Without Housing — Arrests

Housing is a Human Right

I stopped by the the Nashville Homeless Power Project‘s “Urban Plunge” sleepout last night and stayed as long as I could. The event gives people the opportunity to experience homelessness by spending a night out in Nashville. They were gathered on the public square, and the mood was upbeat, calm and relatively peaceful. Dinner was served, and a few movies were shown.Many councilpeople stopped by, including mayoral candidates Bob Clement and David Briley.

At around 1:45, Vice Mayor Howard Gentry gave a brief speech announcing that anyone staying past the permit time would be arrested on criminal trespassing charges. At this point, they have relocated to Riverfront park, but I am surprised to learn that 16 people were arrested at around 2:20AM and are currently locked up for trespassing..

I’ll update as I learn more.

2 Comments so far

  1. Christy (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 10:12 am

    Yeah, please keep us posted!

  2. Dan McRight (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 4:53 pm

    Vice Mayor Howard Gentry and the city administration should be ashamed. Since when is it criminal trespassing for citizens to be on public property not harming anything but rather advocating for the homeless?

    I know both Fathr Stroebel and the Rev. Dr. Don Beisswenger. They have both worked long and hard for the homeless. The interity of the city administration pales in comparison to theirs. I am embarassed by the insensitive action and continued inactiion of the city in this matter or dealing with the homeless.

    Dan McRight

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