Saturday, September 7, 2019

#CampStandYourGround


Warned:
400-498 E 8th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
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Ticket: Criminal Trespass 2
462 E 8th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
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Across from the federal building, I received a verbal warning so I "obeyed" and dismantled my tent and packed all of my gear then stayed around to help the others if they wanted to do the same as well as making video of the interaction with the officers. Even just being here, they decided to ticket me anyway so, apparently "leave no one behind" only counts in the US Army. Even obeying the bullies, gets you nothing in this country. By the way, where are the "No Trespassing signs that are supposed to be posted in order to enforce these laws?

Ticket: Prohibited camping:
1099-1049 Lincoln St, Eugene, OR 97401
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Homeless people don't have a right to even protest.

Tickets for "prohibited camping" when this is a protest because they don't think homeless people have a right to protest. Study of the state ruling reveals that they must post it as trespassing but no such posting exists on the empty lot, the fence around it or any trees or posts from the curb of the street to the ally in any direction. Yet again, where are the "No Trespassing signs that are supposed to be posted in order to enforce these laws?


No one home so we will steel this persons house?
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They later realized the mistake and promptly returned this persons house but that doesn't let them off the hook because its done everyday.
How does it make sense to arrest someone when they could have taken her to her court date just a few feet away? Arrest: Criminal Trespass 2 when I was just videoing?
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While videoing an activity that I didn't think I was going to use, I got arrested so, does that mean they violated my 1st amendment and right to be a citizen journalist or my right to peacefully protest?


No tickets or so I thought but I got one for "Prohibited Camping".
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This is by no means the end of the #CampStandYourGround story.


Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree.
A person commits the crime of criminal trespass in the second degree if the person enters or remains unlawfully in a motor vehicle or in or upon premises.

411.3 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
When participating in this program, the owner must agree to prosecute trespassers and to testify if necessary. The owner must post the property with "No Trespassing" signs. 1. The signs must be posted on all sides of the premises which are accessible to the public. 2. The owners are responsible for the replacement of all stolen, lost, or missing signs.


4.815 Prohibited Camping.
(1) As used in this section:
 (a) "To camp" means to set up or to remain in or at a campsite.
 (b) "Campsite" means any place where any bedding, sleeping bag, or other material used for bedding purposes, or any stove or fire is placed, established or maintained for the purpose of maintaining a temporary place to live, whether or not such place incorporates the use of any tent, lean-to, shack, or any other structure, or any vehicle or part thereof.

(2) It is found and declared that:
 (a) From time to time persons establish campsites on sidewalks, public rights-of-way, under bridges, and so forth;
 (b) Such persons, by such actions create unsafe and unsanitary living conditions which pose a threat to the peace, health and safety of themselves and the community; and,  (c) The enactment of this provision is necessary to protect the peace, health and safety of the city and its inhabitants.

(3) No person shall camp in or upon any sidewalk, street, alley, lane, public right-of-way, park or any other publicly-owned property or under any bridge or viaduct, unless otherwise specifically authorized by this code or by declaration of the Mayor in emergency circumstances.

(4) Upon finding it to be in the public interest and consistent with council goals and policies, the council may, by motion, exempt a special event from the prohibitions of this section. The motion shall specify the period of time and location covered by the exemption.

410.3 CAMPING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
Camping on private property without an owner’s consent will be handled as a trespass complaint. Owners of private property may allow individuals to camp upon their property, provided they do so in a manner consistent with provisions of EC 4.816 (Permitted Overnight Camping). Other camping done on private property may violate zoning ordinances. In this case, contact the Planning and Development Department of the City of Eugene.
410.4 CAMPING ON PUBLIC PROPERTY
Except in City parks or in cases involving a vehicle as noted above, when you intend to enforce the Prohibited Camping Ordinance (EC 4.815) at a location that is not already posted with a “Prohibited Camping” sign, do the following:
a. If the campers are present, warn the violators about the camping prohibition and inform them they may be issued a citation for prohibited camping if they are still camping after 24 hours have elapsed.
b. Post the area with a notice in English and Spanish advising the violators they have 24 hours to cease camping or be subject to a prohibited camping citation. (This same notice will list a local agency that delivers social services to homeless individuals. If there is no place to post the notice, give it directly to the violator.)
c. Notify the agency listed on the posting of the campsite’s location.
d. Obtain a case number and prepare a report titled Prohibited Camping. Prepare a follow up report once you have made a second visit to the campsite.
The 24-hour notice requirement described above does NOT apply when:
a. You suspect illegal activities aside from the prohibited camping are occurring.
b. An emergency such as when the site presents an immediate threat to human life or safety.
c. The area is currently posted with a “Prohibited Camping” sign or you have documentation establishing that the Prohibited Camping sign was illegally removed within the last 24 hours.
Once the 24-hour period has elapsed you may issue prohibited camping citations to the people that are still engaged in prohibited camping.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Homeless Village


