Re: Assembly Bill 2706
157,000 Californians are making a “Lifestyle Choice” by being Homeless . So says Republican Anthony Adams. No wonder they tried to recall him and he won’t run for re-election.
Some of the men and women I have met at work ARE making a life style choice. they have family who would take them in and give them a permanent place to live, but that is not what they want.
Most of the men and women and ALL of the children who are without homeless are not there by “choice”, it is the circumstance.
And this circumstance makes them invisible. They are less likely to vote or be connected to the community or feel free to engage with the political, social or emergency services in their communities.
If the Homeless Hate Crime law is not passed within California – who will stand up for them and get the politicians notice? Who will make the law makers take action? You and I should – after all, “We the people” means YOU and ME.
What the bill means is that when a person who is homeless is attacked, they have the right to sue their attacker as a “hate crime”. The idea is that it would make the aggressors think twice before stomping, beating, burning, spitting on, dragging by auto, members of the Homeless Population. The items I just listed have all happened in the past 12 months.
What are your thoughts?