[Hpn] Police arrest 9 homeless activists at Philadelphia City Hall
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FWD Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Dec 08, 2000
POLICE ARRREST HOMELESS ACTIVISTS, ENDING CITY HALL SIT-IN
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Kensington Welfare Rights Union leader Cheri
Honkala and eight other demonstrators were arrested Friday, ending
a protest in Philadelphia's City Council chambers.
Police had threatened to arrest the homeless activists and seven
families seeking shelter earlier, and the city obtained an
injunction ordering them to leave. The sit-in continued for about
two hours past a 6 p.m. deadline set by a deputy police
Honkala said those arrested would spend the weekend in jail and
she encouraged other homeless people and activists to make similar
protests to call attention to homelessness during the holidays.
``There shouldn't be a waiting list. We have more abandoned
houses than we have homeless people. Something's wrong,'' Honkala
After she and eight others were arrested, the rest of the group
of about 50 demonstrators left the building. The group had begun
the protest Thursday, delaying a City Council meeting by sitting
down on the floor of the council chambers.
The group demanded that the city provide vouchers giving the
families shelter at a hotel through the holidays.
Mayor John F. Street said the families should not be allowed to
move ahead of others already in line for such assistance.
Street's chief of staff, Joyce Wilkerson, said the city had
offered to house the families if they went through the regular
process to seek emergency shelter. ``It's unfair to people who wait
in line for social services to have people jump ahead because they
choose to grab the spotlight,'' she said.
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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.
FWD Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Dec 07, 2000
CITY COUNCIL MEETING DELAYED BY HOUSING PROTEST
By MARYCLAIRE DALE
Associated Press Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Homeless activists held a sit-in that
delayed a scheduled City Council meeting Thursday, and a deal that
would have ended the demonstration was rejected by city officials.
FWD Philadelphia Inquirer - Friday, December 1, 2000
CONVENTION CENTER PROTESTERS SEEK VOUCHERS FOR HOMELESS
Seven were jailed after a "living room" sit-in, supporting
squatter families evicted from abandoned buildings.
By Julie Stoiber
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police arrested seven members of the Kensington Welfare Rights
Union yesterday after the activists set up a makeshift living room,
complete with Christmas tree, in a concourse inside the Convention
Center and demanded emergency housing vouchers for homeless
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Subject: [PPEHRC]:More Arrests in Homes for Holidays Campaign
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2000 10:58:29 -0500
Nine more KWRU members were arrested Friday attempting to
get the City of Philadelphia to house its homeless families.
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