What are we teaching the youth of today when during the worst economic recession since the Great Depression we allow them to destroy known homeless camp survival areas during the Henderson Open Space clean up day?
Kim Niemer, Redding's community services director and Randy Smith yearly lead the charge of destroying and unapologetically clearing vegetation and life sustaining homeless camps in the 30 acres of Henderson Open Space without offering a compassionate alternative to the multitudes of homeless they displace.
"Social studies and science teachers at local high schools have also offered extra credit to students who participate in the cleanup", said Niemer.
.Maybe Redding and Shasta County educators can teach students the harsh reality that the Henderson Open Space Annual Community Creek Cleanup heartlessly drive away the homeless, destroy important vegetative cover for riparian wildlife, and contributes to global warming?
Several Redding youth come to the sobering revelation that they are destroying homeless living areas and lives during the Henderson Open Space Day
Groups and organizations participating included City of Redding / R.E.U. California Conservation Corps, Rotary Club of Redding, Commercial Landscaping Services, the McConnell Foundation,and Redding Police and Bethel Church. Many people believe the policies and procedures of Redding Electric Utility / R.E.U is a major cause of homelessness in our area, so it was particularly morbid to see them and their equipment taking such an active role in the destruction of homeless camp survival areas in our community.
It was also shocking to see Redding California Bethel Christian Church joining forces with others to help destroy homeless camp areas in the Henderson Open Space where homeless find basic survival and refuge.
What can only be described as a process of clear cut logging on the banks of the beautyful Sacramento River within the Redding California City limits that is nothing less than devastating. One City of Redding official explained that the logs will be milled and the boards used to build a future foot bridge in the Henderson Open Space Area, destroying picture postcard perfect scenic wildlife areas used by fishermen and homeless viewable from the Cypress Street bridge. It was explained that later City of Redding employee Randy Smith will apply poison herbicides to the Henderson Open Space area destroying and unapologetically clearing the vegetation and life sustaining homeless camp areas completing this macabe transformation
It was overheard in past conversations present with the Henderson Neighborhood Open Space Group how wonderful it will be to see all the homeless and vegetation removed so folks from the group who live on Henderson Road can see all the way to the river, and Dugan Barr's beautyful home on the other side. (All under the guise of removing invasive plants and trees of course.)
Emails have also been viewed from the Henderson Open Space Neighborhood requesting male members to be vigilantes to search and seek out homeless hiding and keeping warm by fires to turn into Redding Police Dept.
Homeless hatred and persecution at its finest.