Thursday, September 25, 2008

Franklin iIs Closing On Friday Morning (9/26)

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/


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