FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday May 11, 2012
CONTACT: Faygo – firstname.lastname@example.org – 916 706 4605
OCCUPY SACRAMENTO HOSTS ‘SLEEPING BAG DAY’
FRIDAY; MAYOR, CITY TARGETED WITH COMPLAINT
FOR THE IGNORING STATE OF HOMELESSNESS IN CITY
Occupy Sacramento Friday will hold a “Sleeping Bag Day” this Friday/May 11 targeting Mayor Kevin Johnson and the City of Sacramento because of the state of homelessness in Sacramento – some people may even risk arrest by violating the City’s “no camping” ordinances.
There will be a rally and news conference at 11 a.m. Friday/May 11 at Cesar Chavez Plaza – the scene of 110 arrests of Occupiers since last October.
Occupiers will deliver a complaint to City Hall for inhumane treatment of the homeless and violation of international human rights, hen march to the Capitol, north steps, at 3 p.m. where speakers will present information about homelessness. Several will lobby state representatives for a statewide bill on the treatment of the homeless and the preservation of their rights.
Occupy Sacramento said it’s holding the “Sleeping Bag Day” to bring awareness to the inhumane treatment and criminalization of the homeless. The Sacramento homeless situation was noted in the United Nation’s mandate of the Special Rapporteur on human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation.
On January 23, Mayor Kevin Johnson received the report by Catarina de Albuquerque citing the human rights abuses of the homeless in Sacramento that do not have access to safe drinking water and sanitation. She also presented information about Sacramento’s criminalization of those without homes, which Johnson has yet to address.
Occupy Sacramento’s homeless full-time occupier, Faygo, wants the national epidemic of homelessness to be announced with a complaint against the City of Sacramento and proposed legislation at the capitol.
“The hardest part of living homeless is the demoralization of those that are fully capable and willing to achieve success,” said Faygo. “These humans are repressed by unconstitutional ordinances leading to the degeneration of self-respect and dignity.”