Thursday, September 25, 2014

How To Plug In To The Forum

We have high hopes to make the Resist Homeless Hate Laws Forum a great deal more democratic and inclusive than the Fort Lauderdale City Commission. Here's the basic plan for the schedule and how our forum will work.

We will be taking stack for participants in the forum from now until about 15 minutes after the start of the forum, 6 pm on October 18th. Participants will be asked to sign up under one of two sections of the forum, either "Speaking Out" or "Proposals." We ask that groups that may attend have a representative speak for their entire group.

David Peery (plaintiff for Miami's landmark Pottinger Agreement) and a speaker working on Fort Lauderdale's hate laws will introduce the subject of the City's campaign to criminalize homeless people.

We'll then have a brief break with music and food. From there the forum begins and speakers will get 5 minutes each (*will depend on amount of speakers). For proposals, we will allow some time for comments, and to see if there is a strong consensus from any of the attendees to take action on a proposal.

We are expecting, among other things, that the situation with the camping ban and sharing ban will require serious action either in the court system or in downtown Fort Lauderdale itself in order to prevent City policies from inflicting serious suffering on the homeless populace of downtown in the coming months. However any progressive strategies towards aiding and sheltering homeless people is strongly encouraged to be shared.

If you or your group would like to be listed as participating in the forum, or if you have a serious proposal for fighting the criminalization of homelessness in Fort Lauderdale, you can contact us through our contact form or on the Facebook event page for the Forum 

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