(en) SQUATTERS: join Homeless People's Network list (repost widely)

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 22 Dec 1997 01:17:42 -0800 (PST)

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**Repost widely please, especially to SQUATTERS with email access. Thanks. --Tom Boland, HPN listowner <wgcp@earthlink.net>** ______________________________________________________ HOMELESS PEOPLE'S NETWORK <http://aspin.asu.edu/hpn/> ARCHIVES <http://aspin.asu.edu/hpn/archives.html> TO JOIN <http://aspin.asu.edu/hpn/join.html> or email <wgcp@earthlink.net>

Ever been homeless? Want to help homeless folks speak for ourselves in a world that ignores our aims and needs? Then read on.

I urge you to pass on the information below to homeless folks who might have email access. Impossible, you say? Go to a public library, or a community center near you, and see who's surfing the Net.


If you've ever been homeless--or are now--here's a new list just for you. It spans three continents and a range of worldviews and backgrounds. While some posts are personal, most focus on news, views and solutions to homelessness. In our first month (10-97), list members posted over 500 letters. We average 10-20 letters most weekdays, and often considerably more on weekends.

Our members are mainly in the USA and Canada, but also England, Germany and Australia. We represent a large range of worldviews and backgrounds. Via HPN, homeless people working with activist groups, street newspapers and other homeless-run projects (such as squats, centers, shelters and housing) can share information daily.


Homeless People's Network has three related purposes, as follows:

1) Maintain and create venues for homeless people to communicate our advice on policy and programs affecting us.

2) Research and promote models of effectively managed homeless-run groups.

3) In concert with homeless people and our allies, work to reduce and end homelessness.


HPN will not censor posts. Still, I encourage members to: 1) address how to end homelessness, 2) treat facts and theories fairly, (and) 3) write in a tone of personal respect.


Once you join, consider posting HPN an Introduction about yourself and the groups and projects which draw your committment. The following are just a few of the topics us homeless folks have discussed.

*news and views *reviews of policies, projects and resources *criminalization of poverty, *how to prevent and end homelessness, *problems and prospects for homeless-run groups, *"systemic" vs. "personal deficit" models of homelessness, *voting vs. direct action, *homeless economic development, *inovative housing, *self-governing communities *writing an organizers' manual for homeless-led groups

Feel free to write on those topics, or any others you choose.


***Email <wgcp@earthlink.net>

Leave the subject line blank, and in the first line of text write: "s*b*cr*b* hpn <yourname@address>" (where you want mail sent)

In the next line, include the sentence: "I am currently or formerly homeless."

Add "I will forward HPN posts only with permission from everyone quoted"

Say also "I will post and reply to HPN and it's members under one name only." (This helps avoid confusion as to facts and who wrote what.)

Finally, please write where you found out about HPN.***

Once you're signed up, HPN will send you a welcome post, which cites addresses to join, unjoin or get help with bounced posts.

Thanks. Welcome to our family at Homeless People's Network.

--Tom Boland, listwoner, Homeless People's Network <wgcp@earthlink.net>

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