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Cool Tiny House Village Opens With Electricity to Care for Seattle Homeless

Cool Tiny House Village Opens With Electricity

to Care for Seattle Homeless

A little village of tiny houses for the homeless is taking shape on a plot of land owned by a Lutheran church in Seattle, Washington.

Volunteers gathered over the weekend to build the 14 homes. Each one is insulated and has electricity and oil heat. More importantly, a central building houses restrooms and running water–with showers being installed soon.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd put up the land for the village — the first of its kind in Seattle.

Each house cost about $2,200 to build and residents will pay $90 a month for utilities.

They will serve as a model for more tiny house villages and as an alternative to “Nicklelsville,” an organized homeless camp in the city.

The houses will provide temporary housing, until occupants can be housed in permanent homes.

“The difference is you have electricity and a lock on the door,” church member Steve Tucker told KIRO News.

The village’s first residents start moving in later this week.

(WATCH the video from KIRO News below) — Photo: KIRO video

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No doubt you have heard: Portland is in a housing state of emergency.

Our city and state have only recently acknowledged this crisis, but those of us writing rent checks have felt the impact of our unregulated housing market for a long time.

This current rental crisis is being blamed on supply and demand, but economic forces do not explain nor justify our rents increasing without bound, nor the involuntary displacement from our homes and communities via no-cause evictions. Our landlords and property managers claim they are not to blame -- that it's because there is not enough housing. But make no mistake, they are not under any obligation to rasie rent or displace us. Our housing security and stability is entirely dependent on their goodwill.

Without strong (and enforceable) rights and protections, we struggle to assert our existing rights, organize for change, or even ask for needed repairs because we live in constant fear of this displacement and the impossibility of finding and secure new housing in this openly discriminatory “landlords’ market”.

Retaliatory and discriminatory evictions and rent increases are illegal, but the burden of proof is on the tenant (as is the financial burden of securing legal counsel). And the risk to the tenant is high. If the landlord prevails, the tenant is responsible for the legal costs for both parties.

No Portland tenant enjoys housing security beyond the length of their lease, if they are lucky enough to have one.

Our most vulnerable residents are disproportionately impacted. These are our elderly and the disabled, those with complex and chronic health issues, victims of domestic violence, our low-income families and single parents, those with Section 8 vouchers, our veterans, our LGBTQ, and of course, people of color.

It is time for Portland’s tenants to take action on these issues -- to organize for tenant power and use it to demand accountability from our landlords and bold solutions from our government.

Portland Tenants United (PTU) will organize metro area tenants to take collective action toward housing security and stability in the form of rent stabilization and a ban on no-cause evictions. We will also give power to tenants in the form of a strong tenants’ union model that organizes tenants in the way that labor organizes workers.

Come stand with Portland’s tenants as they fight for equity and housing stability.

WHAT: Housing Justice Rally and March

WHERE: Starting City Hall
WHEN: January 15th, Rally @4:30 pm, March @5:30.

WHO: Portland Tenants United; info@pdxtu.org


Happy Holidays, friends! I hope you enjoy warm times this season. I'm passing this on because I see that ODOT is sweeping a homeless camp tomorrow, the day after xmas, and during the rainiest stretch we've seen:

please text @sweep911 to 23559 to get rapid response updates when the police are sweeping a homeless camp. 
then if you learn that there is a sweep taking place close to you,
please go and lend your support however you see fit. 
if nothing else please document. 
It is unacceptable to be removing these people who have done nothing wrong but trying not to die on state property.



National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

What is H&H Awareness Week?

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November 14-22, 2015

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and work toward a world where no one has to experience Hunger and Homelessness. H&H week offers the chance to contribute to a national social movement. NCH’s aim is and always will be to eradicate homelessness by solving the root causes of it. We aim for activism in this vein. For this year’s H&H week we are focusing on the laws passed by local governments around the nation which prevent people experiencing homelessness from doing life-sustaining activities. Let’s bring light to this issue, pressure lawmakers and Bring America Home together!

Click here to read the organizing manual>>

What can I do?

You and all citizens have real political power to add to the struggle to end homelessness and the power to educate your community members and politicians. You can help to change the conversation about stereotypes, improve policy, help service providers, and so much more. NCH is and was made up of individuals who contributed to an impactful history of social activism resulting in real victories for the homelessness movement. As the basic act of obtaining a home becomes more difficult, the cry for action echoes louder than ever before. Be a part of something BIG!

