SLEEPS to PROTEST ANTI-SLEEPING LAWS at STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS

SLEEPS to PROTEST ANTI-SLEEPING LAWS at STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS

At 9:30 Monday morning, December 7, SLEEPS protestors will be in place at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza to protest the County’s Anti-Sleeping Laws. At 10:00PM the Lane County Commission and public will gather for the annual State of the County address in Harris Hall, directly above the Plaza.

The Ninth Circuit Court has determined that denying those who are unhoused the right to sleep on public land and other acts that are the “unavoidable consequences of being human and unhoused” is unconstitutional.

SLEEPS has proposed that the camping laws, used to prevent the unhoused from sleeping safely and legally, be lifted during night hours in certain locations.

Currently the laws force the unhoused out into hard-to-persecute areas such as wetlands and wilderness areas.  These areas have no toilet or garbage facilities.  Fecal material, another “unavoidable consequence of being human” is spread throughout the pristine areas by rainfall and groundwater, contaminating and spreading diseases such as Hepatitis C. The current policy creates a public safety hazard for all Eugene citizens, both housed and unhoused and endangers our wilderness areas.

Sleep deprivation causes anxiety, paranoia, disorientation and a myriad of other psychological and other medical problems.  It is most commonly known as a means of torture because it undermines a persons ability to function.  Criminalizing and preventing sleep is unconstitutional and inhumane.

SLEEPS wants sensible policies that allow the unhoused to sleep safely in designated dry areas and to be provided toilets and garbage receptacles.  This protects all citizens and our environment.

SLEEPS demands that Lane County stop policies that criminalize sleeping, dehumanize those who are struggling with being unhoused, create public safety hazards such as the spread of Hepatitis C and destroy our wilderness areas.