Showing posts with label homelessness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label homelessness. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It’s Official: Being Poor in America Has Been Outlawed

Joshua Krause
Activist Post

As they say, you can always judge a society by how they treat their weakest members. So I shudder to think of how future generations will judge our society. We’ve become a nation that discards our poor like they are trash, and anyone who doesn’t “fit in” is segregated from the herd.

The police are now fining homeless folks for any arbitrary offense they can think of, and city councils across the country are making it illegal to sleep in public. They’ve gone so far as to make it illegal to camp, or even sit or lay down in certain public areas. Worst of all, many cities are making it illegal, or prohibitively expensive to give food to the homeless. According to an interview from The Independent, with a former police chief involved in a charity dedicated to feeding the poor:

Thursday, May 1, 2014

San Jose May Build Microhouse 'Pods' To Shelter The Homeless

Taking homeless from tent cities to trendy pod communities with rules. Good charity? Agenda 21? Obamaville? Discuss...

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Most Homeless Children In New York City Since The Great Depression

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Michael Snyder
Activist Post

At a time when Wall Street is absolutely swimming in wealth, New York City is experiencing an epidemic of homelessness.  According to the New York Times, the last time there was this many homeless children in New York City was during the days of the Great Depression. And the number of homeless children in the United States overall recently set a new all-time record.  As I mentioned yesterday, there are now 1.2 million public school kids in America that are homeless, and that number has gone up by about 72 percent since the start of the last recession.

As Americans, we like to think of ourselves as "the wealthiest nation on the planet", and yet the number of young kids that don't even have a roof over their heads at night just keeps skyrocketing.  There truly are "two Americas" today, and unfortunately most Americans that live in "good America" don't seem to really care too much about the extreme suffering that is going on in "bad America".  In the end, what kind of price will we all pay for neglecting the most vulnerable members of our society?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

One Lawmaker Is Literally Smashing The Belongings Of The Homeless With A Sledgehammer

Michael Snyder
Activist Post

There is a war on compassion in America today. You are about to read about a Hawaii lawmaker that has used a sledgehammer to smash up at least 30 shopping carts that homeless people were using. Yes, you read that correctly.  He is actually carrying a sledgehammer around so that he can destroy the belongings of homeless people. He claims that it is his intention "to do something practical that will really clean up the streets".  But as crazy as that sounds, the truth is that he is not alone.

As you will read about below, there are dozens of major cities all over the country where feeding the homeless has been banned.  In many of these instances, public officials are very open about the fact that the goal is to make their cities "cleaner" and "safer" places to live.  They simply do not want the homeless around.  In fact, there are some cities such as San Diego and San Francisco where social workers are actually giving homeless people one-way bus tickets out of town.  If you doubt this, just keep reading.  The United States is becoming a very cold, heartless place, and homeless people are increasingly being treated like human garbage in this country.  So how bad will the treatment of the homeless become when the economy gets really bad?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Homeless Man Loses Benefits For Not Reporting As Income Money Found

Andrew Pontbriand
Activist Post

A New Jersey man who was previously homeless, has been denied Medicaid and General Assistance by the Hackensack Human Services through December 31.

James Brady, was homeless back in April, when he found $850 cash on a sidewalk. James, could have easily pocketed the money and ate well for several months. Instead, he took the noble and honest route and decided to turn the money into police. After 6 months passed, he was awarded the money by police, as no one had claimed the lost treasure.

However, Brady failed to report the newly found $850 as new income, so the system has decided to use its most technical authoritarian rules that underline the Socialist Status of America, by denying the man his benefits.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Homelessness Seen Through 15 Different Sets of Eyes

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

It seems like the theme of the year is "this homeless problem." The coordinated efforts to sweep the homeless away are of major concern for a couple reasons. First, the real problem was created by the same ilk that are proposing the solution - in both cases it involves dehumanization, banishment, punishment and apathy. Next, when people allow the vulnerable to be taken away, do they really think it would stop there? 

Interesting how all of a sudden through "sustainable development" initiatives it's time to get them out of the way. It's a crackdown that involves punishment for them - and punishment for you, too, if you decide to help them at your own expense and goodwill. One city already had a plan ready for an indefinite detainment camp for homeless people. Someone from the area came forward to us to say the reports of "the problem" to justify the infringement were overblown. The bureaucratic minions and its code enforcers care not about the reaction. It's been happening in England, too.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Update: Homeless Journeyman Hacker Released, Where's the Laptop?

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Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Homeless man Leo, also called "The Journeyman Hacker," was arrested yesterday morning at 12:30am in New York for "trespassing." He is renown on the Internet for choosing to allow entrepreneur Patrick McConlongue to give him free programmer coding lessons.

Patrick had provided Leo with a laptop at his expense, and free software, books, Wi-Fi, and one hour lessons each day starting in August. While Patrick had drawn criticism for various reasons, he actually was investing time and energy to help Leo excel at a good job and the choice was mutual. Many found the arrangement inspiring and the two men drew lots of rousing support.

Leo was set to go on The Today Show on Wednesday morning until police arrested him and confiscated his laptop and a new prototype phone gifted to him. Patrick fought to have him released and push the hearing up so Leo could do his interview. Read our previous report HERE.

