A Letter of Support
In Response to Lodging Ticket
Linda's Hearth note:
I have copied below the caring letter, offered from my place of worship to the newly assigned judge, Honorable Paul M. Marigonda, who has before him just now a Traverse and it's antecedents, in a Writ of Habeas Corpus regarding the application of California's P.C. 647(e), describing the crime of Lodging.
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SANTA CRUZ FRIENDS MEETING
225 Rooney Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
February 24, 2012
Honorable Paul M. Marigonda
Superior Court of Santa Cruz County
701 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Re: Superior Court case #M55730
Dear Judge Marigonda,
We are writing in support of our member, Linda Lemaster, who stands accused of illegal sleeping in public. She is not homeless. Linda is a member in good standing of our Quaker meeting and a beloved part of our community. We write partly out of a concern for her personal welfare. We also write out of a concern as citizens of this country that her rights as our fellow citizen be upheld. It has been easy to forget those rights in all the upset, anger, hurt feelings and general messiness of the struggle of the homeless in Santa Cruz.
Even if the Peace Camp demonstration was poorly carried out, the participants were exercising their right to peaceably assemble which is inalienable and acknowledged in the US Constitution. Acknowledgment of basic rights goes back to the democracy established by William Penn in his colony of Pennsylvania. When Penn, our fellow Quaker, wrote the Frame of Government in 1682 he had in mind carrying out a Holy Experiment in Government along New Testament lines. That document included the establishment of trial by jury, freedom of the press, and absolute freedom of worship. Ninety-four years later the Declaration of Independence confirmed in unforgettable words that the people "are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The First Amendment acknowledges five more rights. Among these are the right to peaceably assemble and the right to petition the government for the redress of grievances. It is our view that the participants in Peace Camp were peaceably assembled to express their grievances to the Powers that Be.
Accordingly, our request is that the charges against Linda Lemaster be dropped
Thank you for your kind attention to our concerns. We look forward to your timely reply.
Santa Cruz Friends Meeting
cc: Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
Jonathan Gettleman, Esq.
Whatever comes down in court, I continue to pray for the greatest good for everyone involved. And invite readers to help out in support of our two attorneys, Jonathan Gettleman and Ed Frey, the latter of whom has been to jail at least twice already around this demonstration.