Imminent Eviction of Residents of Beacon Hill’s “Jungle” Pulls at Heartstrings of Occupiers
By Aliana Bazara
Reminiscent of Occupy Seattle’s eviction from Seattle Central Community College back in October, residents of Beacon Hill’s “The Jungle” are scheduled to be evicted this week in much the same fashion. According to a KING 5 news report last week, the Seattle Police Department will soon post an eviction notice at the encampment, giving the homeless 72 hours to pack up and disappear. Sympathizing with residents of “The Jungle,” around 10 Occupy activists took a trip to visit the endangered community in West Beacon Hill to see if there was anything they could do to help.
“I asked them what they needed most right now. Aside from support, they said they could use a place to shower. So Josh and I built them a shower,” says Delgado, a 35 year old social worker and member of the Camp Safety work group of Occupy Seattle.
Delgado and other Occupy activists plan to do more than build a shower. They are planning a good ol’ fashioned protest. After speaking with several residents of “The Jungle,” Delgado was dismayed to hear that no social workers had been to the site yet, despite reports from KING 5 suggesting otherwise. “No one from the City sent me here. I came on my own because I feel bad for these people. The shelters are full.” Enoch Madison, a 45 year old veteran of the US Army and resident of “The Jungle”, told Occupiers that the majority of the people residing in “the jungle” are either already on long wait lists for housing or weren’t “lucky” enough to be selected for the shelter lottery systems. Enoch says that his community is safe, drug-free, and sanitary. When asked about the recent reports of gunshots in the area, he says “They didn’t come from here.” Upon investigation of the shots fired, no weapons or evidence of gunfire was found at the scene.