Well, the city’s approach to homeless encampments used to be the same as the police approach to streakers in the
The arrests last Monday were very ritualistic. 20 cops stared down 15 advocates. Then there were two announcements in five minute periods by a cop with a bullhorn, “by
Looking back, I don’t think anyone ever asked me if I wanted to get arrested. I guess I could have volunteered. Apparently, the rule of thumb is that if someone’s on medication they’re discouraged from civil disobedience. A guy in my book club reading group, who’s a veteran of the anti-war protests, says there was a famous case in
On a personal level, I wanted to make a contribution. Early on, I made up a list off
In the end, was it worth it?
I went to the Real Change offices a couple of days later only to hear about a volunteer who took some homeless campers over to
Not very encouraging. But the most important thing I've learned - you can’t give up. Don’t let the bastards win.