ALERT: San Deigo activists arrested in protest for homes at

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sun, 17 May 1998 22:56:12 -0700 (PDT)


SUPPORT ACTIVISTS ARRESTED FOR DEMANDING HOUSING AT SAN DEIGO, CA MILITARY BASE

FWD  CC Replies to Forrest Curo <forest@cts.com>

For Info Contact: Shawnie Meade at the Street Light office: (619) 338-9081,
935 E Street, San Diego CA 92101, or Forrest Curo at (619) 283-5582.

Or visit Street Light newspaper office, open 9:30AM to 4PM from Monday
through Saturday.  Street Light paper has been publishing monthly for over
a year and covering local protests in vivid detail.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 5/17/98 3:00 AM


Shortly after midnight tonight, eleven activists walked into the grounds of
Camp Nimitz, a deactivated military base, to claim the land for the use of
San Diego's estimated 2,500 unsheltered homeless people. Six remained to be
arrested and were charged with trespassing.

Under the 1988 McKinney Act, housing homeless people was to be the first
priority use for deactivated military bases. In 1994, Mayor Susan Golding
sent a lobbyist to Washington to subvert the plain intent of the law, so
that it was revised to allow for free use by local redevelopment agencies,
so long as "representatives of the homeless" were consulted and plans made
to house the homeless population elsewhere. Four years later, the City is
using the base for police and fire training, and over a hundred homeless
people are camping together in public places to protest San Diego's callous
neglect of homeless housing needs.

The consensus of the group is that we could not continue to accept this
blatant misuse of the law to further enrich the powerful at the expense of
the poorest of us, that this was an injustice that had been crying for
rectification for too many years already. After attempting to hold a small
rally in the Naval Training Center, and finding the gate (normally open to
the public) locked, the group deployed signs along Harbor Blvd for the
passing traffic until nightfall. Finding no access to any of the numerous
barracks visible through the fence, the group decided to march in through
the gate to claim the entire facility. Bewildered security guards called
the police, while the activists settled down quietly and waited at a picnic
table just past the guardhouse. Five have been cited for trespassing and
released; one remains in custody for an unexpected warrant from the 1996
Concourse protest.

For Info Contact: Shawnie Meade at the Street Light office: 338-9081, 935 E
Street, San Diego CA 92101, or Forrest Curo at 283-5582.

To Support, Call
Mayor Susan Golding        Councilman George Stevens        Congressman Filner
202 C St. Suite 11A        202 C Street                     333 F St. Suite A
San Diego, CA 92101        San Diego, CA 92101              Chula Vista, CA
91910
(619) 236-6330 Fax -7228   (619) 236-6644 Fax -6529         (619) 422-5963
<mayor@sdmayor.sannet.gov>



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