Protesters Hold ‘Slumber Party’ at Fresno City Hall

Fresno City Hall recently became the site of a giant slumber party, reports the Fresno Bee, but it wasn’t the kind with cute boy talk and ice cream. This was a demonstration -- beginning at 9 p.m. on the front lawn of the building last Friday -- where dozens of people parked their tents in opposition to a recent ban on camping.

One person was arrested and cited for sleeping on the grass, but the protesters remained undeterred.

“We own City Hall and were there to address a grievance with a policy,” said Mike Rhodes who organized the City Hall sleep-in.

Like many cities, Fresno is struggling with a crisis of homelessness. The city’s homeless population has risen by nearly 20 percent over the past year. The anti-camping ordinance, known as the Unhealthy and Hazardous Camping Act, is aimed at eradicating some of the unsanitary conditions resulting from homeless tent sites. Critics of the policy, including the American Civil Liberties Union, have called it both inhumane and illegal.


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