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As Los Angeles Prepares To Evict Occupy Los Angeles, 51,000 People Remain Homeless There

By Zaid Jilani

"As Los Angeles Prepares To Evict Occupy Los Angeles, 51,000 People Remain Homeless There"

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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has given a “12:01 a.m. deadline for Occupy Los Angeles protesters to clear their encampment from the City Hall Lawn,” acting on orders from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who says that the demonstrators must vacate out of concern for “public health and safety.” Yet the ironic thing about forcibly removing the protesters at Occupy Los Angeles over concerns related to public health is that more than 50,000 people in the city, including thousands of children, remain homeless and possibly on the streets every single night. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority estimated earlier this year that more than 51,000 people are homeless in Los Angeles County.

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