Protest Headwaters Police Brutality

mrr mrr at spherica.demon.co.uk
Tue Nov 26 05:04:02 EST 1996


   *** Reposted from uk.environment to y'all: hope this isn't old news! ***


In article: <577vbh$81j at bilbo.reference.com>  sananda at northcoast.com writes:
> 
>                                 GLOBAL CALL
> 
>                    PROTEST HEADWATERS POLICE BRUTALITY:  
>                               BOYCOTT EUREKA!
> 
>       In defence of the Headwaters Forest wherein hundreds of homeless 
> live, and in protest against California Senate Bill 39, drafted by State 
> Sen. Mike Thompson  to run hundreds of homeless out of Humboldt County, 
> the American Homeless Society called for a worldwide tourist boycott of 
> Eureka, California, September 15, 1996.
> 
> 			Since September, numerous incidents and complaints of 
police brutality 
> have been lodged against the local sheriff's department and its deputized 
> logger vigilantes, who harass, brutalize and "arrest" environmentalists 
> that protest destruction of the sacred forest.  WE URGE ALL CITIZENS OF 
> THE WORLD TO BOYCOTT EUREKA, AND TO REGISTER YOUR INTERNET PROTEST BY 
> REDIRECTING THIS MESSAGE TO THE BELOW E-MAIL ADDRESSES,  WITH YOUR 
> PERSONAL WORDS OF SUPPORT FOR THE GLOBAL BOYCOTT:
>    
>           Senator.Thompson at sen.ca.gov,sananda at northcoast.com
> 
>      Eureka , located about 10 miles north of the Headwaters Forest Area, 
> is the county seat of Humboldt County (CA) where thousands of 
> environmentalists converged, Sept. 15.  Over 1,000 environmentalist have 
> been arrested for protesting the planned destruction of the old growth 
> forest, since then, and the homeless are also being harassed, jailed and 
> run out in droves, by local, state and federal authorities, for the crime 
> of "being homeless."
> 
>      SB 39 is designed to force hundreds of homeless off the South Spit 
> peninsula, on the ground that they are an "environmental hazard," while 
> Lousiana-Pacific, Simpson and other major logging interests are permitted 
> to pollute the land, air and sea on the North Spit, directly across the 
> Humboldt Harbor channel.  The legislative intent of this anti-homeless 
> legislation is to appease the multimillion-dollar tourist industry, which 
> is receiving tens of millions of dollars from state and federal grants 
> along with private investment, to develop Humboldt Harbor into a major 
> port o' call for global tourism and trade.
> 
>      There are thousands of homeless already in the wilderness areas of 
> Northern California, and thousands more are expected, as President Clinton's 
> welfare deformation legislation takes effect in the next few months.  The 
> American Homeless Society believes the only way to save the Headwaters---and 
> to help the homeless and other species endangered therein---is to kick 
> Eureka where it hurts the most, i.e., in the pocketbook. 
>    
>       All individuals and organizations concerned about the assault on our 
> last standing old growth forests, the police brutality against 
> environmentalists and the homeless, are urged to support this 
> international boycott of Eureka. 
> 
> RECENT PLIGHT OF EUREKA HOMELESS (FROM EUREKA TIMES-STANDARD NEWSPAPER 
STORIES)
> 
>                                                      *******1989******       
> 
> Dec 1989---Homeless ordered off Table Bluff Road
> 
>                                                  ********1990*********
> 
> Feb1990---Pacific Lumber complains about the homeless on their property
> 
> Apr 90---Eureka homeless protest police and Eureka Rescue Mission 
> mistreatment
> 
> Jul 90---Attorney for homeless seeks the dismissal of Capt. Bill Honsal 
> (EPD) from County's homeless task force.
> 
> Nov 90---Humboldt County Coalition for Food & Housing accuses police of 
> harassing the poor and homeless in Eureka's Old Town---Denied.
> 
> Dec  90---Board of Supervisors asked to open Eureka's National Guard 
> Armory for emergency homeless shelter---Denied.
> 
>                                                   *******1991********
> 
> Feb 1991---DOUGLAS MITCHELL AND GEORGE REDNER (BOTH HOMELESS)  MURDERED 
> IN EUREKA
> 
> Apr 91---"Mystery death" of Alfred Maharry, homeless in Eureka
> 
> Nov 91---Eureka Rescue Mission denied right to expand its operations to 
> shelter more homeless
> 
> Dec 91---Eureka City Council rejects Rescue Mission's plan to add needed 
> beds for homeless men
> 
>                                                  *******1992****** 
> 
> Jan 1992---County proposal to expand Eureka Rescue Mission met with 
> threats by City to dump library
> 
> Mar 92---Eureka City Schools plans to destroy four classrooms it couldn't 
> give to homeless task force
> 
> May 92---Bank of America gives 15 trailers only to families made homeless 
> by earthquake
> 
> Jun 92---County attempts to evict homeless from South Spit
> 
> Jul 92---Eviction put on hold for South Spit homeless
> 
> Oct 92---Area residents ask county supervisors to evict Clam Beach 
> homeless
> 
> Nov 92---Sam Stanson asks board of supervisors to protect the homeless 
> on his Clam Beach property
> 
> Dec 92---Officials deny that Eureka police and firefighters are harassing 
> local homeless
> 
> Dec 92---Terry Farmer (DA) declares Clam Beach homeless community "illegal"
> 
>                                                ******1993******
> 
> Mar 1993---County Counsel seeks welfare cuts for homeless
> 
> Mar 93---County shuns funds for new homeless shelter
> 
> Nov 93---Eureka housing plan ignores homeless
> 
> Dec 93---Eureka fights Rescue Mission expansion in court
> 
>                                        *******Jump to 1995******
> Jan 1995---State rejects Eureka housing plan for failure to deal with 
> growing homeless problem
> 
> Jan 95---GRAND JURY scolds Eurek for failure to deal with homeless 
> problem
> 
> Feb 95---Eureka housing plan again rejected for failure to deal with 
> homeless problem
> 
> Apr 95---Eureka police roust homeless from city, after T-Street shelter 
> closure and no place else to sleep
> 
> Apr 95---Homeless woman, Leslie Jean Deines, murdered in Eureka
> 
> 
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