The 3 PM rally in support of the right to sleep movement was well attended.
At least 100 people showed up and mingled and conversed in the plaza. (the consensus is that for every one that shows, ten more are quietly in support behind the scenes)
City Council member Eric Navickas obtained a permit for the rally. At 3:45pm the demonstrators marched down main street with many signs and a banner reading, “JUSTICE”. The course of the march led to the public library, then down Lithia Way and back to the Plaza. There were songs, chants, and
general support from the community as the march maintained footing in a single lane on the roads. The mood was joyous and hopeful, yet clear demands of recognition for the right to legally sleep were continually audible. The effect on the participants was an uplifting feeling of empowerment. Most felt that the rally was better than anticipated in overall effectiveness.
The homeless have continued to be harassed by the police since protests began last week in response to violations by the local police of their right to sleep.
Thursday’s private meeting between the mayor, police chief, city housing specialist, and community advocate Aaron Reed took place. The word from the mayor after the meeting is that there will be no policy change in how the police deal with houseless sleeping people. The police have indicated that they will cite and arrest houseless people at every chance that avails them.
When a critical mass of houseless folk and advocates is reached, positive political change will ensue. Look forward to more actions aimed at commanding the free expression and respect of basic human rights.
Join the re-evolution. Remember, we can overthrow the government by non-violent direct action.
Try reading Gandhi’s Autobiography for more insight into the workings of sustaining a viable political movement.
What kind of world do you envision?