Human Rights

human rights

Our Vision
The Human Rights Workgroup envisions a San Francisco that recognizes that universal human rights must extend to poor and homeless people, and where dignity, respect, compassion, and equality are the standard of the community and the policy of the city.

In the midst of the housing crisis, poor people are getting hit from both sides: Many are becoming homeless, and those who are homeless are facing unprecedented criminalization efforts. Thousands are on the streets in San Francisco, shelters are overflowing, and prosecution of homeless people is getting fiercer.

Currently, the SFPD is displacing homeless people at 4:30 a.m. five out of seven mornings, the Department of Public Works is regularly spraying down their sleeping areas with high powered hoses, and police are giving massive numbers of citations to homeless people. It is common for homeless people to receive as many as three $100 citations in a day for sitting, smoking, or sleeping. Anti-homeless measures—such as the recent nighttime park and plaza closure during the night or the large vehicle parking ban—are raising the discourse of hatred, and causing increased acts of disrespect and violence. Several recycling centers have been closed due to complaints of the very presence of poor people in now upscale neighborhoods; still more are slated for closure.

The Human Rights Workgroup has been doing some serious heavy lifting on these issues: conducting direct research, outreach to people on the streets, running multiple campaigns, developing policy, staging direct actions, capturing media attention, and so much more. All those down for the cause welcome to join!

Human Rights meets every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.
Lead Staff: Lisa Marie Alatorre
(415) 346-3740 x312




  1. I tried to email LIsa Marie but the email bounced. I was just reading an article about San Francisco’s tech elite supporting and funding proposition Q which I think is shameful. It prompted me to search for ways to get involved and led me to the COHSF website. I’m interested in the Human Rights Workgroup. Are you currently looking for volunteers for this group?

  2. Oh, thanks for the info about that email address! Yes, we are always excited to welcome new volunteers to our group. Please feel free to join us Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30!

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