Some friends and I have been trying to build a village for homeless people for many years. I often get asked how it would work and respond with paragraphs in posts so, I decided to blog about what my ideal homeless village is. Note that this is my opinion only and not all of the people involved. I've studied many plans and visited a few villages, like Austin, TX for example as well as many "shelters". As an adult, I personally find it offensive that many people think I need a babysitter or supervisor or what ever you want to call that person you put "in charge". A lot of people are not homeless from their own doing but others.

The idea is for a life off the streets and NOT back into the system that has made the problem. To begin with, a plot of land that is tax exempt and that is about a half acre per person. A tiny house and garden area for growing your own food and raising animals. A person that contributes to the community with bartering food and skills, just like in the beginning of the USA as well as getting back to the basics, is what it will take to solve a lot of the world problems. Depending on others and not yourself, is what is keeping the world in the 20th century because corporations have taken over. We have stopped being creative and independent and often moving backwards. To raise village funds, surplus food and items can be made and sold.
This picture describes MY thoughts perfectly.
The primary supplies other then food, would be recycled, repurposed and reused. Scrap wood and shipping pallets, even recycled crude oil plastics can be used. Most things that will be needed, can be made "in house" so, buying supplies would be very low. I've studied many ways to do these things without the need to spend money on them. Heating and cooling can be done with geothermal and the sun, power from the sun and wind, water from the ground. Absolutely no need for getting all our needs outside the village. The biggest expense would be the land followed by solar and wind equipment and some of that can be made as well for example, this video:

When talking with people about the project or visiting other villages, I often find that folks are under the impression that millions of dollars needs to be spent to have a place to live and that is the corporate influence that has corrupted the United States of America as well as the so called building codes. We do not need it.

We are writing the bi-laws and can be changed once the village is setup but we do have a ruff draft. We originally named it #HomelessEcoVille but because we couldn't get the domain name, it was taken by a person that refuses to give it up and still does not understand the concept. The biggest issue we have with getting anyone to back our plan is that people seem to think we need to be supervised.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Panhandling And Camping

In many places, flying a sign or panhandling is illegal.
https://occupyj.blogspot.com/2016/01/religon.html
It was illegal to panhandle in Tyler TX

I've done it in Richmond, VA and Portland, OR now, legally or at least they haven't got anti-panhandling laws and sort of (many people handed us moeny while protesting and we gave it to people that didn't have any so they could eat), in Tyler TX where it is OK for the Salvation Army to charge for free food but you can't panhandle. Anti-panhandling laws are unconstitutional because they take away my first amendment rights. Anti-camping laws are also taking away the right to assemble in public spaces and according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court, is "cruel and unusual punishment" (8th Amendment) when shelter space is not available.

If you have read my other blogs, you know that I try everything I report on. I spent 8 hours panhandling in the Portland area. In that time, I collected $36.52. Then sometimes I have a good day like $48 in 2 hours, enough for coffee for a few days. I don't drink or dope and other then buying things like a tent or sleeping bag from time to time or a bus ticket for the next adventure, a warm dry coffee shop is what I spend most of this money on. How some can claim hundreds I can not figure it out.
One of my camps

What is the purpose of these laws? A couple of posts published September 6, 2018 in Oregon, talks about the Unconstitutional Anti-Panhandling laws on the ACLU website and the Anti-camping laws in Portland (Sept. 5, 2018 ). Some say that homeless people don't pay taxes so they think we should be in jail. Some think it is to keep people safe. Still others are ashamed and make up other excuses to steal peoples rights. Often times, I've had people give me the middle finger and even made like they where shooting me with their index finger and thumb while panhandling. It is my opinion and this opinion that these anti-homeless laws are not for keeping people safe or any other excuse they use to make them but to simply make money in a corrupt system. 

