Occupy Movement + Homeless Populations = Controversy

Homeless individuals are flocking to join the Occupy protests in cities around the U.S. Organizers estimate that as many as 30% of people camping out in some cities are chronically homeless. Homeless participants state an affinity to the campaign’s message for reducing inequalities, and are drawn in by food, clothing, medical attention, and other services.

The presence of the homeless individuals has spurred controversy. Many Occupy protesters have stated publically that homeless individuals create problems, prevent others from joining the movement, and redirect camp assets. Others, however, believe the homeless individuals are contributing to the campaign, and refuse to turn them away.

Will the homeless continue to be “welcome” at the Occupy protests? Or will they be turned out… on the streets?

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Julia Krieger

I have extensive experience coordinating communications and outreach initiatives focused on health and social issues. In my current position as Project Specialist, I provide communications technical assistance to regional and federal efforts within the National Partnership for Action initiative, with support from the Office of Minority Health. I am a former Peace Corps volunteer who worked on health and social affairs projects in the Federated States of Micronesia. Read more.

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