If you are thinking about participating, here is a sample check list of some, but not all, of the questions that need answers:

  • What is our community goal for H&H week?
  • How many and which events should we plan for?
  • What individuals or organizations should we partner with in the community/on campus?
  • How many organizers do we need?
  • When should the events take place?
  • Who should handle publicity?

Download NCH’s Awareness Week Organizing Manual or look for an event to attend!

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2014 Map of Events:



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For more information about a specific event, please contact the host organization or our office.

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World Homeless Action Day 10-10-2015, Portland, Oregon

at 2:00pm on Saturday, October 10  at 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

 
World Homeless Action Day 10-10-2015, Portland, Oregon  Event Starts at 2PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

World Homeless Day 2015 Official Logo

On the 10th of October 2015 people around the world will mark World Homeless Day in many varied ways and change the lives of homeless people in their local community.     

World Homeless Day is an annual event on the 10th of October.

History

The concept of 'World Homeless Day' emerged from online discussions between people working to respond to homelessness from various parts of the world.

The Inaugural World Homeless Day was marked on the 10th of October 2010.

Since its founding, World Homeless Day has been observed on every continent except Antarctica, in several dozen countries.

Use of the idea of 'World Homeless Day' is open for all to use... anywhere in the world.

Purpose

The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while taking advantage of the stage an ‘international day’ provides.

How To Make a Difference

  • educate people about homeless issues
  • celebrate and support local good works
  • highlight local issues

Collaborate & Double Your Impact

Once you identify the local service provider for homeless people you want to rally support behind.... for example if they suggest clean socks; or canned food; or an item they need funds to buy.... use your local networks to rally even greater support:

  • schools
  • churches
  • service clubs
  • local businesses
  • where you work
  • who else?

World Homeless Day is something you can point to on the calendar each year and use to make a significant difference in your local community.

Suggestions for Politicians

  • Acknowledge World Homeless Day officially
  • Point out the good works of service providers
  • Release new funds each year on the date
  • Form an advisory group on homelessness

http://www.worldhomelessday.org/



More coverage of the Homeless Bill of Rights
Chip Shields is  proud to be co-sponsoring...
 

On the heels of a damning new report,
the Right to Rest campaign pushes for
statewide legislation to stop discrimination
against homeless people.
www.alternet.org
Civil Liberties

Guess Which "Liberal" State Has 500 Laws Aimed at Oppressing the Homeless?

On the heels of a damning new report,
the Right to Rest campaign pushes for
statewide legislation to stop discrimination
against homeless people.
 

Cities in the United States
have a long history of
criminalizing the public
presence of people they
consider undesirable.
In the late 1800s,
Southern cities
established “sundown
towns,” laws that
restricted black people
from being outside after
sunset. Throughout the
19th century, cities ratified “ugly laws,” banning people who were diseased or deformed from being outside. During the Great Depression, California cities passed an “anti-Okie” law, making it illegal to assist poor people entering the state. 

Today, society’s target is homeless people. Beginning in the 1980s when the federal government slashed the affordable housing budget, cities have enacted thousands of laws to criminalize basic human needs such as resting, sleeping, standing, and sitting, as well as acts like panhandling and food sharing.

That’s why the Western Regional Advocacy Project, a network of homeless advocacy groups on the West Coast, is pushing to pass the Right to Rest Act in Oregon, Colorado and California this year. The act, the first of its kind, would protect all residents’ right to rest, allowing people to occupy and use public spaces without fear of discrimination. The legislation was written based off interviews with more than 1,400 homeless people. It would also serve as a model legislation that could be enacted in every state across the nation.
more:  http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/criminalization-poverty-run-amok-500-anti-homeless-laws-one-state-alone


The St. John's Neighborhood Association will be presented with our plans to develop low-income housing this year and in the future, in which rental rates start at $250;00 per month. As well, we will be explaining our opinions of how we got to this point in which we find ourselves concerning homelessness in Portland and how we can begin to resolve this issue in a way in which can easily be duplicated throughout the country. Home First Development will present their building formula and how they were able to secure private funding for 500 new low income apartments to be built in Portland over the next five years for rental rates as low as $350.00. we will also present our new Eco-Community concept that will be built with locally designed Tec-Dwell units as well as the much liked Neighborhood Support Center concept. Housing is just one part of ending homelessness in Portland, Oregon. We plan to explain the other three parts that must be addressed as well if we are to ever truly end homelessness in our city.