In many places, its illegal to camp, shelters or not.

 
This video is a group of people getting swept or removed by cops taking personal belongings. 

The cool thing is that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stands behind the decision that "prosecuting or otherwise punishing homeless people for sleeping on the street if they have nowhere else to go qualifies as "cruel and unusual punishment" and is unconstitutional", even though Portland Oregon does not.

It is "illegal" to camp on public property even though the feds say its not?
A battle currently taking place in St Johns, OR, part of Portland, is against a group that is trying to build a tiny house village to help people because the neighbors are afraid it will hurt the area property values and many other excuses. What they don't seem to understand is that the people are already in the area. With the village, the folks would be getting help and want to stay out of trouble because of it.

When I joined the US Army (258 PSC under 3ID in Germany, 1990-92), I thought I was defending the US Constitution and the country but anti-homeless laws are unconstitutional and make it #Illegal2BHomeless. Why then do even some vets consider ant-homeless laws good? That is a million dollar question in its self. I just wish I could answer it.

So, put yourself in that panhandlers shoes for a minute. Does he/she like it when you throw ice cold sodas at them? Do they like having insults yelled? Are they really homeless? Well, that one doesn't matter. Will a person purposely go out of their why to be treated like garbage and humble and humiliate themselves just so that they can get a couple dollars to eat, drink or dope? I can't answer that for anyone but myself but, I have often times given to others and I will never question why they are there and if I can do that to help them, I will.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Guest Blogger - What anyone can do to fight homelessness

I am so grateful and honored to have been asked to do a guest blog for my good friend.  I appreciate the opportunity for my voice to be heard and the use of a platform to make that possible. Before I begin I would like to preface this with an important disclaimer.  I'm not homeless and I never have been.  I feel very grateful to have been given the opportunities and privileges that I have; I understand that those privileges have allowed me to be comfortably housed my entire 33 years of life.  I could never and will never insinuate that I fully understand the struggles of homeless people. On the contrary I intend to write about the homeless crisis from the point of view of someone who has always lived an existence of at least a moderate amount of privilege - whose eyes were opened forever after a serendipitous meeting of a homeless individual.

For as long as I can remember I had always held progressive values.  During my short life I have watched this country dip further and further into oligarchy.  The top 1% of people in this country have more wealth now then the lowest 90%.  I'm against the disastrous Supreme Court Citizens United decision that allows campaign donations to go virtually unchecked.  After the global Arab Spring movements, a new movement was sparked in the United States protesting political corruption and wealth inequality - among other things. I knew the Occupy Wall Street movement was something I had to get behind. This is where the story begins.

It was a small meeting. There must have been less than 10 of us there. We discussed important local, national, and international issues each week.  That's when I met him.  A small man with a beard and a backpack that would set me on a path of self reflection and activism.  A man who happened to be homeless.

The day I met him we made Facebook friends.  That night he posted that the weather was ruthless and he didn't have a tarp or blanket to his name.  I immediately went to a 24 hour store and bought a tarp and a blanket for him and then I drove around downtown trying to find him.  I found him outside of a building, crouched and leaning against a wall with an awning for what little elemental protection it offered.  In that moment in the South Carolina twilight his gratitude was almost palpable.

Before that very moment I had never really thought much about the homeless.  I had advocated tirelessly for the poor and middle class, but somehow the plight of the homeless had never been on the forefront of my mind when it came to social concerns.  Maybe it was because I didn't see much of that where I came from. Or maybe it was because like many homed individuals I, whether consciously or subconsciously, inadvertently ignored all of the things that made me feel uncomfortable to see.

