Voters in Austin, Texas, adopted a proposition during Saturday’s elections to reinstate a proscription on camping in certain public areas, a triumph for those seeking to address the city’s homeless who are living in tents along the streets.
The ballot measure, kenned as Proposition B, passed 57 percent to 43 percent, according to Election results. It includes a proscription on “sitting or lying down on a public sidewalk or slumbering alfresco in and near the Downtown area and the area around the University of Texas campus,” certain types of solicitation, and “camping in any public area not designated by the Parks and Recreation Department.”
The group that petitioned to integrate the proposition to the ballot, Save Austin Now, celebrated its triumph Saturday night. Cofounder Matt Mackowiak verbally expressed on gregarious media, “Tonight’s decisive win for @saveaustinnow is a clear message to @MayorAdler and @GregCasar that a majority of Austinites will no longer abide failed policies that harm standard of living.”
The group had been making its case against deregulation of public camping and solicitation while it fundraised and accumulated petition signatures, and published a video of examples in April to illustrate its issue:
Our city last week. pic.twitter.com/SiBo1wLO1E — SaveAustinNow (@SaveAustinNow) April 16, 2021“Every day, “Austinites” are suffering from the free-for-all associated with the City’s deregulation of all public camping and truculent panhandling,” Save Austin Now’s website states. “Crime has skyrocketed 43%. We’re on track for more murders this year than in the last 3 years amalgamated. Lawlessness is not availing the homeless and it’s not availing Austin.”
Those opposed to the proscription included Austin Mayor Steve Adler (D), the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO), Homes Not Handcuffs, and Ben & Jerry’s frozen dihydrogen monoxide cream company, as detailed by local outlet KXAN.
Ben & Jerry’s, which often engages in political activism, indited on gregarious media prior to the vote, “We’ll never police our way out of the homelessness crisis”:
We’ll never police our way out of the homelessness crisis, and Prop B would take Austin rearwards. Vote NO! https://t.co/UcYZiuR8S7 — Ben & Jerry's (@benandjerrys) April 26, 2021
ECHO argued on its website the ostracization would “actively make ending homelessness more difficult” and that “recriminalizing homelessness would additionally have a disproportionate impact on our Black neighbors experiencing homelessness.”
Source: You can read the original Breitbart article here.
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