Here are some ideas to ponder:

1. Eco-Villages
Small communities that are self sustaining already exist in Portland, Oregon, successfully. Homeless advocates have been working hard to bring their plans to fruition, lacking only the support of our city government and members of the homeless industry. These Eco-Villages are our least expensive and most favorable option for a long term solutions. A community that is based on mutual respect and sharing their talents and their time.

2. Americorp Relief Camps
Americorp comes in after natural disasters to bring immediate relief and temporary housing. Federally funded and volunteer run. Relief camps would offer all of the things that you would expect including lodging, meals, laundry, storage, employment assistance, educational assistance, counseling, etc. Those staying at a relief effort would have a case worker that would actively participate in securing the needs of client, with the end goal of permanent housing. I would like to remind everyone that Americorp is a Federal program and the Federal Government should by all means, be utilized whenever possible for it's vast amount of resources.

3. Rest Stations
A "Rest Station" is a place in which one would erect a tent in which to sleep, from dusk till dawn. While at a Rest Station one would not be allowed to consume alcohol or drugs. One would not be allowed to roam or visit with others. One would be there to sleep and only to sleep. Rest Stations could be located throughout the city in "Low Key" areas so as not to disturb residents or business. Rest Stations would be monitored by security officers.

4. Neighborhood Support Centers
These centers are exclusive for the neighborhoods that have developed them. Their primary purpose is to prevent homelessness by providing services that you would find throughout the city and some that you cant. These Support Centers would also offer temporary residence to family's and singles from that neighborhood that are experiencing homelessness.

5. Campgrounds
City or privately owned land could be leased and a permit to operate a campground could be granted. A fee could be charged to residents that would cover costs including security. Dodge Park is a camp ground operated by Portland Parks and is closed to the public between October and May. This park should be made available to a responsible entity that can guarantee that the park will remain in its pristine state and that this camp be a safe, clean and cooperative environment.

6. Day Centers
A "Day Center" would serve the immediate needs of a person experiencing homelessness by providing vital services that one would need to be able to become gainfully employed. One would have the ability to shower, store their belongings and be assisted with job searches.
Another service that would be offered at a "Day Center" would be Education. Volunteers would assist with enrolling those desiring a GED, collage courses and vocational training through Pell Grants and all other types of financial assistance.
Business training. Many that are unable to work for various reasons should be assisted in producing goods or services that could be sold in the open market.

An emphasis of employment, housing, health and the judicial system are the four points that must be addressed in order to to have a fully comprehensive plan to end homelessness in Portland.




How are Homeless People Doing in 2014?

As 2014 begins, New York City’s homeless population continues to grow

By Elliott Vernon
3 January 2014

According to the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) presented to Congress by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in November, nearly 64,000 people, including 22,000 children, are homeless in New York City.

In 2013, the number of homeless in New York City increased by 13 percent compared to January 2012. New York State led the nation with the largest increase over 2012. These statistics, coming on top of federal cuts to unemployment benefits and food stamps, reveal the increasing misery in the city with the largest number of billionaires on the planet.

A recent report in the New York Times describes the city’s upsurge in homelessness as “occurring even as the local economy has recovered,” as though the phenomenon was paradoxical. But the exacerbation of New York’s longstanding housing and homelessness crisis is inevitable, given the policies of the Bloomberg administration and the spiraling inequality that is a feature of daily life in America’s largest city.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/03/home-j03.html


The Rise of R2D2:

By Brendan Welch

The homeless are coming! Or at least that is what the residents of the Pearl fear, while business owners on lower West Burnside are outraged that the homeless have already arrived.

Right 2 Dream Too, a non-profit Portland based organization, began renting an empty lot on SW 4th and Burnside in October 2011. The goal was to set up a safe refuge for the homeless of Portland seeking respite from the elements on the condition that those sheltering would abstain from drugs and violence.