I started to use social media to network with people like him. I listened to their stories. I watched them fall in love, move across country, adopt a new pet, get a new haircut, find the perfect hat - and suddenly they didn't seem so different after all. But there was some differences that were impossible to ignore. Stories about having their only shelter torn down just because people didn't like to look at it, stories of harassment by the police, stories about difficulties finding gainful employment; these people who are not so unlike me and my friends had drastically different daily obstacles.

Before I get started, let's talk about who the homeless are.  At any given time in the US about 564K people are homeless.  Nearly half of those are families.  Fifteen Percent are chronically homeless with a disability.  Eight Percent of all homeless are veterans.  Also, 1.4 Million veterans are at risk of homelessness.  Over 100K LGBT Youth are homeless.  50 percent of all homeless are over the age of 50.  Approximately 34 percent of those homeless surveyed say that they have lived in a place not meant for human habitation.  7.4 percent are unaccompanied minors and children.  Between 2016 and 2017 alone homelessness increased nationally .7 percent.  Although in the last 10 years 36 states have reported a decline in overall homelessness 14 states have reported increases.  These numbers are probably much higher, because keeping track of homeless individuals is, thankfully, very difficult. (1, 2) I say thankfully because while many efforts to disclose, track, and monitor homeless people started from a good place there are databases like HMIS and the homeless data exchange that are being used to victimize the homeless.

The problems that face the homeless are profuse and sometimes nothing short of appalling.  When asking a homed person they might say the first difficulty a homeless person may face that comes to mind is food insecurity.  While there are food banks and such, they aren't always reliable and sometimes they even charge!  Through my contact with the homeless I have been told of multiple instances where expired or near expired food was given to non profits, and then homeless people were charged $1 per plate.  Profiting at the expense of the homeless, however minimal, is appalling.  Obtaining meals can also be precarious when many homeless people only have the option of traveling on foot.  This can be problematic when you have to arrive at the soup kitchen at a specific time in order to be fed.  Also, the types of food that can be retained for consumption are limited due to lack of storage and refrigeration.  This often results in malnourishment due to lack of fresh food and preservative-laden, shelf-stable diet.  Although food insecurity can be a serious issue, it really is the least of their worries.

The next concern that homed individuals would likely consider is lack of shelter.  In daunting heat, bitter cold, or unrelenting storms this can be a problem in and of itself.  However, a lack of shelter brings with it a whole different set of problems.  Most homeless people don't have a specific spot that they call their own.  They have to carry all of their belongings with them 100% of the time.  If they cannot, then they risk everything they own being picked over, stolen, or even trashed by city and county officials.  Probably worst of all is that the lack of a permanent address is a nightmare from a beurocratic standpoint.  Lack of a permanent address can make it difficult to procure employment, it can make it impossible to get access to things like educational materials and internet because you cannot get a library card without a permanent address, and because homeless people are often nomadic it can make it difficult for non-profits who want to help to make contact with them.

Shelters are sometimes an option for some homeless individuals.  However, there are a great deal of issues with shelters that cause many homeless to shy away from them.  Some shelters will accept women and children but not men.  This means that families are sometimes separated.  Also, sometimes people with pets become homeless.  I have yet to hear about a homeless shelter that will allow pets.  Some might say that keeping your pet is less important than a roof over your head.  I disagree.  My two pugs are my life and I would never forsake them, even if it meant we had to be homeless.  Pets are family to some people.  Some shelters require you have valid ID, which can be difficult or impossible to obtain without a permanent street address.  Also, shelters have certain hours that you can check in for the night, and once they reach capacity they are full up.  So if you don't get in quick, you may go from one place to another and still end up sleeping on the street.  And the resources that shelters provide are pitiful.  I have heard stories of waiting two hours outside in the cold for basic over the counter pain medication.

Sometimes the inability to procure gainful employment invites a life of crime.  While by no means are all or even most homeless people criminals, there are those who find it easier to take up a life of crime in order to get by.  For this, and other reasons the homeless community is at considerably higher risk for being targeted with violence or harassment. A Report by the National Coalition for the Homeless finds that "over the last 17 years, at least 1,657 people experiencing homelessness have been the victims of violence perpetrated for the sole reason that they were unhoused at the time." (3)

Another major concern is the lack of basic facilities for hygiene and restroom needs.  It's hard enough to try and procure secure, regular gainful employment as a homed person; it is a near impossibility for the homeless.  They often do not have places to shave or bathe regularly.  And the lack of restroom facilities often results in painful UTI or pelvic infections that can cause lasting damage or even death.  Other things that contribute to these types of issues are a lack of basic necessities. For example women often do not have access to basic feminine hygiene needs.

