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70 Million: Punished and Persecuted for Being Unhoused, Part 1

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On this Making Contact, we hear a story from our podcast partner 70 Million about a community of unhoused people in Echo Park in Los Angeles and how they were forcibly evicted by police despite hundreds of protestors who showed up to support them. We’ll hear from people on the front lines about how people experiencing homelessness are criminalized for simply trying to survive on the street in this edited version of “Punished and Persecuted for Being Unhoused, Part 1.”

Image Credit: Echo Park

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  • Ashley Bennett: Housing Advocate and Co-Founder of Ground Game LA
  • Queen: Former Echo Park Encampment Resident
  • Wall Street: Former Echo Park Encampment Resident
  • Mike Bonin: Former Los Angeles District 11 Councilmember


70 Million

  • Episode Reporter: Mark Betancourt
  • Editor: Monica Lopez and Juleyka Lantigua
  • Host: Mitzi Miller
  • Sound Designer: Erica Huang
  • Photo Editor: Michelle Baker
  • Staff Writer and Designer: Kori Doran
  • Lead Fact Checker: Haylee Millikan
  • Lead Producer: Pamela Kirkland
  • Episode Photographer: Alisha Jucevic
  • Creator/Executive Producer: Juleyka Lantigua

The Making Contact Team

  • Executive Director: Jina Chung
  • Interim Senior Producer: Jessica Partnow
  • Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Amy Gastelum, Salima Hamirani, Lucy Kang


Music Credits:

  • Blue Dot Sessions – Order of Entrance

Author: Radio Project

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