USA: National Homeless Plan urged - Your Recommendations? FWD

Tom Boland (
Tue, 1 Jun 1999 15:21:06 -0700 (PDT)

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LA activists and advocates are "calling for a national homeless plan to
eradicate homelessness" in the USA, according to the article below.
Canadian anti-poverty activists have proposed a similar idea.

*What plan would _you_ propose to eradicate homelessness in the USA, your
nation or the world?

Will poverty always be with us?  Can its incidence and degree be reduced?
What's your evidence?
FWD  "Channel 2000" CBS KCBS-TV Los Angeles [California, USA]



LOS ANGELES, Posted 3:45 p.m. May 30, 1999 -- A group protesting the police
shooting of a homeless woman who came at them with a screwdriver claims it
has found witnesses who contradict the police account of the shooting.

The Justice for Margaret Mitchell Coalition said they would turn over the
names of the witnesses to the U.S. Department of Justice today, reported
CBS 2 News.

Friday, police and activists questioned whether officers are properly
trained to deal with mentally ill people like Mitchell, said the television
station, Los Angeles police Chief Bernard Parks met with a dozen black
activists to address their concerns about the May 21 shooting.

In the altercation, two officers asked Mitchell if the shopping cart she
was pushing was stolen. A scuffle ensued, and the woman allegedly came at
one officer with a screwdriver.

Mitchell, 54, had been on the streets around Hancock Park for a few years.
The black woman was a college-educated former bank employee, but family
members said she appeared to have paranoid schizophrenia.

Parks said the case would be investigated on several levels, and that the
FBI also is looking at the case. Members of the local chapters of the
NAACP, the Congress of Racial Equality, the Nation of Islam and black
churches also attended the roughly 90-minute meeting, news wires reported.

Meanwhile, the group is holding nightly candlelight vigils through Thursday
at the shooting scene in Hancock Park. The vigils will culminate Friday
with a memorial for Mitchell at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church,
said wire service reports.

Homeless activist Ted Hayes and other advocates are also calling for a
national homeless plan to eradicate homelessness.

>From our archives: <>

May 27, 1999:
Shooting Of Homeless Woman Protested

May 26, 1999:
More Questions In Homeless Shooting

May 25, 1999:
FBI Probes Homeless Police Shooting

Compiled by Channel 2000 Staff


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