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Dez
2004

Homeless families occupy army recruitment center

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@kwru.org web: //www.kwru.org


Informant: Jerise Fogel
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