Target: Mayor of Manteca, California, Willie W. Weatherford
Goal: Help homeless individuals overcome their poverty instead of jailing them
Manteca, California, has made international headlines recently for its new law, which bans homeless individuals from setting up camp anywhere in the city. Homeless individuals within Manteca rightfully feel attacked and scorned when they should feel supported by the community and city government. This city council decision to ban homeless encampments will soon come into effect. Treating homeless human beings like a nuisance is not conducive to a healthy, thriving community.
The homeless population of Manteca has been periodically interviewed about this new law, and the response is that of abandonment and sorrow. Some homeless individuals feel that they are unfairly targeted for their misfortune. Instead of offering assistance in finding proper shelter, police officers now arrest and incarcerate the homeless of Manteca if they attempt to set up camp. Private property is included in this ban, so if a land owner insists that homeless encampment is permissible on his or her property, homeless people still cannot set up camp there.
Treating homeless people like they are vermin is appalling. The city council of Manteca must retract this ban by issuing a new, compassionate law in favor of helping the city’s homeless population regain their footing. Sign this petition to urge the mayor of Manteca to help the homeless individuals in the city find shelter, rather than deny it.
Dear Mayor Weatherford,
Manteca has made international headlines with its new law banning homeless encampments within city limits. Numerous home, business, and land owners are appalled by the new ruling and are insistent on helping the homeless, rather than cause more hardship. I urge you to retract Manteca’s discriminating ban on homeless encampments and, instead, offer the less fortunate alternative housing and government help.
Homeless people are human beings, not vermin. They do not add strain on the city; with proper care, the homeless of Manteca could become contributing citizens. Arresting and incarcerating the homeless is not the answer. Instead, I urge you to fund homeless shelters, food drives, and job fairs designed to help people get off the street and find a job.
How a city treats its homeless is reflective of its compassion and success. Pushing the downtrodden further into despair is nothing to be proud of and should be stopped immediately. Be a force of positive change within your city.
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