Homeless Rights & Commonsense…
To the poster of the post titled;If You Really Cared.
That one is homeless or not has little to do with whether one is a rapist or not. Undoubtedly there have been and will be homeless people that do such things but being a rapist is not synonymous with being homeless, or vice versa.
For example most of the serial killer/rapist have not been homeless. Most appear to be single white males living a middle or lower middle class lifestyle. Which is not to say in any sense that the majority of single white males or middle class people are serial killer/rapists.
Most child molesters know their victims and have gained some level of trust before they act. They depend upon the victims shame in hopes of keeping the victim quit. A child molester is just as likely to be ones relative, a priest or even cop as it is a homeless person. Again this is not the same as saying that the majority of relatives,cops or priests are child molesters.
So called date rape occurs not just among the poor but also among middle class teens and adults. Look at the recent gang rape trial of the three young men from Rancho Cucamonga who were convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious teenage girl with a pool cue, juice bottle and cigarette as they filmed themselves on videotape. They all came from middle class families and one of them was the son of a wealthy former Orange County cop.
Back to the question that is raised by your comment, would I invite a homeless person to live in my home. Well not if I didn’t know him. But that’s just commonsense and would go for just about anybody homeless or not. Besides that is not the issue that the protesters are raising. Your comment is a “Red Herring” an illogical argument. A red herring is when someone introduces irrelevant material to the issue being discussed, so that everyone’s attention is diverted away from the points made, towards a different conclusion. The potential pitfalls of inviting the homeless to live in ones personal home is not part of the protestors agenda. Their agenda is that the homeless have the right to exist and in doing so to occupy unoccupied public land in the course of perusing that right.
What you and others like you fail to understand is that it is fair to say that most of the people on such sites as indymedia or infoshop have a very different vision of the way society should be structured then does the conventional mainstream viewpoint. In the society that we invision there would be no homeless as land would be held by the community and the rights to it would be granted to a person based upon tangible occupancy and use and not upon abstract absentee property rights. No person could be forcibly removed from the place that they were born on or live in. Nobody could forcibly expropriate or occupy against the choice of the current occupants any occupied residency or land. Of course I can’t speak for everyone on such sites or everyone who advocates for homeless rights but I do believe that there are many of them that would concur with this vision. It is out of either ignorance or with plain maliciousness that the poster JOSH can pose a question such as whether or not we would let a homeless person move into our homes. That is not the issue at all.
For years, the City of San Diego has conducted
semi-military operations against the homeless. Using
police harassment, ticketing, closing volunteer
feeding programs and jailings in a futile attempt to
class cleanse downtown.
Block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood,
developers and speculators build high rise condos and
office towers; while politicians and city officials,
skimming the profits, instruct the police to prey upon
their fellow human beings, like jackals in the jungle.
April 15th marked the beginning of an insurgency
against San Diego’s war on the “least of those among
us” as over 450 people gathered at the concourse in a
rally to urge the city to stop ticketing the homeless
for the human need of sleep and to create a safe area
where the unhoused can camp. Over half those attending
the rally were homeless: dragging their belongs, lying
on the cold pavement, looking up at the empty offices
of city hall (knowing, everyone who works there was
home enjoying a hot meal, a shower and a warm bed).
Yet, like a match struck in a solid dark, scary,
room, listening to the speakers; pastors and
professors, and, particularly Larry Milligan, whose
recent fast, led to this rally, the homeless there,
that night, began to understand that homelessness
should not be a crime. Called bums, scum, trash and
treated worse than stray cats and dogs, realization
began individually, then in discussions among
themselves, that, in fact, they were, indeed, victims.
When many homeless speakers took to the microphone
to tell their stories of police human rights abuses,
the quiet murmur among the unhoused grew to shouts as
reports of harassment, sleep deprivation, starvation,
verbal and physical abuse were given.
However, when the rally was over, like true
“liberals” who flock to most progressive events for
information (rarely transformation) and a modest sense
of guilty support (solidarity?), they returned to
their comforts and warm bed for the night.
