Video: Austin March Against Anti-Homeless Policies

Activists with Stop the Sweeps ATX and Little Petal Alliance held a March on Sunday, May 9 as part of their ongoing protest against the recently passed “Prop B” which reinstated a city-wide camping ban after being put to an electoral referendum. About 40 people marched, including activists and homeless people. After marching through downtown streets, the activists returned to City Hall where they have … Continue reading Video: Austin March Against Anti-Homeless Policies

Austin: Activists Begin Tent Occupation at City Hall in Protest of Homeless Camping Ban

By Josefina Morales On May 3, activists and homeless protesters established a tent occupation on the plaza in front of Austin City Hall in protest of the electoral passage of Proposition B, which reinstated a previous ban on public camping in Travis County. The reinstatement of the camping ban will place further hardship on the homeless in Austin area, who are already criminalized under capitalist … Continue reading Austin: Activists Begin Tent Occupation at City Hall in Protest of Homeless Camping Ban

Kansas City: Homeless Camps Face Repression, Homeless Union Force Concessions from City

By Nélida Tello Kansas City Homeless Union (KCHU) leadership and city officials came to tentative agreements after a two-month homeless occupation outside of city hall and community mobilizations to defend the encampment. Despite the negotiation between the two parties, homeless camps in other parts of the city continue to face police repression. City officials attempted to evict the city hall camp twice before meeting with … Continue reading Kansas City: Homeless Camps Face Repression, Homeless Union Force Concessions from City

Los Angeles: Hundreds Protest in Defense of Homeless Encampment, Police Respond with Mass Repression, Arrests

By Serran Soledad On Wednesday morning, close to 500 people gathered at Echo Park Lake in defense of a homeless encampment scheduled to be cleared out by the City of Los Angeles. Protests spanned over two nights with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) responding with force to repress protesters in order to erect gates around the park perimeter. Over 100 arrests were made on … Continue reading Los Angeles: Hundreds Protest in Defense of Homeless Encampment, Police Respond with Mass Repression, Arrests

Letter to the Editors: The Best We Can Do is Not Enough

Photo: An abandoned homeless camp in Austin during the February winter storm Letter from a reader of Tribune of the People: I was a member of an organization that housed every unsheltered person in San Marcos during the winter storm that shut down Texas for a week. We had contacts with the community of unsheltered people in San Marcos that let us find everyone who … Continue reading Letter to the Editors: The Best We Can Do is Not Enough

Worker Correspondents: Low Pay at Temp Agency Jobs Keeps Day Laborers Homeless

By Mike Talavera The Tribune Support Committee in Austin spoke with workers at a local temp agency who said that the jobs given out are steady and that they are usually able to work 40 hours a week, but the pay is so low that many cannot afford a place to live. The assignments are typically custodial or construction-related and pay $9/hour or less. Many … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Low Pay at Temp Agency Jobs Keeps Day Laborers Homeless

Austin’s Homeless Encampments

Photo credit: Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman By Ed Dalton Austin, Texas is the fastest-growing city in the US, making it the 11th largest in the country and rising. It is also the least livable city for low-wage workers, with an average rent of over $1,100 and a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. These conditions factor into the growing homeless population. Driving in Austin means … Continue reading Austin’s Homeless Encampments