For decades, the city of Los Angeles has addressed its growing homeless population through dehumanizing policies of criminalization, the destruction of vital personal belongings, and banishment. Using the example of the Los Angeles Community Action Network’s (LA CAN) highly effective “Community Watch” program in the heavily policed neighborhood of Skid Row, DSA-LA and LA CAN have partnered to create a city-wide Street Watch coalition of grassroots organizations and community members that seek to empower and protect the rights of poor and unhoused people across LA County through a variety of direct engagements and actions. These include but are not limited to: the tracking of encampments and encampment sweeps, consistent outreach to encampment residents to inform them of their rights and encourage them to organize and join the broader movement for housing as a human right, and more.
Join us for a special general meeting this month on Overdose Awareness Day, featuring an overdose prevention training from LA Community Health Project (CHPLA), a grassroots harm reduction org.
If you're new to Street Watch, there will be a new member training from 12 to 1 p.m. before the meeting starts.
- August 31, 2019 at 1pm to 3pm
Echo Park United Methodist Church
1226 N Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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Housing & Homelessness Committee