulu Hale Committee Room. See the top of post for details.

I've got more to say on the matter, but that's it for now. Check out the videos!

H. Doug Matsuoka
21 July 2014


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