2017-07-18 18:47:40

As Visitors Flock To Disneyland, Homeless Advocates Stage Protest

GUEST: Eve Barrow, homelessness policy analyst and advocate with ACLU of Southern California.

BACKGROUND: As thousands of Americans flock to Southern California this summer for their dream Disneyland vacation, the so-called "Happiest Place on Earth" is having some PR problems.

Advocates for the homeless recently leafletted the Anaheim Convention Center where an expo for Disney fans was taking place. Later that evening they staged a "sleep-out" in front of Disneyland. The activists are calling out Disneyland, one of the largest employers in Orange County, California, for failing to pay its workers a living wage.

Additionally Disneyland has also come under fire because the city of Anaheim arranged for bus stop benches near its location to be removed - benches that homeless people often slept on. Some of Disneyland's own employees are among the local homeless population.

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