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    Posted October 16, 2010 by
    NatiLady
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    Cincinnati, Kansas
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Cleaning up the community

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    Marching for Jobs, Homes and Dignity - Cincinnati Homelessness Awareness Week

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     NatiLady captured activists walking for awareness of the homeless in Cincinnati. 'The little shops and the art galleries are taking over the spots where all the homeless people lived,' she explained. 'It's kind of sad because you want things to improve, but where do you put all the people?'
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    October 16, 2010 - Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Homelessness Awareness week is  October 15 through 23. Today the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless  commemorated the week with a march in support of Cincinnati's homeless citizens.

     

    Activists, homeless persons and concerned citizens gathered at Buddy's Place, a permanent residence for formerly homeless persons. The group then marched, chanted, made speeches, performed role playing and poetry at 21 key sites significant to the homeless population in Cinncinnati.

     

    Acknowledging the Good Guys

    They made stops at Recovery Hotel, Rohs Hardware and Venice on Vine Restaurant, citing them as examples of great neighborhood serving businesses.

     

    Admonishing the "Bad" Guys

    Other stops on the march were described as "gentrifiers" responsible for displacing poor residents and further displacing the homeless.

     

    Washington Park, home of many homeless, was an example of multiple concerns: a local elementary school razed next door, nearby residents displaced for arts organizations, the neighborhood pool demolished.

     

    Earlier this year, a local police officer ran his vehicle over a homeless woman sleeping in the grass in Washington Park. Marchers were concerned that he was not charged in her death.

     

    Excavation to "improve" the park also unearthed a long forgotten graveyard.These souls will be displaced as well.


    Civil Disobedience on Fountain Square

    The march ended with an act of "civil disobedience" at Fountain Square. Volunteers entered the Square to distribute 'Street Vibes,' the local newspaper sold by formerly homeless people for income. They may sell 'Street Vibes' in any public location in the city, but are forbidden to distribute it on Fountain Square.

     

    Volunteers prepared to be arrested if it came to that.

     

    National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week is November 14 - 21 2010

     

    http://www.cincihomeless.org/content/home_about_GCCH.html

     

    http://www.facebook.com/CincinnatiHomelessAwarenessWeek

     

    http://www.nationalhomeless.org/projects/awareness/awareness

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