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Waking the Freedom Sleepers
by Alex Darocy (alex [at] alexdarocy.com)
Tuesday Sep 29th, 2015 4:29 PM
On September 22 community members protesting the criminalization of homelessness in Santa Cruz returned to city hall for their eleventh sleepout. A sizable group again made it through a night of sleep at city hall, though Santa Cruz police woke everyone up as a group at about 5:30am. The next sleepout is tonight, September 29, at Santa Cruz City Hall.
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Police have conducted regular raids on the sleepouts since they began on July 4, but they employed a new tactic on September 22. They informed individuals that the city needed the area cleared in order to steam clean the sidewalk, and that workers would be arriving within the hour. All of the sleepers complied, and as the protesters were eating breakfast in front of city hall, the sidewalk was eventually steam cleaned.


For more information about the sleepouts, see:

Freedom Sleepers
http://freedomsleepers.org/
http://www.facebook.com/groups/380115462197408/


Alex Darocy
http://alexdarocy.blogspot.com/
§Sleeping next to the flagpole at Santa Cruz city hall
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§Police cite person sleeping next to flagpole during the first raid
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§Police and security guards during the first raid
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§Protesters line the sidewalk as police conduct the raid
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§The city rents lighting units to dissuade the sleepers
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§Freedom Sleeper
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§Police wake sleepers at 5:30am
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by Robert Norse
Wednesday Sep 30th, 2015 1:23 AM
For an additional account of the 11th Freedom SleepOut, see "Activists hold ground at city hall for 11th week in a row" at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/09/25/18778071.php .
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