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News :: Social Welfare
International Tent City and Housing Alternatives Day comes to Springfield
07 May 2005
Tent Cities around the country will be observing First Annual International Tent City and Housing Alternatives Day on Sunday, May 15. In Springfield this has an ironic twist
homeless graphic.jpg
Like the Hoovervilles of the Great Depression, Tent Cities (or Bushvilles) are growing across the nation. As more U.S. citizens succumb to the ills of capitalism and the Bush regime's class war against the poor, we'll be seeing more people on the street, living out of cars, and filling up the few shelters available.

Here in Western Massachusetts the Tent City that was errected last summer in the middle of downtown Springfield brought the issues of housing, homelessness and a failing unjust economy directly to the city's residents. Many so-called civic leaders were uncomfortable with such realities. Too bad. They have nice homes to go back to and draw the shades. Many of their neighbors do not.

In any case, International Tent City and Housing Alternatives Day has special meaning for Springfield, "The City of Homes"

Alert from ARISE:

<<Ironically, May 15 will also be the last night that homeless people in
Springfield will be sheltered by the Warming Place. The next day, they will
have nowhere to go. What will happen?

So mucgh is up in the air-- and Arise is going to need so much help next
week-- I'll try to write more about it later--

but in the meantime: join us on the steps of Springfield City Hall on
Sunday, May 15, noon, for a speakout about homelessness and the need for
affordable housing. We'll be serving lunch so if you have food to share,
bring it along!-- and if you have any tents, tarps or blankets to spare,
please bring those along, also.

In hope and solidarity,
Michaelann >>

See street paper story here:
http://www.outofthedoorways.org/articles/sr-itchad.jpg

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