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‘Nothing About Us Without Us’

A reminder of who anti-camping laws really affect and why 41.18 is not only unconstitutional, but inhumane.

A cardboard sign with the words "Nothing About Us Without Us" written in black Sharpie.

Last I wrote, J and I were in a hotel, as a part of the Recovery in Housing Program, through The Center In Hollywood. We have been housed and issued a Housing Choice Voucher. We have had an amazing amount of support from the community so far. Not only that, but we moved into our apartment on June 30, 2021, in Baldwin Hills. There are still things we need and want to make it home, but more on that later. Right now, I want to talk about this new attempt to pass 41.18

Again, I am appalled and disgusted by the sheer brute force attacks on the constitutional and human rights of the unhoused by this city council. Every Municipal Code (MC) passed to legislate the existence of unhoused people is in direct violation of their constitutional rights, much less human rights. Last I checked, federal law supersedes any municipal code, and the federal conspiracy against rights law states that it is unlawful if “if two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws.” Therefore, all MCs that restrict where a person can legally exist or exist at all are unconstitutional. Anyone who enforces them is guilty of conspiracy, and law enforcement officer’s are not exempt. Not only is everything you’re doing legally unconstitutional, but it’s also morally bankrupt. Everyone of ya mamas and Jesus should be disappointed in all of you, for how you try to legislate the unhoused out of existence, insisting that you know best for unhoused human beings, without ever once TALKING OR LISTENING TO the needs and desires of the group you claim to be serving/saving. Didn’t we throw a whole damned tea party about taxation without representation? And what you’re doing now is the SAME EXACT THING. #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs 

So why shouldn’t we demand our constitutional and human rights be respected? That’s right, in Garcetti’s own words, unhoused people are “someone else’s problem to clean up, like the cowboys with brooms behind horses in parades.” People are not Problems. The problems exist because City Council doesn’t see unhoused people as humans, so we don’t get rights. If you don’t believe that every human being deserves food, water, housing, healthcare, and education, simply for being alive, you need to reevaluate what you consider important in life. Again, ya mama and Jesus are disappointed, and if ya mama ain’t, ya grandma is, and that’s even worse.

41.18 directly infringes upon the right to move freely about the land. If I’m free to travel, I’m free to stay. Public spaces are paid for by taxes, which means belonging to EVERYONE. The city is trying to legislate unhoused people into insanity, substance use, and/or prison, because at least then there’s more profit to be made from our suffering.

There is no food shortage. There is no housing shortage. All of the shortages you’ve been led to believe in are false. We don’t LACK any sort of resources as a human race. We have a surplus of greedy people who don’t care who they hurt, kill, maim, or step on necks of, to get what they want.

Now that I’m semi-done ranting about cops and city council trying to make hard lives that much harder, back to J and I.

We’re getting settled. Things are coming together in our little slice of heaven. We have a registry full of ideas for things we need or want. Check it out here.

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