1) Give public comment at City Council on Wed, July 29
2) Tweet about #HomesNotZones
Use our sample tweets and graphics below
3) Call and Email Mayor Eric Garcetti and your Councilmember
When and Where
Call In to Give Public Comment
1) Call 669-254-5252
2) Use Meeting ID 160-535-8466 and then press #
3) Press # again when prompted for participant ID
4) Once in the meeting, press *9 to request to speak
- Eliminate special enforcement zones
- Resuming CARE+ now would be in violation of CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. CARE+ sweeps are a threat to overall public health!
- “Cleanups” force elderly and disabled people to take potentially painful steps to move their belongings or take their tents down
- Increasing sweeps around A Bridge Home shelters is harmful and costly and it’s an admission that these shelters don’t meet the needs of all unhoused residents in the area
- Place-based zoning to keep people out of an area doesn’t work. It requires significant enforcement, which leads to increased criminalization and increased expense.
Graphics on Public Comment
Targets (Mayor and CMs with shelters opening this summer):
- Mayor Eric Garcetti @MayorOfLA
- CM David Ryu @davideryu
- CM Herb Wesson @CMHerbJWesson
- CM Paul Krekorian @PaulKrekorian
- CM Joe Buscaino @JoeBuscaino
LA’s new homeless shelters created under the Mayor’s A Bridge Home program are surrounded by “Special Enforcement Zones” where LAPD aggressively polices houseless neighbors who couldn’t get inside. This is cruel, costly practice. It harms people without housing, it doesn’t solve anything for the neighborhood and it’s a big expense for the city. Help us spread the word and tell our elected officials we want #HomesNotZones!
If city leaders are truly committed to reimagining public safety and an unarmed response to non-violent calls, they must abolish the cruel, costly, punitive “Special Enforcement Zones” that surround homeless shelters. Struggling Angelenos need #HomesNotZones
Note: You may want to edit these before tweeting. Make them your own.
If @CMHerbJWesson wants to remove LAPD as first responders to non-violent calls, he can start by removing them from patrolling houseless Angelenos in Special Enforcement Zones 24-hours a day. #HomesNotZones #DefundThePoliceTweet
Transitional homeless shelters connected with #ABridgeHome fill up fast. The Special Enforcement Zones surrounding shelters punish Angelenos who desperately want help but can’t get inside. @MayorOfLA, this is inhumane. Struggling people need #HomesNotZones.Tweet
Needless, 24-hour policing of Special Enforcement Zones raise the likelihood of LAPD use of force, like the shootings of #CharleyAfrica, #VictorValencia and too many others. https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-01-21/use-of-force-incidents-against-homeless-people-are-up-lapd-reportsTweet
Arbitrary homeless encampment prohibition doesn’t work–it requires costly enforcement, violent criminalization and fosters conflict between impoverished Angelenos and LAPD officers. We need to reimagine public safety to deliver #HomesNotZones.Tweet
If #ProjectRoomkey can operate safely with unarmed security officers, why would we spend $8.4 million a year deploy a 24/7 LAPD detail to transitional homeless shelters? Spend that money on #ServicesNotSweeps, #HomesNotZones, #DefundThePoliceTweet
.@LAHomeless acknowledges that homelessness disproportionately affects Black Angelenos. Policing and banishing Black bodies through zone-based enforcement is a form of institutional racism that exacerbates this injustice. #StopZoneEnforcement, #DefundThePoliceTweet
LAPD spends $8.4 million deploying officers on 24-hour patrols of homeless shelters, whether or not an incident has occurred. This costly boondoggle could pay for 4 shelters with funds left to spare. #DefundThePolice #HomesNotZonesTweet
The CDC explicitly recommends against displacing encampments for COVID safety. These Special Enforcement Zones lead to displacement and the potential spread of COVID19, endangering unhoused residents and the larger community. #HomesNotZones #ServicesNotSweeps #DefundThePoliceTweet
Call and Email Instructions
Find Your Councilmember at neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org
Dear [Insert Elected Official’s Name Here],
I am an Angeleno and I live in District [Fill in Your District Number]. I am writing to demand the removal of Special Enforcement Zones from all current or planned homeless shelters.
This cruel and costly practice needlessly punishes houseless Angelenos who want to access a shelter bed but cannot due to limited capacity. 24 hour LAPD patrols increase the likelihood of unnecessary conflicts and uses of force. Weekly “comprehensive cleanups” force elderly and disabled residents to breakdown their tents and relocate without regard for their health or physical limitations. The $8.4 million price tag for geographically targeted enforcement is unjustifiable in light of the city’s need for more homeless services and housing.
Over the past two months, we’ve heard councilmembers acknowledge that more enforcement isn’t the answer for making communities safe. They’ve made promises to reimagine public safety by cutting LAPD funding and replacing officers with unarmed, non-law enforcement agencies to respond to non-violent service calls.
Permanently eliminating the practice of location-based policing would be an essential step in that direction. I urge you to support this new paradigm.
Thank you for your time,
[Sign Your Name]
Contact Info for All City Officials Below
MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI
Miguel Sangalang, Deputy Mayor, Budget Office
Diana Mangioglu, Director, Budget Office
Constituent Services Desk
DTLA City Hall Help Desk
Johanna Rodriguez, Harbor Area Representative
Edith Vega, South/East L.A. Area Representative
David Price, South/West L.A. Area Representative
Tanaz Golshan, West Valley Sr. Area Representative
Caroline Menjivar, East Valley Area Representative
Ami Fields-Meyer, West L.A. Area Representative
DISTRICT 14 — JOSE HUIZAR (SUSPENDED ON CORRUPTION CHARGES, YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT NURY MARTINEZ)
City Hall: (213) 473-7014
District Office 1: (323) 526-9332
District Office 2: (323) 226-1646
District Office 3: (323) 254-5295