Police this week began posting signs and distributing flyers warning about 150 homeless people camped on Venice Beach that they face arrest if they do not move by Sunday.
A new law sponsored by City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter goes into effect Sunday banning overnight sleeping on the beach.
A rally to protest the law is planned for Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Venice Pavilion. The demonstration, which will include music and speeches, will also celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King's birthday.
The homeless "are now being told there is no place in the public space for them. They are being told they have to be invisible, while they are not being provided for," said Jennifer Pirie, co-chairwoman of Venice Neighbor to Neighbor, which is sponsoring the rally.
Los Angeles Police Capt. John Wilbanks, who oversees the Venice area, said the flyers being distributed list social service agencies that offer help for the homeless.