First . . .
KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS said it best: "That didn't take long."
A shoddy plan from Mayor Quinton Lucas hoped to temporarily convert the downtown Kansas City Convention Center into a homeless camp; now the initiative is already coming apart.
To wit and in the aftermath of the Revolutionary Black Panther Party "protecting" the facility . . .
RESTART OPTS OUT & REVEALS CHAOS AT THE DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY CONVENTION CENTER HOMELESS CAMP!!! EVEN WORSE, THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT OF DISRESPECT FOR VOLUNTEERS ALONG WITH LAX SAFETY PROTOCOLS!!!
Here's the most telling passage from a recent note . . .
What occurred on Friday, January 29 during our work with the City and The Creative Innovative Entrepreneurs (CIE) group was not in line with the values and culture of inclusion that we are founded on and operate in. Due to the overall unsafe practices that CIE is demanding to operate under, their public statements about being anti-police and the hostile environment their team created - reStart will not participate in this effort as there is too great a liability for those being served. We will remain a partner to the CITY in an effort to end homelessness.
Never in my 20 years of doing this work have I been met with so much resistance, disrespect and lack of collaboration. reStart will not subject our staff or volunteers to this disrespect nor will we continue to be a part of work that is done without care for safety or with the intent to provide the best help to those in need. We did not learn that the organization that the City chose to partner with for this effort was anti-police until the press conference when they shared it and reStart does not share that sentiment. We are proud to continue working with KCPD to support people experiencing homelessness in our community.
Throughout our work at Garrison and at Bartle with CIE, it very much felt as if the City and reStart were being held hostage and reStart will not do work in that way as it is exhausting, chaotic and distracting from the overall mission. reStart is not willing to subcontract with CIE and will not be involved at the warming center if CIE is going to remain on site. We will remain a partner to the CITY; however, I will not subject any of my staff or volunteers to this kind of mistreatment. For future projects with the City, our team will require time to ensure a successful collaboration is possible.
There's a lot more in this complaint that locals will see on tonight's local news . . .
Developing . . .