[Hpn] ALERT: Seattle HOMELESS CAMP forced to move again - SHARE/WHEELinfo (fwd)info (fwd)

elijah huffman hobo_poet@hotmail.com
Tue, 09 Jan 2001 14:49:27 -0500

<P>What's happening in seatle is a crying shame, But there have been way to many situations, for way too long that are, or were crying shames.&nbsp; If the homeless are alowed to group together, They start developing a culture, that then starts to become self and co-operativly supportive, The beatnik, hippie, and other cultures, have been for too long, refered to (by perple that know the english language well enough to know better) as counter cultural, when in fact they are alternative cultural, and just refered to as counter cultural in order to instill a negative opinion, in the eyes of the pubic, about the different groups, that don't go along with the system, whom rather for the benifit, of not just themselves, but the world in general, they try to combat, a very corrupt,and deceptive society,&nbsp;&nbsp;One that is in-itself, counter cultural,.</P>
<P>&nbsp;Look at the United States, which I see as the present seat of deception, It's supposed to be a place where all people, of all backgrounds,&nbsp;can come to, and practice not only their religion, but, Their cultural heratige,co-existing and being respected by those of differing beliefs.. But in practice, they are forced away from their culture, and brainwashed in accepting one that is established by the super rich, one that uses every dirty trick in the book, and invents others, to slander, &nbsp;put a stop to, and in everyway it can, (mainly using the tax moneys of all the people), To prevent the continuance of other culters, or the establishment of new cultures, from happening.</P>
<P>The homeless, as with the hippies, aren't accepted, in this corrupt and deceptive society. Yet they are prevented every stetp of the way, from coming together, and establishing a life, where they will have the liberty to pursue happiness.</P>
<P>The mainstream programs aren't really helping either, I'ts only the little known groups, from this area or that, that&nbsp;are really trying to make things the way the founding forfathers seem to me, to have intended.&nbsp; Look at the McKenna act.&nbsp; Do you know of any organizition that is using that act in-order to come up with&nbsp;properties for the homeless?. and if you do, are the homeless being able to axcess the properties, in anyway other&nbsp;than some form of 'slave labourer'</P>
<P>We need to create, registered non-profit organizations to do just that, or to expand some of the alreadly existing organizions (but not ones like the 'Starvation Blarny'&nbsp;into doing it, or both..These organizations should wholeheartly seek input from the homeless, as to what best can be done with the lands.&nbsp;And that should be from some of the more together homeless,&nbsp; Not so much the ones that would jump at the chance to have a place in society, but the ones that would go out of their way, to make sacrifices inorder to change it. Not so much the folk that rely on the missions, soup kitchens etc (but not overlooking thenm either,), But the ones that have worked hard trying to co-exist. and come up with ways to suvive, rather than living under the thumb of these different organizations, that&nbsp;seem to be devoted to either keeping them there, or turning thenm into some form of misprogrammed, robotic, corperate slaves, Althogh I believe even the most misprogrammed person on earth, still has suppressed ideas of what is right, and just.&nbsp;&nbsp;Even the most devoted Klanner, Probably has suppressed thoughts about his wrongness that tries to emerge, at least occasionaly.&nbsp;<BR></P>
<P>We also need to work towards exposeing and preventing,Taxpaying funded programs and government officials,&nbsp;to in any way suppress any movement or organization (whether regestered or looseknit) whether through propaganda or otherwise, as long as those organizations are not taking away anyones right to life liberty, ot pursuit of ha;ppiness,freedom of religion, assembly etc.and if the organizitions are doing such, that is the ownly part of the organization that should be suppressesd, not the organization itself.! </P>
<P>The politacal, and beauracratic structure should, i nstead, beforced to give whatever support their office has the ability to give, to prevent the interference of any group,by any group, (Government or otherwise) &nbsp;from being able to obtain its goals, provided those goals don't take away the rights of others, &nbsp;to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, expression , free enterprise, religion, peacful assembly, etc.</P>
<P>America, land of the free? &nbsp;NOT!&nbsp; At least not at this time. We need to really work on it.<BR>Elijah (White Buffalo) Huffman</P></DIV>
<DIV></DIV>&gt;From: "Lucinda Houston" <LUCY@EFN.ORG>
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Subject: Re: [Hpn] ALERT: Seattle HOMELESS CAMP forced to move again - SHARE/WHEELinfo (fwd)info (fwd) 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 10:14:30 -0800 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Besides that, the reality and numbers of the homeless might become truly 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;visible if they were to sanction a camp. As it is no one has quite the idea 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;as long as the homeless are scattered and not permitted to organize. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;As difficult as it is to constantly break down and move on, if the group 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;remains persistent and continue to organize and group, the attention will be 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Also, the organizers might call on the churches to measure their support and 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;endorsement, and possibly, if some church or churches own some city owned 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;property, they might park the homeless there and utilize the Land Use Law 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;that president Clinton signed into law to battle the city with over the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;homeless campgrounds. I think an "interfaith" operation would be best.. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;then the officials do not have one particular church to pick on or pick 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;with. Strength in unity. By the people for the people... in the name of.. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;what comforts and uplifts a human. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;-----Original Message----- 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;From: Tom Boland <WGCP@EARTHLINK.NET>
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Center on Homelessness &amp; Poverty <INFO@NLCHP.ORG>; Jeremy Weir Alderson, 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;NOBODY show host <RADIO@LIGHTLINK.COM>; Ted Hayes of LA Dome Village 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Cc: National Coalition for the Homeless <NCH@ARI.NET>; Kensington Welfare 
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<DIV></DIV>&gt;Date: Tuesday, January 09, 2001 9:40 AM 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Subject: [Hpn] ALERT: Seattle HOMELESS CAMP forced to move again - 
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<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; Yesterday, more than 100 residents of Tent Village were notified of a 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;city decision that, for now, ensures the encampment will continue to be on 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;the move, dodging city enforcement from one site to another. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; Brad pulled back the green flap to reveal the interior of the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;6-foot-by-6-foot tent he and his wife have lived in for the past four 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;months. 
