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A Much Slower Death of a Black Man In White Custody. Evidence of Deeper Rot in our Just Us System

by Raj Jayadev (This piece originally ran in the Huffington Post) To call the death of 22-year-old Kalief Browder a suicide is not the full truth. Kalief Browder may have hung himself, but he was killed by the brokenness of our court system. The story of his short life, told by Jennifer Gonnerman in The […]

via The Death of Kalief Browder Exposes the Lethality of the Court System — Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project

Why We Need A Bill of Right For People Who Don’t Live in Houses

Rhode Island recently passed the first bill of rights for unsheltered people in the history of this country.  Maybe your state should/will do the same.  It’s really one of those things that if you don’t stand up for the rights of the unconventioally housed, when you’re in that boat yourself–not only will surviving be a lot harder than it is now, but there will be no one left to stand up for you.

Homeless people are just people who had jobs and homes and incomes and families and now don’t.

Some–no, MANY–of those who comfortably diss unsheltered people from the comfort of their own homes now will someday be among us and have a more difficult time because of rules and laws that were passed between now and when they go unhoused.

People who war and wail on the homeless are just trying to keep that bogeyman away from their own front door.  But that doesn’t work.  It didn’t work for us, and it won’t work for you.

Some of those presently living houselessly in Palo Alto one time owned and rented in Palo Alto.  But families turn away,  job skills aren’t kept up, people get older–and now some of those stars of yesteryears are today’s unhoused.

Do you know there are at least two people in Palo Alto who live in vehicles because they are allergic to household toxins that most of us hardly notice?

One guy went unsheltered (moved into his van) so he could send his son money to go to college and live in a dorm.

Some have been abandoned and disowned by their families.

A number of people, now conventionally housed, have lived in their vehicle for periods of time in their past.

Some fully intend to live in their vehicles again–when and if their situations warrant.

The decision to live unhoused–and it usually is a decision–is sometimes an attempt to escape a noxious relationship or marriage.

Usually it’s because some effort or relationship or maybe job–didn’t work out as hoped for.  Living without shelter is how you punish yourself for your shortcomings, as seen through the eyes of others.  Then you come to believe you deserve your current lot in life.

It can be a long, hard spiral down once you’re without a home.  And it can be an opportunity to get things together such that you never have to go through life with the disdain of living without a home.

This blog will describe issues of and relating to those without shelter: our parents, children, dependents, and mental patients, and the all-important job of figuring out “what to do now?”

There is a petition calling for a national bill of rights for unsheltered people.

It’s a Change.org petition.

If you’d like to go and check it out and sign up to help, you’d have our eternal gratitude and the knowledge that you didn’t just lay down for the forces of the poverty profiteers–you stood up and sent words of power to those in power and asked for justice for the least of your brethren.

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