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Friday, August 31, 2012
Poverty and Crime
I have always enjoyed being around homeless people, helping them, and learning from them. Experiences while living in Rapid City included volunteering monthly at the Mission, reading the Bible with a couple people when I worked at a downtown Bible and Book store, and volunteering for Food not Bombs. These experiences in addition to spending time with various homeless people in downtown Denver have given me a unique perspective and understanding of individual's situations.
Many of the stories I have heard help one to see the humanity in those living in poverty. Once you start to hear and understand why someone is living on the streets, it becomes easier to empathize with them. Many homeless are war veterans struggling with addiction and mental disorders, or women and children who escaped abusive situations.
TO lean more about the law check out the following links
Troubling Increase in Criminalization Laws Continues
Homeless Camping Ban: Denver City Council Passes City-Wide 'Urban Camping' Ban