[IMC-DC] Fwd: Fw: Tonight is Franklin Shelter's last night. Occupy Building.....

Naji Mujahid runawayblood at gmail.com
Thu Sep 25 15:15:12 PDT 2008

    *It's official. Tonight is Franklin Shelter's last night.*

*(We need to change that. Let's protest/squat.)*
     The last of the men will be moved out of Franklin in the morning. Many
will be taken to the 801 East Shelter (also known as the MLK, Jr. Shelter)
on the grounds of St.Eelizabeth's Hospital, in spite of the fact that they
don't want to go there due to it's location and brutal security guards (the
latter reason having been mentioned at the June 12th ICH meeting).

     The housing sweep that was supposed to take place this morning did not.
It will take place at 801 East on Friday. Someone told me that it got moved
due to a Catholic charities/Franklin employee lying to DHS and saying that
there were people outside of Franklin protesting this morning. No one
protested this morning. I would've been there if they had. *(Let's have a
few protesters go to 801 East in the morning, if possible. I'll be squatting
at Franklin.)*

     The sentiment among the homeless (and the truth) is that this "housing
effort" is nothing more than a glorified drug sting. The people who were
least likely to succeed were placed in housing. Many have now been arrested
for drug charges. They've gone from their new housing to jail. *(During his
campaign, Fenty said that he would begin to treat drug addiction like a
mental illness, not a crime. He lied. Is compulsive lying a mental illness?
If so, we have a crazy mayor.)* Dan Tangherlini, Clarence Carter and others
in DC Gov. have said that they didn't want the jails and ER's to serve as
makeshift homeless shelters. Well, that's what's happening. I hope that the
mayor doesn't get credit for housing those who've ended up in jail. They
shouldn't count toward the 300 homeless men that he must house before
closing Franklin per the new law (attached).

   *  The men should be made aware that they have 7 days to pick up their
belongings after the building closes. If their things are disposed of before
that, they will have a lawsuit.*

     Forward this to all of your contacts who might want to get involved and
help us to protest. I will be at the *rally/protest this evening in front of
Franklin* (address in my signature) at 5 PM. I hope to see you there. We
will also occupy the building tomorrow morning. Let's get some coverage of
both events.

*Eric Jonathan Sheptock*
* *www.streats.tv/shep.html
925 13th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20005-4005
* *http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/franklin/

"I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a
certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory... You cannot
carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this
case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old
formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday
for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of
those madmen. We must dare to invent the future."

Thomas Sankara, 1985
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