Filed under: Announcement, Gentrification, Housing, Northwest
The Olympia Solidarity Network is launching another phone zap, which is part of a broader campaign against attempts by the city and local business owners to socially cleanse the downtown.
The Olympia Solidarity Network (OlySol) is waging a campaign against anti-homeless security contracts held between downtown businesses, property managers and building owners, and the private security firm, Pacific Coast Security (PCS).
PCS operates nightly patrols in downtown Olympia, displacing and criminalizing people sleeping in alcoves and alleyways. Contracts and relations between contract holders and PCS are coordinated and facilitated through the Downtown Safety Team initiative of the Olympia Downtown Alliance (ODA), a business advocacy organization.
We encourage supporters to express solidarity with the campaign by participating in a phone zap against Olympia Downtown Alliance.
Call Olympia Downtown Alliance: 360-357-8948
Phone script provided by OlySol:
“Hello Olympia Downtown Alliance. It has come to my attention and the attention of hundreds of concerned community members that through your Downtown Safety Team initiative you coordinate and facilitate contracts and relations between a number of downtown businesses, property managers and building owners, and Pacific Coast Security, to conduct nightly security patrols. These patrols sweep houseless people from alcoves and alleyways from 8 PM to 12 AM. We believe these practices are discriminatory, unethical, and exacerbate the crisis of houselessness in our community and abroad. It appears that the Olympia Downtown Alliance cares more about raising downtown property values than the lives of people living in poverty. We demand that you end the Downtown Safety Team initiative.”