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the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

L.A. Needs Homes—Not More Police

Apr 16, 2018

Because of complaints about homelessness, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority jumped up its spending on policing by 37% this year, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Metro’s budget for policing is now close to 207 million dollars a year. This is huge.

Increased policing is no doubt a response to complaints by others about the homeless–not intended to help the homeless themselves. Homelessness is a social issue that comes out of huge cuts in social programs. It is an economic problem, due to skyrocketing rents and falling wages.

And you can’t solve social and economic issues with more cops.