As some of the journalists that I've been in close contact with about Camp Take Notice, I wanted to keep you up-to-date on its activities.
I received a call this morning from Lt. Sturtivandt of the Michigan State Police. She informed me that within 24 hours, the 20 residents of Camp Take Notice will be displaced from their current location at Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. near Applebee's. They've threaten to confiscate all property and arrest any trespassers.
You know the issue, you know the need. Some people arrived there just a few days ago, seeking and finding refuge from a crisis -- that of housing, joblessness, or a consistent personal one. The camp has consistently fulfilled a need for housing and community since its inception.
Unfortunately, just as Washtenaw and Ann Arbor are making difficult cuts, another challenge has been placed in front of the camp citizens--- individuals who already vulnerable and fighting to start again.
As MISSION continues its search for more stable footing for camp, hope that our community can keep working together so that someday a Camp Take Notice won't be necessary.
Until that time, please keep your eyes open for more updates and the news of camp's eviction and exodus: many of the campers have agreed to move to a new spot, but we are not sure where. Some will stay until forced to move.
If you're aware of available property or a willing sponsor, Camp Take Notice's growing population can use your ideas.
Brian Nord on behalf of MISSION
PS, a new camper just called to let me know that notices of trespass have been posted, indicating the veracity of the MSP's intent. Campers are packing, and MISSION will be assisting in a move within the next 36 hours. Camp and MISSION can use any help and assistance you might be able to lend over the next few days. Feel free to call or email at any time.