Dear Friends and Supporters,
The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and the Refuge is asking for your help. We have the opportunity to have an encampment of the Poor, the Homeless, and the Unemployed in Tampa from the middle of May through September to bring to light and highlight the problem of homelessness, poverty, and unemployment in the United States. We are expecting hundreds to join us, including several organizations as we get closer to the Republican Convention. In the meantime, we are trying to establish this encampment now to build up to several important events planned, and also to offer protection to those poor and homeless that will and are being criminalized by the city, especially as it relates to the coming of the Republican Convention.
So, we are asking for your consideration to help in this endeavor. We already have a piece of private property near downtown Tampa that has been offered to us for a small fee. They are asking for $350 per month, that would include Electric. The property is 2/3 a block in size and could accommodate about 200 or more people. So, here is what we need to raise per month to do this (we already have first months rent):
1. $350 per month rent
2. $375 per month for 3 porta-lets, including one handicapped
3. $380 per month for 2 portable showers
4. $300 per month for a water buffalo that would provide water for the camp
5. $400 per month for misc. costs and supplies
6. $220 per month for 3 bus passes for organizers to get around
7.$120 per month for 2 wireless cards for laptops
8.$400 per month for food in bulk, when not able to get food donated
TOTAL PER MONTH: $2500 (However, worst case scenario we can start with just portalets and 1 shower, or around $800 per month)
We believe this is an extremely urgent venture and worthy of support, not only as a way of speaking up for the marginalized, but for the protection of the marginalized. This encampment would be governed and run by those camping there and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, a grass roots organization of dozens of poor and unemployed peoples organizations. If you can help ,please let us know. All gifts would be tax deductible. Gifts can be sent to the Refuge at 3301 58th Ave. North, Lot 102, St. Petersburg, Florida 33714. Checks can be earmarked to the Encampment and will go to that. You can also donate via pay pal at www.refugestpete.org. Any questions, you can call me at 727 278 1547. Many thanks for you support, Rev. Bruce Wright www.economichumanrights.org
PS> WE WILL NEED MANY DONATED ITEMS, INCLUDING FOOD, TENTS, SLEEPING BAGS, TARPS, CANOPIES, ETC.