Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Austin TX

What can I do to help? What do I get out of helping people in need?

A parking lot next to the Salvation Army and the ARCH, the cities homeless shelters is a "meeting place for cops". And it looks like its used to intimidate people that must sleep on the sidewalks around the place because they just don't have the space.

Why is this continuing? Simple: if someone isn't making money, they must come up with a way to get more from people who have none. They fine homeless people for panhandling and trespassing and since they have no money, send the homeless people to jail where the jails make money from slave labor, guards make money from babysitting them and clothes manufacturing makes money for the jumpsuit and food industry makes money feeding (yes, I said feeding people, after all, that IS all we are to them).

A place called Community First Village is ran by a non-profit called Mobile Loaves & Fishes (this group is often seen in mobile food trucks but no one knows when or where they will show up, Austin is the most disorganized city I have ever seen) charges $225 per month to live in a tent. The village is a giant advertisement for construction companies that "donated" supplies and time to build some of the "tiny houses". More pictures can be found on #HomelessEcoVille's site.

I often hear people say things like "if you starve to death in ____ city, its your own fault". With portions like this at Caritas of Austin, I can't see how they can think that. Fortunately, the Trinity Center does a little "breakfast" after "announcements and devotion", of course because homeless people are not allowed to be normal and have coffee till they hear "the word" and the ones "helping" have already had their coffee and breakfast. It really does get to be a drag, not being Christian some days and are forced to sit through other people's believes.

Even #Homeless don't like Trump
Austin, apparently supersedes the state as well as the US Constitution because, Austin says you can not be within 15 feet of a public building and smoke but the state of Texas says you can't be within 20 feet of the door. While writing this blog, a guy had to park is bike where it can be seen from inside the "public library", because he couldn't lock it to a bike rack several feet away and could not see it. He was threatened with arrest if he did not move it. Because the guy cannot afford a lock for his bike, he cannot partake if a public library service.

I had the opportunity to work day labor for 21 days.One of these jobs I went on was a furniture moving job. All the brand new furniture came in boxes that had "made in ___" on them and not one was "made in USA". The guy that hired us, was getting upset with the "bad" job we where doing. It took all my will power not to tell him "buy American" and walk off the job because at one point in my life, I worked in a furniture manufacturing plant that no longer exists. Day labor serves: After 21 days, I had earned $1235 and take home of $984. How when your spending $500 or more a month on rent, does one live? Oh, and by the way do not get sick.

In conclusion, we must mention the worst place of all. A place called Angle House. If the board of health where to stop by ANY place that is this filthy, how fast would it be closed? How old must someone be to be treated like an adult? Go to this place, find insects in your soup and not considering it healthy, not want to eat it. Then, you are suddenly talked to as if a child. "If your not going to eat something, don't take it".

Ask yourself every day: Why am I doing this?