Thursday, January 31, 2008

Help protect civil rights for people on the streets in Seattle

The City of Seattle is on the verge of creating one of the most anti-homeless environments on the West Coast.

A new policy being created by Seattle officials would extend the city’s parks exclusion ordinance — which was designed to ensure that public parks remain family friendly — to all public property throughout the city, no matter how urban or remote. This policy will make survival outside illegal in a city where the shelters are past capacity and meeting perhaps 60 percent of the demand for emergency shelter.

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