Leo had been arrested in a park near Chelsea Piers for sleeping on a park bench after it closed to the public, according to NYPD Officer Carr of the 10th precinct.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

S.C. Police Chief and City Manager Oppose Rounding Up the Homeless

Amanda Warren
Activist Post

With the simultaneous, coordinated crackdown on those who are homeless - and criminalizing feeding the homeless that has exploded across over 50 cities nationwide in the last two years - it almost makes one wonder if they will suddenly just start to disappear....


A city council plan in Columbia, South Carolina broke open when it was learned that the city manager and police chief seemed appalled and said they didn't go along with the actions, wanting to do things "the legal, proper way."

What was the plan and what makes it a human rights violation that has the manager and chief concerned?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Making Homelessness A Crime On Both Sides Of The Atlantic

Chris Carrington
Activist Post

Two items of news stood out this morning. They come from totally different sources in different countries. They are discussing proposals to make homelessness illegal. Coming from different sides of the Atlantic, their messages are remarkably similar and the proposals made by US and UK lawmakers could have come from the same speech writer.

In the US, Marc Sarnoff, City Commissioner of Miami, is trying to make it illegal to be homeless. He wants to ban sleeping on park benches, meeting friends, congregating in public spaces and even eating while walking along the street. (source)



In the UK, public space protection orders, part of the Anti-social Behavior Crime and Policing Bill (which was outlined in the Queens speech earlier in July), would effectively allow police to prevent groups meeting in parks and make illegal the utilization of a park bench as a bed for the night. You can read more here.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

How to Feed the Homeless

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This is the most creative way ever to feed the homeless.  Everyone should try this trick.



Sunday, January 20, 2013

70-year-old Charity Told to Stop Feeding Homeless in Seattle


Feeding the homeless is being banned in many major cities in America. Seattle is just the latest city to enforce restrictions on charities that feed the homeless.

The Bread of Life Mission has been feeding the poor in Seattle for 70 years, and now they are being prevented from doing so in public parks without the city's approval.

"It was a service we were offering free of charge to be a blessing to the homeless," Executive Director Willie Parish, Jr told MyNorthwest.com. "All we were doing was just a continuation of what we do on a daily basis."

According to My Northwest:
In December, however, Parish said Seattle police told them they were no longer allowed to serve food at the park.

Friday, November 23, 2012

No Love for the Homeless in Philadelphia

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Woman fined $600-a-day for feeding the poor in Philly

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Feeding The Homeless Banned In Major Cities All Over America

Michael Snyder, Contributor
Activist Post

What would you do if you came across someone on the street that had not had anything to eat for several days? Would you give that person some food? Well, the next time you get that impulse you might want to check if it is still legal to feed the homeless where you live. Sadly, feeding the homeless has been banned in major cities all over America.

Other cities that have not banned it outright have put so many requirements on those that want to feed the homeless (acquiring expensive permits, taking food preparation courses, etc.) that feeding the homeless has become "out of reach" for most average people. Some cities are doing these things because they are concerned about the "health risks" of the food being distributed by ordinary "do-gooders". Other cities are passing these laws because they do not want homeless people congregating in city centers where they know that they will be fed. But at a time when poverty and government dependence are soaring to unprecedented levels, is it really a good idea to ban people from helping those that are hurting?

Friday, December 16, 2011

US mayors decry rise in poverty, homelessness

A homeless woman sits with her belongings on
a sidewalk in Los Angeles
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WASHINGTON (AFP) - US mayors sounded an alarm Thursday over deepening economic woes after a survey of 29 cities from Los Angeles to Washington showed worrying rises in homelessness and poverty-related food aid.

"Here is the richest country in the world (and) we have people who cannot find a place to live," said Kansas City Mayor Sly James, who co-chairs a task force on hunger and homelessness for the US Conference of Mayors.

"We are failing" to address critical issues of homelessness and the use of food stamps, which is "increasing, not decreasing," he told reporters on a conference call to discuss the survey.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Police arrest 5 more activists for feeding homeless

Mark Schlueb
Orlando Sentinel

Orlando police arrested five more activists from behind a makeshift buffet table at Lake Eola Park on Wednesday evening, bringing to a dozen the number charged in the past week with violating city restrictions on feeding the homeless.

The members of the group Food Not Bombs were ladling out corn on the cob, rice, beans and watermelon to about 35 people when they were handcuffed. About two dozen activists and homeless people booed and chanted "Food is a right, not a privilege" as they were loaded into a waiting police van.

 

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Three arrested, accused of illegally feeding homeless

Orlando police say they violated a city ordinance restricting the feedings.

Susan Jacobson
Orlando Sentinel

Members of Orlando Food Not Bombs were arrested Wednesday when police said they violated a city ordinance by feeding the homeless in Lake Eola Park.

Jessica Cross, 24, Benjamin Markeson, 49, and Jonathan "Keith" McHenry, 54, were arrested at 6:10 p.m. on a charge of violating the ordinance restricting group feedings in public parks. McHenry is a co-founder of the international Food Not Bombs movement, which began in the early 1980s.

The group lost a court battle in April, clearing the way for the city to enforce the ordinance. It requires groups to obtain a permit and limits each group to two permits per year for each park within a 2-mile radius of City Hall.

 

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