Homeless individuals almost always lack basic healthcare.  Veterans can sometimes have access if they are close enough to a VA hospital, but for the most part these people cannot have their healthcare needs addressed.  It is important to remember that poverty charges interest.

Can't afford to go get that cut looked at? In a week you have blood poisoning.
Can't afford to address a UTI Infection?  It turns into a bad infection that results in kidney failure.
No money to fix that cavity?  In a year it will be an abscessed tooth.
Can't afford new shoes so you walk in ill-fitting ones?  You end up with plantar faccitis and orthopedic related joint pains.
Don't have money for more tampons so you use one longer than is recommended?  You now have Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Can't afford to get that breast lump checked out? Next year it's stage 3 cancer.
Can't get inside on the coldest night of the year?  You have lost a toe.

Probably one of the worst things that come with homeless territory is the way that they are treated poorly by society in general.  They are often targeted by police officers for no other reason than the fact that they are homeless and living on the street.  This most recently became a topic of discussion in New York.  The New York civil liberties union calls using law enforcement to target people who are homeless but have broken no laws discriminatory harassment. (4)  Not only are police often harassing people for the simple fact that they are homeless, but there has been a staunch increase in anti-homeless legislation over the years.  This growing trend of criminalizing homeless, and sometimes those who wish to help them, is disturbing and very damaging.  These include vagrancy Laws, Legal restrictions on Begging and Panhandling, restrictions against open containers, and restrictions against feeding the homeless. (8)

A recent development in the attempt to marginalize the homeless is hostile architecture.  These might include "anti homeless spikes" which are intended to make it difficult for a homeless person to sleep on a surface.  Other examples are curved benches or benches with hand rails throughout that make it very difficult to sleep.  Sometimes sprinkler systems are set up to deter people from staying in an area too long, even though there is nothing that the sprinkler systems are watering.  Some business are making sloped window sills that make resting on a window sill impractical.  (9) Homed people see these everyday and don't recognize it for what it is.  It's generally ineffective and beyond unethical since it's primary purpose is to exclude an entire group of already marginalized people.

There has also been a very recent attempt to ban off grid living.  Livestock regulations, utility regulations, and gardening restrictions are among those policies that prevent a person who has retained a piece of land from living and building on it unmolested by government officials.  Additionally with the growing popularity of tiny homes there have been a recent influx of laws banning tiny houses and other sustainable living practices.  In fact it is even illegal to collect rainwater in some places like Colorado.(10)

Lack of affordable healthcare is a problem for every single US Citizen, and it will continue to be until there are some significant healthcare reform.  Already 15 percent of the population do not have healthcare.  Homeless people are six times more likely to become ill than homed people.  The average life expectancy of a US Citizen is 78 years, the estimated life expectancy of a homeless person ranges between 42 and 52.  Even though homeless people are generally at higher risk for being sicker, they face more barriers than homed people when seeking healthcare.  They often must seek emergency room treatment as their primary source of healthcare.  (5) This is because the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act demands that any hospital accepting federal funds must not turn any patient away because of their inability to pay. (6)

However, just because a person is being seen does not mean that they are being cared for.  Not only are homeless individuals only receiving treatment for medical conditions once they become emergencies, but the care they receive is often very marginalized.  One common example is those homeless with undiagnosed mental illness or those who cannot afford medication and ongoing treatment for a known mental illness.  They are often funneled into the custody of law enforcement after an incident - where their homed, insured counterparts would likely receive medical treatment and follow up.  I have also heard numerous times where the hospital staff assumed a homeless person was using narcotics and did not believe that their pain was genuine until scans determined a serious, life-threatening health condition. Additionally, homeless people often fall victim of the medical community's "treat em' and street em'" mentality - when they are released too soon due to known inability to pay or even left at a bus station in their hospital gown.(7)

We know that the homeless are being targeted by police and lawmakers and even engineers.  We know that they are mistreated and marginalized by society - even medical doctors whose Hippocratic oath requires they treat everyone the same.  Why do we think that is?

