[Marxism] Homeless Angels
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Thu Oct 18 09:57:09 MDT 2007
October 16, 2007
A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.
Where they are, not that they are, is the scary part. With over
40,000 people sleeping on sidewalks or in shelters each night, Los
Angeles -America's second most populated city- has been confirmed as
the "homeless" capital of the U.S., official estimates reveal.
Thanks to the support provided by a civil rights organization, the
"homeless" were allowed by none other than a court of law to spend
their nights out in the open, namely in a downtown L.A. area called
Skid Row, from where they had been banned until now.
There was no right of appeal against a ruling which deemed condemning
the homeless for living in the streets cruel and unusual punishment
given the big California city's low shelter-bed-to-homeless ratio.
Yet, the "uncomfortable" presence of beggars or down-and-outers is
not in the plans of urban aesthetes whose eyes are always out for
real-estate developers, so the agreement includes restricting "happy
sleeping time" to a period between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. and a
demand that the homeless stay away from storefronts and take part in
no criminal activity.
And much as Skid Row stands out as a hotbed of crime and drug
dealing, 10,000 of the 73,000 homeless in Los Angeles County are
minors, almost 8,500 are war veterans, and 24,500 suffer from mental
Riverside County's Department of Mental Health supervisor, described
it, "today's homeless may be someone who up until a short time ago
was a neighbor, a coworker, a student. There's not a single
definition or stereotype of a homeless person. The way things are,
anybody can become homeless at anytime". (Lianet Arias Sosa)
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