Commissioner Amanda Fritz unveiled a plan to move the camp in September of this year to under the Broadway Bridge on-ramp. This forced movement of private citizens between two privately owned locations was to be facilitated through dropping zoning penalties levied against R2D2 in exchange for their cooperation. The Bureau of Development Services racked the site with fines for being mostly constructed of tents and temporary structures in a ‘buildings only’ zone.

Following significant resistance by influential developer Homer Williams and the Pearl District neighbourhood association, the Commissioner’s plan has been put on a sixty-day delay to allow camp leaders to negotiate with Pearl District businesses and residents.

Residents of the Pearl seemingly have pragmatic fears. Burnside businesses have welcomed the City’s attempts to alleviate their deluge of homelessness. The R2D2 camp followers have been blamed for a drop in sales since their arrival.

But the true objection to R2D2 should be the need for it to exist. The sad current state of affairs is that the City treats homeless animals better than they treat homeless people. The Oregon Humane Society has stopped euthanasia for space reasons. Animals are taken in, washed and presented to the world in an attempt to find them a loving home, and if one cannot be found, they are provided basic standards of living. The human equivalent would go beyond offering the homeless showers, food,education, vocational training, drug treatment, and job placement opportunities –all offered only in scarce supply– to giving the homeless free housing placement.

This is not to say I am naive enough to suggest that the City of Portland has unlimited funds, that the horrible economy is not a national and global problem requiring national and global efforts to rectify, or that all homeless arrive on the streets through no fault of their own.

But the homeless are there. And if a private organization is doing a job the state should be undertaking –trying to alleviate some of the pain experienced by the most vulnerable in our society– maybe SW 4th and Burnside is the best location for that camp to exist. No matter where they are moved to in the City, R2D2 is going to be in violation of some zoning code and will cause some disruption to surrounding businesses. Threat of undertaking zoning inquests are the main reason the Commissioner’s Office has temporarily conceded to the disgruntled demands of Pearl residents. But on Burnside, rather than tucked under the on-ramp of the Broadway Bridge, we will be forced to look. Our social failure will be rubbed in our faces and maybe this will help make us feel bad enough so that in the future, R2D2 might not need to exist.

 Brendan Welch is a writer and blogger. Recent History graduate from King's College London and aspiring journalist. brendanewmedia.wordpress.com


    • End Homelessness in America!
      A group of people pivotal in ending homelessness are meeting in  Portland, Oregon... in the mayors conference room on Friday, October 4th. We will discuss our "Six Point Plan" and other ideas.

      While we remain cautiously optimistic, we have good reason for hope due to the lifting of the fines for R2D2 as well as the city's assistance in finding them a new home in the downtown area.

      Below is the working draft of the "6-Point Plan."
      Read for yourself and ADD YOUR FEEDBACK.

      To all concerned parties,
      There are 17,000 homeless people in Portland, not 1,700.
      Homeward Bound, otherwise known as the "10 Year Plan To End Homelessness" has failed. Non-profit corporations that were paid to put themselves out of business, could not bring themselves to do so. Tens of millions have been squandered on new buildings that temporarily help few, while real solutions are offered at no charge to the public and are quickly put to an end by City government or members of the homeless industry.

      One case that immediately comes to mind is Right 2 Dream Too. This small "camp" hosts up to 80 individuals nightly at no cost to the city. This "camp" has saved Portland tax payers millions of dollars in emergency room visits, legal costs, etc. More importantly, it saved lives. Unfortunately, R2DToo was fined over $1200/month because no good deed can go unpunished. But finally these fines have been suspended.

      Another case in point would be the new "Bud Clark Commons" Building. At it's initial cost of $40 million, there could be housing for 2,750 individuals in self sustainable, community supportive "Eco-Villages." Bud Clark no longer allows showers or laundry past 2:00pm due to budget cuts.

      While some may wish to stay on the street indefinitely, most do not. The public typically will see the "chronically homeless man" and think that that is the face of homelessness. Most do not see the family living in a van or the women that just lost her home to foreclosure, sleeping on her daughters couch. This segment of homeless do not want to be seen but they do want to be helped. We all need to ask ourselves, what would I do if that was my sister or my brother? Would you care enough to get involved then?

      With the help of the homeless community, homeless advocates and the general public, this document was formed. You will find within this document, some of the answers to the issue of homelessness.