I know that we all have an understanding about how much homeless people suffer and hopefully after reading this blog you'll have a greater understanding of that suffering. I think the real question to ask is it whether the general population at large understands that this is a widespread problem.  Either they do not understand the gravity of the situation, or they refuse to care.  I think that the answer is simple. Most people are raised not to care.

I have discussed this very thing with other homed individuals and I have found a sincere but troubling answer.  From the time that most of us are very young we are taught that we can be anything that we want - that the world is an open book and we can write our own story.  Nothing is out of reach if the desire is strong enough.  This is not reality especially for people who face extreme socioeconomic disadvantages.

It is particularly common for homed people to look at homeless and assume that they are on drugs or must have made some other very poor decisions to have arrived at this place in their lives.  While this can be true, through my conversations about homelessness with other homed individuals I have found that it's not uncommon for a homed person to believe that ALL people who are homeless are drug addicts or alcoholics. Those same people are taught that giving a homeless person a hand up only hurts them in the end because it doesn't teach them to provide for themselves. I have heard people say that you shouldn't give homeless people money because they're just going to spend it on alcohol. These widespread misconceptions about the homeless, where they came from, and how they got there are not only despicable because they judge an entire group of people based on unfair stereotypes; they are damaging to the homeless community at Large.

In order to address the homeless epidemic we first have to analyze the reasons why people become homeless in the first place. It is not uncommon to meet homeless people who are addicted to drugs. Many of these people used to be successful middle class career men and women. Typically a disease or injury causes them to have to rely on prescription pain medication. The longer you take opioids the more you have to take for them to kill your pain. Your opioid receptors begin to become tolerant of the drug. When doctors see that someone is becoming too dependent on opioids that they prescribed they often start to cut back on the prescriptions leaving the person in debilitating pain and sometimes withdrawal. This causes people to go to less than legal and sometimes nefarious sources for their medication. What may have started out as oxycodone for a back injury ends up being shooting heroin in a derelict house.

Not every drug addict of course has that story. Some people began using street drugs to help them cope with difficulties in their lives. The loss of a job, the end of a relationship, the loss of a child, severe guilt or grief or anxiety, there are a number of reasons why addicts start using. Drugs are a poor coping mechanism but are cheap and readily available for those people who can't afford bi-weekly therapy sessions with a psychologist. It helps them slip away and lessens the pain for just a little while.

Still there other homeless who encountered insurmountable socioeconomic disaster. Maybe they lost everything in a bitter divorce or maybe their business took a dive. There are those who were affected by rising hosing costs and welfare reform.  There are plenty of homeless people who had houses and businesses heavily leveraged before the 2008 housing collapse.

Other people might be homeless due to untreated psychiatric conditions. When you're poor and you can't afford medication for serious illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder or even severe depression then it's not unheard of for those people to end up on the streets.

No matter the reason that someone is homeless, the fact is they ARE.  And those people are humans, too.  I read recently that 60% of Americans have less than $500 saved back (11). That means that's if 6 in 10 Americans were to suddenly lose their income and couldn't pay rent they would become homeless. To this day it amazes me how such a majority of people can be a few really bad emergencies away from being homeless themselves and still have such a negative view of the homeless community.

So what can we do to fix this?  I think the number one thing that people can do to improve the lives of the homeless is to educate as many people as possible about the lives and struggles of homeless.  Bernie Sanders once said “When Millions Of People Stand Up And Fight Back We Will Not Be Denied.”  When we change people's minds - we change their hearts.  Once you open someone's heart it's contagious.  A spark ignites and they start to change the world around them.

I think that if homed people saw homeless individuals as human beings just like them they would quickly bring about change...

I think that if the average homed person started to understand the impact that being homeless has on every area of your social welfare - from getting a job, getting a library card, being included on child visitation rights in court, etc - that they would demand social change and better opportunities to improve the welfare of all people.

