Many of the Freedom Sleepers are also active as volunteers with Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs, which shares food at the sleepouts and operates a "free market."
By sleeping at City Hall, the Freedom Sleepers are engaging in a civil disobedience protest that directly violates the city's camping ban, which outlaws sleeping anywhere in public between the hours of 11 pm and 8:30 am.
Despite intense pressure from the city, police, and park rangers to prevent people from sleeping at City Hall, many of the Freedom Sleepers are receiving feedback from houseless people that the sleepouts are the only place they can get a full night's sleep.
The Freedom Sleepers next sleepout is planned for this Tuesday night at Santa Cruz City Hall.
[The photos in this article were taken at the community sleepouts organized on October 18, October 25, November 1, and November 8.]
|Santa Cruz City Hall|
|Brake lights from a passing vehicle illuminate the sleepers|
|Steve Pleich, next to the Food Not Bombs van|
|Community members drop off goods to be shared at the free market|