No Fixed Abode Part 1 D-Day in the Park

In the early hours of December 21, 2018 over 75 Anaheim law enforcement, public works and contracted outreach workers descended on Maxwell Park in West Anaheim determined to sweep the some 200 homeless camped on the sidewalks along Broadway Avenue into shelters or “into jail,” as officers presented the ultimatum to the homeless there. Lawyers for the homeless attempted to intervene with some tense moments of stand off in the pre and post dawn hours. Even Federal Judge David Carter showed up at one point to direct the action and observe the results. It would be a day repeated over and over at other parks in Anaheim and elsewhere in the county in a renewed push by local law enforcement and the county to corral the growing homeless population into mass shelters. . . .or into the jail/courts systems of Orange County.

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John Underwood

John Underwood is a highly acclaimed community television producer and seasoned professional journalist. With a remarkable career spanning over 13 years, John honed his reporting skills at National Public Radio in Los Angeles. Locally, he made significant contributions as a reporter for OC Weekly and the Orange County Register.

When he's not diligently documenting the struggles of the homeless population throughout Orange County, John serves as the Production Coordinator for Los Alamitos Community Television. There, he passionately produces "Backstory," an investigative talk show that fearlessly addresses the most contentious issues of the day. His current documentary series, "No Fixed Abode," is a powerful exploration that amplifies the voices of Orange County's homeless community. John's dedication to storytelling and advocacy has earned him recognition as an award-winning professional in the field.

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