I’ve been mentioning a young woman named “Charis” here in these Homeless-in-Bloomington posts. So I decided to root back through old Occupy Bloomington posts for a photo and found this one, of the two of us, taken in November, 2011, at the Occupy Bloomington camp. I had just met her. She put me to work.
“Thanks for covering this Ann! I keep telling people about the tent city article you posted the other day. Tonight even more folks are making shelter in the garage–about 30 when I left for my 10pm work shift. Whoa! It’s turning into an actual thing… who’d’ve thought?”
The third floor of one of the perennially underpopulated downtown garages (even in the daytime!) is now “home” to a new encampment of homeless people and their allies, as the original edge between the Occupy folks and the homeless folks continues to fission — or is it frisson — into seemingly endless creative ways to keep public attention on the fact that Bloomington no longer offers a “low or no barrier” summer sleeping alternative for homeless people who suffer from addictions and/or mental illness.
Regular updates on fb. Here’s the latest:
Bloomington cops, two nights ago: “As long as you guys are being friendly, and . . . so what’s the movie?”
I feel for the cops. Because of course, this can’t be allowed to go on, this squatting in public buildings. Speaking of which, here’s one event I will be sure to attend, sponsored by Boxcar Books, at Rachel’s Cafe, Wednesday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.
“Hannah Dobbz is a writer, editor, filmmaker, and former squatter. In 2007 she produced Shelter, a film about squatters in the Bay Area. The film has screened widely at universities, bookstores, and community spaces, as well as at the 2009 Three Rivers Film Festival in Pittsburgh. Nine-Tenths of the Law is her first book.”