[Marxism] Phila. welfare group, homeless families occupy army recruiting center

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Tue Nov 30 20:40:43 MST 2004


URGENT ALERT: TUESDAY NOVEMBER 30TH, 2:00 PM 
 
PHILADELPHIA HOMELESS FAMILIES OCCUPY ARMY RECRUITMENT CENTER, DEMAND
MONEY FOR HOUSING NOT FOR WAR! 
 
Today, as part of their "Homes For The Holidays: Operation Bring the
Money Home" Campaign, dozens of homeless families belonging to the
Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU) have moved their Bushville Tent
City to sit in at the main Army Recruiting Office in Philadelphia. As
police and Civil Affairs officers attempted to lock the families out of
the office, the families quickly placed signs saying "Billions for the
War, Still Nothing for the Poor" and photographs of homeless children
with the words, "Bring the Money Home" on every available space in the
office. 
 
See www.kwru.org for photographs and updates. 
 
Background: 
 
November 30, 2004: Early this afternoon, members of the Kensington
Welfare Rights Union - homeless families currently living at the KWRU's
BUSHVILLE in North Philadelphia - attempted to meet with the Office of
Housing and Urban Developement (HUD) in Philadelphia.  Soon after the
families entered the building the elevators were turned off and we were
denied our right to speak with government officials. 
 
The growing protest then moved to the Army Recruiting Office at Broad
and Arch where the families then took over the Army Recruiting Office.
Others have set up to spend the night outside.  No family should ever go
homeless one night in Philadelphia.  Your support is needed. 
 
The Kensington Welfare Rights Union is insisting that Alphonso Jackson,
the current Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, fly to
Philadelphia to witness firsthand the impact the recent budget cuts made
by the Bush Administration have had on the families in this city. 
 
"The Bush administration continues to put billions of dollars towards a
needless, brutal war while families across America suffer without the
basic necessities of life.  This is not a fight for a bed in a homeless
shelter; it is a fight for decent, affordable housing for everyone is
this wealthy nation." 
 
- Cheri Honkala, Kensington Welfare Rights Union/ Poor People's Economic
Human Rights Campaign 
 
Kensington Welfare Rights Union NUHHCE, ASFCME, AFL-CIO PO Box 50678
Philadelphia, PA 19132-9720 Phone: 215/203-1945 Fax:   215/203-1950
email: kwru at kwru.org web:   http://www.kwru.org
 
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