The Influence of Exile: human consequences of Homelessness
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
The Grove Hotel
Sara Rankin

Belonging is a fundamental human need. Equally strong is the drive to exclude. This exclusive impulse, which Professor Rankin calls “the influence of exile,” reaches beyond individuals when powerful groups use laws and policies to restrict marginalized group. Jim Crow, Anti-Okie, and Sundown Town laws are among many notorious examples. The impulse has found a new incarnation in laws that criminalize and eject visibly poor people, including the homeless, from public spaces.

Professor Rankin is a national expert with an intimate familiarity with Boise. She attended Highlands Elementary School, North Junior High School and Boise High School and fondly remembers skiing at Bogus Basin, tubing the Boise River and eating pizza at the beloved Brass Lamp (Highlands Hollow today).

A professor at Seattle University School of Law, Rankin also is founder of the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project that among its work conducts research on visibly poor people. Rankin argues against the use of the criminal justice system as a response to visible poverty, which she says hurts not just the poor and the homeless, but society as a whole.

At this forum, supported by the ACLU of Idaho, Professor Rankin will provide perspectives to consider as Boise and the Treasure Valley work to address homelessness, and she will respond to questions from attendees.

 To be guaranteed lunch, please register by noon, Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

About the Speaker:

Professor Sara Rankin teaches lawyering skills, including applied legal analysis, legal research and writing, general principles of trial and appellate procedure and advocacy, and homeless rights advocacy at Seattle University School of Law.

Professor Rankin is also the founder and Director of the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project (HRAP).  Through HRAP, Professor Rankin oversees various projects to advance the civil, constitutional, and human rights of visibly poor people.  HRAP also builds partnerships across a broad range of disciplines with community members, advocates, academic institutions, and other stakeholders.

Each year, HRAP releases a series of new reports that continue the group's groundbreaking research into laws that unfairly target the visibly poor. HRAP’s reports examine the impacts of increasingly popular laws and policies that criminalize homelessness, such as prohibitions on sitting, standing and sleeping in public; living in vehicles; sweeps of tent encampments; pet ownership standards; and barriers to access at emergency shelters. HRAP’s research not only identifies problematic laws and policies, but also offers effective, legally sound alternatives.  HRAP’s award-winning work has been praised by legal aid organizations, services providers, non-profits, city officials, and street activist organizations for its impact.

Chair: Dr. Julie Robinson
Moderator: Bill Manny
Underwriters: ACLU of Idaho