California Homeless Demonstrate, Demand Housing

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California Homeless Demonstrate, Demand Housing
By: Libcom
03 July 2009
 

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."

Themes
• Access to natural resources
• Access to natural resources
• Access to natural resources
• Accompanying social processes
• Accompanying social processes
• Adverse possession
• Advocacy
• Advocacy
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• Architecture
• Architecture
• Armed / ethnic conflict
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• Basic services
• Basic services
• Basic services
• Children
• Children
• Commodification
• Commodification
• Cultural Heritage
• Cultural Heritage
• Demographic manipulation
• Destruction of habitat
• Destruction of habitat
• Destruction of habitat
• Disability
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• Disaster mitigation
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• Discrimination
• Discrimination
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• Displaced
• Displaced
• Displaced
• Displacement
• Displacement
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• Dispossession
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• Education
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• Elderly
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• Energy
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• ESC rights
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• Extraterritorial obligations
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• Right to the city
• Right to the city
• Security of tenure
• Security of tenure
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• Stateless
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• Subsidies
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• Temporary shelter
• Temporary shelter
• Tenants
• Tenants
• UN system
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• Unemployed
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• Urban planning
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• Water&sanitation
• Water&sanitation
• Women
• Women
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