Protesters to frolic in City Hall plaza fountain, thanks to pool closings

This an update from Poor Peoples' March in Dallas, TX on July 25th 2010.  Aug. 18, 2010.  

Protesters, took a dip in the Fountain at City Hall Plaza  since they want to Close 14 Pools, Recreations and Community and Seniors Centers to keep the Elite ruling class from having a tax increase but they will not cut the police budget and they continue to use the Police to contain the African  community.  We must stratagize on how the people can control  these public facilties and since we are resourceful in up keep of the facilities. Like the Cutural Center which run by the people in the community.  If the tax don't increase, we a financial stratagy to keep them open.  Enjoy the Video!

Return the power where it belongs Uhuru, touch one touch all!

                                                                    Egundele Hakil Shalamath Fagbenro

Protesters to frolic in City Hall plaza fountain, thanks to pool closings

 
12:00 AM CDT on Wednesday, August 18, 2010
 
 
Youths in swimsuits will frolic in the Dallas City Hall plaza fountain pool at 12:30 p.m. today to protest the closing of city-run swimming pools throughout the city.

"If we can't swim anywhere else in this heat, we will just have to cool off in the City Hall Plaza Fountain!" one advance press statement asserted.

Protest organizers, from the Dallas Fair Budget Campaign, say they want Mayor Tom Leppert and the Dallas City Council to restore swimming pool funds lost during recent city budget cuts. The organizers claim that the cuts to "people programs" disproportionately have affected the poor and elderly.

Organizers say the poor do not have access to private pools as in wealthy neighborhoods and that low-income elderly citizens have no other way to receive services than through programs such as the former city-funded senior citizen dental care program.

City budget cuts have drastically reduced operations and staff at pools, libraries, and recreation, cultural arts and senior centers. Various groups are working to convince city leaders to restore programs, even if it means increasing taxes.

The swimsuit-clad youths and some adults also will perform One Hot August at the City Hall fountain pool. The street play will depict city officials explaining why the youths are not worth a tax increase that would reopen the pools.

 

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