They returned the benches to Northampton’s downtown, but they installed these bars on a lot of them. Maure Briggs-Carrington, a fellow local low income rights activist, writes:

The newly installed pneumonia bars, are indeed a form of violence, as their purpose is to prevent the homeless from sleeping on the benches, and, forcing them to sleep on the damp ground, thereby, risking contracting pneumonia.

They returned the benches to Northampton’s downtown, but they installed these bars on a lot of them. Maure Briggs-Carrington, a fellow local low income rights activist, writes:

The newly installed pneumonia bars, are indeed a form of violence, as their purpose is to prevent the homeless from sleeping on the benches, and, forcing them to sleep on the damp ground, thereby, risking contracting pneumonia.