In light of tonight’s meeting, here is some contact information to start with if you’d like to let some folks know how you feel about Nickelsville in its current location. If you think of it, please copy me on whatever you send: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith: email@example.com , 233-7893
Jerry DeGrieck, Senior Policy Advisor at Mayor’s Office: firstname.lastname@example.org , 684-4029
Nick Licata, Seattle City Council: email@example.com
Sally Clark, President of Seattle City Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would say Mike McGinn, but it took him 8 months to reply to my last email, so I’m not sure it really matters to write him.
Here is a copy of what I sent as a precursor of a more formal letter to follow at the beginning of April:
I want to give you a heads up that the Highland Park Action Committee met last night, and while we have been very patient with having Nickelsville at the bottom of Highland Park Drive, the consensus in the neighborhood is that we are ready to call for an eviction and ask for a move out date. We have not asked for that yet, but have continued to inform you of our displeasure with having the camp in the same location for 2 years now.
You have set a dangerous precedent for all neighborhoods in Seattle, one I am confident not all neighborhoods will be tolerant of. Organizations such as Scott Morrow’s can now point to Nickelsville and your inaction (and help in some cases), as a justification for squatting illegally on public land for years at a time. We do not want to go through another summer with the encampment at its current location, and look forward to hearing a move out date from you as soon as possible. We understand that Food Lifeline’s interests in the property will end at the end of March, if you can’t figure out how to make that deal happen, you have missed a golden opportunity. Regardless of that opportunity, we would like that property free of an encampment. Should we not hear from you with a move out date, we will be forced to take action which will include media on a local and national level, a lot of emails and visits to your offices from our community, and a lawsuit.
Thank you for your prompt attention, and I am sorry to be so abrupt – we have tried to be kind, we have tried to be tolerant and understanding of both your situation, and that of the homeless, but we are finished. We feel taken advantage of and ignored, we feel disrespected as a community, and are one big group of angry voters. We are working on a more official call for eviction to come to you after Food Lifeline’s “end of March” date for having that deal figured out.