Dissenting, or Seeking Shelter? Homeless Stake a Claim at Protests – NYTimes.com

31 Oct

From Los Angeles to Wall Street, from Denver to Boston, homeless men and women have joined the protesters in large numbers, or at least have settled in beside them for the night. While the economic deprivation they suffer might symbolize the grievance at the heart of this protest, they have come less for the cause than for what they almost invariably describe as an easier existence. There is food, as well as bathrooms, safety, company and lots of activity to allow them to pass away their days. . . .

But their presence is posing a mounting quandary for protesters and the authorities, and divisions have arisen among protesters across the country about how much, if at all, to embrace the interlopers. The rising number of homeless, many of them suffering from mental disorders, has made it easier for Occupy’s opponents to belittle the movement as vagrant and lawless and has raised the pressure on municipal authorities to crack down.

via Dissenting, or Seeking Shelter? Homeless Stake a Claim at Protests – NYTimes.com.

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One Response to “Dissenting, or Seeking Shelter? Homeless Stake a Claim at Protests – NYTimes.com”

  1. Total Socialist November 1, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Can’t wait until Jon Corzine shows up with his sleeping bag!

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