CALL TO ACTION: Solidarity with Philip and Arlene

           

The Homes Not Handcuffs coalition has been fighting for years to decriminalize homelessness in Austin, and on June 21, 2019, Austin City Council finally voted to ease unconstitutional and inhumane restrictions on camping, sleeping, sitting and lying down in public. 

We are horrified to learn that since that vote, an Austin couple experiencing homelessness has been subjected to an escalating series of hate-motivated attacks on their camp. First, a projectile, perhaps a BB pellet, was shot into their tent barely missing one of them. Then, a road flare with an anti-homeless message written on it was thrown at their tent while they were inside. Most recently, a firework was thrown from a vehicle into their camp, burning their belongings and their tent and causing a grassfire across the street. Fortunately, they were both away during this latest attack and were unharmed.

 

     

 

The coalition is raising money specifically for folks that have been victims of violence targeting homeless people. The victims of these attacks have lost nearly all of their belongings and are scared to continue sleeping in public, but have nowhere else to go. The money we receive will go towards buying these items. 

We invite you to help them by donating money to replace what they have lost in the fire and protecting them by getting them off the streets and into housing. Please join us as we stand in solidarity with our neighbors and fight for communities that are safe for everyone. 

The money we receive will go towards buying the items below. If you would like to purchase these items yourself, please let us know beforehand so we can check if we still need them. A new tent has already been donated. Thank you for your support!

  • Light blankets 
  • Clothes 
  • Man: pants 32-34, t-shirt L to XL
  • Woman: underwear size 7, bra size 36C, dress size 9-12, T-shirt L, spandex shorts 
  • Queen mattress
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