Community Dinner Project Sacramento

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Sacramento's communities are crying out for justice! Each week that City Council is in session, we hold organic Community Dinners on the steps of city hall, in protest of the laws against feeding homeless people and the unlawful camping ordinance. We hope to bring the community closer together, encourage helping one another while enjoying a delicious, nutritious meal. Sharing food together makes sharing experiences and knowledge adding to the richness of this event. Each week we are praised for the food, but we also share information, concerns and solutions and we take those concerns to the city council each week as we pack the mic and demand action from our city council!
Sacramento is a city, not a business. People are facing homelessness and economic injustice; police harrassment and brutality are making things worse, The criminalization of homeless and impoverished needs to be stopped. We hope to put Sacramento on the map as a compassionate, progressive, humanely run city.
The time for action is NOW!
We must come together as a community and address these issues if we truly want change. Please join us for dinner, community fellowship and community engagement each week! If you are unable to join us but like what we are doing, help support us by contributing today. Your donations go to much needed food for our dinners each week.

We strive to serve as much organic GMO free food as possible. Everyone is invited to join. Please donate any amount you can to help fund this amazing community outreach project.

With love and blessings
Community Dinner Project, Sacramento

***We are always in need of more donated organic food, gently used/clean jackets, sweaters and blankets, dog food, hygiene products and gloves, hats and ponchos. Items are graciously accepted 4:30 pm Tuesdays at Community Dinner, Sacramento city hall***
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January 6, 2016

Day 37 occupation Sacramento City Hall

The city is trying to disband the unlawful camping 'sleep in' by initializing a 'Homeless Task Force.'
There have been several protesters arrested in the last several days.
Sleeping bags and other items needed to stay warm have been confiscated.

The founder of Community Dinner Project, Faygo (James Lee Clark) has asked for the public to please call your city representative at
(916)808-5704 and express your concerns.

Homelessness is not a crime and people who find themselves in those circumstances deserve to be treated kindly.

Current laws place these individuals at risk for hate crimes because the laws are demoralizing and create an environment that gives some individuals the idea they can take the law into their own hands. Some homeless people are beaten in their sleep, humiliated, and abused for being persons without shelter.

There are millions of dollars in funding for the homeless crisis in our city but those funds are not making it to the programs actually working to house and rehabilitate those in need.

Your contributions have helped immensely and those spending the cold, rainy nights outside have benefitted with hot meals and soups, hand warmers and dry gear. A big thank you to those braving the cold to show support on site.

Thank you for having the compassion and heart needed to help encourage the city to repeal the laws that criminalize homelessness. May their efforts turn the situation around for so many people just trying to feel human.

Afterall, we are all human. And humans need love.

Love and blessings,
Community Dinner Project Sacramento
Team prepared for public comment period at City Hall
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Hello and good morning. We hope your holidays brought you closer to those you love, that you shared warmth and cheer.
Here in Sacramento California temperatures have been dipping below freezing at night and we still do not have enough shelter options for those without a home to rest.
Faygo, founder of Community Dinner Project and member of Occupy Sacramento, has been providing a safe place for people to rest because of the unlawful camping ordinance in our city. December 8th Faygo and supporters and advocates for the homeless began occupation of city hall for the right to rest.
Even in this bitter cold law enforcement will take away an individual's sleeping bag or blanket if they are caught sleeping outside.
So, if you're without a roof and the shelters are full or perhaps not permitted to use the shelter the only alternative is outside where protection is needed from the police.
The Occupation for The Right To Rest has been providing individuals a safe place to rest while demonstrating the unlawful camping ordinance is unconstitutional.
If a person is without shelter in this cold how is citing them and taking their sleeping bag an answer to the problem?
We are so grateful for all of the support this action has received, there are a lot of kind, loving people who recognize the injustice happening and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Last night at 2am approximately 50 officers from Sacramento police department arrived at city hall to disband the occupation. 4 homeless people were arrested and several supporters were cited.
Faygo's bail is over $ 10,000.
When a city has a law in place that no one is permitted to rest outside yet fails to provide solutions for those without shelter how can they justify an arrest?
Sacramento can spend millions on building a new NBA sanctioned arena but opening some of the school campuses or abandoned city owned buildings to those in need cannot be accomplished?
Please share with others and support a person's right to rest. Let the city of Sacramento know their treatment of those less fortunate is inhumane and unconstitutional.
Thank you.
Love and blessings always
Community Dinner Project
Sacramento
It takes an army to deal with homeless
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TUESDAY/DAY 15: HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT AT CITY HALL:
Homeless Occupation Hits Day 15; Porta-Potty Only 'Arrest' So Far

SACRAMENTO – Tuesday – three days before Christmas – is Day 15 for a Homeless Occupation of City Hall here. About two dozen homeless advocates have endured rain, and sub-freezing temperatures over the first two weeks of their 24 hours-a-day encampment to try to convince Sacramento City Council to do more than throw money at homeless studies.

There have been no arrests since the Occupation began December 8, although campers are breaking a city ordinance making the encampment illegal. Volunteer lawyers have said they will challenge the constitutionality of that ordinance if anyone is arrested under it.

The only "arrest" was the second day of the Occupation, December 9, when SPD "arrested" a homeless portable restroom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WucNUx9fy1c&feature=youtu.be, and towed away a truck holding cold weather gear for the homeless protest.

The Occupation started December 8 when about a dozen advocates wrapped themselves in blankets and other "camping paraphernalia" that violates Sacramento City's camping laws, which target the homeless. They want the City to repeal the unlawful ordinance. Sacramento Police refused to arrest them for "camping" because of all of the news media and supporters.

