By Anna Daniels
The first of two storms expected to move through the San Diego region this week arrived last night with steady moderate rainfall here in City Heights.
It was sixty degrees on the porch at 6:00 am this morning. The cats had taken shelter there and were curled up in loosely strewn bedding. I was still bed warm and savoring the first cup of coffee. Then I remembered this:
— Michael McConnell (@HomelessnessSD) December 22, 2016
This is a video of city workers throwing away a homeless person’s tent before the rainstorms hit this week. The bulging bottom of the tent is obviously that person’s belongings. Michael McConnell posted the video and over 140 thousand people have viewed it.
Viewing the video is not good enough. We can do better.
Call to Action!
Women Occupy San Diego is circulating a Change.org petition calling upon Mayor Faulconer to confront the nightmare of homelessness. They are demanding Emergency Humanitarian Action to stop criminalizing homeless people in San Diego. Over 500 people have signed the petition. Have you added your name to it? Have you forwarded it to friends?
There is no guarantee of course that a petition can make a difference. But consider this–what is guaranteed is that some of our neighbors in the streets who have had their only shelter and source of safety destroyed by the city will face another colder, windier storm that is expected to arrive tonight.
Can you imagine that?