Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Shantytown Support Grows


As you are aware, the Umoja Village Shantytown, home to about 40 otherwise homeless people is under raid-watch. On January 11, 2007 the City of Miami Commission will vote on a new ordinance which would outlaw the shantytown. In classic Miami style politics, when the housing crisis boils over, instead of passing a law which deals with housing, they are passing a law to keep us from talking about the housing crisis.

As we build our campaign to fight this overt attack on the shantytown and the continuation of cruel policies against the poor and homeless, we are picking up support. Check out these stories:

Editorial from local journalist Kathie Klarreich

Miami Commissioner Regalado Supports Shantytown and will Face Arrest in Support (CBS 4 News Video)

Daniel Ricker's Watchdog Report on Commissioner Regalado's Support for the Umoja Village Shantytown

Open Letter to Miami Commissioners from South Florida Peace & Justice Coalition

Again, we urge you to do four things:

1. Sign our petition . Either online or in person, sign the petition to oppose this ordinance and other attempts to raid the shantytown.

2. Contact Miami Commissioners and Mayor and tell them to vote 'NO' on the anti-shantytown ordinance. Below are the ones who support the ordinance, so we must change their votes:
Mayor Manny Diaz (tell him to veto the anti-shantytown law)
phone: 305-250-5300    fax: 305-854-4001     email:

District 5 Commissioner Michelle Spence Jones
phone: 305-250-5390     fax: 305-250-5399     email:

District 1 Commissioner Angel Gonzalez
phone: 305-250-5430     email:

District 3 Commissioner Joe Sanchez
phone: 305-250-5380     fax: 305-250-5386     email:

3. Speak out on January 11, 2007. The city commission will vote on the ordinance. Come make your voice heard by speaking at the commission meeting. Start time will be posted on our blog ( early next week.

4. Make a financial contribution to the shantytown. We need funds to keep housing and feeding people for free, as well as run our campaigns. Please contribute generously. Payments are made through paypal.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Max Rameau
Take Back the Land
a project of the Center for Pan-African Development


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