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Occupy Sacramento rallied for homeless

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The woman who has been homeless 19 years and the man for 5 years addressed the crowd.
Advocates for the homeless held a rally on the north steps of the Capitol building all day of this chilly third day of the new year.

It was to support a legislative proposal to expand civil rights and anti-discrimination laws to include homeless and low-income people as well as those with mental illness or physical disability.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, introduced his Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) early last month.
A long read, a part of it states; "This bill would enact the Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act, which would provide that no person’s rights, privileges, or access to public services may be denied or abridged because he or she is homeless, has a low income, or suffers from a mental illness or physical disability."

The bill would provide that every person in the state, regardless of actual or perceived housing status, income level, mental illness, or physical disability, shall be free from specified forms of discrimination and shall be entitled to certain basic human rights, including the right to be free from discrimination by law enforcement, in the workplace, while seeking or maintaining housing or shelter, and while seeking services.

The bill would provide that every person has the right to access public property, possess personal property, access public restrooms, clean water, affordable housing, educational supplies, as specified, emergency and nonemergency health care, confidentiality of medical records, assistance of legal counsel in specified proceedings, and restitution, under specified circumstances. The bill would provide civil and criminal immunity, and immunity from employer retaliation, to a public employee who provides assistance to a homeless person."

Diana Buettner, teacher.

"Because what is right is right and the idea that people without property are treated differently is disgusting," Diana Buttner explained. "It’s not fair. We’ve fought for all kinds of people and there is an element in this country that thinks it is ok to treat people differently whether or not they own something is disgusting."

She says that we are supposed to be a world power and we treat our own poor worse than several other countries she said she could name off the top of her head.

"I’m a teacher and American government is one of the subjects I teach", Buttner said. She teaches at an area high school.

Tatiaaa Capizzano, homeless advocate, speaks to the rally attendees.

Tatiaaa Capizzano is a member of a group of people who feed the homeless in Discovery Park on a weekly basis. They’ve recently began being harassed for doing that she says.

"We’ve been told by park rangers we will have to apply for special permits," she said.

The permits would cost them $450 per year and would allow them to feed the homeless only four times per year. They’ve been getting help from the Pacific Justice Institute ,helping them to stand up for their rights to keep feeding the homeless.

Capizzano says between six to 15 of her and fellow church members make the meals at their homes and serve the food potluck style to the homeless.

Jeff Patterson, Jan Daily and Patterson’s 12-year-old daughter showed up to support the homeless.

A voter registration table was set up on the north side of the Capitol.
Two dance as music is played.
Rally attendees were given the chance to speak using a microphone.
A tent had free clothing available.

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