America Has Unofficially Declared War on the Homeless

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By Josie Wales at theantimedia.org

 

Police departments across the country have been ramping up raids on the homeless, stealing coats, blankets, and other personal items and leaving those on the street with no protection from the cold and rain.

The Homelessness San Diego Facebook page recently posted a video of city workers conducting an “encampment sweep” that was recorded by homeless advocate Michael McConnell. According to CW6, “the city says it routinely posts clean-up notices downtown as part of its regular weekly abatement schedule.

Encampment Sweep

Encampment Sweeps were conducted today and your tent was thrown away if you were not with it. Unfortunately, this person or family will not have any protection against the rain storms arriving this week.

Posted by Homelessness News San Diego on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Denver Police Department released a statement last Thursday evening defending police officers caught on video taking blankets, sleeping bags, and tents from homeless people and issuing some citations. Freezing temperatures didn’t stop the cold-hearted cops from confiscating the items “as evidence of the violations.”

#stopthesweeps #movealongtowhere #denver #colorado"We are taking your tent and sleeping bag as evidence of a crime." – Denver police officer "doing his job" under the directive of Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Albus Brooks: Denver City Council President. To a VETERAN.Lear more: https://www.movealongtowhere.com/#amoralnecessity

Posted by Kayvan Soorena Tyler Khalatbari-Limaki on Monday, November 28, 2016

The video taken by a bystander went viral after being shared by the ACLU of Colorado’s Facebook page. It was swiftly followed up by an open letter to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Denver City Council, and city officials. The letter, which expresses horror at the willingness of the local government officials to endanger the lives of the homeless, “demands that the City immediately (1) direct its police officers to cease confiscation of blankets and other survival gear possessed by people experiencing homelessness, (2) suspend enforcement of the Denver Urban Camping Ban through the winter months, using that time to explore alternative approaches to homelessness that do not criminalize people for having nowhere they can afford to live and (3) end the coordinated sweeps of people experiencing homelessness, whether they are conducted through police, public works, private security, all of the above, or any other means.”

This is not the first time Colorado authorities have come under fire for their brutal treatment of the homeless. In February of this year, Denver Law School released a report called Too High A Price: What Criminalizing Homelessness Costs Colorado, which examined the economic and social cost of the anti-homeless laws. According to the paper, “Laws that criminalize panhandling, begging, camping, sitting or lying in public, and vagrancy target and disproportionately impact homeless residents for activities they must perform in the course of daily living.”

Los Angeles deployed an entire task force to crack down on homeless people, imposing their own “encampment sweeps” in September. The ironically named “Homeless Outreach and Proactive Engagement” teams are supposed to help reduce the number of people living on the street, but they appear to be doing nothing more than turning those who are less fortunate into criminals.

The ACLU declared a small victory over the summer when it successfully defended the rights of a man charged with trespassing after trying to gain access to emergency shelter. According to Jessie Rossman, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Massachusetts:

“Today’s landmark, unanimous ruling has affirmed, e.in the state high court’s own words that ‘our law does not permit the punishment of the homeless simply for being homeless.’”

Anti-homeless laws are cruel, unconstitutional, and create more hardship for those targeted, making it harder for them to get back on their feet. It is unthinkable to believe that stealing blankets and clothing from people living on the street is justifiable by any legislation, and it is terrifying to see law enforcement follow orders to do so without blinking an eye.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. why they don’t declare war on all beings and people on earth… because that would be revelation and game over…

    they are playing with common sense and intelectuality and emotions and quality of energy of body and mind plus nature and purity because then so, no one could think straight or even express their thoughts with emotion expression with meaning relative coherent with representation of energy nature purity showable(provable) events or moments or images from nature…

    from here you can find and know how to defy such system and to put everything normal and reverse or rollover… natural and free

    there are ways that i know we could all reverse this planet to optimal states natural and free and pure…

    there are forward and backward ways…

    backward implies a bit of reverse engineering plus knowing the place as energy and being in universe existence and nature and habitat…
    there are by steps and one way only… to live good on this planet…
    one way would mean every being living free happy natural pure harmonic life with others. that would go pass through dismantling govs buildings, clean water, purify… clean air and purify… water too clean and purify… and bring purity and nature and being and gifted nature and energy to every being…

    by phases there are some, so to hold against the system which would consist and maintain connection to nature and freedom and coherence and relation with source of nature being… and maintain independent from the system… distance please… there is someone to try to live a live as a being in here… a natural gifted pure immersurable infinite immortal one life nature pure being… meaning and quality and gift and purity…

    phase one dismantle govs…

    phase two divide the world in hexagonal areas with infinite pure commitment cooperation… they can be free and natural and being unique as also equal free and natural to others…

    phase three clean purify elements of habitat of a nature or being, water, air and land…

    phase four be with energy and start rethink in everything in energy and nature and get rid of materialism completely… I know it seems they are toys but they are also objects with chains… the most pure natural life is when you don’t need unanimated objects to give you happiness, that is not true… that is a diversion from divergent to educate have something as holding some value with beings and natures…. so in the end life the most pure gifted natural life with nature and being and fertility… yes there you can have emotion gifts and ESPs… only there…

    phase five help everyone guide (.energy) every being, being friend with nature and being being with.. life a natural being energy life with others… actually I don’t see no being no nature working as a hive in nature, i see independent self aware beings and nature living surviving a life with surrounding nature and getting the most beautifuyl emotions and natures and moments out of their lives as well as living everytime happy only knowing happiness and emotion… without thoughts or delayed emotions… guide to attain the most pure energy nature being family life form… and presence and encounter

    phase six be free and live the most gifted pure natural life ever…

    FORWARD: well forward, the option is to kill the elite and illuminati and bankers those corrupts that only live from others lives and natures and purities and energies and exploitation… then disappear with evil and bad which the source is the same, it is being held by an illusion of optimality of 1’s and 0’s and good and evil… while evil doesn’t exist then exists pure and natural but then also good doesnt exist, what exists is being present at the moment with the most beautiful form presence encounter and emotions and moments… then the basic systems will also guide earthians and beings and natures guide you there… so everything in this planet is built related coherent with energy, with energy of being and nature in mind… do not screw with that… no one did nothing different so it is probably infinitely difficult… but ok… understand energy of being beings nature and natures you’ll be ok… the basic systems have energy being nature and fertility in mind… food, water, shelter, education, protection… in free pure natural life there is no need for education or protection… that is the phase that makes all beings understand the path of encounter of energy purity nature and being… where you all find the full presence and encounter of your being possibilities purity and self awareness and independence…

    and then you have to adjust all those techniques together to the pure optimal state….

    that is the plan, my plan for the planet beings natures and my family in my own planet… where it all started… those crooks needed to parasite a foundation like that trying to be vampires… for no reason…

    imagine if all that energy which is infinite also healed purified the universe and existence altogether… i mean that’s quite alien already, right???

    see why and when and where hackers anoymous wikileaks CE5 appear before all of that???

    http://wearethenewmedia.com/

    so they want mars to start from the beggining without pollution…

  2. A police officer found me sleeping on a sidewalk. They picked me up on a warrant but instead of going to jail they brought me to a homeless shelter that took me in.

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