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War on the Poor
by Tim Rumford (guitarandpen [at]
Thursday Feb 15th, 2007 12:36 PM
Humanity for Homeless concerned about recent media propaganda.
Update Feb 14th

Feb 14th - Update:

Regrettably, we missed our second week in the last 42 weeks of feeding Monday due to illness. We will be back in full force next Monday as usual.

Humanity for Homeless is very concerned about the recent attacks on poor and homeless peoples rights in Santa Cruz as well as the entire country. Few people could have missed the recent news of dumping a man onto LA's Skid Row who was paraplegic, clutching his belongings in his teeth, dragging his malfunctioning colostomy. This is not the first incident or the first hospital in that area to be busted for such horrible offenses. What is their punishment, an apology so far. In Santa Cruz we have terminally ill homeless with no place to go, some so ill, they are not allowed in a shelter, but also not taken to the hospital. What should we call this, passive dumping? Its all the same. What happened to treating all humans equally. Remember equal rights for all?

In the elitist class its fine to DE-unionize your company and give yourself a 3 million dollar raise while firing your workers and hiring low wage workers. This causes poverty. In the poor class you can go to jail for sleeping in your vehicle or sleeping at night, even when no shelter space is available.

The poor are in our face, we can no longer over look them and this makes people uncomfortable - as it should. The reaction for most is fear. What we should be fear is the class war being waged, remember anybody can end up homeless. If we take the rights away from one class we take them from all.

The more the rich become richer and the poor become poorer the more laws we will see aimed directly at the homeless, such as the Sleeping Ban which bans Sleeping at night. This is paramount to having "Colored only" bathrooms. Of course, in Santa Cruz we have few bathrooms at all.

The local front page articles have titles such as "Homeless man attacks officer." When was the last article you read that said "Rich home owner rapes teen"?

Many cities are making the act of feeding another human, a poor or homeless human, illegal, Orlando and Las Vegas to name a few.

Eventually as the poor become poorer and the middle class end up to be the lower class, people will riot out of shear necessity and lack of other options. This happened in the 30's. It brought us Social Security.

The rights of the poor should be protected not removed. If not, we will end up in the direction we have been going for some time. A country of rich and poor with no middle class , lacking the rights we allowed to be taken out of fear.
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A Poor Peoples Union?Tim RumfordFriday Feb 16th, 2007 3:44 PM
Resisting the Local War on the Poor: Go Live on Free Radio!Robert NorseThursday Feb 15th, 2007 2:35 PM

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