      Here are some ideas to ponder:

      1. Eco-Villages
      Small communities that are self sustaining already exist in Portland, Oregon, successfully. Homeless advocates have been working hard to bring their plans to fruition, lacking only the support of our city government and members of the homeless industry. These Eco-Villages are our least expensive and most favorable option for a long term solution.

      2. Americorp Relief Camps
      Americorp comes in after natural disasters to bring immediate relief and temporary housing. Federally funded and volunteer run, this option would save tax payers millions of dollars in emergency room visits, legal costs, etc.

      3. Rest Stations
      A "Rest Station" is a place in which one would erect a tent in which to sleep, from dusk till dawn. While at a Rest Station one would not be allowed to consume alcohol or drugs. One would not be allowed to roam or visit with others. One would be there to sleep and only to sleep. Rest Stations could be located throughout the city in "Low Key" areas so as not to disturb residents or business. Rest Stations would be monitored by security officers.

      4. Existing Buildings
      City or privately owned buildings could be transformed into housing using volunteers and donated building materials. Millions of tax dollars would be saved on construction costs.

      5. Campgrounds
      City or privately owned land could be leased and a permit to operate a campground could be granted. A fee could be charged to residents that would cover costs including security. Dodge Park is a camp ground operated by Portland Parks and is closed to the public between October and May. This park should be made available to a responsible entity that can guarantee that the park will remain in its pristine state and that this camp be a safe, clean and cooperative environment.

      6. Day Centers
      A "Day Center" would serve the immediate needs of a person experiencing homelessness by providing vital services that one would need to be able to become gainfully employed. One would have the ability to shower, store their belongings and be assisted with job searches.
      Another service that would be offered at a "Day Center" would be Education. Volunteers would assist with enrolling those desiring a GED, collage courses and vocational training through Pell Grants and all other types of financial assistance.

      Note: The only free shower and laundry service available near the downtown area is "Bud Clark Commons". Currently, the procedure to shower or do laundry is that you be in line at 7:00 am. If one is fortunate enough to get a shower and clean a load of laundry, it takes several hours to accomplish. At present, the laundry is open until 2:00pm with a limit of one load per week and the showers close at 1:30pm. You can do laundry between 2-5pm if you have cash. Two washing machines are currently working at "Bud Clark Commons".

10 MYTHS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS

1. Most homeless people are middle-aged men.

For many, the word “homeless” conjures up images of scraggly men standing on street corners holding cardboard signs. The face of homelessness is changing. In fact, the fastest growing segments of the homeless population are women and families with children.

2. Homeless people need to “just get a job”.

Getting a job is a challenge for most people in these days, and incredibly difficult for a homeless person. Most lack clean clothes, showers, transportation, a permanent address and phone number. Others have a criminal past, learning disabilities and lack of education that holds them down. Even if they find work, their low income often cannot sustain them.

3. Homeless people are dangerous.

Homelessness is often associated with drugs, alcohol, violence and crime. So yes, life on the streets can be perilous for homeless men and women. But very few crimes are committed by homeless people against those of us who try to help them. At Portland Rescue Mission, the attitude we see most often from homeless men and women is gratitude.

4. Homeless people are lazy.

Surviving on the street takes more work than we realize. Homeless men and women are often sleep-deprived, cold, wet, and sick. Their minds, hearts and bodies are exhausted. Though help is available, they may have no idea where to begin navigating the maze of social service agencies and bureaucracy. With no transportation and little money, they can spend all day getting to food and maybe an appointment before they need to search for a safe place to sleep. And they do this while lugging their precious few possessions along with them in a bag or backpack. It is not a life of ease.

5. People are homeless by choice.

No one starts life with a goal of becoming homeless. People lose jobs and then housing. Women run away to the street to escape domestic violence. Many people have experienced significant trauma and simply cannot cope with life. Others struggle with mental illness, depression or post-traumatic stress. Yes, poor choices can contribute to homelessness. But outside circumstances strongly influence those choices.

6. If homeless people wanted to, they could pull themselves out of it.

Once a man or woman loses a job or a home, getting those things back can feel nearly impossible. Imagine trying to get a job when you have no address to put on a resume, no phone number, no shower and no clean-pressed clothes. Often, things like legal issues, criminal history, mental illness, physical and emotional health hinder progress even more.

