Damian is doing ok and is very determined to remain on the site at this
point even in the face of open hostility from certain members of the Marin
community. Following the arson attack, the City of San Rafael used a
bulldozer to scrape all evidence of the fire and Damian's remaining
possessions off the ground and into a dump truck. I brought Damian clothes
and a few supplies. Then another article came out in the MarinIJ - the
article has photos of Damian and he is wearing the shirt I gave him:
It is possible that the site clearing action was taken by the City of San
Rafael due to the upcoming Marin county fair where many people would be
walking by the encampment to attend the fair. We plan to install an
information booth at the site to exercise the right of peaceful assembly
and protest the open hostility towards people who are experiencing
homelessness in Marin County. Marin has the 7th highest per capita rate of
homelessness of any city or county in the USA.
The Marin county fair starts on July 3 and runs for a week. Here is the
exact location of the encampment:
peace - A
On Sun, Jun 30, 2019 at 2:39 AM Jenny Ryan <tunabananas(a)gmail.com> wrote:
This is terrible :( thanks so much for the report and
your advocacy! I'm
cc'ing Needa Bee from The Village in Oakland - they're doing a great job
suing the City of Oakland for their many egregious human rights violations
re: homeless encampments. Perhaps you can help take testimony or at the
least, relay some of her vital knowledge to the organizers.
Apologies for the brevity of this response - PM me for a more extended
On Tue, Jun 25, 2019, 11:56 Autonomous <autonomous666(a)gmail.com> wrote:
A while back I had a discussion with Matt Senate
about the declining
number of Sudoroom members. His comment was that the single biggest factor
in his view was the lack of affordable housing which he referred to as the
"horror of housing".
This week in Marin county a homeless encampment near me in San Rafael was
razed to the ground by a gasoline-can wielding arsonist. The police posted
a "campsite warning notice" 3 days prior to the attack, then went on to say
that there is nothing they could do about it because a of a recent federal
ruling. This situation caused a near uproar among Marin county residents on
sites such as Nextdoor.
The victim of the arson attack Damain stated that he was sieeping inside
a structure with his girlfriend when he heard a thump on the roof and a
whoosh of the structure erupting in flames. He was barely able to escape
and pull his girlfriend from the fire. When the fire department arrived
they took no action to put out the fire. The police were laughing at
Damian's girlfriend who was wearing nothing but her underwear and was
wrapped in a blanket. The emergency responders did not check the victims to
see if they were suffering from burns or smoke inhalation. Afterwards the
police said that fires start at homeless campsites all the time and that
Damian should consider moving on.
Since the camp is nearby our sanctuary in Marin I saw the site before and
after the attack and took a video of one of the victims: Solution to
homelessness in Marin County - arson and attempted murder?
Here is a link to an article that came out today in the MarinIJ:
I am currently working with an ee engineer in the area to deploy sensors
on the site and have delivered supplies and clothing to the victims.
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