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Archived Stories of the Sleeping Ban Struggle in 1996 and 2001
by Robert Norse, Becky Johnson and others
Tuesday Aug 10th, 2010 10:05 PM
Street Spirit, a monthly homeless-sold newspaper, carried many articles on the struggle against the Sleeping Ban 1995-2007 (and is still published, but usually with little from Santa Cruz). Below are some specific articles on two periods of struggle when a campground or encampment was formed to protest the ban and protect homeless people.
There are literally dozens of stories about Santa Cruz's struggle against the Sleeping Ban from 1996-2006 at as well as other stories about local homeless issues and homeless civil rights struggles in other cities. Check them out.

You can also find earlier material in the reference section of the Santa Cruz library in two bound volumes of the Street Shit Sheet (1988-2007). (Garbled examples of the Street Shit Sheet can be found at

Current issues of Street Spirit, a monthly homeless newspaper, are carried at the main branch and sold by some homeless vendors. For more info call 423-4833

For some background on the City Hall Sleepers vigil (the 1996 vigil) and Camp Paradise (the 2001 homeless-run encampment), see the stories below:


Cops Jail Four For Sleeping Protest
(Part One) &
(Part Two)

Santa Cruz Sleep Protest Faces New Police Attacks
(Part One)
(Part Two)

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Howard Zinn Disturbs the Sleep of the Elite

Protesters Carry on the Fight to Legalize Sleep
(Part One) &
(Part Two)
(Part Three)

For the Poor, a Campground is an Illegal Dream
(Part One),A%20Campground%20Is%20a%20Illegal%20Dream=12-96.pdf &
(Part Two)

Santa Cruz City Council Silence the Public, Censors Dissent, Upholds the Camping Ban
(Part One),Censors%20Dissent,Upholds%20Camping%20Ban=1-97.pdf
(Part Two)
(Part Three)


A Visit to Camp Paradise

A Soul Cleansing at the Riverside

Camp Paradise Wins Reprieve Despite City Council Opposition
(Part One)
(Part Two)

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by B-thankful-rent
Wednesday Aug 11th, 2010 9:17 PM
Robert you've been a champion of the cause since I first touched down.
You were staging sleep-ins and sit-ins downtown and have been working tirelessly ever since.
I thank you and encourage you to keep up the good work you do.
You make it look fun and easy but I know it isn't always.
much love and respect to you.