Talk about Trespass at the A2 Human Rights Commission

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 - 6:45pm to 10:30pm


Please attend the Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission's July meeting on Wednesday, July 11th. Food will be provided at 6:45 for up to 50 people. If you have been "read trespass" or arrested for "criminal trespass" or work with populations who have, please come to the meeting and speak to the HRC about these experiences and how they have impacted your lives, as well as what the city can do to better meet your needs.

Trespass laws allow private property owners and the agents of public - private property to remove, for one year, anyone whose behavior they don't like. People who are living outside, people with disabilities, people with mental illness, people with substance use issues, and people of color are all targets of this policy. Once someone has been "read trespass," they can then be arrested if they return to the property. This does not do anything to address the needs of communities who are most often read trespass, so people are trespassed over and over again. People are read trespass for anything from sleeping in tents outside to verbal arguments.

We want Ann Arbor to do better. Their new commitment to "equity" needs to address the way that poor folks and folks of color are treated in this community.

Folks not impacted by Trespass are invited to come and listen. We will debrief after with anyone who wants to help organize to follow HRC actions and shape solutions.

In November 2013 a group of folks evicted from their tent community, The Misfits, organized a protest at City Hall by sleeping outside in the freezing rain for days to demand changes to the policy of Trespass. Nothing was done to address their concerns.(

In September 2017, a Black teen was forced to the ground, had a taser drawn on him, and was handcuffed and detained at the Blake Transit Center for either talking back to a police officer or not having I.D. (reports are mixed). He was “read trespass” for “disorderly conduct” barring him from Blake Transit for one year.

Since, the public has raised more and more questions about what it means to be “read trespass,” an experience that is common for folks without housing, people with disabilities, and teens of color. According to the Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission, more than 300 people have been “read trespass” this year.

Despite police officers putting the policy of “reading trespass” into action every day in Ann Arbor, it has taken more than 7 months to get any answers about the law behind the policy and the way the policy is put into practice--those answers are still not publicly available.

301 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1908, United States

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