Flamingians Re-Unite!

JENNAFER WAGGONER (refugee@gte.net)
Sun, 10 May 1998 20:14:43 +0000


> JENNAFER WAGGONER wrote:
> >
> > 1.  News Advisory and Update:  Rally Planned for Tuesday, May 12, 6:3=
0
> > p.m. at Santa Monica City Hall.
> >
> > 2.  Press Release
> >
> > 3.  News Advisory Original Bulletin
> >
> > > --
> > >
> > > Side by Side, a community partnership and Homes Not Jails, Food Not
> > > Bombs
> > >
> > > NEWS ADVISORY #1 UPDATE
> > >
> > > Fifty-five homeless people converged upon City Hall on May 7th at 3=
 p.m.
> > > to set up their long-term occupation at Santa Monica City Hall.  Th=
e
> > > protestors received no attention from police and proceeded to occup=
y the
> > > front lawn.
> > >
> > > At 2 a.m. a squad of ten SMPD Officers came out to warn people who =
were
> > > snoozing in their sleeping blankets that City Hall is closed from 2=
 a.m.
> > > - 6 a.m. and ordered the protestors to leave.  The confrontation ev=
icted
> > > the dwellers out onto the sidewalks, where the camp was reformed.
> > > Comments from the squad included "you choose to do this, therefore =
you
> > > deserve what you get" and "why don't you just get a job" and "the m=
edia
> > > isn't here to protect you, we win-you lose" ...
> > >
> > > At 3:30 a.m. heavy rains began to fall and cold winds kicked up
> > > prompting the defenseless protestors to seek shelter under the city=
 hall
> > > awning.  Officers came out at 4 a.m. and evicted the group, leaving
> > > homeless people outside in the biting cold rain while officers stoo=
d
> > > guard.  The homeless who slept in front of the Courthouse were
> > > unmolested by the Officers during that time.  Dana, a homeless woma=
n
> > >commented on the move "the only place that is legal for us to sleep =
is on
> > >the sidewalk.  What do they think we are?  Trash or recyclables?"
> > >
> > > Saturday May 9
> > >
> > > Protestors dried their belongings in the sun and prepared the morni=
ng's
> > > meal and commenced camp duties like emptying the traschans and
> > > organizing food donations.  Community Meetings are set for 7 p.m.
> > > everynight to organize the camp, train campers in non-violent peace
> > > activist strategies and minimize potential problems.  That evening =
the
> > > protestors again took to the lawn and were undisturbed all night,
> > > illustrating the selective cruelty that the officers imposed under =
Watch
> > > Commander Lt. Stratton the night before.  There was no rain on Satu=
rday
> > > night.
> > >
> > > RALLY PLANNED FOR FAIR WORK PRACTICES AND LABOR ISSUES
> > >RELATED TO HOMELESSNESS, Tuesday May 12, 6:30 p.m. Santa Monica
> > > City Hall 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA
> > >
> > > The Flamingians ReUnite! homeless group who is occupying Santa Moni=
ca
> > > City Hall are calling for a rally to receive and join the March for
> > > Santa Monica Workers who will be marching from the Miramar Sheraton=
 to
> > > the SM City Council Meeting.
> > >
> > > Homeless Protestors will be carrying signs, joining the march and
> > > discussing how unfair labor practices and lower than living wage
> > > salaries contribute to the ever expanding homeless population in a =
City
> > > with skyrocketing unaffordable rent.
> > >
> > > Flamingians ReUnite! will also be announcing their protest and thei=
r
> > > list of demands to the City Council on Item 15A which is open for p=
ublic
> > > comment.
> >
> > > _____ #2 Press Release
> > >
> > > Side by Side, a community partnership and Homes Not Jails, Food Not
> > > Bombs
> > >
> > > For Immediate Release-May 10, 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 are=
 on
> > > the lawn of:
> > >
> > > Santa Monica City Hall 1685 Main Street at 7 p.m every evening (and=
 we
> > > encourage investigative reporters to come and sleep-in to chronicle
> > > on-going police abuses).
> > >
> > > -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 wa=
y
> > > with a two month occupation of San Diego City Hall highlighting the
> > > disasterous effects cold-wet weather shelter closures have made upo=
n
> > > homeless people across Southern California.
> > >
> > > We demand that each City Council member today make a firm and publi=
c
> > > 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, hous=
ed
> > > and vulnerably housed will be staging the sleep-in as long as it ta=
kes,
> > > until that announcement is made and when the City provides an emerg=
ency
> > > increase in housing for the homeless.
> > >
> > > Contact: Jennafer Waggoner:  (310) 289-7446 David Busch:  (310)
> > > 358-5916
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > ## End of Transmission ##
> >
> > >
> > > #3 ORIGINAL NEWS ADVISORY
> > >
> > > Side by Side, a community partnership and Homes Not Jails, Food Not
> > > Bombs
> > >
> > > News Advisory For Immediate Release-May 10, 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 th=
e
> > > lawn of Santa Monica City Hall 1685 Main Street every evening at 7 =
p.m.
> > > for a long-term sleep-in to demand immediate action from the City
> > > Council.  Santa Monica has dropped their Section 8 commitment. Sant=
a
> > > Monica Police Officers have said, =93if you don=92t have a house, y=
ou don=92t
> > > have an emergency.=94  In Santa Monica the housed are heading for t=
he
> > > streets.  The activists are asking for immediate action for the Sec=
tion
> > > 8 housing crisis and the homeless crisis of no-emergency shelter be=
ds
> > > available during the torrential unpredictable rain downpours.  This
> > > protest joins Homeless People in San Diego who have led the way wit=
h a
> > > two month occupation of San Diego City Hall highlighting the disast=
erous
> > > effects cold-wet weather shelter closures have made upon homeless p=
eople
> > > across Southern California.
> > >
> > > California Costa-Hawkins Rent De-Control and the dissolve of Sectio=
n 8
> > > programs has increased the disaster expotentially in areas like San=
ta
> > > Monica, Los Angeles, Berkeley, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Sacrament=
o,
> > > San Diego, Arcata, Thousand Oaks and Eureka.  This last week since =
the
> > > closing of the emergency
> > > rain shelter and the continuity of catastrophic rains has shown thi=
s
> > > City=92s Anti Poor Cadre and their silent conspiracy of criminal ne=
glect
> > > as glaring human rights abuses.
> > >
> > > Santa Monica City Officials have complained that their biggest fear=
 in
> > > the last few years is that droves of homeless people would invade t=
heir
> > > city, yet the truth is that residents of Santa Monica will wake up
> > > tommorrow in fear of (not homeless people) but of Mega-Developers w=
ho
> > > are tossing poor people aside for their new Beverly Hills by the se=
a.
> > >
> > > We demand that each City Council member today make a firm and publi=
c
> > > 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, hous=
ed
> > > and vulnerably housed will be staging the sleep-in as long as it ta=
kes,
> > > until that announcement is made and when the City provides an emerg=
ency
> > > increase in housing for the homeless.  Our hope is that the City Co=
uncil
> > > 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.
> > >
> > > Contact: Jennafer Waggoner:  (310) 289-7446 David Busch:  (310)
> > > 358-5916
> > >
> > > ## End of Transmission ##
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> > >
> > > Aho Mitakuye Oyasin    For All of my Relatives,
> > >
> > > Jennafer Waggoner
> > > Editor
> > > Making Change...
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> > > the poor and unhoused with an income and a voice.
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> > >
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