Thursday, July 05, 2007

Reneging on a promise?

Items that sanitation workers determined to be of value were put into a large container and saved. Items they felt had no value were thrown into the back of a garbage truck and destroyed. Let's hope the wheelchair was saved.

A group of homeless people living in the shade of an overpass were forced out by Fresno city workers on what might be the hottest day of the summer -- 111 degrees.

Alan Autry, the mayor of Fresno, promised the homeless a “free zone” where they could live without fear of being evicted. That was on April 17 and he insisted that the media hold him accountable to a 60-day time line. So far, the mayor’s pledge to help the homeless has not been fulfilled. The city is considering buying a lot (which has no shade), but the opposition of business owners in the area could prove to be an insurmountable hurdle.

Nevertheless, when one homeless woman asked where she could go, city workers told her about the lot.

Read Mike Rhodes' Indymedia report here. Check out a compliation of articles and documents about the struggle for civil liberties for homeless people in Fresno here.


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