Rudy to homeless: find a bedroom or you're under arrest

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Sat Nov 20 09:13:45 PST 1999

The latest eruption of NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani: after a pedestrian was badly beaten with a brick last week, he's decided to crack down on the homeless. This follows upon a new policy a couple of weeks ago of requiring homeless people to work if they want accommodation in one of the city's horrific shelters. Here's Rudy's reasoning, as reported in today's New York Times:

>"Streets do not exist in civilized societies for the purpose of
>people sleeping there," the mayor said Friday during his weekly
>radio call-in show. "Bedrooms are for sleeping." He added that the
>right to sleep on the streets "doesn't exist anywhere. The founding
>fathers never put that in the Constitution."


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