From a press release by the MPO (The Monroe Park Occupation):
On Monday, March 7, starting at 4 p.m., a group of local residents began occupying Monroe Park in the hopes of sending a message to the local government and to finally put an end to the maltreatment of Richmond’s homeless population.
Their Facebook event page, created just an hour before the occupation began, states, “In a time of mass layoffs, increasing criminalization of homelessness and immigrants, gentrification, rising tuition costs, union busting, foreclosures, legislative attacks on the reproductive autonomy of women, rampant homo- and trans- phobia, an ever increasing gap between the rich and the poor, a still-prevalent system of institutional racism, and constant police surveillance and repression, there is only one option for those who seek to maintain their dignity and their hope- RESIST! Bring camping gear and your aspirations for a better world. The occupation starts now.”
As of last night, 25 people from all walks of life camped out on the cold, hard ground inside the eight acres of the 160 year-old park, experiencing first-hand what it was like to be homeless. According to one of the organizers, the occupation will continue until all of the group’s demands have been met. Among their demands, the group hopes to stop the city from closing down and destroying homeless camps.
To help support the group, people are encouraged to join in with the camp-out or to bring food and drinks to the park.
DATE & TIME: Monday, March 7 • 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Monroe Park
620 W. Main Street Richmond, VA 23220
NOTE TO MEDIA: Contact Rebecca Adams at 410-507-5645 if you are interested in covering this event.