• Fighting against the criminalization of homelessness and poverty in Europe.

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Use our facebook page to find news articles and literature, event dates and updates on the effects of criminalisation. Follow @povertyisnotacrime for news about the “Poverty is not a crime” campaign.

Get involved in your city

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Oppose the growth of the security apparatus in your area! Join local campaigns to say “stop” to the penalisation of poverty. Inform us about your tactics and experiences.

Get your city on board

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Don’t let penalisation win: contact us with concerns about repressive policies, let us know about unfair treatment of the poor and use our resources to fight penalisation.

Poverty isn’t a crime it’s a scandal...

...so why penalise the poor? Today, local lawmakers see people who are poor and struggling as threats to public saftey. Instead of help, policy makers are extending the reach of penal nets and making the use of public spaces by poor and vulnerable groups punishable by fines and jail time. Gentrification means that merchants are demanding surveillance and calling for more social controls in public places, while the police officers replaces the social assistant on the “front line” of the city’s response to homelessness. Together as activists, organizations and elected officials we can stop the criminalisation of homelessness: Poverty is not a crime, it's a scandal.

Kick-off Press Release

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