Thursday, December 28, 2006

Tent update


Haxo Station (a dedicated visitor to PDP) pointed out an interesting piece of news yesterday about the action taken by the Enfant de Don Quichotte association who installed dozens of tents on the Canal Saint Martin to attract people's attention to the plight of the homeless. Apparently, this lead the government to take emergency measures such as increasing the number of shelters and opening them longer than usual.

26 comments:

  1. thanks for the update. glad to see such a creative idea make a positive impact on a growing problem.

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  2. Don't you think the government is just trying to win points for the upcoming elections?

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  3. It seems that all the effort was rewarded!
    It's good to hear that.

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  4. Baby steps...baby steps...Every lit bit helps - you've got to start somewhere...

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  5. > Metaphysicalmama : certainement ! et après tout, si les élections ne devaient servir qu'à çà, ce serait déjà bien. Peu importe les motivations après tout, non ?

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  6. How sad that we must go to such lengths to get governments to do what should be done in the first place. What has happened to government of the people for the people? Are the homeless not people? I get tired of the statement: "Oh, they want to live that way." Perhaps a very few lost souls want to but what is the percentage?

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  7. its a bit similar to our Solidarity night movement I posted about couple of weeks ago.

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  8. Great news that the actions of a few have brought larger and wider results than that initial show of living in tents for a short time. Thanks for the update Eric.

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  9. Well, I think this proves that it DOES help to speak up for a cause. Bravo!

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  10. Bravo indeed for Enfant de Don Quichotte!
    And you: thank you for a year of beautiful photos of your beautiful city.

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  11. metaphysicalmama: Of course elected officials will act before an election to get votes. That's the way it works. When a group spurs a government to act, cheer the group. And recognize that democracy often works. To think that elected officials are any less self-serving than the rest of the population seems like a fantasy to me. (Did gg already say all this? My French isn't good enough yet, but I'll work on it.)

    Nikon: I love your Hemingway link from yesterday's comments.

    Eric: good job on the follow up and the social awareness shots. Keeps us sharp out here!

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  13. Jeff, yes, gg meant roughly what you wrote.
    The result of the next french presidential election (april 2007)is really unpredictable, and then the 2 main competitors try to show their best side.
    I wish they would do it all the time...

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  14. Yes Haxo, that was all I was trying to say. Wish they could keep it up all the time, not just during political motivations.

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  15. It's nice to know that something came from that.

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  16. Very interesting! Are the homeless people using the tents and what are their feelings about this? Do they get to keep the tents or will they be taken away after the publicity has died down???

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  17. It's sad that the Government is doing it to advance their own agenda, but at least there is going to be some benefit from it. :)

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