[Hpn] ALERT: 9 Homeless Actisits ARRESTED for SIT-IN at Philadelphia City Council chambers City Council chambers

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Sat, 9 Dec 2000 13:43:50 -0800 (PST)


ALERT - 9 Homeless Actisits were ARRESTED on Friday, 08 December 2000 at
KWRU's SIT-IN at Philadelphia City Council chambers.  A related news
article follows:

KWRU CONTACT INFO:
Kensington Welfare Rights Union
NUHHCE, ASFCME, AFL-CIO
PO Box 50678
Philadelphia, PA 19132-9720
Phone: 215/203-1945
Fax:   215/203-1950
email: <kwru@libertynet.org>
web:   <http://www.kwru.org>
KWRU List-Archive: <http://libertynet.org:80/Lists/kwru-announce/List.html>

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FWD  Philadelphia Inquirer - Saturday, December 9, 2000

     PROTEST ENDS WITH ACTIVISTS' ARRESTS

     By Barbara Boyer,INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

A two-day City Hall standoff between protesters and city officials ended
last night with authorities arresting nine homeless activists while dozens
of homeless people sang, chanted and cried.

It was an emotional climax at 8 p.m. to the sit-in - in the middle of City
Council chambers - that at times attracted more than 50 people. The group,
led by Cheri Honkala of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, had demanded
housing for seven families, totaling 35 people, who otherwise would have
been homeless over the holidays.

Honkala said she wanted the city to house the families at the Airport
Towers Hotel. Council agreed with the group, but Mayor Street objected,
saying he did not want to give the seven families priority over other
families who have been waiting for shelter.

The standoff began at 3 p.m. Thursday, when the group took over Council
chambers, delayed a Council meeting, and camped out with sleeping bags and
blankets.

"We have a lot of support from Council, but not from the Grinch, a.k.a. Mr.
Mayor," said Yesenia Cruz, 21, who said she and her two sons, ages 4 and 1,
have been homeless for about a year. "What I want is for the mayor to have
a heart. And if he does not want to help us, let someone else help us."

Yesterday afternoon, lawyers for the city obtained a court injunction to
force the protesters off the property or face arrest.

At 7:30 p.m., Capt. Robert Danford of the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office
read the judge's order. The homeless, including about 20 children, gathered
their belongings and continued singing in the corridor, while the nine
activists hunkered down and prepared to be taken into custody.

Nine homeless activists were escorted one by one from chambers, charged
with violating the court injunction.

Because the city had obtained an injunction, the nine activists were
arrested on civil charges rather than criminal charges and will have to
appear before a judge.

Yesterday afternoon, a Juniata Park couple who were moved by TV news
coverage of the sit-in, Ilsie Olivieri and her boyfriend, Mike Bocchi,
offered to put up one homeless family during the holidays.

"We could give them a start in life," Bocchi said.

The group declined, saying they wanted to remain united until they all had
shelter.

The homeless families ended up going to a location neither they nor Honkala
would reveal.

[Inquirer staff writer Jacqueline Soteropoulos contributed to this article.]

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FWD  Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Dec 07, 2000

     CITY COUNCIL MEETING DELAYED BY HOUSING PROTEST

     By MARYCLAIRE DALE
     Associated Press Writer



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