New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Bolden has introduced amendments to the New Haven Park Ordinance that will criminalize the downtown homeless population. Among other things, the legislation will apply opening and closing hours to the New Haven Green and make “camping, cooking, open flames, sleeping overnight and/or erecting tents or other shelters on the Green” and other parks ticketable offenses. Such changes will be seriously detrimental to people who call the Green their home.
The Legislation also includes provisions that will make events in New Haven parks cost-prohibitive for community groups by forcing organizers to pay for permits and police protection.
Please join us in opposing this abominable proposition. Call your alders and encourage them to vote AGAINST these Park Ordinance amendments. We also have a petition on change.org – your signature will help us send the message that we, the citizens of New Haven, will not stand for the criminalization of our homeless brothers and sisters. Sign the petition here.
New Haven Independent: Activists Set New Haven Green Proposal on Fire
New Haven Register: Plan for New Haven Green Riles Advocates for Poor
(Pre-press conference Register article: New Haven Green Events Requiring Police May Cost Organizers)
Yale Daily News: Activists Fight Proposed Green Regulations
NBC Connecticut: Board of Aldermen Considers Changes to Park Ordinance
FOX News Connecticut: Proposed New Haven Park Ordinance Controversy