Re: Tent City II in Seattle - contacting officials (& supporters)

Tom Boland (
Wed, 10 Jun 1998 13:56:49 -0700 (PDT)

Anitra, shall we HPNers from around the world
EMAIL SEATTLE OFFICIALS to stop the "Jungle homeless" sweeps?

Maybe it will help impel humane decisions if officials know that the "the
whole world is watching".

DO YOU HAVE EMAIL for any of the officials listed below?

Keep seeking justice through nonviolent direct action and lobbying!-- Tom B
"Seattle City Plans Another Homeless Sweep (Bulldozer
Enforced Evictions) of "the Jungle", an encampment of
homeless people on West Beacon Hill, you are urged to call

  *Tom Byers in the Mayor's Office, 206-684-4000,
  *Ken  Bounds, Director of the Parks Department, 206-684-8021, and
  *City Council Parks Committee Chairperson Nick Licata, 206-684-8803

DEMAND a guarantee of shelter beds for all, and a
tolerance policy until we get them.  If they want to take
action at the jungle, BRING in porta-potties, provide jobs,
counseling, and other services;  urge them to STOP THE

INFO John Fox, Seattle Displacement Coalition,
206-523-2569 or <>"

Subject:      peace & justice events calendar 6/6/98 Seattle
From:         Jean Buskin <>
Date:         1998/06/07
Message-ID:   <6lcora$fku$>

Anitra <> wrote HPN on Wed, 10 Jun 1998:
>Locally, in Seattle WA, the City has been stepping up pressure to "sweep"
>the encampments, especially the largest central (and most visible)
>encampment, the "Jungle".  Recent murders among homeless women have been
>capitalized on, not to increase real safety programs, but to justify
>clearing the Jungle -- effectively making those who have to sleep outside
>even more isolated and vulnerable by scattering them.
>I'm preaching to the converted.  To cut to the chase, SHARE has been
>talking with the Mayor's office for months about setting up a model
>encampment, and the City has been making soothing noises and dragging its
>feet.  They promised us that they would let us know before they actually
>cleared the Jungle, and we promised them that we would talk to them before
>we actually set up tents.  We wrote a letter last week saying that we have
>waited on them long enough; our people will be in additional danger when
>the Jungle is bulldozed, so as soon as the City clears the Jungle we will
>set up our encampment, with or without the City's cooperation.
>Today at 2PM SHARE/WHEEL meets with the Mayor's office, fulfilling our part
>of the bargain to talk with them before we set up tents.  The tents and
>supplies are assembled, a site is selected, and word has gone out for
>participants to meet at 4th & James downtown to go out to the encampment
>site and set up. (The site location won't be publically announced until we
>are actually there.)
>It is always possible that the Heavens will open, a great Light will
>descend, and the Mayor's office will say, "Well, yeah, until we have enough
>housing and shelter we *need* encampments, so here's 100 tents and sleeping
>bags and official permits, and what else can we do to help?"  In which case
>my next post will be all about the wonderful new cooperative encampment
>program in Seattle.
>Hopefully, that will be a post, eventually, somewhere down the road.   But
>it is more likely to take a period of building pressure, with an open
>encampment as visible proof that clean safe encampments are possible with
>community support, and that the homeless community is doing more for itself
>than the Mayor's office that has vowed to "have every homeless woman and
>child off the streets by Christmas."
>Last night I helped get tents, blankets, food and hygiene supplies ready to
>go.  I'm heading back to the SHARE office now to help get the word out to
>more people on the street.  It's raining today, but I expect that both the
>Mayor's office and SHARE are going ahead.
>I'll keep you posted.
>Write On!
>-- Anitra
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