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Weblog of Seattle minister to the homeless Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch

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Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.

Friday, September 26, 2008

"We're in this together!"

Quote from Judy @ City of Seattle, just before the police swept through Nickelsville and made their arrests: "We're in this together!"

Judy was carrying the top secret shelter locations that have been put forward by the City in response to the homeless sweeps. The press is trumpeting that no one will be left out in the cold. Sure.

Well, there are those sad sack turnaways from St. Martin de Porres, Operation Nightwatch, and other shelter providers. Wish there was something to do for them. Oh well.

The "sweeps winners" will get first chance at shelter. People actually wanting to go inside for the night have to go to the end of the line.

Just remember, we're all in this together!

Just after Judy's great quote, the police came and started clearing Nickelsville. Many people simply moved to the parking lot, where it becomes a matter for the State of Washington.

Nickelsville has been given five days. Then what?



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