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Where The Accountability Lies

Where The Accountability Lies

By Ronnie Barbett

The Day Center critic Mr. Freihofer has again chose to inform the masses that the Day Center is responsible for what’s going on in their neighborhood. We admit that we have unsavory characters within and around us, but that admission doesn’t address the entire problem. There is a liquor store on Williamson Street and several convenience stores throughout the Tenney-Latham neighborhood. Our homeless alcoholics do contribute to the profits of these stores. We don’t want credit for their profit and we don’t want credit for what they do three, four, five blocks away from us. They catch the bus all over this neighborhood…we at the Day Center don’t care if they catch it on time or not. We know that the people leaving here to eat lunch at the Luke House walk through your neighborhood. We don’t ask what they eat or drink. If they end up in jail after being caught by the police, the police don’t come and tell us that it’s our fault. Maybe the police know it’s NOT our fault. If people are doing something illegal, please don’t be nice like we are (you mentioned this about us). Call the police. We don’t miss anyone that is not here inside this building. And unlike the many bars that this city grants a liquor license, we cannot be responsible for their actions outside this place as we did not serve them any alcohol.

The best advice I can give to the people coming and going from this place is to stop hanging around outside the Rainbow Project. Keep moving along to wherever you’re going..The Rainbow Project will call the police if the problem exists.


About Operation Welcome Home

OWH is a group of homeless people in Madison, WI and their allies organizing around the root causes of homelessness- racism, poverty, and criminalization. We are fighting for housing, jobs, and an end to the criminalization of poverty.


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