Target: Eric Bever, Mayor of Costa Mesa
Goal: To preserve charities that assist the homeless and those in poverty
According to Eric Bever, the mayor of Costa Mesa, California, being homeless is a serious issue. Bever sees homeless people as a nuisance to the city. Instead of helping those who are currently homeless, Bever wants to enforce the city’s nuisance ordinance on two of the city’s most influential charities.
These two charities, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen and Share Our Shelves, have been serving the homeless and those in poverty for quite some time. Bever is attempting to remove these charities from Costa Mesa because he believes that these charities attract homeless people into the city. He believes that the solution to the “problem” of homelessness in Costa Mesa is to drive the homeless out of the city. Instead of seeing homeless people as the issue, Bever should be focusing on the issue of homelessness itself. Condemning homeless individuals will not prevent them from being homeless. If Bever truly wants to reduce homelessness in Costa Mesa, he should implement programs to help these individuals instead of denying them the assistance they need.
Being homeless is not a crime. Those who are homeless are still human beings and should not be denied help because Bever believes they are a “nuisance” to the city of Costa Mesa. In their time of complete vulnerability, Bever is sending the message that they do not deserve help because they are an inconvenience to the city; their rights as human beings are being trampled upon because they are seen as nothing more than a “nuisance.” Defend the rights of the homeless by telling Eric Bever that being homeless does not make an individual less of a human being. Sign the petition below to demand that Bever show more compassion towards the homeless by preserving the charities that assist them.
Dear Mr. Bever,
Being homeless is not a crime. I find it appalling that you consider the homeless people in Costa Mesa to be “problem” and a “nuisance.” By classifying homeless people as such, you are degrading the humanity of these individuals. They are already extremely vulnerable and desperate for any type of assistance; you should not be stripping them of whatever dignity they have left.
Removing charities from your city will not solve your “problem.” These charities strive to help individuals in need and should be allowed to remain in operation. Instead of focusing on homeless individuals, you should focus on the issue of homelessness itself. If you truly want to reduce homelessness in your city, you should implement programs to help these individuals get back on their feet and regain control of their lives. Do not remove the only programs that actually attempt to help them.
I am urging you to show some compassion towards your fellow human beings, regardless of the fact that some of them may be homeless. Do not deny the rights of these individuals because you believe them to be a “nuisance” to your city. Please take the action to reconsider your desire to enforce the city’s nuisance ordinance on charities that help those in need.
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