SM CA Protest

JENNAFER WAGGONER (refugee@gte.net)
Thu, 07 May 1998 20:20:40 +0000


Side by Side, a community partnership and Homes Not Jails, Food Not
Bombs

For Immediate Release-May 7, 1998

Housing Emergency in Santa Monica Spreads
Santa Monica... Home of the Greedy Developers
Home of the Sold Out City Council

Sleeping bag toting, banner waving Santa Monica homeless people will be
converging on the lawn of:

Santa Monica City Hall 1685 Main Street at 3 p.m on Friday, May 8=20

-for a long-term sleep-in to demand immediate action from the City
Council.

This protest joins Homeless People in San Diego who have led the way
with a two month occupation of San Diego City Hall highlighting the
disasterous effects cold-wet weather shelter closures have made upon
homeless people across Southern California. =20

We demand that each City Council member today make a firm and public
pledge; that there will be no loss of affordable housing and make a
statement that no woman or senior will have to be evicted onto the
streets from their Section 8 apartments.  Activists, homeless, housed
and vulnerably housed will be staging the sleep-in as long as it takes,
until that announcement is made and when the City provides an emergency
increase in housing for the homeless.=20

Contact: Jennafer Waggoner:  (310) 289-7446 David Busch:  (310)
358-5916 =20

News Advisory Follows

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=0CSide by Side, a community partnership and Homes Not Jails, Food Not
Bombs

News Advisory For Immediate Release-May 7, 1998

Housing Emergency in Santa Monica Spreads
Santa Monica... Home of the Greedy Developers
Home of the Sold Out City Council

Home of the homeless or Home of the Heartless? Sleeping bag toting,
banner waving Santa Monica homeless people will be converging on the
lawn of Santa Monica City Hall 1685 Main Street at 3 p.m on Friday, May
8 for a long-term sleep-in to demand immediate action from the City
Council.  Santa Monica has dropped their Section 8 commitment. Santa
Monica Police Officers have said, =93if you don=92t have a house, you don=
=92t
have an emergency.=94  In Santa Monica the housed are heading for the
streets.  The activists are asking for immediate action for the Section
8 housing crisis and the homeless crisis of no-emergency shelter beds
available during the torrential unpredictable rain downpours.  This
protest joins Homeless People in San Diego who have led the way with a
two month occupation of San Diego City Hall highlighting the disasterous
effects cold-wet weather shelter closures have made upon homeless people
across Southern California. =20

California Costa-Hawkins Rent De-Control and the dissolve of Section 8
programs has increased the disaster expotentially in areas like Santa
Monica, Los Angeles, Berkeley, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Sacramento,
San Diego and Eureka.  This last week since the closing of the emergency
rain shelter and the continuity of catastrophic rains has shown this
City=92s Anti Poor Cadre and their silent conspiracy of criminal neglect
as glaring human rights abuses. =20

Santa Monica City Officials have complained that their biggest fear in
the last few years is that droves of homeless people would invade their
city, yet the truth is that residents of Santa Monica will wake up
tommorrow in fear of (not homeless people) but of Mega-Developers who
are tossing poor people aside for their new Beverly Hills by the sea. =20

We demand that each City Council member today make a firm and public
pledge; that there will be no loss of affordable housing and make a
statement that no woman or senior will have to be evicted onto the
streets from their Section 8 apartments.  Activists, homeless, housed
and vulnerably housed will be staging the sleep-in as long as it takes,
until that announcement is made and when the City provides an emergency
increase in housing for the homeless.  Our hope is that the City Council
doesn=92t now pre-empt Senior Citizens in defense of their Section 8
Housing for endless discussions on dog parks; as they have done to kill
actions for emergency homeless housing in the past six months. =20

Contact: Jennafer Waggoner:  (310) 289-7446 David Busch:  (310)
358-5916 =20

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Aho Mitakuye Oyasin    For All of my Relatives,


Jennafer Waggoner
Editor
Making Change...
a community human rights newspaper empowering=20
the poor and unhoused with an income and a voice.
P.O. Box 3622, Santa Monica, CA  90408
(310) 289-7446
refugee@gte.net

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