11/3 OWH Rally Against Displacement!
Operation Welcome Home Rally for Peace Park
Stop the displacement of homeless and poor people from public spaces! Keep Peace Park for the People!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
5:00pm – 8:00pm
5:00 meet at Peace Park (Gilman & State)
Marching at 6:00 to the City-County Building (210 MLK Blvd)to rally
6:30 Enter and register comment/to speak (Room 300)
On 11/3, the Common Council will hold a final vote on the Peace Park redevelopment project–$1 million dollars (65% public TIF funding) to renovate the greenspace in the park, and to put in a visitor’s center and police office.
The plans also include the installation of an ATM, which would make panhandling impossible at the Park. There are already several ATMs on the block, including one directly next door at Subway. Police pressure also makes it unsafe for homeless people to simply exist in public. Homeless people are tired of being run out of public space after public space. Peace Park is home for a resilient community of homeless and formerly homeless people building accountability and creating positive change.
Operation Welcome Home demands:
1) A stop to the vicious cycle of displacement of homeless folks through police harassment and economic and land use development
2) Reversal of the unjust allocation of public resources toward such projects, as Madison fails as a community to address the root causes of homelessness, and
3) Support for the positive work that OWH as a community of homeless people and allies do in creating solutions–Housing First initiatives, community education, Day Labor program, etc.
Please join us in ensuring these messages are heard! We need strong support from allies!