Category Archives: Civil Rights

Homeless Bills of Rights Gaining Momentum Across the Country

While cities across the nation consider and pass laws against panhandling,  sitting or lying in public places, and other measures which criminalize homelessness, lawmakers in Connecticut and Illinois are following Rhode Island’s lead in passing legislation to protect homeless individuals from discrimination. … Continue reading

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Ending homelessness – social justice and human rights

“We don’t work on homelessness.” It’s a comment I hear from policymakers, funders, and other organizations. But my feeling is that if you work on poverty, and if you work on justice, you work on homelessness. Over the years, homelessness … Continue reading

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Criminalization of Begging Continues, But Recent Case Law Supports Constitutional Objections

With the economic crisis driving severe increases in street homelessness in recent years, cities across the country have enacted laws restricting begging.  Designed to drive homeless and poor persons out of public spaces, especially downtown and tourist areas, these laws … Continue reading

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Inside the Courtroom with our Pro Bono Partners: Akin Gump and Law Center Win Protection of Food Sharing Rights in Dallas

At the end of March, a federal court delivered a victory to the Law Center and its pro bono partner and LEAP member, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, when it ruled that the City of Dallas may not … Continue reading

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The Dirty Divide in Downtown Los Angeles: A Call for Public Health Equity and Human Rights in Skid Row

As a new father, I’m dealing with a lot of crap on a daily basis, literally. When I go out, I always have to think about bringing along a diaper bag, just in case our daughter decides it’s time to … Continue reading

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Criminalization of homelessness – local impact, global issue

As the economic crisis continues at the bottom end of the income spectrum, the past week has brought two victories worth noting, from the most humble of tent encampments to the marble halls of the U.N.’s Palais Wilson in Geneva. … Continue reading

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Positive Decision in Anti-Camping Challenge in Boise

Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit issued a positive decision in the Law Center’s anti-camping/sleeping challenge, Bell v. City of Boise.  In partnership with Idaho Legal Aid Services and Latham & Watkins, the Law Center brought the case in October 2009 on … Continue reading

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Looking Back: A Milestone Year for Homeless Advocacy

The year 2012 was an important milestone for the Law Center, as we marked the 25th anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Act—the first federal legislation to address homelessness—for which our founder and executive director was a primary advocate.  But while great … Continue reading

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The Compassion Deficit: Sidewalk Bans and Criminalizing America’s Homeless

Over the last few years, policymakers across the country have cracked down on homeless Americans, introducing measures that make life an even greater struggle for some of our most vulnerable citizens.  These include laws that prohibit sleeping or storing belongings … Continue reading

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Poverty & Politics: Three Things Obama and Romney Must Address Tonight

Join us on Twitter tonight, as Law Center Policy Director Jeremy Rosen “live-tweets” during the presidential debate at 9 pm EST.  Use hashtag #TalkPoverty. With the presidential election less than six weeks away, President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt … Continue reading

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