Since the Golden Arches rose above the first Southern California drive-ins, workers have labored for the lowest legal wage a boss can pay. Jack in the Box in Oakland recently fired two immigrant women without warning. Did the corporate office decide that the time had come to give workers a good scare?
The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club held a sleep-in at Dolores Park to protest the anti-homeless ordinance. “This is yet another attack on the homeless, on queer people, poor people and people of color, and our right to exist in public space in our society,” said Harvey Milk Club president Tom Temprano.
Tucson police, implementing the hated immigrant profiling law, stopped a car for a faulty light, and the Border Patrol detained the passengers. People surrounded the car to stop the deportation, but 40 Border Patrol agents and more police set at them with pepper spray, rubber bullets and dogs.
People who could not find anywhere else to live, lived in this beautiful place. They had the solace of living in nature, and loved the landfill for its wildness, for the fact that it wasn’t controlled and tamed.
“No matter how many times the Department of Corrections tries to justify our suffering and dehumanization through character assassination and dirty political games, the whole world will watch and bear witness as we continue to show our unity by fighting for human rights in the most virtuous and honorable ways possible.”
The Fair Campaign Practices Commission will investigate the Yes On S campaign “because John Caner admitted to paying 52 homeless people in cash on election day to campaign against themselves.” Caner handed out more than $5,530 in $100 and $50 cash payments to homeless and formerly homeless “poll workers.”
This is land that should be tilled and fertilized and made productive, not paved over. It is land that should be used to fulfill the promise made by Miguel Altieri to engage people in urban gardening. It is land that should be planted with crops to feed hungry people, not greedy corporations.
More and more cities across the country are criminalizing homelessness by outlawing sitting and lying on sidewalks, panhandling, sleeping outdoors and other essential, life-sustaining acts. In order to protect homeless people from discrimination, lawmakers in Connecticut and Illinois are following Rhode Island’s lead in passing Homeless Bills of Rights.
“These families have done nothing wrong. They’re being punished for working, which is what people in our community are supposed to do. We will not allow workers to be treated as though they are invisible. Being terminated because of immigration status is a violation of their human and civil rights.” — Rev. Phil Lawson
At a time of rising poverty, the huge federal budget cuts known as sequestration will eliminate many units of low-income housing desperately needed by the nation’s poorest people. At the same time, the salaries of nonprofit housing executives continue to rise ever higher, reducing the scant funds available for housing.
Despite their efforts to keep the land green, homeless people once again face eviction from the Albany Bulb. Advocates argue that Albany officials cannot evict the homeless encampment without providing alternative shelter. Yet, for the past 15 years, Albany has had no homeless shelters at all for its unsheltered citizens.
Homeless advocate Linda Lemaster asked, “Is Santa Cruz County still under the Constitution that we think of as the lead legal document of our land, where people — even if they happen to be homeless — have certain civil rights, and even some human rights are acknowledged in our constitution?”