save tent city23 Oct 2008
I’d encourage any of you that are concerned about the destruction of tent city to come out for this tomorrow afternoon:
WHO: CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR TENT CITY, [email protected], 615-474-8390
WHAT: A RALLY TO SAVE TENT CITY
WHERE: THE STEPS OF THE METRO COURTHOUSE
WHEN: THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, FROM 3:00 PM TO 5:00PM
WHY: PROVIDING & IMPROVING A PLACE TO CALL HOME IS BETTER THAN DESTROYING IT.
Briefly, Tent City is an encampment of around 30 or so (I think – varying, as well) people that Metro PD is attempting to shut down due to recent increased visibility around a stabbing. They are citing “violence” and “public health” as factors for clearing the camp. I am not certain where they expect these people to go. There’s an article in the Tennessean and the Scene about the situation.
There’s some great info here about the role of these sorts of encampments using info from Seattle. Metro should be more engaging in finding a way to make this encampment legal and safer, not razing it.
Stop by and/or help spread the word.. Thanks!