All Homeless Are Criminals
by Pastor Steve Kimes —
If you are homeless and you live in an urban area in the United States, you are a criminal. It doesn’t matter whether you have ever stolen anything, whether you have hurt or threatened anyone, whether you have vandalized anything or not, you are a criminal. Because simply living in any city without a roof over your head makes you a criminal. By living, you are against the law.
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“Mayor Sam Adams said in mid-October that the city had decided against enforcing its anti-camping rules in the two downtown parks taken over by between 200 and 400 Occupy Portland campers. Adams said the city was using “discretion” in its enforcement of the rules.
Just 12 blocks to the north of the Occupy Portland campsites, more than a dozen homeless people camped in a vacant lot near the Chinatown gate. City Bureau of Development Services officials began fining the Right 2 Dream Too campsite because it violated the city’s rules against overnight camping on private property.
An appeal by Right 2 Dream Too campers was rejected, and the city’s fines continue to pile up as the camp organizers decide what to do next.”