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Reclaim the Parks!

Date:
Saturday, August 21, 2004
Time:
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Type:
Protest
Organizer/Author:
DAAA Collective
Location Details:
Tower Park, 17th and G Street

Simply existing within public areas has been criminalized while being homeless, or so say the owners and protectors of property in the city of Modesto. While the churches close to Tower Park work to sign petitions to drive Food Not Bombs and the Good Samaritans out, the police are happy to drive out the homeless from the few parks we can still gather in. While the downtown is revamped by developers to make way for the bay area invasion, our rent continues to rise, and the new vision of Modesto is one that is without homeless. This process is carried out by making it illegal to be homeless, from getting food, to getting money, to finding a place to live. But the struggle for what is right in this city is not about illegality. Everyday we gather from dumpsters what the rich through away, we break into abandoned buildings because we need places to stay. This isn’t about illegality, this is about survival!

While some have called for letter writing, voting, and other means of achieving our goals, we are calling for direct action to be taken to get our point across to the public that the issues facing the homeless are real - and are not going away!

ACTION IN THE PARK: Film Showings: Various films about homeless/police issues will be shown throughout the day.

Three meals, free clothes, toys, and jackets!

“Know Your Rights” Training: Various legal workers will talk and give advice on your legal rights in various situations with police.

March to Dinner Park!: We will be walking to a nearby park for dinner. Signs and banners will be provided, bring your own! Police out of parks! Permanent Shelter Now!

Massive flyering to public about the homeless situation in Modesto.

http://www.geocities.com/modanarcho
Added to the calendar on Thu, Aug 5, 2004 3:00AM
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