Why homelessness is becoming an Occupy Wall Street issue

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October 24, 2011
The Nation
by Barbara Ehrenreich  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"What the Occupy Wall Streeters are beginning to discover, and homeless people have known all along, is that most ordinary, biologically necessary activities are illegal when performed in American streets -- not just peeing but sitting, lying down and sleeping. While the laws vary from city to city, one of the harshest is in Sarasota, Florida, which passed an ordinance in 2005 that makes it illegal to 'engage in digging or earth-breaking activities' -- that is, to build a latrine -- cook, make a fire, or be asleep and 'when awakened state that he or she has no other place to live.' It is illegal, in other words, to be homeless or live outdoors for any other reason." (10/24/11)

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