A Case Study in How the Poor Are Prosecuted for Being Poor

Mike the Mad Biologist

Or perhaps I should write persecuted? Recently, I discussed how the poor are prosecuted simply for being poor. The story of Methodist pastor Lorenza Andrade-Smith, who, in ministering to the homeless, sold her belongings and renounced her health insurance, provides a shocking example of this (boldface mine):

On Aug. 3, 2011, she was cited for sleeping on a bench near the Alamo in San Antonio. The night before, she went to the Haven for Hope homeless shelter, where she had been sleeping….

At around ten o’clock the next morning, she was confronted by a police officer. “I apparently overslept,” she said. “The police officer suggested that I go to the haven, and gave me the ticket,” she recalled.

“I had to go see the judge, and I did that. The judge ordered me to perform community service.”

In an ironic twist, the judge ordered her to perform ten…

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I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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