Success: Church Stops Dousing Homeless People with Water

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption

Target: Dan Rosenheim, News Director of CBS San Francisco

Goal: Thank news station for helping to shut down an illegal and cruel watering system intended to drive away the homeless.

A watering system that was allegedly installed by a Catholic church to deter homeless people from sleeping on their property has recently been taken down. If it had not been for a local news station telling the story, many people would still be getting drenched simply because they have nowhere to go.

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco recently installed a watering system so that water would violently fall from all four corners of the church ceiling every thirty to sixty minutes at night. The water fell for almost one minute straight, soaking anyone caught in its horrific wake.

When KCBS News aired the story, people were outraged that such a barbaric system was put up by a church. It was soon revealed that the system was illegally installed. Just as bad, California currently has a major water shortage and is expected to run out of water in less than a year.

However, because KCBS News promptly aired the story and because activists from organizations like the ForceChange community were outraged, the church was given fifteen days to take the system down. The church is now being looked upon poorly for displaying such inhumanity towards those it should be trying to help.

Sign this petition to thank the KCBS News station and other human rights advocates for caring enough about this problem to bring its faultiness to light. This story proves that more people care about following the Golden Rule of treating others how they would like to be treated than they do about trying to handle issues through acts of hate. Clearly, it is news to celebrate.


Dear Mr. Rosenheim,

A Catholic church in San Francisco was instructed to take down an illegal and brutal watering system shortly after your station covered the story. Thankfully, homeless people are no longer being drenched with water.

As you know, many people were horrified when they found out that Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption installed sprinklers on the ceiling of all four church entrances for the purpose of driving away the homeless. The watering system was set up to come on at night every thirty to sixty minutes and to blast water for an entire sixty seconds.

Shockingly, the church installed the watering system knowing that California is scheduled to run out of water in less than one year. After authorities found out, they were given fifteen days to take it down.

The end result proves that more people care about treating others with dignity, rather than with thoughtlessness. We appreciate your station educating the public about this matter. Please know that the human rights community will continue to support your efforts in bringing to light the indecency of such fallible human values.


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One Comment

  1. Jacqueline Cucuiat says:

    Thank you for bringing this to the publics attention. I myself have been to this church when I was in town for business on several occasions and am appalled at the churches inhuman treatment. God bless those homeless people that have to endure homelessness as well as being punished for it. I wonder if they would be criminally liable for intentional injury ?

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