During the Great Depression, the politicized name “Hoovervilles” was applied to encampments of homeless people thrown out of work by the economy. A lot of these people were white since the country was white. These white people built small dwellings from scrap materials and organized themselves into a function society even though they had NOTHING.
Today, the homeless tend to be nonwhite, with a heavy population of uncivilized ill-behaved hooligans among them.
Denver, Colorado has shelters for the homeless, but preferring their freedom or trying to avoid being victimized by criminal types that populate the shelters, they prefer street life.
For a while, they will get to keep their blankets in Denver.
Denver police will no longer confiscate blankets and tents from homeless people during cold weather months as part of a change to the city’s camping ban.
Mayor Michael Hancock announced the decision Saturday as frigid overnight temperatures continued to raise concerns about the well-being of the city’s homeless population, estimated at more than 3,700.
“As a city, we have a responsibility and moral obligation to protect the lives of our residents,” Hancock said in a statement. “Urban camping — especially during cold, wet weather — is dangerous and we don’t want to see any lives lost on the streets when there are safe, warm places available for people to sleep at night.”
The shift came after civil rights organizations and attorneys demanded Friday that the city stop seizing the property of homeless people and threatened a federal lawsuit.
Even with the change, the city intends to continue enforcing the camping ban, a violation of which carries a potential penalty of a $999 fine. But police will not confiscate camping equipment through the end of April, according to the mayor’s announcement.
Denver Homeless Out Loud, an organization fighting the city’s camping ban, called the mayor’s decision “a big win.”
“This means that people surviving on the streets this winter will have just that much more hope to live through this winter,” the organization wrote in a statement posted on its website.
Days earlier, more than a dozen homeless people and advocates implored Denver city council members to stop the efforts to clear encampments in the city. This year, police are taking a more aggressive approach and issuing warnings at higher rates than in the past.
Police officers issued nine citations for violations of the unauthorized camping ordinance to seven people in the past two weeks, according to the mayor’s office. Of those cited, police only confiscated camping equipment from three people who camped outside the City and County Building as part of a Nov. 28 protest against the city’s ordinance.
The kind of more authoritarian government that many on the alt-right would like to see would round up the street people and place them in German-style work camps. In fact, America used to have vagrancy laws, in which a person with “no visible means of support” would be arrested and sent to a work camp.
Today, the rights of vagrants have taken precedence over the rights of hard-working people to be free of the harassment that the homeless are known for.
Denver’s mayor is an appeaser to “civil rights” groups. He’s encouraging more homeless to take up residence in Denver.