In its eagerness to rid its showcase downtown of the reality of homelessness, the City of Tucson is endangering the lives and health of those many homeless who are based in the downtown. After first closing Veinte de Agosto park just in time for the heatwave’s arrival on Monday — closing off one area of […]
Yes, the park is closed, sealed and sanitized, but they can’t close the sidewalks. City officials might think that closing Veinte de Agosto Park to human beings has rid them of the problem of homeless people in downtown Tucson, but they need only look at the continued presence of protesting homeless and just plain homeless […]
In an episode of the old TV series Dragnet, an aspiring writer is having minor scrapes with the law because he is ignoring his financial responsibilities, especially to his wife. As he explains to Sgt. Joe Friday, he is having these troubles because he must focus his energy on trying to write a great novel […]
Read John Cooper’s full letter to Tucson’s Mayor and Council—Ed The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to […]
Photos of the “Safe Park” encampment of the activist homeless at Veinte de Agosto Park at Church and Congress in downtown Tucson. See also What Does a Homeless Protest Look Like?
In a confused approach toward the homeless, Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller’s recent articles capture some of our collective cultural ambivalence. On the one hand, Steller has tried to wake people up about our society’s neglect of the homeless. Last November, he wrote of his unease when voting for a proposition that would raise […]
This is how we like to see a confrontation with the police go down. On December 29, 2014, Occupy Public Land activist John Cooper engaged police officers outside of Veinte de Agosto Park in a conversation. The police were attempting to arrest people for being within ten feet of a Tucson bus bench, but Cooper […]