Slumber Party on Public Square, Cleveland, OH

Daniel Kerr (drk9@po.cwru.edu)
Sun, 19 Dec 1999 19:42:59 -0500


Demonstrate Solidarity With The Homeless!

WHEN:      This Wednesday, December 22! 
                    4:00 PM- ??
WHERE:   Public Square (Across from the                      
                                Renaissance Hotel)

Bring Banners, Signs, Blankets, Food, Clothes, Coats, Hats, Gloves, Mittens, 
Tents, Boxes to Sleep in, Musical Instruments!

 " Even though I may personally disagree with the philosophy of the KKK, if 
they decide to visit Cleveland, they have guaranteed Constitutional  Rights 
which will be upheld by this administration."  (Mayor Mike White, July 8, 
1999)

THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING,  MAYOR WHITE FURTHER DEMONSTRATED HIS COMMITMENT 
TO INSURING  THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF CLEVELANDERS BY ORDERING THE POLICE 
TO ARREST HOMELESS CITIZENS WHO HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO SLEEP ON CITY STREETS!!!

FACTS:

The Homeless-
 
-More than 22,000 people found themselves homeless in           Cleveland in 
1998.
-Between 3,500 and 5,000 people are living on the streets of Cleveland 
everyday.
-There are only 1,000 shelter beds in Cleveland. 
-19% of the urban homeless in population were veterans in 1996. 
-In 1996, children under the age of 18 accounted for 27% of the urban 
homeless population. 
-Despite the disproportionate number of severely mentally ill people (20-25%) 
among the homeless population, increases in homeless are not attributable to 
the release of severely mentally ill people from institutions.  Most patients 
were released from mental hospitals in the 1950s and 1960s, yet vast 
increases in homelessness did not occur until the 1980s, when incomes and 
housing options for those living on the margins began to diminish rapidly.  
(National Coalition for the Homeless, May, 1998)
ĈIn Metropolitan Cleveland, 84,00 low-income renters vie for 50,000 
affordable rental units.  66% of these renters spend more than half of their 
income on shelter.  
-In Cleveland, the average time span from becoming homeless to achieving 
public housing is 5 years.
-In 1995, 4,000 households were on the Section 8 voucher waiting list and 
8,000 were on the public housing waiting list.  

The Wealthy-

-The richest 20% of people living in high income countries consumes 806% of 
the world's goods and services; the poorest 20% consumes 1.3%.
-In the United States, the richest 1% holds more than 40% of the nations 
wealth, doubling their share in the last 20 years.  
-The income gap between the best and worst paid U.S. workers 
    is now the most extreme of the 25 most industrialized nations, 
    exceeding even economically lopsided societies like Guatemala.  

Ripley's Believe It or Not-

-NASA spent $356.8 million dollars THIS YEAR looking for 
    water on Mars!
-The total cost for the new Browns Stadium is expected to 
    exceed $400 million! 
-51 of the the world's biggest 100 economies are corporations,  
    not countries!
-while working American's real incomes have plummeted since 
    1980, salaries of corporate CEO's have risen 500%!


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