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Testimony in strong opposition to Bill 6

[Bill 6 criminalizing the homeless by subjecting those erecting a tent on a public sidewalk to 1 year in jail and $1,000 fine will be heard by the Public Safety and Economic Development Committee on Tuesday, January 14, at Honolulu Hale. This is the testimony I submitted.]


12 January 2014

To: Chair Fukunaga and the Honolulu City Council Committee on Public Safety and Economic Development:

It is regrettable that the public must learn that your deferral of Bill 59 (criminalizing homelessness) on moral and legal grounds was more display than substance. Bill 6 is worse in every way.

This bill along with Bill 7, which was already passed into law as ordinance 13-8, targets what Councilmember Stanley Chang famously calls an "epidemic of people who are obstructing our sidewalks." Please remind Councilmember Chang that he is actually talking about the homeless members of our community who have been driven out of housing by high cost and low wages. Laws and HPD have also driven them o…

Bill 6: Corporate Sponsored Government vs The Poor and Homeless

Alert! New attempt to criminalize the poor and homeless: Honolulu City Council, after deferring Stanley Chang's Bill 59 criminalizing homeless, is pushing Ikaika Anderson's Bill 6 (scheduled for hearing Tues 1/14 at 9am). What's the deal with Bill 6? For merely erecting any "collapsible structure capable of providing human shelter" on the sidewalk or mall you get a year in jail and $1,000.

Who are trying to find human shelter in a collapsible structure on the sidewalk? We should get them off the sidewalk by increasing the minimum wage and reducing the cost of housing, not by providing the prison industrial complex with an influx of cheap/free labor. And at your expense, by the way.

And what of families and children in those collapsible shelters? Do we have the resources available to care for the kids?

Many of those dwelling in collapsible shelters are working -- bread winners for kids under a non-collapsible roof. What happens to those kids?

And what happens to …