On 2 July 2009, hundreds of homeless Californians marched on the Sacramento Town Hall to demand "safe ground."
It has been about three months since city officials shut down a large "tent city" occupied by Sacramento`s homeless people.
Now, some of the tent city`s residents say they feel like refugees, with no place to go. They staged a loud demonstration Wednesday, in hopes of pressuring Sacramento officials to find them a new place to camp.
“Where Am I Supposed To Live?”
Philip Grice, 45, has been on the move ever since the tent city closed.
"When we moved out, we moved over to a private area two fields over. They wanted us off of there too.
Just like shuttling cattle, that`s all it is," said Grice, a carpenter by trade, who wears a T-shirt that reads, "Where am I supposed to live?" "We`re supposed to be the eyesore, but actually we`re citizens and we`re human beings. We`re supposed to have rights like everybody else; it don`t matter what we have in our pockets."
Grice joined about 250 other homeless people and their supporters for a march through the northern end of Sacramento.
Their action coincided with the closure this week of a temporary shelter where many of the tent city residents had found a roof for the winter. Now these individuals say they need a year-round legal camp on what they call "safe ground."