VIGIL FOR TASHA “Little Bit”

From an email I got:

VIGIL FOR TASHA “Little Bit”

Violent Symptoms of Systemic Injustice and Perpetual Poverty

WHEN: Monday, August 14th, 2006, 8:00pm

WHERE: Riverfront Park (Parking on First Avenue)

BRING CANDLES

In the early morning hours of Friday Morning, two men pushed, a young, 19 year old, African American homeless woman, into the Cumberland River. The young woman is believed to be a quiet and gentle person believed to be named Tasha and also known as “Little Bit”. The belief is that she is dead and did drown in the river although her body has not yet been found. Tasha is known by many in the homeless community as someone who “never hurt anyone” and someone who “kept to herself”. Many of the police officers and downtown businesses also knew her and reported her a gentle woman in need.

Two men had approach a group of 5 homeless people late Thursday night/early Friday morning and tried to start a fight with the group. The same two men returned at 4am and threw Tasha into the river while she was asleep. While it is not clear who the individuals were or whether they were homeless or not, Nashville Homeless Power Project research (word on the street) has been that these two young men have not been recognized or known by anyone in the homeless community.

Ann Denton, formerly homeless and leadership team member of the Nashville Homeless Power Project shares: “As long as we as a society continue to allow a shortage of housing, a shortage of safe places to sleep, and a shortage of outreach workers and other services, homeless people will continue to be at risk of these violent crimes.”

THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF OVER 12,000 UNITS OF LOW-INCOME HOUSING IN NASHVILLE.

WE CANNOT BE SAFE UNTIL ALL THOSE THAT WANT HOUSING CAN ACCESS IT.

We need your support. Looking forward to seeing you on Monday Night.

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