Protesters plan demonstration for Mayor Rick Baker's farewell party
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7th, 2009
Come Join the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, the Refuge, St. Pete For Peace, members of the Homeless Community, and residents of St. Petersburg, and others as we serve a free dinner and protest at the Chamber of Commerce sponsored Celebration of the Legacy of Mayor Baker, as he leaves office. This event takes place at Demens Landing at Bayshore Dr.and 2nd Ave. South (200 1st Ave. South), St. Petersburg.While the Chamber will be giving awards to Mayor Baker and recognizing him for the supposed good things he has done for this community, we will look at his real legacy. Mayor Baker has been responsible for allowing this City to be labeled the 2nd meanest city in the country in its treatment of the homeless. He is responsible for ordering the horrendous attack on the Homeless community when the St. Pete. Police department and city employees attacked a homeless encampment, and slashing their tents and destroying their belongings. His Police force has been involved in the questionable shootings of Black Youth, including one in the back. He has overseen the elimination of public housing, including the Gram-Rogell Housing complex. He supported developers and big business to the detriment of small business owners. He has overseen the erosion and attempted elimination of Free Speech at Baywalk by supporting the privatization of public sidewalks, and continues to make back door deals with developers and the city council. This is just a few of the things that represent his legacy.
JOIN US AS WE PROTEST THIS “LEGACY” and SAY “BON VOYAGE” TO MAYOR BAKER. Dinner will be served at 6pm. Please let us know if you can bring a dish to share. For more information, please call Rev. Bruce Wright at 727 278 1547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can go to www.stpeteforpeace.org for more info. You can also call Gregory Lockett at 813 924 7786
PLEASE NOTE THAT THAT THE VENUE FOR THE EVENT WAS ORIGINALLY AT WILLIAMS PARK, BUT ACCORDING TO ANNOYMOUS SOURCES IT WAS MOVED BECAUSE THE CHAMBER WAS APPARENTLY WORRIED ABOUT PROTESTERS AND MEMBERS OF THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY BEING THERE