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Posted in California, criminalizing, discrimination, homeless, houseless, Martin Cotton, murder, northern california, poor people, updates, veterans, tagged beat to death, Bryan Lee Hall, Eureka Police Department, Eureka Rescue Mission, exploitation, homeless, homeless shelter, homophobic, Martin Cotton, no gays, parole, police brutality, police harassment, police murder, religious hypocracy on December 25, 2010| 2 Comments »
Did you know That the Eureka Rescue Mission…
prohibits gay people from being there?
Did you know that the Mission
sends out spies to watch what people do when they are not at the Mission, and kicks them out if found, for instance, smoking pot?
Did you know that
even after Martin Cotton was beat to death by Eureka Police in front of many people who stay at the Mission, and even though the police target people who are homeless and stay at the Mission, Bryan Hall (Mission Director) has the men who use the Mission do free labor cleaning up around the police station?
Recently, Bryan Hall, was overheard talking with Eureka Police Officers on the phone about “cleaning up” behind the Ingomar Club- and “running everyone [homeless people] out of there.”
Did you know?…
When Bryan Hall, who was the Mission’s House Manager when Martin Cotton was fatally beaten by the cops, LIED PUBLICLY and said that the cops did nothing excessive to Martin, he [Bryan] was ON PAROLE?
Posted in autonomy, civil liberties, class war, criminalizing, discrimination, homeless, houseless, human rights, illegality of sleeping ban, landless, Oregon, organize, poor people, protest, rights, safe haven, self determination, updates, veterans, tagged ashland oregon, civil disobedience, civil liberties, critical mass, demonstration, direct action, empowerment, homelss, houseless, human right, march, non-violence, oppressive policy, police harassment, poor people, protest, rally, revolution, right to sleep, Solidarity on December 25, 2010| Leave a Comment »
The 3 PM rally in support of the right to sleep movement was well attended.
At least 100 people showed up and mingled and conversed in the plaza. (the consensus is that for every one that shows, ten more are quietly in support behind the scenes)
City Council member Eric Navickas obtained a permit for the rally. At 3:45pm the demonstrators marched down main street with many signs and a banner reading, “JUSTICE”. The course of the march led to the public library, then down Lithia Way and back to the Plaza. There were songs, chants, and
general support from the community as the march maintained footing in a single lane on the roads. The mood was joyous and hopeful, yet clear demands of recognition for the right to legally sleep were continually audible. The effect on the participants was an uplifting feeling of empowerment. Most felt that the rally was better than anticipated in overall effectiveness.
The homeless have continued to be harassed by the police since protests began last week in response to violations by the local police of their right to sleep.
Thursday’s private meeting between the mayor, police chief, city housing specialist, and community advocate Aaron Reed took place. The word from the mayor after the meeting is that there will be no policy change in how the police deal with houseless sleeping people. The police have indicated that they will cite and arrest houseless people at every chance that avails them.
When a critical mass of houseless folk and advocates is reached, positive political change will ensue. Look forward to more actions aimed at commanding the free expression and respect of basic human rights.
Join the re-evolution. Remember, we can overthrow the government by non-violent direct action.
Try reading Gandhi’s Autobiography for more insight into the workings of sustaining a viable political movement.
What kind of world do you envision?
Charity is Helpful, But Joining the Struggle for Bathrooms, Places to Sit, Stand, and Sleep Is CRITICAL
Posted in class war, cold, homeless, houseless, human rights, landless, organize, poor people, rights, safe haven, veterans, tagged charity, civil rights, foot problems, frostbite, homeless, houseless, human needs, human rights, lack of medical care, medical care, no public bathrooms, no sitting, Nurses Foot Care Services, police harassment, sleeping ban, struggle for dignity, struggle for justice, systematic violence, trench foot on November 13, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Foot Care Program for the People who are Experiencing Homelessness
“The foot care problems for people who are homeless are great and are a major deterrent for one to getting or maintaining a job. The average homeless person stands in lines about 4 hours a day and walks on the average of 35 miles a day usually on cement! If they are able to stay in a center that has no beds available they must sleep upright adding to their increasing their painful foot swelling.
Other problems usually include chronic foot infections, immersion foot (like Trench Foot) caused from being in wet socks & shoes too long, as well as severe calluses, blisters, and ingrown nails from poor (if any) socks and ill fitting shoes. Then of course in the winter there is the excruciatingly painful problem of frostbite….”
“A program sponsored by Nurses Foot Care Services is hoping to eliminate many of these peoples’ foot problems. After screening and treating them for the most immediate problems this group of volunteer nurses and nursing students will be doing intensive education on prevention as well as referrals. These people will be shown how to correctly, wash, rinse, dry, and screen their feet for problems. They will be taught how to file their toenails and pick out correctly fitting socks and shoes. Exercises & diet ideas to decrease their foot swelling will also be taught. They will also be given washable reusable nail files, good clean seamless socks, and shoes as needed.”