Homeless people have the burden of carrying their belongings wherever they go; they do not want to lose their things. Carts with their life possessions can be seen throughout town. Homeless people often walk all day long to eat, be safe, and sleep. It is hard work and necessary.
Outlawing the right to sleep is a failed policy. We must not vilify a large segment of our community based solely on their housing status. The laws that prohibit “camping” and “sleeping” have been wholly ineffective in addressing the social impact of survival sleeping by homeless people in Santa Cruz.
The spirit connects us. When I hear the truth of our shared life, I know I have a chance to survive and overcome adversity. When I see people who are homeless, I see a bit of myself. People need places where everyone is equal and recognized for their creativity and ability.