Re: LETTER: Seattle homeless/insufficient

Theodore Latham (
Wed, 10 Jun 1998 20:48:35 PDT


    I wrote them too, and sent a copy to HPN as well! I too hope more 
non-Seattle people will voice their opinions to the Seattle Mayoral 
Office as well! By the way, ha


Tedrico Latham

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"P. Myers" <> wrote:
>the letter I recently sent to Seattle officials addresses 
>Pat Myers
>I am writing to protest the bulldozing of the Jungle when insufficient
>beds exist for homeless in Seattle.
>Moreover, the Parks Representative on the News At Noon, who stated that
>"this is a life choice" egregiously misrepresented homeless.  What 
>have evolved into a productive discourse, interrogating the 
>number of beds available, and the  --  good  --  reasons homeless find
>shelters dehumanizing and marginalizing, and how this conferred 
>is maintained in the public mind (in part by remarks such as mentioned
>above)...such issues might have been explored, to the learning of
>all involved, including homed citizenry.  Instead, we were spoon fed 
>"for their own good" and "lifestyle choice" remarks.
>A rare opportunity existed to raise the level of conversation about
>homelessness.  Everyone interviewed failed utterly to do more than
>replicate old stereotypes.  Homeless deserve an apology.
>I encourage Mayor Schell to speak with representatives of SHARE.
>Bulldozing the Jungle will only further fragment a population already
>marginalized and voiceless...a population that needs to build
>community...a population that has nothing for which to be ashamed, and 
>which the public need not fear.
>Pat Myers

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