Fort Lauderdale’s Camping Ban is a Legal Truncheon

This past Wednesday night, January 27, homeless folk were driven into the cold and rain while trying to sleep under a sheltered spot on Broward County Public Library property downtown. Only last Saturday homeless folk had told us that lately the cops were leaving them alone at that spot. The problem for these folks is compounded by Fort Lauderdale’s camping ban ordinance that the cops can pull out at their discretion, a legal truncheon that they use at their will as a tool of oppression. We know of nobody to date who’s actually been cited under this ordinance but its impact is real by virtue of its existence. Here’s some short video of that harassment from last Wed.

 

Second video with some narrative included:

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About October 22nd Alliance to End Homelessness

I've been an organizer and freelance writer exposing the systemic roots of social inequality, especially the brutality inflicted on persons experiencing homelessness by means of laws criminalizing their existence, for about seven years. While seeking change at the local, state and national levels via progressive legislation, legal remedies and creative resistance, I believe that only through a radical reorganization of society, brought about by unified struggle with the powers that be, will we be able to guarantee every citizen the humane existence which we all deserve. I work locally in Broward County, FL, as founder of The October 22nd Alliance; across Florida with Florida Homeless Action Coalition (FL-HAC) which I also co-founded; and am allied nationally with National Coalition for the Homeless and National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. I support all struggle for the full liberation and equality of historically dominated people, from Blacks and Native Americans in the US, to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, to women and LGBTQ people the world over, and wherever the crushing machinery of capitalism and imperialism produces its endless supply of human misery.
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