Open Letter to Chief Burbank and Mayor Becker: Let OWS Campers Stay!

Mayor Becker and Chief Burbank,

Please don’t let the media put you in reactive mode. It won’t make us safer and might create issues where there were none before.

Its been a month, by your grace. Before booting everyone from Pioneer Park; think about how many homeless die in Salt Lake City every month? Certainly its more than one?  It must be more than one.

I don’t see the basis for attributing this death to the circumstances at Pioneer Park. Not without SOME numbers.

Chief Burbank, the media is telling us you can’t do your job and keep Pioneer Park safe with the OWS campers there.  Is that really true?

I think we all know, you couldn’t wish for a more cooperative group.  Heck, they all love you and you know it!  The DeChristopher group has nothing but high praise for you.

Is it possible that homeless deaths in SLC have gone down since the Occupy group started camping in Pioneer Park?

What are the numbers?

Is it possible Pioneer Park is actually a SAFER place for the homeless after hours as the result of the OWS campers.

Tell us the numbers?

Popular movements will always tax law enforcement disproportionately. But please, do not let this important movement and message from the people, be muzzled because of the inconvenience.  Don’t let them win.

Thank you both for your sincere efforts, patient service and generous wisdom.

My Sincere Regards,

Cliff Lyon

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  1. #1 by Prudence on November 12, 2011 - 5:28 pm

    Good idea! I wonder what the numbers are.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on November 12, 2011 - 6:18 pm

    Jane Stillwater:

    Before the Occupy Wall Street movement came along, most of the destitute and homeless of America had been hidden away, living in invisible places where they wouldn’t be noticed, hassled or jailed — but now, suddenly, with the rise of OWS, it’s now becoming cool to camp out…

    I think every city ought to have a free, safe place for people to camp in when they have nowhere else to go.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on November 12, 2011 - 10:54 pm

    Beautiful Cliff!

    Chief Burbank and his questioner did a good job of being respectful in this exchange, but look at the statistics printed at the bottom:

    The only reason I would shut down Occupy Salt Lake is if a hockey game broke out. :)

  4. #4 by Larry Bergan on November 12, 2011 - 11:18 pm

    The irony wasn’t lost on me last night when I tried to find out what one of the TV stations was reporting on Occupy Salt Lake and there was a much more tragic story about a man, accidentally, shooting his own son at a gun range.

    If they’re going to shut down Occupy Salt Lake, shouldn’t they shut down all the gun ranges? After all, Chief Burbank’s point was that one person’s death was too much?

  5. #5 by Richard Warnick on November 14, 2011 - 8:51 am

    We now have a “free speech zone” across the street from Pioneer Park. That’s one of these Orwellian terms that arrived with the Bush administration and never went away, like “homeland security.” I remember when free speech was allowed everywhere in the United States of America.

  6. #6 by cav on November 14, 2011 - 9:21 am

    If any politician, banker or other tool of the ‘established disorder’ has anything to say, they should report to one of these free speech zones immediately. Enough of this ‘behind closed doors’ shit.

  7. #7 by cav on November 14, 2011 - 5:31 pm

    How about… all lobbyist meetings and communications must be video taped and/or recorded and posted on the elected officials website. Any meeting and/or communication discovered that wasn’t made publically available will be cause for immediate expulsion from office.

  8. #8 by Ronald D. Hunt on November 15, 2011 - 2:25 am

    http://clerk.seattle.gov/~scripts/nph-brs.exe?s1=&s3=31337&s2=&s4=&Sect4=AND&l=20&Sect2=THESON&Sect3=PLURON&Sect5=RESNY&Sect6=HITOFF&d=RESF&p=1&u=%2F~public%2Fresny.htm&r=1&f=G

    Every city otta pass something like this, if occupy is smart they will press hard on this as the next step of the movement.

    specifically from the resolution,

    1. The City will review its banking and investment practices to ensure that public funds are invested in responsible financial institutions that support our community. The Council may also consider future legislation to promote responsible banking and provide an incentive for banking institutions to invest more in our City, particularly with regard to stabilizing the housing market and supporting the creation of new businesses. This review should include evaluating City policies on responsible depositing and management of City funds.

    Wonderful to see that their is something huge that can be done by influence on the local level. The impact of this if it spread to other cities could be enormous.

  9. #9 by Richard Warnick on November 15, 2011 - 9:53 am

    Occupy Portland speaks out against violent attacks by police on peaceful protests:

    You claim to support us, and yet you tell your police force to destroy us. Peaceful citizens are being injured in the process. This is not democratic, this is autocratic. … We have said from day one that our fight is not with you, but rather with banks, irresponsible corporations, and a corrupt federal government. By camping outside the city hall, we gave you a choice to decide to stand with us and with working class Americans. Instead, you made the choice to protect unjust social and economic policies that are leading our nation into a state of financial ruin and institutionalized oppression.

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