The Community Dinner Project (CDP), concerned citizens who risk arrest every week by feeding 75-150 hungry people – also illegal under city ordinance that requires a $300 permit to feed the hungry – claim the city's camping ordinance has been declared unconstitutional by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The Dept of Justice has issued a statement of interest in a federal case in Boise, in which seven people sued the city over their conviction for the "crime" of camping. The DOJ in August of 2015 said bans on sleeping in public are unconstitutional. http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-files-brief-address-criminalization-homelessness

"Sleeping is a life-sustaining activity- i.e., it must occur at some time in some place," argued the DOJ in the still pending case. "If a person literally has nowhere to go, then enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance against that person criminalizes her for being homeless." Such laws, the DOJ argues, violate 8th Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment, and thus, unconstitutional. A federal task force on homelessness concluded that homeless sweeps are not the solution.

"We strongly advise against communities dispersing people experiencing unsheltered homelessness on their own or in camps," said Matthew Doherty, task force executive director. "It disrupts the ability to engage and develop trusting relationships to help them on paths to permanent housing." (LA Times, 9/6/15)

"After a year of talking to the city about this ordinance, the city still shows no sign of listening to us about the unconstitutionality of the ordinance," said community organizers, adding "Let's end this assault on our fellow human beings; let us be a model city and demonstrate caring and compassion, and social justice for all and find more sustainable solutions for homeless people.
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URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
Sunday (4 p.m.) – December 13, 2015
Contact: Faygo (James Lee Clark), Community Dinner Project

HEAVY RAIN HITS HOMELESS OCCUPIERS AT CITY HALL SUNDAY - Homeless Occupation Logs Day 6;
Sac PD Still Won't Allow tents, But Occupiers Say Police Otherwise are Cooperating
SACRAMENTO – As heavy rain pelted homeless advocates Sunday as they began their 6th day of an occupation of Sacramento City Hall, they remain resolute in their 24 hour a day encampment to try to convince Sacramento City Council to do more than throw money at homeless studies.
Advocates reported Sunday that while police will still not allow tents to protect those camping, they are otherwise cooperating. SPD last Wednesday "arrested" a homeless portable restroom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WucNUx9fy1c&feature=youtu.be, and towed away a truck holding cold weather gear for the homeless protest.
The Occupation started Tuesday night when about a dozen advocates wrapped themselves in blankets and other "camping paraphernalia" that violates Sacramento City's camping laws, which target the homeless. They want the City to repeal the unlawful ordinance. Sacramento Police refused to arrest them for "camping" because of all of the news media and supporters.
The Community Dinner Project (CDP), concerned citizens who risk arrest every week by feeding 75-150 hungry people – also illegal under city ordinance that requires a $300 permit to feed the hungry – claim the city's camping ordinance has been declared unconstitutional by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
On August 6, 2015, the DOJ issued a statement of interest in a federal case in Boise, in which seven people are suing the city over their conviction for the "crime" of camping. The DOJ stated that bans on sleeping in public are unconstitutional. http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-files-brief-address-criminalization-homelessness
"Sleeping is a life-sustaining activity- i.e., it must occur at some time in some place," argued the DOJ in the still pending case. "If a person literally has nowhere to go, then enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance against that person criminalizes her for being homeless." Such laws, the DOJ argues, violate 8th Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment, and thus, unconstitutional. A federal task force on homelessness concluded that homeless sweeps are not the solution.
"We strongly advise against communities dispersing people experiencing unsheltered homelessness on their own or in camps," said Matthew Doherty, task force executive director. "It disrupts the ability to engage and develop trusting relationships to help them on paths to permanent housing." (LA Times, 9/6/15)
"After a year of talking to the city about this ordinance, the city still shows no sign of listening to us about the unconstitutionality of the ordinance," said community organizers, adding "Let's end this assault on our fellow human beings; let us be a model city and demonstrate caring and compassion, and social justice for all and find more sustainable solutions for homeless people.
Right to rest team
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Sydney Kathleen
28 months ago
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I told Faygo that if you can get ten or twenty people to go through the line at river city food bank on 28th and R st and bring all the food to me at Fulton and Alta Arden, I'm happy to make it all into one big meal for you. I'm a chef with a kitchen, but I have heavy social anxiety. I'm happy to help,I just can't afford food and can't attend the dinner, and cannot give money because social security.

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Shelley Davis
29 months ago

I can't help with money, but i have 5 clip boards to donate, and a few dishes. I will work on getting some storage as well. Keep doing this. Keep building this community of love and support. The world needs you more than ever. Much love to all those who pour their hearts and souls into this project.

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wish i could do more, keep up the good work

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money is tight...doing what I can

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Laura Rubalcaba
23 months ago

Analysis of past protest movements and uprisings suggests that the grand slogan of Paris, 1968 -- “Be realistic, demand the impossible” -- is actually remarkably sage and sober advice for those interested in affecting change. YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO WIN

Sydney Kathleen
28 months ago
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I told Faygo that if you can get ten or twenty people to go through the line at river city food bank on 28th and R st and bring all the food to me at Fulton and Alta Arden, I'm happy to make it all into one big meal for you. I'm a chef with a kitchen, but I have heavy social anxiety. I'm happy to help,I just can't afford food and can't attend the dinner, and cannot give money because social security.

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Shelley Davis
29 months ago

I can't help with money, but i have 5 clip boards to donate, and a few dishes. I will work on getting some storage as well. Keep doing this. Keep building this community of love and support. The world needs you more than ever. Much love to all those who pour their hearts and souls into this project.

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