Silver Persinger recorded the lengthy meeting at the Carillon last night, where Charles Samuels (2nd District City Councilman) tried to get groups who ‘serve the homeless’ to figure out what they should do when Monroe Park is closed for renovations. It was not a forum, nor really a big group discussion. However, there were about 25 or so folks associated with Food Not Bombs who came to promote the idea that the park need not and ought not be closed entirely during renovations. The meeting did not go the way Samuels or Homeward likely desired. Instead many people spoke out questioning why the park was going to be closed in its entirety, and suggested that moving services would not make up for destroying the community of people- homeless and not- who use Monroe Park on a regular basis.
Check out the videos to see how it all went down!
This first link is to the 1st half of the meeting. Which includes Charles Samuels, Homeward, and others speaking. They did not allow any questions or feedback from anyone attending the meeting, even when it was very clear that people had questions and concerns. This video also includes a Wingnut, Mo Karn, interuptting the bureaucratic flow of things to point out that the meeting is entirely based on the false premise that the park must be completely closed. You can find that around 24:40.
This 2nd section of the video shows how many of the groups in the room decided that the solution to the problems with closing all of Monroe Park was simply not to close the entire park!