Monday, July 17, 2017 at 9:37 a.m.
“No justice, no peace, no more homeless on the street” about 80 people chanted outside the gates of Disneyland Friday night, just before they tried to sleep out overnight there to draw attention to Anaheim’s growing homeless population. The event was organized by activist Jeanine Robbins as part of a “Summer of the People” effort in the city. “Disney over the years has purchased the city council,” she says. “Because of that, the city council gives Disney whatever they want.”
The action began at the Anaheim Convention Center, where the D23 Expo was taking place. The crowd then moved up on Harbor Boulevard and Disney Way to begin their sleep-out, complete with camping gear, sleeping bags, blankets and lawn chairs. More and more people joined as the night unfolded, all bringing different posters and signs with slogans like “Disney is gentrifying this area and killing the poor” and “Homeless is not magical.”
“We want people to be aware that Disney is hostile to homeless they need to help them instead of torture them” said Heidi Zimmerman as she took a break from chanting. “What they [Disney] have been doing is not helping the homeless,” referring to Anaheim’s recent decision to remove bus benches near the Disneyland Resort because city officials claimed homeless were beginning to take them over.
Thousands of Disney fans walked by the protestors. A few grunted and shook their heads in disgust; others thanked them for raising awareness. Cars passed by and rolled down their windows to get a better listen at what was going on, honking in agreement and excitement. But the vast…
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