Friday, January 30, 2009
I have received an email from my friend, Carlos, who is shocked and outraged that the city seizes the private property of homeless citizens and destroys their dwellings during police sweeps and arrests. Here is what he said in part:
“I read what you wrote about the police destroying the homeless people dwellings and taking away their things. Why are the police being so cruel to the homeless?
The city is telling them to harm the homeless! oh no ! we’ve got to do some thing about this. I will be looking for the link on your blog for the city of dallas.
You know I understand that it does not look good to have all these homeless people hanging around businesses, but it is part of the city’s fault for not making it a priority to give them a place to go to. I think the city should do more in fixing this problem instead of spending money on new hotels and other things like that, they should do more for the homeless. what the city does not realize is that it is going to get worse. if there are (and I am guessing) 10,000 homeless just in Dallas this year, in 5 years it will be 30,000 may be 50,000, and then it will be too late, so something needs to be done. get them jobs and traning in something.”
Carlos has requested information on how to contact the mayor and city council about this. Here’s how to do it. It probably makes the biggest impact of all for ordinary citizens to speak to their city government directly about something that seems to them to be an abuse. They are used to hearing from advocates and service providers! It can make a difference.
Thank you, Carlos, for suggesting this:
Go to this link:
In the blue menu at left, click on:
“Mayor and City Council E-Mail”.
Click on this option at the top of the page:
“Email the Mayor and ALL the Councilmembers at one time.”
The form pops up for sending a group email to Mayor Leppert and City Council.