“Right to Survive” to appear on Denver municipal ballot in May

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Cardboard signs hang in the Denver Public Library during a day of empathy-fueled events meant to teach people about what it’s like to be homeless. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver voters in the spring will consider whether to overturn the city’s urban camping ban -- and more.

The Denver Elections Division tweeted Monday that "it has been determined that the Denver Right to Survive Initiative has submitted enough valid petition signatures for the initiated ordinance to appear on the May 7, 2019 municipal general election ballot."

In 2012 the Denver City council approved a law banning people from sheltering themselves, even with a blanket, in public.

The proposed initiative backed by advocates for the homeless would establish a “right to rest” protected from the elements in public. It goes beyond that, calling for people to be able to eat and share food in public places where food is not prohibited, to shelter in legally parked motor vehicles and “to have a right and expectation of privacy and safety of or in one’s person and property.”

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