Thursday, July 29, 2010

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama from Peace Camp 2010

Photo: Christopher Doyon
sleeps on the courthouse steps
each night to protest Santa Cruz'
Sleeping Ban at Peace Camp 2010.

Peace Camp 2010
Santa Cruz County Courthouse
701 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Telephone: 831-675-6096


The President Of The United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Telephone: 202-456-1414

Dear Mr. President --

My name is Christopher Doyon, and I am a homeless man living in Santa Cruz, CA. This message is a plea for help with a man-made humanitarian crisis. Peoples lives and liberty are at stake, poor and homeless people are sick and dying from a terrible tyranny here in Santa Cruz. The brutal ban on sleeping anywhere in Santa Cruz, CA - even on private property, is tantamount to the criminalization of poverty and homelessness. We have gathered in the one last safe place in all of the City, the County Seat. Due to special rules this small property is exempt from the City of Santa Cruz campaign of terror against the most vulnerable of it’s own citizens. We have named this small sanctuary “Peace Camp 2010” and we have a web site at -- where you can learn more of our plight.

I write to you as an ambassador of Peace Camp 2010. And I write to you not just as our President, but as a Nobel Peace Prize winner. I beg of you, PLEASE do not turn a blind eye to the plight of Peace Camp 2010. We ask only that you call the Santa Cruz County Sheriff and ask him not to brutally crush us. We are a non-violent and PEACEFUL assembly. And if you could spare just a moment, would you please phone Mayor Mike Rotkin and simply ask him to TALK to us.

There are elderly, disabled, veterans - young and old here at Peace Camp 2010. We have been driven from all over the city like some sort of class cleansing in a horrible campaign of extreme gentrification, and truth be told there is no where left for us to go. We are truly under siege, and at any moment they could come for us - please hurry, we need your help so desperately.

Christopher Mark Doyon

Peace Camp 2010 Ambassador

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