Latest announcement from Tent City 2 in Seattle

Anitra Freeman (anitra@speakeasy.org)
Sun, 28 Jun 1998 19:37:23 -0700 (PDT)


SHARE/WHEEL
448-7889

	TENT CITY 2 -- CALL OF THE JUNGLE!
HOMELESS PEOPLE SET UP TENTS AGAIN TO KEEP SAFE

SHARE and WHEEL -- organizations of homeless and recently homeless men and
women -- re-established their Tent City 2 early this morning at "the
Jungle."  About 30 homeless men, women and families worked hard to set up
their campsite, on vacant City land on the slopes below Pacific Medical
Center.  We're staying together for our safety and protection.  We have a
breathtaking view!

"The Jungle" was cleared -- bulldozed -- on June 10th.  100 campers had
their homes cleard out.  In respons to public questions that day, Vivian
Phillips of the Mayor's Office stated that the City's concern was
sanitation, and that as far as she knew people could return after the
"spring cleaning."  We have to believe this impiled invitation indicates
that the City *knows* people have to camp outside -- there simply isn't
enough shelter space or housing.  We have to believe we won't be arrested
for camping together -- we have no other choice but to organize ourselves
outside.

Mayor Schell has offered to open the Municipal Building lobby as summer
shelter for men -- mats on the floor less than 12 inches apart.  In is not
a substitute for Tent City, because there are only 50 mats, it's for men
only, and by the City's own admission there are at least 1,000 homeless
men, women and children sleeping outside every night in Seattle.  We hope
the Municipal Building lobby opens soon for some of the men who need
shelter.  But we need 50 Municipal Building shelters to even begin to have
enough indoors shelter for everyone, and new imediae resources for women,
families and couples as well.

For now, SHARE/WHEEL's Tent City 2 is the best shot folks have at staying
safe and together rather than isolated and in danger.  We've done our
homewaork!  Our previous camp on Beacon Hill by the reservoir ran smoothly
for two weeks, with as many as 65 people self-managing their own camp.  We
have done neighborhood notification at a community meeting last Wednesday
evening at Jefferson Community Center.  We have sanitation and safety
equipment and procedures in place.  We will again run a safe, sober, clean
place for ourselves and our homelss brothers and sisters who are forced to
sleep outside.

In light of recent deaths of homeless people, what else can we do?

SHARE
share@canwetalk.com
http://insideshare.hypermart.net/


WHEEL
wheel@canwetalk.com
http://members.tripod.com/~WHEEL98/

Tent City 2
http://insideshare.hypermart.net/tc2.html