The Right to Survive: Denver’s Ban on Living Outdoors

For this episode, we sat down with Kat Humphries, a homeless service provider & harm reduction professional to discuss ballot initiative “The Right to Survive”, an ordinance which would have decriminalized resting, eating, sheltering oneself, or occupying a vehicle outdoors in Denver and effectively overturning the City’s ‘urban camping’ ban. The initiative failed to pass earlier this year by a significant margin on the same night that the psilocybin decriminalization initiative passed. So, we talked about how drug decriminalization and the decriminalization of people a person experiencing homelessness intersect and why we’re skeptical about an emerging decriminalization strategy of focusing on “plant-based” psychedelics as opposed to all substances.


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