[Hpn] ALERT: Tent City evicted, meal banned in downtown Dayton, OH FWD

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Sun, 27 Aug 2000 13:16:07 -0700 (PDT)

Where you live, have police shut down squats or free meal programs, in downtown business districts or elsewhere? If so, how did authorities justify their crackdowns? What groups and organizations were key actors for and against "homeless sweeps"? What arguments and tactics might activists use to defend squats and outdoor servings of free food? Fir a related article, see below: http://newsfinder.arinet.com/fpweb/fp.dll/$stargeneral/htm/x_dv.htm/_ibyx/cg0302 6/_itox/starnet/_svc/news/_Id/672869529/_k/8CtgFN9hmdxL2Nfs FWD Asociated Press - AP Wire Service - Aug 24, 2000 DISMANTLING OF TENT CITY DRAWS FIRE DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ A decision by police to dismantle a ``tent city'' that served as a refuge for the homeless came under fire Thursday. Police took down the tent city, which was under a downtown railroad trestle, and suspended the free meals distributed there Tuesday nights by the Helping Hands Ministries. ``This is a slap in the face,'' said Bill Robertson, administrator of Helping Hands. Robertson said the food giveaway had been in operation for 10 years and fed as many as 200 people. He said the police action came without warning. Robertson said he plans to move the giveaway to a parking lot a few blocks away, but that it will be less accessible to many people who come to the trestle. Jim Butler, executive director of the nearby St. Vincent shelter, said the tent city was in a place that was dark and unsupervised. ``That area under the railroad track is not a healthy one,'' he said. Butler said those who were living in the tent city can come to St. Vincent, which supplies homeless people with dinners every day. He said no one is turned away. Dayton police Sgt. Scott Stimmel said downtown workers who park in the area and some of the land owners complained that the makeshift community had grown too large. ``We've had quite a bit of difficulty with trash and with people setting up their own tent city,'' Stimmel said. He said the owners of the tracks put up no trespassing signs and police are enforcing it. He said Helping Hands is looking for a new location. AP-CS-08-24-00 1759EDT Received Id AP10023733FFE7E9 on Aug 24 2000 17:11 END FORWARD **In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without charge or profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this type of information for non-profit research and educational purposes only.** *********************************************************** 8000+ articles by or via homeless & ex-homeless people INFO & to join/leave list - Tom Boland <wgcp@earthlink.net> Nothing About Us Without Us - Democratize Public Policy ***********************************************************