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Citizens Arrest(ed)

August 9, 2009

One of my summer colleagues from Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles passed along THIS LINK from a NY Times article on homelessness. Thought it was worth a read.

I especially appreciated the final paragraph:

Maybe we can’t afford the measures that would begin to alleviate America’s growing poverty — affordable housing, good schools, reliable public transportation and so forth. I would argue otherwise, but for now I’d be content with a consensus that, if we can’t afford to truly help the poor, neither can we afford to go on tormenting them.

It was tragic to learn about the criminalization of the poor this summer. It was heartening, however, to be able to spend a day at Homeless Court where outstanding tickets and warrants magically disappeared and gave some people a chance to get their life on track. It will be interesting to see which movement wins out in the end – arresting the poor, or setting them free.