UN Says Sacramento Violating Human Rights of Homeless

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Mayor Kevin Johnson has been warned by the United Nations that Sacramento may be violating the Declaration of Human Rights. An investigator who visited last year found that the city was evicting homeless people from "tent cities" and denying them access to safe drinking water and sanitation. We speak with a man who's taken it upon himself to haul human waste away from a tent city in plastic bags, so residents — especially women — can relieve themselves with a modicum of dignity. We also hear from a homeless advocate and from one of the organizers of the UN inspection.

Credits

Guests:
Steve Watters - Safe Ground Sacramento, Tim Buckley - homeless man, Eric Tars - National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Frances Anderton, Caitlin Shamberg