7. Providing food and shelter only enables people to remain homeless.

Food and shelter are essentials for life. By offering these and other outreach services, like restrooms and mail service, we build relationships with people in need. Then we’re able to offer them something more through our recovery programs, like counseling, addiction recovery, emotional healing, spiritual guidance, education, life skills and job training.

8. If we provide sufficient affordable housing, homelessness will end.

Putting a roof over the head of a deeply hurting person will not heal emotional wounds, break addiction, create relational stability or establish healthy life skills. Housing can help people who are homeless due to poverty. But it can be a shallow and temporary solution for the many people who are homeless because they are unable to function in a “normal” life.

9. Homelessness will never happen to me.

Talk to the hundreds of homeless men and women we serve each day and they’ll tell you that they never intended or expected to become homeless. They’ve had solid jobs, houses and families. But at some point, life fell apart. They are desperate for a way back home.

10. Homelessness will never end.

Many U.S. cities have established ambitious goals with 10-year plans to end homelessness. While these plans to provide housing and better centralized services to homeless people are important in reducing the scope and duration of homelessness, they will not completely eliminate it everywhere for all time. But homelessness does end—one life at a time. With your help, we continue to restore the lives of hurting men, women and children every day.



The State of Homelessness 2013
Report | April 8, 2013
The State of Homelessness in America 2013 analyzes national as well as state-by-state trends and the economic, housing, and demographic factors that impact homelessness. Findings are based on the most recently available national data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Association of State Budget Officers.
Press Releases | April 8, 2013
Officially released at the National Press Club with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-MO, The State of Homelessness in America 2013 analyzes national as well as state-by-state trends and the economic, housing, and demographic factors that impact homelessness. The press kit includes the full report, the State of Homelessness press release, and high-resolution graphics.
 
Housing Justice Community Support Team
‎"Official" information about housing justice actions, rapid response needs, and eviction defense in Portland, Oregon. Maintained by the Rapid Response Dispatch Team, the same folks sending out the text messages. This page should be used to communicate appropriate information to help us
stop banks from stealing our homes, dispossessing our neighbors and crippling our communities.
 

The Tunnel People That Live Under The Streets Of America

Did you know that there are thousands upon thousands of homeless people that are living underground beneath the streets of major U.S. cities?  It is happening in Las Vegas, it is happening in New York City and it is even happening in Kansas City.  As the economy crumbles, poverty in the United States is absolutely exploding and so is homelessnesshttp://www.pakalertpress.com/2013/04/11/the-tunnel-people-that-live-under-the-streets-of-america/

 

        The United States is the richest and most powerful nation on the planet. When tyrants and socio-paths threaten the most vulnerable, we as a people have taken pride in standing up for justice.  We spend trillions of dollars underwriting corporate ambitions at home and overseas, but sometimes we have not lived up to the founding principles of those who wrote our    constitution, the foundation for our nation.  What makes us unique is our commitment to human rights and the social contract established by the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, and Bill of Rights.  

      
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,   
         that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
         that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."   In his
         “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King spoke of the
         Declaration of Independence as a promissory note  – guaranteeing the
         unalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  He
         observed that our country has failed to honor this “sacred
         obligation” and issued “a bad check, a check which has come back
         marked ‘insufficient funds.’”

   Kris Kvols, the HOPE Coalition Executive Director, asks us to commit to these goals... 

  • Educate yourself and others about issues (do some reading, start a conversation over dinner)
  • Promote community education (invite a guest speaker to your group, club, or organization)
  • Educate providers (encourage health care, education and other professionals who may interact with the hungry or
    homeless to recognize signs and provide referrals)
  • Foster coalitions, networks, and groups – help bring them together to share resources and ideas.
  • Change organizational practices (look within your workplace)
  • Influence policy and legislation (contact your local, state, and federal government representatives and encourage
    them to do more to address these issues)
    When all of us work together, will we be able meet our “sacred obligation,” and guarantee these unalienable rights or homeless and hungry friends, families, and neighbors.  We can make a difference.
    One critical local resource for change, an Alliance Partner, is Street Roots!
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The officers involved were not punished for this crime. Chief Potter essentially blamed the victim. (the mentally ill) The officers who kicked, punched, and beat James to death (in front of 12 witnesses) were neither disciplined nor prosecuted. There was zero accountability for this crime. And the killings continue. tmf
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