Nightlife Seattle’s Own Hooverville
posted by September 25 at 15:25 PMon
In the wake of John McCain saying that “the fundamentals of our economy are still strong” and all the world pointing out that Herbert Hoover said nearly the same thing on Black Thursday in 1929, Bar Exam went to Seattle’s own Hooverville-the-bar this week. Found all around Hooverville-the-bar (which has $10 pitchers of Rainier and free peanuts): evidence of Seattle’s burgeoning homeless problem (which is looking to have increased a lot more than 15 percent over the last few months). The shabby camper-encampment under the West Seattle Bridge seemed especially sad until I came across the shelter for men 50 and older.
Now we’ve got our own official non-bar Hooverville: Nickelsville. Here’s a little more in the P-I. The homeless living in the pink tents in South Seattle are being evicted by the city at 5 p.m. today. More from Nickelsville after the jump.
Thursday, September 25
Come by Nickelsville
7115 W. Marginal Way SW (Southeast corner of the
intersection of W. Marginal Way and Highland behind
a small parking lot. Or take the #23 bus and get off at
2:00pm construction begins of more permanent
items built from wooden pallets and other recyclable
materials. Help Nickelsville residents build their
own new Seattle neighborhood.
5:00pm the earliest possible time cops might
and forcibly remove the residents. Come and
stay overnight in one of the empty tents (bring your
own bedding) or come any time and stay as long
as you can.
Call the mayor 206-684-4000
Tell him to cancel the bulldozers.
Let Nickelsville stand! 206-684-4000.
Seattle officials have posted a notice indicating their
intention to sweep and destroy this new self-organized
encampment of pink tents thatís now home to almost
90 previously homeless people. As the economy
crumbles we need creative solutions such as Nickelsville.
The Bigger Picture
Itís also an opportunity to say NO bailout for the banks!
Donít give seven hundred billion dollars to the rich!
Use the money to create a federal job program. Use it
to house people and cover their health costs. Use it to
guarantee pensions. Use it to raise the minimum wage Ė
just donít give it to the Wall Street speculators.
For more information check out www.nickelsvilleseattle.org.