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"Occupy" activities Woodruff Park GA, USA

Re: Progress "Occupy" activities Woodruff Park, downtown Atlanta GA...

People are occupying Woodruff Park in tents to express dissatisfactioin and resentment regarding patterns of Leadership and education throughout the United States. The present economic and social decline of many citizens and foreign born in the United States is encouraged by the disconnect of spiritual and material development throughout the Nation and the globe.

Woodruff Park was donated to the City for the people of Atlanta by Robert W. Woodruff (1889-1985) former President of Coca-Cola Company.
According to urban legend Woodruff felt there were not enough public amenities or parks for the poor and those lacking access.

The area where the Park is located is frequented by homeless people. Many of the homeless have families. Veterans from recent and past wars are in significant number. The population includes people having a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Misuse of prescription drugs are also a problem. HIV and sexually transmitted diseases are common. Tourists are frequent visitors to the area.

The Church does what it can as well as other agencies. However the Church community is stretched because of its own needs as well as people coming from all parts of the United States to Atlanta for assistance and traditional Southern Hospitality.

I became familiar with the area through the Church of the Immaculate Conception when I was on a tourist tour of Atlanta. While on the tour I noticed hundreds of men (mostly African-American) were outside the Church of the Immaculate Conception waiting to be served soup and provided amenities for the weather. The scene was like the Depression of the 30's.

As a result I took an interest in the homeless community of Atlanta and began cooperating with others to feed and work at improving the health and hygiene of this population. The Church of the Immaculate Conception also works with individuals from the Church of England by providing free meeting space for those who have any type of addictions once a week. I have attended these meetings speaking and working with those who have addictions and associated problems.

Psalm 119 v 105

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet And a light unto my path".

I.M. Spence-Lewis M.D.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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