Re: LETTER: Seattle homeless/insufficient shelters/misrepresentation (fwd)

P. Myers (mpwr@u.washington.edu)
Wed, 10 Jun 1998 21:39:21 -0700 (PDT)


I just read it...GREAT LETTER!  Thanks, Tedrico!  Pat

On Wed, 10 Jun 1998, Theodore Latham wrote:

> Pat,
> 
>     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
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Tedrico Latham
> 
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> 
> 
> "P. Myers" <mpwr@u.washington.edu> wrote:
> >
> >
> >the letter I recently sent to Seattle officials ...email addresses 
> noted
> >below.
> >
> >Pat Myers
> >___________
> >
> >To: ken.bounds@ci.seattle.wa.us, 
> >
> >Mayors.Office@ci.seattle.wa.us,
> >
> >nick.licata@ci.seattle.wa.us
> >
> >
> >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 
> might
> >have evolved into a productive discourse, interrogating the 
> insufficient
> >number of beds available, and the  --  good  --  reasons homeless find
> >shelters dehumanizing and marginalizing, and how this conferred 
> identity
> >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 
> more
> >"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 
> of
> >which the public need not fear.
> >
> >Pat Myers
> >
> >
> 
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