Well, you can't do that in Spokane if the city counsel, certain business leaders, police and the mayor get their way. They don't want no bum sleeping around these parts.
I visited the small homeless resistance movement camped out downtown the other day. I had an opportunity to listen to a police officer and the leader of People 2 People have an interesting interchange about various issues surrounding who had a legal right to ask for money for the homeless.
There was a whole lot of blah, blah, blah about this and that...but in the end it seemed like a little bullying going on. Big officer, little street guy and a pregnant girl under the makeshift tent watching life being complicated.
I left fully disappointed and wondering what one should do about a city that tells it's weakest members of the community to walk the plank...
It reminds me of this quote from a great preacher of the past:
"One great reason why the rich, in general, have so little sympathy for the poor, is, because they so seldom visit them. Hence it is, that, according to the common observation, one part of the world does not know what the other suffers. Many of them do not know, because they do not care to know: they keep out of the way of knowing it; and then plead their voluntary ignorance an excuse for their hardness of heart.
"Indeed, Sir," said person of large substance, "I am a very compassionate man. But, to tell you the truth, I do not know anybody in the world that is in want." How did this come to pass? Why, he took good care to keep out of their way; and if he fell upon any of them unawares "he passed over on the other side."
Quote from: http://www.newheights.bc.ca/susan/blog/