Homeless leaders will mark the first anniversary of the violent destruction of the Stockton Boulevard encampment and announce a class action lawsuit today at 5:30 pm at 5700 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento.
The news conference will be streamed live at: https://www.facebook.com/Blackzebraproductions
The action comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s decision to disregard Centers for Disease Control guidelines on “re-opening” the country, according to a press release from the California Homeless Union Organizing Council.
“Mayor Steinberg is taking a page out of Trump’s pandemic playbook because he is ignoring CDC guidelines when it comes to breaking up homeless encampments,” said Crystal Sanchez, President of the Sacramento Homeless Union.
Homeless Union Attorney Anthony Prince stated: “We have accumulated almost 100 sworn statements homeless persons and volunteers showing deliberate interference with relief efforts that we are providing on the ground.”
Lawsuits expected to be filed next week are being supported by prominent local organizations including the Sacramento Black Caucus and the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee.
“This is a tale of two cities: One is a false portrait of concern peddled by the City; the other is the reality of 11,000 unhoused persons at risk while hotel rooms stand empty and millions of available dollars are unspent,” added Sanchez.
Betty Rios, injured by police at Stockton Blvd.
Crystal Sanchez, injured, arrested at Stockton Blvd.
Faye Wilson Kennedy, Sacramento Black Caucus/Poor Peoples Campaign
Anthony Prince, General Counsel, California Homeless Union
For further information, call 916-495-9026 or 510-301-1472