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Homelessness and Occupy

I have a lot of emotions about homelessness, and just as many feelings about the occupy movement. I’ve been very involved in Occupy Louisville for my own reasons, but I stay involved for reasons important to the people I have befriended there. 

My mom was homeless for a few days with me when I was a little kid. We slept in a car. If my mom wasn’t living in Kentucky, I would have been homeless in January of this year, after I lost my job. 

We all want to talk about stereotypes drenched in ignorance, and our language around gender, people of color and sexuality. Nobody talks much about the stereotype we all seem to have about people that don’t have a place to live. American culture has done a bang up job of painting homelessness as this nasty thing that only happens to alcoholics and drug addicts.

Women, men, children and entire families don’t have homes to sleep in at night. They don’t have a secure place to keep their precious items safe, or the ability to look at their favorite painting on the wall every night. Using electricity to charge their phones is a daily adventure.

It’s hard not having a place to live, and many Americans deal with this, daily.

The number of Americans for whom this is a daily experience is rising exponentially as rent prices increase while average wages decrease, and jobs evaporate.

In many states, people who don’t have an address to call their own are unable to register to vote! If you don’t have an address, you can’t fill out a job application. If you don’t have an address, you can’t get a bank account.

In a conversation with a man the other day, he explained that he lost his SSI direct deposit when he had to spend one night in jail, for sleeping outside. The state will not pay for you to be in jail AND pay you your SSI benefits. The worst part about it, is this guy worked full time for years, and that SSI money is money he earned. Then when he went to go and get his check renewed, the government told him that in order to get his checks back, he’d have to show a lease in his name.

How’s homeboy supposed to get a lease in his name, if 1. he didn’t have a place before and 2. he has no income without the damn ssi check???

You feel me?

So, I get a little pissed off when occupations are like, “We have this homelessness problem.” Well fucking a, the entire country has a problem in that there are so many people without homes. The reason we fucking occupy is to give ourselves a massive voice that says in unison, “THiS SHIT IS FUCKED UP AND WE’RE NOT TAKING IT ANYMORE.” The problem is that these people. These American CITIZENS are the very bottom rung of exactly what the 1% wants.

They want us to look down on these people, who are just as fucking bad off as everyone else. It’s like children on a playground laughing at the kid who has knock-off brand sneakers. Who gives a fuck? She’s a kid just like you are.

That’s the biggest reason why the communities created by the occupy movement are imperative to the advancement of our society as a whole. 

Municipal governments are breaking up these tiny occupy communities. Just like the banks, slave owners and ruling class have always conspired to separate people and keep us from talking together about what we all have in common, rather than the institutionalized concepts that keep us from making friends and fighting together against those who oppress us.

At an occupation, you will brush shoulders, make friends and fight alongside the TRUE 99%. Black, White, Asian, Hispanic. Male, Female, Transgender. With or without homes. Middle class, lower class, upper class. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer. You are forced to join together with everyone from every walk of life who is currently oppressed by this outrageously corrupt system that benefits only a few people.

If we divide ourselves for them, it’s only helping the 1% do their job easier.

occupylouisville:

Occupy Louisville facing eviction by city & LMPD on January 2nd, 2012
From the article:

 
Friday morning at 10:00a.m., a meeting with several Occupy Louisville protesters, Metro Works and LMPD occurred at the Occupy Louisville encampment. Occupy Louisville was not told what the meeting would entail before it transpired. 
At the meeting, protesters were told that the permit the group has for Founders Square, located at 5th & Muhammad Ali Blvd, will be renewed, with one stipulation. Occupy Louisville is no longer allowed to have tents of any kind, thus ending the encampment. 
Essentially, this is an eviction notice for the camp, which has a functional kitchen, security tent and media resource tent where protesters can access the internet and organize onsite. Most tents onsite are heated, and nearly every camper has an electric heater to help keep them warm at night.


I wrote this article about how Louisville is planning on basically kicking occupy Louisville out of Founders Square.

occupylouisville:

Occupy Louisville facing eviction by city & LMPD on January 2nd, 2012

From the article:

Friday morning at 10:00a.m., a meeting with several Occupy Louisville protesters, Metro Works and LMPD occurred at the Occupy Louisville encampment. Occupy Louisville was not told what the meeting would entail before it transpired. 

At the meeting, protesters were told that the permit the group has for Founders Square, located at 5th & Muhammad Ali Blvd, will be renewed, with one stipulation. Occupy Louisville is no longer allowed to have tents of any kind, thus ending the encampment. 

Essentially, this is an eviction notice for the camp, which has a functional kitchen, security tent and media resource tent where protesters can access the internet and organize onsite. Most tents onsite are heated, and nearly every camper has an electric heater to help keep them warm at night.

I wrote this article about how Louisville is planning on basically kicking occupy Louisville out of Founders Square.

Via InterOccupy Communication:

Occupy LA is about to be cleared.

We’ve been advised by multiple sources that police are mobilizing en masse at Dodger Stadium, that LA camp will be cleared at 10:30. 
Leaked Disorder Control Unit document recovered by an individual arrested the night of the Occupy Wall Street eviction.

