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Box City and Administrator Evictions: Success!

The May 2 demo was a success! We set up a box city on T-Hall lawn with a banner reading “The Future of Family Housing @ UNH! / Defend Forest Park.” Many people stopped by during the day, and we handed out hundreds of fliers. At 1pm as planned, a dozen of us marched on T-Hall and the Housing Office to deliver eviction notices, chanting all the way.

At T-Hall, administrators had UNH Police Deputy Chief Paul Dean at the door to prevent our entering. He offered to deliver the notices himself, but no one could enter, even one person pledging not to disrupt operations. We just taped the notices to the door.

We were offered a meeting with the administration in their conference room, but we’re through with talk! This is just a tactic by the administration to spend our momentum, to pay lip service, to avoid having to take any real action. We know better by now.

At the Housing Office, William Conk was “on his way,” according to Michael Saputo. We waited for five minutes inside, and another ten or fifteen outside talking to media, but no show. We taped his eviction notice to the door too.

Our media efforts were successful, with three articles in Fosters, the Portsmouth Herald, and The New Hampshire.

Unfortunately, the Portsmouth Herald neglected to mention we did not meet with administrators because we’re tired of them being all talk and no action. Kim Billings — the same who fell asleep during a Forest Park tenants meeting — was happy to tell the Herald reporter how much space was in the conference room. As if we didn’t meet because there wasn’t enough space!

Thanks to everyone who pitched in, showed up, held signs, marched, chanted, and otherwise supported the residents of Forest Park! Let’s keep going!

Box city demonstration on Wednesday!

Join the Friends of Forest Park in a demonstration on T-Hall lawn May 2nd from 10-4 (We will be rallying especially from 12-2pm – so if you can only make it for a short time try to show up then!).

“The Future of Family Housing at UNH” that will include boxes decorated as dilapidated houses to signify the continual neglect and oppression that the Forest Park community is subject to and the stark reality that family housing is being phased out of the University altogether.

The demonstration willl be displayed and attended on T-Hall lawn all day on Wednesday May 2nd, in which we as the UNH student community will demand that UNH Adminstrators honor their commitment to provide an “inclusive and welcoming place to study, work and live for all persons” (UNH Diversity Strategic Plan), by lowering the rents for student families so they can afford food, clothing, and other basic necessities!

Join us as we stand up for this community and send the message to the administration that treatment of individuals on our campus like this will not be tolerated!

Help us make a box-city demonstration for Forest Park

UNH families should be THRIVING not merely SURVIVING!

Join us this Saturday, as a Friend of Forest Park, to help create a box-city demonstration called, “The Future of Family Housing at UNH” that will include boxes decorated as dilapidated houses to signify the continual neglect and oppression that the Forest Park community is subject to and the stark reality that family housing is being phased out of the University altogether.

The demonstration willl be displayed and attended on T-Hall lawn all day on Wednesday May 2nd, in which we as the UNH student community will demand that UNH Adminstrators honor their commitment to provide an “inclusive and welcoming place to study, work and live for all persons” (UNH Diversity Strategic Plan), by lowering the rents for student families so they can afford food, clothing, and other basic necessities!

But we need your help in order to make this demonstration happen! Meet us at the Diversity Support Coalition Office (first floor on the MUB, next to the WUNH radio station) from 10am-2pm this Saturday, April 28th. Bring markers, paints, cardboard boxes (check into stores to collect em’ before they’re recycled), and any other artsy crafts or ideas you can muster up such as displays or street theatre.

Power to the Peaceful!
Derek Price

Thanks to everyone at the benefit!

Maureen reports the benefit for Forest Park last Monday raised over $600! So many thanks to everyone who helped organize it and participated. Forest Park residents and their allies appreciate all your efforts!

Friends of Forest Park Unite!

The Defend Forest Park blog is for all who wish to see affordable family housing at the University of New Hampshire, who feel that the tenants of Forest Park are getting a raw deal from the administration, and who feel human dignity trumps pretty new offices for the Department of Housing.