Councilwoman Donna Fry accepted a invitation to speak,
then backed out; probably realizing that her integrity
and compassion would meet the demands of her political
future as she would be drawn personally to these
victims of San Diego’s militarized economic processes
which benefit the rich and powerful downtown
Eight Quakers, from San Diego and La Jolla
Meetings, had previously decided that enough was
enough. They had contacted the media, the police and,
most importantly, their fellow members of faith, to
say that this war on the homeless must end; that they
could not, in good conscience, continue to exist in
safety and comfort while others were
attacked, demonized, starved, beaten, jailed and
Noting over 89 homeless folks died on city streets
last year and over 100 the year before; that police
gun down the homeless with impunity – one in Ocean
Beach for carrying a stick – these 8 Friends (as they
prefer to be called) bedded down for the night after
the rally. They were joined by 3 students of
conscience from Point Loma Nazarene University
(bringing not only our newest generation to the
struggle against this city’s war of greed but,
perhaps, the greatest Nazarene of all time?)
About 50 homeless people bundled in with the small
human rights group as it bedded down for the night;
many out of a beginning sense of solidarity, others
out of sheer tiredness and inertia (the city’s winter
shelter had closed the day before and there was simply
nowhere to go). When several dozen police officers
arrived just after 11:00 p.m. they gave everyone 10
minutes to disperse or they would be arrested for
Like mechanical constructs out of a Disneyland
exhibit, they moved about the crowd, reading from a
prepared card, ignoring the questions of “where can we
lodge, legally?” Told by several organizers that all
the shelters were contacted and were full, the police
remained silent; their humanity and conscience tucked
safety in their lockers back at the precinct
headquarters. The Quakers present exchanged sad
glances; it had been but several months since they
held religious services outside the main police
station on Broadway to ask God’s forgiveness for the
individual police persons forced to slice away at the
humanity and personal decency of the homeless. They
recognize that each time a uniformed person assaults
another, more vulnerable and helpless, they,
themselves, chip away a little of their own humanity,
their own connectedness to a spiritual source, and
become pimps and whores for the rich and powerful who
seek that space known as “downtown” for their own
pleasure and profit.
As the police waited their ten minutes, most of the
homeless gathered up their belongings, grumbling, and
departed. For most, this harassment was so routine
that no one questioned their own victimization; they
simply moved on, the new negroes and jews, outcasts
from a gentrified, new world order that rewards those
that serve the corporate interests and attacks those
who refuse or who are too fragile to compete in the
savage, competitive economic jungle of greed based,
corporate owned, capitalism.
Yet, seven homeless folks (one, a Vietnam veteran
in a wheel chair) drew strength from the housed
people of faith and from Larry Milligan who joined
together in a circle of mats and sleeping bags, held
hands and sang “Amazing Grace” as they waited to be
arrested. One by the one, the homeless joined the
circle of trembling hands (only one of the group had
ever been arrested before). Truth, love and human
goodness sat in defiance of power and greed as the
lights from tv cameras illuminated another one of
those historic, finest hours in human spirit and
community. There was no wealthy or poor, no young or
old, no women or men, no straight or gay, no black or
white; only people who held hands, singing, loving one
another, believing in the value and dignity of one
another, prepared to suffer the punishment of the rich
and their bought politicians, who demand and depend on
the power to determine who is worthy and who gets the
benefits of this world.
The police used to pouncing on the individual,
powerless homeless person were stunned with this show
of defiance and moral strength. The faltering look in
some of their eyes gave testimony that, perhaps, for
the first time in their professional lives, they
questioned their orders to feed on the misery of their
fellow human beings. For every action there is a
reaction, as they begun their own spiritual healing,
sensing that they make this system work, to reward
rich crooks like John Moores, greedy landlords like
Mayor Murphy and, everyone else, who relies on them to
do their shit work, victimize the poor. The Quakers
there, sitting on the cold pavement, understood and
shared the hope; that if we can free the police
officers conscience from the increasingly class-based,
militarized, totalitarian government that serves
corporate CEO’s and rich investors, we move closer
toward a just world.
After 12 minutes the police retreated. From around
midnight, when the waiting paddy wagons were pulled
away, until 4:30 a.m., when the morning shift
commander decided that police power must at least be
shown, if not enforced, there existed in the City of
San Diego, at the base of City Hall, a safe place for
the homeless to sleep. A small victory in the least,
but a beginning nonetheless.
This small group of insurgents in San Diego’s war
on the homeless, say they will return again and again,
until the city quits criminalizing the homeless,
ceases issuing tickets for the human need of sleep and
creates a zone for the homeless to camp.
What we must do, as human beings and citizens of
this community, is to look ourselves in the mirror,
searching for that inner compassionate, loving core
and question whether we can continue to eat good food,
enjoy our pleasures and sleep in a warm bed; while our
government hunts down human beings, like wild animals.
