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Town Hall: Are Bans on Homeless Encampments Unconstitutional?

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May 15: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
As the U.S. Supreme Court begins deliberations on whether towns have the constitutional authority to ban homeless encampments on public property, a Town Hall gathering organized under the auspices of a new ‘America 250’ initiative invites the public to share points of view on this topic in a carefully constructed civil debate led by “Constitutional Wrangler” Meg Mott PhD.

The Town Hall poses the question: “Are Bans of Homeless Encampments Unconstitutional?’ It will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro and is free and open to everyone.
The case before the Supreme Court puts the rights of people to sleep in public spaces against the responsibilities of cities to maintain public safety. One of the legal questions is whether a city can punish someone for their status, not their behavior. The case has sweeping implications for Vermont, which has the second highest rate of homelessness after California.
The event is the first in a series of Town Halls convened by Windham World Affairs Councils and Brooks Memorial Library to stimulate public dialogue leading up to the statewide and national ‘America 250’ semi quincentennial anniversary of the founding of the United States. The series focuses on the founding ideals in the Declaration of Independence – equality, liberty, safety, and happiness – and how those ideals can guide us in strengthening our democracy at a time when the urge to demonize our opponents is on the rise.
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May 15
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Windham World Affairs Council
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Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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