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Real Change Newspaper
Table of Contents
August 1, 1999, Vol. 6, No. 15
- Big, Ugly, and Mean. The World Trade Organization is coming to Seattle. Who cares and why?
Table of Contents:
A Grand Commencement. Bard Clemente Students Step Out. By Geoff Cole, Pages 1, 9
- Picture: Amy D’Acquisto of Seattle dances with her seven-year-old daughter Hannah after the graduation ceremony for students completing the city’s first Clemente Course in the Humanities.
- Photo: Betty Udesen/The Seattle Times
UMOJA. Bring Unity to the Central Area. By Scott Winn, Pages 1, 14 [RE: The Umoja Fest, aka the African Heritage Festival and Parade]
- Picture: The African American Heritage Museum is still empty, but the Umoja Fest shows what it could be, August 6-8, 1999 at Judkins Park.
- Photo by J. Christopher
Vendor of the Month: Barry Cannon. By Michele Thomas, Page 2
Mailbag, Pages 2, 11
- Bad Attitude by Janet Krogh
- The Ilk of Human Kindness by Grace in Seattle
- Warmed to the Cockles by Donna J. Stout
- Duck Lickers Unite by Violet Ray
- True Believer #11,476 by Jeff Koenen
- Public Housing is the Answer by Mamie Jackson
Tempest In the Stacks. Library cards aren’t enough for downtown’s homeless. By Paul Noble and Michele Marchand, Pages 3, 9
News You Can Use. Close to Home. Newsbriefs by Bob Redmond unless noted otherwise, Page 4
- Good News for Youth [RE: Mayor Paul Schell trying to find shelter for Seattle’s street youth, David Cousineau]
- Get Along, Move Along, Go [RE: Sweeping the homeless for Safeco Field’s opening, Rev. Rick Reynolds, Deputy Mayor Tom Byers]
- Housing Dollars to Spare [RE: Why is there $8 million still in the bank? Seattle City Council’s Housing Committee asked for an audit, REACH (Rehabilitation and Emergency Assistance for City Homes, Cynthia Parker]
- Streetpapers of the World, Unite! By Anitra L. Freeman [RE: Fourth Annual conference of the North American Street Newspaper Association, hosted by the Grapevine, Cleveland’s voice of the homeless, Keynote speaker Lee Stringer]
- Grilled Candidate [RE: Seattle Displacement Coalition, Tenants Union and Real Change will sponsor a candidate’s forum on Thursday, August 19, 1999 at Pilgrim Congregational Church at 7:00 p.m.]
Soul and Faith. Work wanted. Can CASA Latina deliver? By Todd Matthews, Page 5
- Picture: Mural artist Demetrio Barrita stands in front of his work, which graces the new CASA Latina Day Worker’s Center in Belltown.
- Photo by Erik Castro
Altruism in an Armani Suit. The WTO is Coming to Town. Who cares and why? By Peter Bloch-Garcia, Pages 6, 13
A Worthwhile Quest? Food stamps, other assistance to be delivered by bank card. By Adam Holdorf, Page 7
I’m OK, They’re OK. Library users accept homeless. Interviews and photos by Dave Hall. Question: Does the presence of homeless people in the library ever make you feel unsafe?
- Tim Gouran with picture
- Brian Lew
- Thomas Reilly
- Mark Hurst
- Manuel Garcia with picture
- Chris Stilwell
- Mike Homan
- Monica Flannigan
- Joshua Steele with picture
- Katie Drake
- George Wilson
- Sarah Druzik
Tenant Talk. Educate. Agitate. Organize. By Tenants Union staff, Page 10
Rent is Theft
Poetry, Pages 12
- Remembrance by Earle Thompson
- Missed You by Amber Hubert
- Lament for an Ex-lover With Whom I Share No Small Talk by Ruth A. Fox
Adventures in Poetry: Bottoms Up. What is poetry to me? with © Dr. Wes Browning, Page 13
Calendar. Page 15. Special thanks to Jean Buskin
Citizens Participation Project
Shelter in a Storm. Safe Harbor proposal needs support now.
- Issue: Homeless people have nowhere to go. Shelters are full; public bathrooms and day centers are scarce; it’s illegal to sit on a sidewalk and rest after 7 pm, it’s illegal to sleep in a park; and police can ban individuals from being in parks or other areas for up to a year. When folks gather together for safety and security, even under a squalid bridge in the industrial section of town (see “News You Can Use,” p.4), they are “evicted” under threat of arrest for trespassing.
- City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck has prepared a resolution that would address the basic right of all people to have a place to call home, even if it a scrap of cement. While the proposal, to create a “Safe Harbor Roundtable,” is a far cry from ideal, it is the first step to give homeless people, especially those without a shelter; a place to call their own.
Trouble is, councilmembers are not interested. It’s time to convince them to take action.