I think that if people understood the impact of malicious architecture, anti-homeless laws, and off grid living criminalization that they would not rest until fair and inclusive policies were put into place.

Before I could really truly be an advocate for the homeless population I had to look at myself and change the way I thought about these people.  It really does start with the man in the mirror.

1. https://www.socialsolutions.com/blog/2016-homelessness-statistics/
2. https://endhomelessness.org/homelessness-in-america/homelessness-statistics/state-of-homelessness-report/
3. http://nationalhomeless.org/category/civil-rights/violence-against-the-homeless/
4. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/nyregion/new-york-police-illegally-profiling-homeless-people-complaint-says.html
5. http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/health.html
6. https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EMTALA/
7. https://www.insideedition.com/media/videos/disturbing-video-shows-patient-dumped-bus-stop-hospital-staff-cold-39754
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-homelessness_legislation#Laws_criminalizing_behaviors_engaged_in_by_the_homeless
9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hostile_architecture
10. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/03/24/it-is-actually-illegal-in-colorado-to-collect-the-rain-that-falls-on-your-home/?utm_term=.babefe51426b
11. https://money.cnn.com/2017/01/12/pf/americans-lack-of-savings/index.html

Friday, July 20, 2018

Corporate Cops

If only I was quicker with the smart-phone, I could have videoed the TriMet rent-a-cop, after all a homeless person has no credibility and corporate dogs/cops and police have all the power.

During my trial, my public defender asked a very interesting question of the TriMet inspector. To the best of my memory, she asked if the city has approved the "rule book" they use for fines. His response was something like, he didn't know. She also said that she could not find any city authority, authorizing the rule book. My question is, since when is a corporation allowed to fine people without even the city approving the fines but the city enforces them? Yes, the "citation" was signed by the fare inspector, not the real authorities that are sworn into the job. All businesses have ONE goal. To make money and the inspector stated in the trail that he writes 10-20 citations per day. How is this not a violation of the cities citizen rights?
Apparently, they have changed the policy on July 1, 2018 but still no mention of if the city has approved this (that I have been able to find) and of course they also claim that "systemic racial bias" when this inspector was clearly targeting me, a person that "looks" homeless. "TriMet issues approximately 20,000 fare citations per year." based on a book not approved by any government agent and not even given the opportunity to repurchases a lost pass, after all, why would they allow that when they can make more money from fines?
A news story found in #StreetRoots indicates that the parent company of TriMet is First Transit and is not even based in the USA but Scotland and ignores complaints from drivers and passengers.
The quote from #StreetRoots: "First Transit is a Scotland-based company contracted by TriMet, and has been receiving complaints from riders and drivers alike for a little more than a decade, when they acquired Laidlaw International, Inc., the company who formerly operated the Portland Metro area’s paratransit service."
Another web site called Glass Door shows a rating of 2.8 of a possible 5 stars and Indeed.com has 3.4 of 5. 
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Offical Police Report: (retyped word for word with out my name for my safety)
Author: HELFRICH, WEST A (29194)
Date/Time: 3/21/2018 0830
Subject: ARREST NARRATIVE
DEP. HOYER (CCSO), 46216, PARTNER
DEP. BEARSON (MCSO), 52432, COVER/SAW ______'S I.D.
Radio call to the Old Town Max station to assist Trimet Fare inspector CORYELL identify a Max rider who refused to show identification. I spoke to CORYELL while enroute and CORYELL told me that ______ gave CORYELL the name "Bob Matthew Johnston" with a birth date of 2/9/67. ______ claimed to have had identification in South Carolina, Florida, and Texas. CORYELL noted that when ______ was asked for his middle name, ______ at first said "Smith."
I ran a check in the listed states and could not located ______ under the Johnston name.
When we arrived at the location, I explained to ______ that 'for the purpose of a citation, I as a police officer needed his true name and date of birth, lying about either could result in arrest for False Information to the Police'. I then asked if he understood and he said "yes." I told ______ that I ran a check on the name he give the far inspector while we driving here and could not locate it in those states.
I asked ______ for his true name and date of birth. ______ told me "Robert Matthew Smith." ______ realized he said Smith instead and quickly corrected the name to Johnston. I asked ______ why he would say Smith and told me that is the name he uses at homeless shelters. I asked ______ if he told me that was the information on his birth certificate and he answered that it was. We ran a check on the Smith name and still came up with nothing.
HOYER went to get an IBIS digital finger print machine. After taking ______'s prints, HOYER went to enter data for the prints to the computer. I decided to wait for HOYER to see if he a return on the prints. ______ started emptying out his pockets. ______ asked me if he needed to get a lawyer. I told him if he committed a crime that he does.
BEARSON noticed ______ had several cards (size of credit cards or ID) in ______'S inside coat pocket when ______ pulled them out. BEARSON asked ______ if any of them had his name on them. ______ fumbled around in other pockets, before pulling out the stack of cards from his inside pocket. I saw one of the cards was an identification. I grabbed the Virgina ID card and saw that it had ______'s true name on it. We placed ______ under arrest.
Inventory and search located about $67 cash to report. I noted ______ had a Virginia EBT card. I asked ______ why he wouldn't just show his identification and he told me that he didn't want the government to track him. I pointed out that using his EBT card would do that more then getting a citation for not having a fare on the Max. ______ told us he has been here in Oregon for 2 weeks.
I explained Miranda to ______ and he told me "yes" that he understood. I asked ______ who he was worried about finding him and he told me "the US government." I again pointed out that they would know anytime he used his EBT card. ______ then told me that the government is tracking all of us. During me interaction, I believe that ______ beliefs were more of the conspiracy theory/extremist as opposed to those of mental health issues.
We gave ______ a copy of his property receipt for his backpack.
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Keeping the peace

