Subject: Homeless Help On The Hill
Activists spent Thanksgiving Day taking their fight against homelessness and hunger to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol building.
For the 15th consecutive year, the Community for Creative Non-Violence served up a holiday dinner to hundreds of area homeless people.
"We do it on the Congressional grounds to show that we're fighting for the rights of homeless people," explained Frederick Henry, the group's president. "We're maintaining our long-standing commitment because of our political, social and economic position in favor of our brothers and sisters on the streets."
About 1,800 people enjoyed a traditional holiday menu, which included turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, string beans, stuffing, a variety of desserts and sodas and juice. Local businesses contributed turkeys and some of the desserts. An estimated 600 volunteers helped serve at the free event, some traveling from as far as Ohio and Oklahoma.
The group also used the opportunity to hand out 30 coats as well as hats, gloves and other cold weather clothing.
Henry estimated about 2,800 people currently live in Washington, D.C., homeless shelters.
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Friday Nov. 28, 1997
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