If we fail to act on the side of the homeless; to
prevent the suffering, the pain of personal valueness,
hunger, sleep deprivation and even death, then what
kind of human being are we? Are we any better than the
sick, twisted terrorists and corporate CEOs who would
carve out their view of reality for their own selfish
Facing arrest, sitting on the cold pavement,
holding one hand with a shaking young college student
and the other with a housewife (whose best friend is a
police officer), one homeless woman said, “this is the
first time in years that I have felt like a person.”
Let us work to make sure it is not her last.
(Rocky Neptun is a former elected member of San
Diego city government – mid-city planning board and a
member of San Diego Friends (Quaker) Meeting)
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right now hillcrest has so much heat!!!!!!
i’ve been stopped by the cops 3 times this week for nothing.not to mention the roughly 10 times they drive by and give me the evil eye.what the fuck?ever since they shot jake faust they have been going crazy.the expieriances have been so humiliating.when they stopped me last night and ran my name i had no warrents.the cop sacasticly “so what your telling me is your a model citizen?” i said “not really”…..
Home/Hope-Less in ParaDyse!!!!
COMPLIANCE law of March, 2002 is against the POOR!
Does not CHRIST Himself say: “Blessed be the POOR; for THEY will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven?” and did not Jesus say :”Acursed is any that OFFEND these little ones who believe in me?”
Therefore, I CALL UPON the HOLY ONE, blessed is He, TO BRING PLAUGES, FAMINE, DISASTER, DEATH, PAIN & eternal DAMNNATION in the FIRES of TORMENT-NOW, TODAY: upon LANCE HUBNELL, MAYOR, LARRY SELIG, GARY ASHCRAFT, all POLICE, all CITY COUNCELLORS, ALL enforcers of the SATANIC CODE LAWS, especially upon the JACKSON HOUSE, MELISSA GASSOWAY, and THE EVIL WOMAN at the SALVATION ARMY who told me I WAS LESS THAN HUMAN; and CALLED THE POLICE on me FOR ASKING for a BASIC HUMAN RIGHT! To wit: TO USE THE BATHROOM! I CALL UPON CHRIST to RETURN UPON THIS SHAMEFULL HATEFUL CITY 10-fold, ALL the HATRED it PERPRETATES upon the POOR! AMEN & AMEN! And MAY THEIR EVIL BLACK SOULS BURN in ETERNAL UNBEARABLE AGONY, Amen Amen, FOR EVER & FOR EVER.
Please JOIN WITH me in these prayer….PERHAPS Our Merciful Saviour who HEARS the POOR ( Ezekiel 22:29 “The people of the land have used opression , and exercised robbery, and have VEXED the POOR and NEEDY…therefore have I poured out mine INDIGNATION upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my WRATH: their OWN WAY have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the LORD GOD!) will DO WHAT HE HAS PROMISED ME…(Malichi4,5-6: Behold, I [have] sen[t] YOU, ELIJAH[radioprophet] before the coming of the great and DREADFUL Day of the LORD; And he shall TURN the HEART of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, LEST I COME AND SMITE the [city of Hot Springs] WITH A CURSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”)
Showing these UNREPENTANT MONSTERS (our City Fathers and Mothers) the LOVE of JESUS will avail NOTHING! THEY MUST be SHOWN the TERROR of GOD! As The LORD shewed Himself AWFUL IN KILLING to the -ASSYRIANS in ISAIAH 37:36..”Then the ANGEL of the LORD went forth, AND SMOTE..of the ASSYRIANS a hundred and fourscore and five thousand, and,behold, they were ALL DEAD CORPSES!* Let these INHUMAN CRETINS, these CALLOUS MONSTERS and ABOMINATORS have a VISION, then perhaps they will REPENT & CIRCUMCISE their MONEY GRUBBING SOULS!
In THIS City (Rev.2:13) even where SATAN’S SEAT is…I see POOR PEOPLE treated WORSE than BEASTS, and TERRORISED!
Under FEDERAL LAW, in the PATROIT ACT, these POLICE are ELIGABLE for THE DEATH PENALITY! (Any crime that threatens life…is PUNISHABLE BY DEATH!) Being TERRORISED makes me SUICIDAL! This is a CRIME that THREATENS MY LIFE! Therefore, POLICE, MAYOR, CITY OFFICERS, GARY ASHCRAFT, ALL CHRUCH MEMBERS, ALL PREACHERS, PRIESTS, et al ARE SUBJECT to EXTERMINATION. God & The PRESIDENT, Geo, Walker Bush, has SPOKEN! The SUPREME COURT has UPHELD this ruling! Amen, Amen!
right now hillcrest has so much heat!!!!!!