Yet Uptown Tent City lives in new forms
Good job, heartless and corrupt City of Chicago government, the physical encampments of Uptown Tent City ceased to exist on September 20, 2017.
The worst part of this and the most important part, the community of viaduct residents have been split into a hundred pieces, scattered to the winds of Uptown and beyond. These people still exist, their problems multiplied.
The Uptown Tent City Organizers, the movement, has always been a coalition of individuals and conglomeration of individual acts, not a corporate organization. This diverse coalition has always had 3 major components, each supportive of the others. Protest, Legal and Compassion.
None of that has changed though the landscape of homelessness in Uptown Chicago is new and changed. Quick to adapt to these changes, there have been some changes in the grassroots movements.
Out of equal respect to all, this website will be archived in its live state to document and make available the important history of Uptown Tent City 1-4.
The compassion portion, the people every day in the viaducts with tents, tarps, food etc., the ones that show up with trucks and crew for moves, have gone onto new pursuits reflecting the new landscape. Predominantly these are Uptown Outside and Chicago Tiny House.
The legal portion remains intact. The Uptown Tent City encampments may be physically gone for now, but very important law suits to protect homeless rights remain very much alive. The UTCO Facebook page as well as Uptown People’s Law Center remain good contact points.
The majority of the protest portion and post-eviction membership are still at the UTCO Facebook page.
Thank you for you generous support and caring for the 2.5 years the Uptown Tent City movement was organized. Please support all our new directions.