Chris Wilcox, from the 14th Ward, mentions how the City of St. Louis violently lashes out at the homeless during a St. Louis City Hall meeting regarding the Unhoused Bill Of Rights bill on Oct. 24, 2023.
Chris Wilcox TRANSCRIPT:
The current policy of the city is to throw people’s tents away. We cannot continue to criminalize their survival. The bill is necessary because the city has failed in its responsibility to provide a bare minimum shelter and resource, an obligation that is legally bound to since the Missouri Supreme Court ruled in Graham v. Shamel 1985.
An unhoused bill of rights is necessary because the city cannot continue to lash out violently against the very people. It failed when faced with evidence of its own neglect. It also demonstrated that for all the supposed concern about theft, it is perfectly legal to steal someone’s belongings when they are unhoused. We will not allow our unhoused neighbors to be locked away in a notoriously deadly jail or die alone on the street. The tents will be there until people have homes. Thank you. (Chris Wilcox 14th Ward)