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<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; Two cots squeezed together form their bed. Five milk crates serve as a 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;makeshift kitchen cupboard. Piles of donated clothes line the edge of the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;tent. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;[PHOTO by Renee C. Byer/P-I] Brad and Julia ponder their future yesterday 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;at Tent Village on Beacon Hill, where they have lived for the past four 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;months. Homeless advocacy groups had sought a temporary land-use permit 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;allowing them to stay at El Centro de la Raza, a Latino community center at 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;2524 16th Ave. S., but the city refused the permit. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; After weeks of camping in parks and parking lots -- and sleeping with 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;a knife for protection -- Brad and Julia settled at Tent Village on Beacon 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;Hill. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; The married couple found privacy, a shelter where they could sleep 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;together and a place they could call home. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; But on Jan. 16, they must load up the three backpacks they brought 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;with them and clear out of Beacon Hill. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; Yesterday, the couple and more than 100 residents of Tent Village were 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;notified of a city decision that, for now, ensures the encampment will 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;continue to be on the move, dodging city enforcement from one site to 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;another. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; SHARE/WHEEL, the homeless advocacy groups that organize Tent Village, 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;had sought a temporary land-use permit allowing them to stay at El Centro 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;de la Raza, a Latino community center at 2524 16th Ave. S. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; They had hoped an approval would set a precedent to legalize 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;encampments. Tent Village moved about 13 times last year before arriving at 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;El Centro de la Raza last July. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; The Department of Construction and Land Use yesterday rejected the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;permit. SHARE/WHEEL plans to appeal. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; DCLU Director Rick Krochalis said the encampment fails to meet basic 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;housing standards and was incompatible with the neighborhood, which is 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;zoned for single-family use. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; Campgrounds are not allowed anywhere in the city, he said. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; On Aug. 23, DCLU began fining El Centro $75 a day for violating the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;land-use code but held off collecting fines pending yesterday's decision. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; Although the city won't collect the full amount, El Centro will pay 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;some penalty because it broke the law, Krochalis said. He added that DCLU 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;and El Centro are still negotiating the issue. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; On Jan. 16, Tent Village will shut down. It may squat at Martin Luther 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;King Jr. Park for five days and then move to St. Mark's Cathedral, which 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;has invited it to stay for a few weeks starting Jan. 21. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; But Brad and Julia won't be with the group when it moves to its next 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;[PHOTO by Renee C. Byer/P-I] Julia and her husband Brad head back to their 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;tent in the El Centro de la Raza parking lot after working a four-hour 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;security shift at Tent Village. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; "We're not going with them because it's so iffy," said Julia, 58, who 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;worked as a secretary before she developed back pains that kept her out of 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;work. "There's no guarantee that we'll be anywhere for any length of time. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;It could be a daily move." 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; She and Brad live on her disability benefits of $940 a month. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; Curiosity brought the couple from California to Seattle last July, but 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;high rents soon drove them to streets. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; "We slept wherever we could," said Julia as she sat outside her tent 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;with a view of El Centro's basketball court. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; Once they tried to rent a low-priced apartment, but said it was a 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;"miserable existence" because drug-dealing there was rampant. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; They tried a Seattle downtown shelter for a few days but found the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;rules too constricting. They couldn't sleep together though they were 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;married. They had to leave by morning, and weren't guaranteed a bed each 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;night. They had nowhere to store their things. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; "There was nowhere to go in the daytime," Brad said. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; Deputy Mayor Tom Byers said the city is looking at improving shelters 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;to respond to these concerns. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; He also pointed to other initiatives, including $4 million in new 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;funding for homeless-related projects approved in the 2001-2002 city 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;budget. This year the city will spend about $14 million on such projects. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; Yesterday's city decision ensures that the cat-and-mouse game between 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;the city and Tent Village will continue. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; In the past decade, encampments have been set up around the city and 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;chased out with varying degrees of strictness. In 1998, city crews 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;bulldozed a Beacon Hill encampment nestled below Jose Rizal Park. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; "We have a fundamental disagreement," Byers said. "We don't think the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;city can sanction (encampments). Once you do it, where does it stop?" 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; SHARE/WHEEL says encampments provide safe places for homeless people 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;and should be allowed until every homeless person has a bed. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; There are nearly 2,700 shelter beds in King County, a 20 percent 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;increase from two years ago. On a given night, there are 6,000 homeless 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;people in King County. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt; "They don't want to realistically approach the homeless issue," 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;complained Brad, a former carpenter. "To the city, this whole thing is an 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; &gt;open wound." 
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