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Santa Cruz Homeless Advocates Push Back Against Vigilante Comments
by The Compassion Team
In response to an acute period of anti-homeless vigilante comments being left on social media in Santa Cruz, homeless advocates took screen captures of the statements and displayed them for the public to see during the public comment period of the Santa Cruz City Council meeting on May 28. The violent and threatening comments were made in response to posts containing photos that identified different homeless individuals and recreational vehicles in the Facebook group "Santa Cruz Looks Like SHIT!". Following the "outing" of the vigilante comments at the city council meeting, many of them where removed from the group. One individual stated he had received backlash at work after people read his comments posted in "Santa Cruz Looks Like SHIT!" and complained to his supervisors. (See photos for an archive of the vigilante comments)

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