Do not act independently

Leaked Disorder Control Unit document recovered by an individual arrested the night of the Occupy Wall Street eviction.

Do not act independently

What do you want to know about the Occupy Movement?

I plan on preparing an entertaining collection of creative opinions & factual answers for the curious!

Also included?

A bit of Snopes-ing for those blinded by the likes of Fox News and other slack-o-casters.

Seriously though

The violence you see on TV at occupations across the nation is highly selective.

How much good news are we noticing coming out of these occupations?

Philly Mic Checked their city council in regards to a racist bill passed which enforces a curfew. In Louisville, we had an entire week of activities for the past 7 days. New York’s activities on the 17th were OVERWHELMINGLY nonviolent, the police really didn’t whoop too many asses, and the message was consistent.

Leigh Ann Yost, a local musician, brought her children to Occupy Louisville yesterday. On the way there, one of her sons asked her, “Are we gonna get shot?”

:-(

That really made me sad, you guys.

Okay, straight up, nobody at occupy Louisville has so much as gotten SHOVED by a police officer over some occupy Louisville shit. We are the norm, not the exception. Most police get that we’re just chillin in a park, trying to get our fucking country back from some greedy assholes. I think most of them are actually with us. I was told by a LMPD officer (on a horse!) yesterday that, “We’re all Americans, and we’re all in this together.”

Aww. I hope you remember that when we start getting bigger, dude.

A lot of occupations are getting kicked out, but most people are not getting ther asses kicked in that process.  

I’m not saying I want to make out with the police or anything. I don’t trust them, and I know they assume my delicious brown skin means I MUST be up to no good (Sarcasm, dude), but they have not started any serious shit with us. Yes, I do think they’ve given us a little push-back, but I’ll take a little bureaucratic bs over a billy club to the ribs any day.

Now listen: A ton of police ARE OVER REACTING. They’re letting their tempers get the best of them, and I’m sure some protesters are yelling, spitting and saying mean shit to the police. That’s not exactly cool, because that’s not who we’re fighting against in our nonviolent battle, here.

But seriously, the pepper spraying, old lady beating and other shit is the exception to the rule. LA, Chicago, Cincy, Philadelphia, most of Texas and many other cities have not experienced violence. But being safe and comfortable doesn’t get you on CNN.

Ray Lews, retired Philadelphia Police Captain preaches the motherfuckin’ gospel about OWS.

Matt Frasscia did a hell of a job writing a feature article about Occupy Louisville for the Courier Journal.
He hung out at the Occupation for a little over a week. What is amazing is that he really investigated us, but in a curious way. Matt spent time getting to know us individually, listening to our conversations and really doing what he could to understand what life at the encampment is like.
The article is less about the issues we stand for and why we are protesting and more about daily life at Occupy Louisville. 
Check out the article here.

Matt Frasscia did a hell of a job writing a feature article about Occupy Louisville for the Courier Journal.

He hung out at the Occupation for a little over a week. What is amazing is that he really investigated us, but in a curious way. Matt spent time getting to know us individually, listening to our conversations and really doing what he could to understand what life at the encampment is like.

The article is less about the issues we stand for and why we are protesting and more about daily life at Occupy Louisville. 

Check out the article here.

awkwardscorpion:

Watch this.

The police have surrounded the park and are not letting people in or out. Media blackout. Someone got hit on the head with a baton and is bleeding. Someone else lost a tooth.

Holy shit.

Victim Blaming: Michael Bloomberg

I kind of agree with Keith Oblerman in that, if NYC had an awesome, sympathetic warm & fuzzy mayor right now, the efforts of Occupy Wall Street would not seem as important.

It is great that Bloomberg is such a raging tool! Oh, but he is also the victim here. Tough, titties!

It makes the mother of the Occupy movement much stronger to know that she must protect her values from an incredulous colostomy bag such as Bloomberg.

The police, as my mother once told me, are paid to protect and serve businesses. They ensure law and order is maintained so that those who maintain incomes of cities are able to conduct their business. The New York Stock Exchange is a business. Bloomberg is the 1%, so we, as a nation, are currently attacking him, and his precious stockpile of resources. 

Generally I frown on victim blaming, but I’m going to go ahead and say this is a particular instance when it is okay to beam a ray of sunshine and smile upon it.

Aww, what a sorry little victim, you are, Michael Bloomberg!

What a whiny victim you are, with an army of uniformed para-military troops who unthinkingly pulverize people who dare to stand up for their rights. Bloomberg, nobody feels sorry for you as you have successfully transformed a police department of heroes into a department of cowards and bullies for hire.

I blame you, and all your friends who have been so slutty with all their money,

Michael Bloomberg. I blame you for not thinking about how much of a hoarder you’ve been.

You hang out with all those financially slutty friends! Obviously you’re just like them.

Hanging out in New York City, bringing your police friends to a park in the middle of the night? You shouldn’t have been in that neighborhood.

The way you tell your police to attack peaceful people… who wouldn’t want to uprise against your tyrannic reign?

Yes Michael Bloomberg. You are the victim. You’re dressed in such a way that you’re obviously asking for this.