A group of about fifteen protesters from the Asheville Homeless Network, led by Occupy Asheville activist John Penley and accompanied by their lawyer, gathered today at city hall to demonstrate against what they say is the Asheville’s criminalization of the homeless. Forgoing their earlier plans to March from city hall to President Obama’s campaign headquarters via Malaprops bookstore—a business they say is particularly likely to enforce ordinances against panhandling—the group instead visited the office of Mayor Terry Bellamy en masse.
The mayor was not in her office, but the group’s concerns, along with a poster-board sized letter, were received by her office manager.
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