I Found The Thing We Have In Common.

I am a pattern seer.  That should be self explanatory.

I was wondering lately what was the one thing I can say all my facebook friends have in common, whether or not we are currently “fighting”, separated by hundreds of unceeded territory, and treaty territories and oceans, more genders than I can shake a stick at and I am proud to say heterosexuals know they have as much of a voice s LGBTQ and so on, what was the ONE thing I can say we all had in common?

We are all…

…brave.

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Friday May 17th at Super InTent City

My friend Mary Vickers came down to Super InTent City (SIC) today, was warm there compared to my cold apartment!   Great to say Hey to Noah Ross, Doug, saw Gizmo and that made me smile!
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We bumped into some smiley faces, great to see Rev. Nancy Ford who just got back from Winnipeg, I’ll let her tell you about that, I do know there was a lot of competition as to where she could have gone today and I feel its a great gift to SIC that she chose SIC.  Great to see Paul as well, a housed supporter who like others down there, just do not stop!  Kudo’s to all of you, there are too many to list however, you are all appreciated by someone at SIC and that is critical as everybody is somebody.

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We had camera crews hanging around..you can see them in background here…

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A resident at SIC helping take gravel and do pathways…good job brother!

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He is explaining whats been done and how much is left to do re: pathways…they are getting thru.

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Rev. Al was not in, he might be home now though.

I and others await Rich Coleman, the poverty pimp King’s, announcement on what seems to me to be a surprise inspection on last Wednesday’s welfare day at SIC; no surprise folks are NOT interested in having bureaucracy to deal with on the: once a month pay your bills, rest and not have to go to a line up day!  The line up came to their doors!

I think it was not cool to pull that and might bite the minister and Liberals in the butt in the end.

I’ve heard that, if you play dirty, dirty will follow you around.   Beware.

Thanks for all the walk by’s of love and support, thank you friends who’ve been watching the backs of our homeless and bare witness as needed.

Thank you for holding each other accountable then forgiving and moving forward as community…

PS:

What I know for a fact is there is a large group down at SIC who wold love and work for this:

http://austinot.com/community-first-village-austin


 

 

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To Those Who Support Super InTent City Zen.

Reverend Allen just reported he had a good sleep down at SIC, not any yelling.
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Today Raging Grannies are coming to SIC, Art Farquharson might also be joining, its a casual thing of sharing love to our homeless family who are under such HORRIBLE STIGMATISING HATE by media and police.

 

Bless you all for showing up today, Thursday for 3pm.  Bring your love, and a song if you want to share one.
Supporters welcome.
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Just Came Back From Super InTent City.

Was great to see Reverend Allen outside his tent, nice spot you got and, nice chair to chillax in (good one hey?), I found Bert and friend hanging with Allen.  We played musical chairs and even shared that chair, the relaxer!

Was real nice to hang.

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Here are some photo’s of site from earlier today, when I went it was actually quiet.  Than, from yesterday, the site looks good and sounds good.

Just a note: last night I guess residents at SIC had to deal with a person who needed to leave SIC due to their behaviours.  A friend of mine was there and shared the story with me earlier today.  Bottom line is the residents dealt.  A few minutes later the calvary showed up, a few cop cars and many officers came and asked where the tne people fighting were.  It was dealt with.

Oh.

So, I ask: I want to know DEETS about the residents in the area who are supposedly calling police re: issues at tent city.  I am beginning to suspect that naive neighbors or folks who are helping in the criminilising of poor by calling for every little thing, are they wasting the police’s time?

Here are photo’s of some clean up and the site:

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Rest well all residents at SIC!  I heard Rev. Allen went to all tents to see how folks felt about him bringing a tent in, he got consensus!  Way to go!

May love and a sense of justice unite us all.

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Sometimes The World Is So Beautiful….

I guess the amp can is coming OUT!!!!!
Oh Yeah!
Done I am.
Love has got to shine and it does so in Actions Only …
Sometimes The World Is So Beautiful I Have To Shoot Rainbows Out Of My Eyes!
Come on Team Love, Team Protect, Team Change and TEAM Move Ahead!
Super InTent City Needs YOU to to a Drive By Loving!
Dr.Gabor Matte books are being lived out and love is needed.
Some are lashing out at each other in anger, in pain, generational blaming of other.
Why? HAte and Stigma is in media and it brings out the worst in all of us!!!
Hurting and re-hurting of each other, at any moment one can just STOP like this moment, and love, simply love.
It is all we got!
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No Rest for the Weary: Why Cities Should Embrace Homeless Encampments

Samir Junejo


Seattle University School of Law

Suzanne Skinner


Seattle University School of Law

Sara Rankin


Seattle University School of Law

May 9, 2016

Seattle University School of Law, Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, 2016

Abstract:

Partly due to their visible nature, homeless encampments are often at the core of the debate about how local governments should deal with homelessness. This brief describes why encampments exist and the many benefits that encampments can provide to their residents. In addition, the brief examines the disruptions of encampments by local governments, most commonly known as “sweeps.” The findings indicate that disruptions of encampments are ineffective, traumatizing to residents, and potentially unconstitutional. The brief concludes with recommendations to policymakers on how they can embrace encampments without failing to pursue more permanent solutions to homelessness.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: homeless, poverty, encampments, shelter, constitutional law

Date posted: May 11, 2016 ; Last revised: May 20, 2016

Suggested Citation

Junejo, Samir and Skinner, Suzanne and Rankin, Sara, No Rest for the Weary: Why Cities Should Embrace Homeless Encampments (May 9, 2016). Seattle University School of Law, Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, 2016. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2776425 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2776425

 

These photo’s were all taken within an hour…lots of police always create tensions for poor and first nations.  Police hurt these folks way too much for any of them to really feel safe who is homeless ie: especially vulnerable.

 

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Day In Photo’s:SIC May 20 , 2016

Above and below we have welcomer’s on behalf of SIC who are welcoming folks all day and receiving donations, great to see folks dropping off resources, sharing information on behalf of SIC residents on this day May 20, 2016

Media does not tell us all!

Here below you see police driving by and two officers on foot in the Mason Park, lovingly called by many on the street, The Dead Zone. It has very old graves of some of the early colonist’s, many were Masons.   These officers are in radio contact with officers on ground at SIC.

 

So, if you look up you’ll see a police van, and police returning a blue bike to a SIC resident? I guess a SIC resident was taken in cause VICPD thought he stole a bike, they released the fellow and got a hold of a guy who was seeking his stolen bike, that guy came to SIC as VICPD set that up, turns out, it was NOT the stolen bike.  Hmm?  This problem with people stealing is actually a small number of people doing it, yet, its felt by many.   Below you see the guy/housed person walking back to his vehoicle cause it was not his bike and the SIC resident got his bike back.

Katherine got Bruce and I up to speed on some weird just thown at them new “fire and safety” issues beurocracy threat, I think?  Anyways, all is well, they got great lawyers and like I said, its great they are getting support, good work SIC and supporters and thanks for update Katherine. See earlier blog about Tents Needed…

In ending…

Consider:

“Choices Shelter”, which is yet another temporary shelter, whom many at SIC are not able to go to, gets a lot or resources right now. Not all at SIC are eligible to go to Choices.

There are currently at least two groups formed at SIC.  We also have many individuals, some of  who have chosen each other to live with, as well as a lot of other individuals, some are still occasionally released from jail with no supports and many of htem do go to SIC for the harsh transition out of jail back to so called normal society.

Still some of the other over 1300 homeless in Victoria make it to SIC.  That number came from the Point In Time homeless count the Liberals asked for.

Critical fact:

Sandy Merriman house is SHUTTING DOWN in 4 DAYS!: and now we have women who are desperate for shelter who really NEED HOMES!  SOCIAL HOUSING ACTUALLY!  Many of them do not want to go to Rockbay for a=varios reasons and its a travesty if the Province does not get something for them!  Again, Social Housing Now @ 30% of income.   I can honestly say I’d ONLY WANT CRD to be the HOUSING PROVIDER for buildings managed in a self governeing way, I am sure they are open to it if I recall from a convo I had with two of them.  They are indeed the best to work with I’d say.

There are also those living at SIC who are seeking land or a contract with liberals to help get housing built for themselves,those who are often not eligible to stay at Choices: their budget is low as compared to Choices, they have so far, I think, asked for either a micro housing eco village model or,  a bit of land to tent on as well for those who are not eligible for existing shelters and want permanent long term solutions, rather than more poverty pimping and “Gate Keeping” NON self governing shelters, which again, they are NOT eligible to stay in.

This was the first group at SIC to form a society, Ana and DOUg and such, they lead and now others are doing the same.  I am excited for them all and beleive that all must have their needs met.  Since there are so many supporters for SIC still, contrary to popular belief pushed by corporate owned media, it is definitely possible for us to love them all and support them all, and we must!

All groups who form, including Micro Housing Victoria has a right to land and support. I will repeat, I am excited for them all!  This is community building when diversity can exist and ALL can be cared for with no punitive judgment.  This is what democracy looks like, it wanted to be the opposite of NIMBY’ISM.  We got to be careful of that slippery slope my friends…

I know we all understand this.

We have ascertained that there are loads of resources going to Choices and still donations being dropped off.

It’s harder living at SIC with fewer resources, these are still many of the same folks you all wanted to love and help and support no matter, for long-term solutions. They are there still and, still NOT eligible for shelters.

Ok then.

So, since we got diverse needs and at least two societies formed at SIC, maybe we got to…

 

 

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