On the evening of November 21, at the Asbury United Methodist Church, community activists held a public meeting on the future of Franklin School and public property in DC. This was in the aftermath of the Free Franklin occupation of Franklin backed by Occupy DC. The empty Franklin School, a historic building dating to the 1860's, was used as DC's only downtown homeless shelter from 2002 until 2008, after occupations of the building in 2002 and 2003(in response to a closure of the shelter, soon reversed) by MAYDAY DC and in the 2003 occupaiton the Grey Panthers.The meeting was cosponsored by Empower DC, One DC, DC Jobs with Justice, & the Washington Peace Center.
No concrete proposals came out of the meeting, but a lot of people had a lot of very uncomplimentry things to say about DC's record on homeless services, on education, and on public property being given to developers to build condos.
In: Other News
Tags: DC, Occupy DC, Franklin School, Franklin Shelter, homeless, homelessness
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States (load item map)
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