What is the definition of peace? According to Merriam-Webster:


1: a state of tranquility or quiet: such as

a : freedom from civil disturbance
  • Peace and order were finally restored in the town.
b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom
  • a breach of the peace

2 : freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
  • I have been in perfect peace and contentment
  • —J. H. Newman

3 : harmony in personal relations
  • The sisters are at peace with each other.

4 a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments
  • There was a peace of 50 years before war broke out again.

b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity
  • offered the possibility of a negotiated peace
  • New York Times

5 used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell

The number 3 definition: "harmony in personal relations" is an interesting point but of all the definitions, none of them includes name calling or talking down to another person.  When someone claims "I'm just trying to keep the peace." and then the next breath, insults a fellow human being, how exactly are they keeping the peace? How does "keeping the peace" make someone superior to another? Because one persons ideas are different from another person, does that make ether one wrong? Belittling someone because of that or for anything purpose is "keeping the peace"?
My concept of peace? Not killing others because they have what you want like Desert Storm, not talking down to a fellow human and most defiantly not thinking I am superior to another person, like our current president... For any purpose.

Keeping the peace is not building a wall to keep others out nor is it insulting another human for ones beliefs, religion or color of the skin. Kicking in doors because you fear what someone might do, is not a way to keep the peace and nether is taking what is not yours.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The legal way

Yep, a trial by peers? Not one of the jury being homeless, judging you? Yep, your in trouble,

A city counsel deciding what laws they will make? None of them homeless? Yep, fill the jail with them nasty free loading people.

A city full of white people says no to an oil pipe line, no problem, Native Americans say no, bring on the dogs.

Making fun of someones believes by making a joke of a holiday out of Halloween? Sure, oh and lets celebrate the mass murder of 200,000 people by eating turkey ever year.

Go to a group of people begging for food. Yep, we will feed you like the animal you are but first, I have this book written by a group of men that wants to control you that I must force you to believe or you can't eat our "free" food.

Doing something the legal way, using a set of rules made by rich people, ruled over by the same rich people, imprisoned by ... you guessed it, the same rich people, keeping everyone distracted by making up things like, this group or that wants to kill you so lets kill them first when, in reality, taking their home away, makes them "richer".

Keep doing it the "legal" way? Yep, that will work because your animal controllers will work for you....

Referring to a book written by corporations and enforced by a government, controlled by rich people, to build, travel or anything ... Yep, that is the legal way to do something.