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Individuals Displaced in Downtown Homeless Sweeps Join Freedom Sleepers Protest
by Alex Darocy
On February 23, the Freedom Sleepers held their 33rd community sleepout at Santa Cruz City Hall. Attendance at the sleepout increased shortly after 3:30 am, following the police sweeps and move-alongs of homeless individuals sleeping at the Main Branch of the Santa Cruz Library and at the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, which are located across the street from city hall. At least one individual sleeping outside of the library was issued a citation by police. Those joining the Freedom Sleepers who were displaced by the sweeps were able to sleep until the morning without further intervention from the authorities. [Top photo: Santa Cruz police move-along sleepers at the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church.]

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