JANIE POE HOUSING PROJECT-Sarasota-Mary Glenney-Women

01/29/05

DIANE MASON, Director/Writer, Movie, “Condemned.� In the heart of Sarasota, one of the wealthiest communities in the country, not everyone has it so good. In the shadow of the swankiest high-rise, children are sleeping with roaches swarming their beds, black mold invading their lungs, and raw sewage bubbling up in the yards where they play. They are called “the projects.� “Condemned� follows the story of the Janie Poe project as Sarasota awoke to the slum in its midst. The movie gives a voice to the people inside the tenement, the despairing mothers and determined grandmothers struggling to be heard over the rumble of indifference and bias. This film asks the tough questions and shows how, in Sarasota, poverty and neglect are interlaced with politics and power.

The film will be shown at the Sarasota Film Festival Monday, January 31 at 5:15 pm and Tuesday, February 1 at 4:00 pm. FMI: www.sarasotafilmfestival.com

  1. See Diane Mason's film "Condemned", if you haven't had a chance yet, the next opportunity is on February 16 at the Fruitville branch of the Sarasota Public Library, at 1:00PM. This is sponsored by the Democratic Club of Sarasota, but many City Commission members, both Republican and Democrat, have been invited to answer questions about the future of Janie Poe and it's residents. Many of us were outraged that such housing conditions exist in our community, and that decisions about the future of the Janie Poe housing is out of the hands of the residents. This is a great opportunity to express our interest in this issue and find out what can be done about it. There is another opportunity to see the movie at Sudakoff Center on February 18th--see the flyer at the SC table after church.
  2. Attend the February 22 City Commission Meeting. Discussion of the future of Janie Poe is on the agenda, we believe the best time to attend for input on Janie Poe is at 5:45PM, but will find out more as the meeting date approaches. Meetings are held at City Hall, 1565 1st Street.
  3. Sign the petition to allow the President of the Residents' Association to have a seat at the table of decision-making. We have the petition at the SC table today.

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