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Advocates for D.C.’s homeless had a lot to say last month about Deputy Mayor Carolyn Graham’s proposal to close several downtown homeless shelters and move their residents to D.C. Village (“Moving Violation,” 7/14). And they wanted to say it to Graham’s boss, Mayor Anthony A. Williams. Instead of a face-to-face talk, the executive office sent activists a press release touting Graham’s “support of homeless persons.” Activists, though, wanted to hear about Williams’ own commitment in person. They set a July 31 deadline for a meeting, threatening to protest in front of One Judiciary Square. On Aug. 1, Williams faxed a letter to Linda Plitt Donaldson of So Others Might Eat, explaining that he had asked Graham to “reinitiate dialogue” with activists. Donaldson says the activists will postpone taking it to 4th Street until they can talk strategy. —Stephanie Mencimer
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