Re "Ammiano bill on homeless is an embarrassment" (Editorials, Jan. 5): Your editorial against the Homeless Person's Bill of Rights gives my name to an extreme "nightmare scenario."
Making a bogeyman of homeless people reminds me of historic laws discriminating against Chinese, Okies, African-Americans, the LGBT community and the disabled.
My bill requires that we stop legal discrimination against people who are homeless. It doesnât say they can urinate where they want. It acknowledges their rights, without trampling on those of others. It says laws must be enforced equitably, and it recognizes that the homeless, as humans, must do certain things to survive.
You present your argument by showing how homelessness affects the comfortable. I want the comfortable to realize the "nightmare scenario" is far worse for homeless people.
I agree we must talk about resources. I welcome that. But name-calling won't keep me from also talking about justice and the rights of the homeless.
-- Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, San Francisco
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