LA March 7th Election - Yes on H, No on S
We care about homelessness not only as an economic justice issue, but because it reflects how we view each other as human beings. Homelessness is a material affliction which carries the additional danger of disappearance. If the city does not have enough places to house the homeless and yet criminalizes vagrancy, sleeping on the sidewalk, even distributing food on the street—the homeless are defined by broader society as non-existent. At Bend the Arc, we refuse to erase our neighbors. They are here, they are part of our community, and they are equally entitled to justice and standing in our city’s institutions.
This issue is a Bend the Arc issue because it is a Jewish issue, one of community, economic inclusion, and sharing resources with our neighbors when they are in need. But it is also Bend the Arc issue because it is a racial justice and civil rights issue. LA’s homeless are disproportionately people of color, as well as women, transgendered people, veterans, and others whose communities face greater barriers to economic and societal inclusion. To deny them the possibility of becoming or returning to being economically productive members of society with basic rights such as safety is a form of discrimination.
On March 7th, you can make an impact to advance progressive homelessness policies on the city and county level. We can show Angelenos and the rest of the country what we’re for and what we’re against.
This is why Bend the Arc is supporting Measure H and opposing Measure S.
Vote YES - Measure H on the county level will prevent homelessness for 30,000 people and end homelessness for 45,000 people in Los Angeles County. The ¼ cent sales tax will pay for services needed to support the chronically homeless and existing permanent supportive housing. We urge you to vote Yes on Measure H in LA County on March 7th. You can read more about the policy details here.
Vote NO - Measure S will make it virtually impossible to build the new units of housing Los Angeles currently needs to meet demand and will freeze LA’s segregated, unequal neighborhoods in place. Measure S will restrict housing even more, driving homeless numbers up and killing good construction jobs that community members need. This measure will undo most of the effects of Measures HHH and JJJ that were recently won in Los Angeles to support creation of housing and benefits to local workforce and transit oriented housing. We urge you to vote No on Measure S in LA City on March 7th. You can read more about the policy details here.
Join us to get out the vote and support our homeless brothers and sisters!