Around 60 homeless people live in and around Echo Park Lake. LA City Council is hoping to change that by forcibly removing them with regular sweeps, but activists are stepping in to make that difficult

An average of three homeless people die on LA streets every day. Those protesting the sweeps, conducted by park rangers and the LAPD, argue that the sweeps aren’t just wasteful - they’re ineffective.

L.A. City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell represents the park and surrounding area. He said in a statement that all city parks must be kept clean and safe for people of all ages, and that those experiencing homelessness at echo park lake will continue to be offered services while permanent housing is being constructed

Despite the efforts of these groups, the sweeps will continue in echo park and throughout Los Angeles.