[Hpn] Homeless Mothers Thrown Out of PA Capitol Rotunda on Mother's Day / KWRU fwd KWRU fwd

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Tue, 16 May 2000 16:05:48 -0700 (PDT)


A related AP news brief follows KWRU's press release below:

FWD From: "Kensington Welfare Rights Union" <kwru@libertynet.org>

HOMELESS MOTHERS THROWN OUT OF THE CAPITOL ROTUNDA ON MOTHER'S DAY

5/14/00:  Today, homeless mothers riding the Pennsylvania
New Freedom Bus of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union ended
their two-week-long bus tour of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
They have been touring the state, documenting economic human
rights abuses that are occurring all across Pennsylvania as
a result of poverty and welfare reform.

They went to the State Capitol to talk about the impact that
homelessness is having on mothers throughout Pennsylvania.

While at the Capitol Rotunda, a struggle ensued when the
Freedom Riders tried to get milk in for one of the infants
of the homeless mothers.  The police refused to allow the
milk to reach the babies.  They called in the state police.

Finally, on Mother's Day, the homeless mothers were thrown
out of the capitol rotunda and off of the grounds.

The police kept all of the property of the Freedom Riders,
and went through all of their possessions before dumping
them on the front sidewalk.  The police took all of the
research of a social work student that was on the bus.  It
had been on a tape recorder in her bag.

The Catholic Worker came to the support of the Freedom
Riders, and gave them shelter for the evening.  We will be
returning to the capitol for a press conference in the
morning.

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PO Box 50678
Philadelphia, PA 19132-9720
Phone: 215/203-1945
Fax:   215/203-1950
email: kwru@libertynet.org
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FWD  Associated Press - AP Wire Service - May 14, 2000

PROTEST GROUP ESCORTED FROM STATE CAPITOL

            HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ A small group of welfare-rights
protesters who sought to spend the night in sleeping bags beneath
the dome of the state Capitol were escorted peacefully from the
building by police after refusing to leave on their own Sunday
night.

he group _ about 14 adults and a dozen children, including
infants, from the Philadelphia-based Kensington Welfare Rights
Union _ tried to stay the night because they had arranged a news
conference in the building for Monday morning.

The demonstrators arrived Sunday afternoon, while the main
Rotunda of the building was still open to the public. They spread
their gear at the foot of the Rotunda's wide marble steps until
four hours after the building's normal closing time, when they were
led out by police. No one was arrested.

The protesters _ most of whom lived below the federal poverty
level and some of whom were homeless _ did not have money to spend
on accommodations in the city, organizer Cheri Honkala said.
Members of the group were allowed to spend the night in the Capitol
during previous protests, she said.

However, state spokeswoman Samantha Elliott said Capitol policy
prohibits sleeping overnight in the building or camping on the
grounds.

>A local political activist group offered them a place to stay,
Honkala said later.

AP-ES-05-14-00 2113EDT
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