May 25, 2016
King County has finally taken steps to defund the Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE) for failing to show that they can move homeless people out of tents and shelters and into permanent housing. SHARE has been protesting that move by closing down their indoor shelters and encamping at the King County Administration Building at 4th and James.*
[Photos by David Preston. Click to enlarge.]
SHARE claims there are 200 homeless people in these tents, but there certainly weren’t any 200 SHARE supporters speaking to the King County Council at open mic day last Tuesday. More like 8. Yet this Council meeting was just a stone’s throw from where these tents are.
A guy calling himself Nathan Nothing was one of those testifying for SHARE. He currently lives in one of these protest tents and says he’s homeless by choice. He claims he’s got good reasons for living outdoors, and maybe he does. But let’s face it: a man who chooses to be homeless is maybe not the best guy to be pitching the we-need-more-money-to-end-homelessness line. Makes about as much sense as a zombie doing life insurance ads.
Nathan’s delivery left something to be desired as well. And what his message seemed to boil down to was this: Fuck you, whores! –No really. That’s what he said. Unfortunately it took him 4 minutes to say it: twice the allotted time. But that was the message, basically. Fuck you! Merry Christmas.
While Mr. Nothing’s remarks might not represent SHARE’s official position, they seem to capture perfectly its unofficial one. Everything SHARE has done lately, from the the immolation of Nickelsville, to the bogus accounting, to the angry tirades against government . . . what is all this, really, if not just one great big F-U! to the people of King County?
Alex Tsimerman: The True Meaning of Masturbation
(Mr. Tsimerman is not affiliated with SHARE.)
*For a Seattle Weekly story on how SHARE gets homeless people to join its protests, see here.
Postscript: On disrespecting public officials
You might think from my tone that I think this behavior is cute, but in truth I abhor it, and I hope SHARE staff will review this footage and realize how harmful it is to their cause. The tone of public discourse has degraded notably in the past 20 years, and we are now at a point where many people feel it’s acceptable to curse public officials to their faces. That needs to stop.