Thursday, January 28, 2016
Community Sleepout #29
Attendance increased at the 29th Freedom Sleepers community sleepout held at Santa Cruz City Hall on January 26, possibly due to the dry and somewhat mild evening's weather. The next sleepout is planned for Tuesday, February 2.
Since July 4 of last year, group sleepouts have been held once a week at Santa Cruz City Hall to oppose local laws that criminalize homelessness and sleeping in public. Some of the demonstrators have their own homes to go to and some do not, and participants say the location continues to be the only safe place for people to sleep outdoors in downtown Santa Cruz on Tuesday nights.