I was grateful to get a ride with Dandelion Society to go and view the old youth detention center way out on Helmecken area, and, at least one other was grateful we had room to bring them back with us since Don Evans bailed on folks for a ride back who he drove up. Disappointing.
Its kind of how some are feeling, like me, regarding how it seems like Don Evans is all about doing a great job for Poverty Industry and pleasing the horribly poor bashing Neo Liberals in helping to remove our homeless family members from public eye and NOT actually giving them real solutions, the lieks of which Lisa Helps and others actually want. Diverse and real!
The InTent City homeless (cause there are more) are offered one year here, a few months there, some get free rent for a year (that is Laurel and Johnny, and they deserve it, and THEY GOT THEIR APARTMENT because a LAND OWNER SAW THE MEDIA THEY WERE IN AND GOT A HOLD OF LAUREL THRU FACEBOOK AND OFFERED HER AND JOHNNY THE APARTMENT!) They get rent subsidies and the land owner is kind enuff to not charge them any rent for a year. Meanwhile, although a beautiful gesture, the government is not building homes now therefore far too many others are still on knees begging for a home they can afford and which is NOT managed by a bully (that seems harder and harder these days and, I am grateful that CRD insures, so far as I can tell from my own experience, that managers are NOT bullies, not all property managers care if someone is a bully or not, as long as they stick to budget, its like a standford experiment within apartments all across colonial hell exist and we got to wake up and fix this violent mess)
Anywas…back to the Neo Liberals who are NOT building social housing for over 20 years, same with the Feds, its why Christi and Harper were such close buddies!
We need homes built, we need people to be allowed to build micro housing, we need mini tent cities spread out rather than allowing the over crowding at InTent currently. We will keep uniting, we are moving forward, many are supporting InTent cause the system is threatened by it and we need to threaten the system to act in good faith and care for its citizenry!
Look to InTent for the example of what must and can be done. It might seem hard but, we got to keep encouraging homeless at InTent to get involved in their own destinies, to help empower their voices to come forward, to go to those we know and encourage the fuck outa that shit! If not now when? This homeless issue is tied into how we are living and folks want to change that, globally, and we must act locally and globally.
Now is the time for our homeless to be heard and to lead themselves with community support. We as humans have got to grow the heck up and InTent is making us!
Much community is supporting and I am pissed at Don Evans for his CFAX interview and what he said re: activist’s at InTent, I have to say its so typical of Poverty Industry Charity Modeled people to blame community who go in who’ve known many of our homeless for years, way before Don moved here for the Our Place job, they could NOT find anyone who’d take it on locally, it was loaded with such bad karma. So Do Not judge, you have no idea! We will deal with our own, you are still a visitor and a newbie as far as I am concerned. Stop saying you have respect but acting like you only respect the crown!
So, here we are now, after all the meetings with this man Don, and I can safely say it is great that we are forgiving and a kind people, that we politicize this cause, he is not listening. In my opinion. He is like a machine who is “on it” for the Neo Liberal boss and I am thinking we have all got to keep right on helping and supporting each other as much and as often as possible to support our homeless campers, help with needs of all the campers, ALL of them. Many have said they want to stand in the way of police and take an arrest if need be. That is something I had before never heard. I heard it now! The times have changed! I can almost say its a miracle really…
No One Left Behind! Not one illicit drug user, not one alcoholic, not one person suffering with mental health not one person left behind. Real solutions for each person, what do you want folks/groups/individuals? Think of it and let us know so we can insure it happens, I can tell you I think we all got to lead in getting this all to happen. Again, a Livable Income we all fight for would be helpful in ending unnecessary pain and much unnecessary sorrow, that is another article down road. Please forgive my long windedness.
I do not want to watch as police divide homeless anymore. As soon as homeless organise the system wants to attack. Here we have the Province offering an old youth detention center. I was triggered on the one hand, and on the other hand I could see potential.
Its typical of us as humans to see the best in a crisis. I can BET that all the ideas and dreams of cooking in that cool kitchen, taking out all locks, allowing the homeless campers to go in now and paint away the jail energy and pain that is built into the design will not happen, not like folks imagine it can!
Folks at InTent IN FRONT OF LISA HELPS asked if they can please be a part of staff like working front desk/gate, (that does not happen at My Place and now folks asked for it at this new spot and Don is like “Oh Yeah, we are going to do that….”
Yeah, like you are doing it at My Place? How is that exactly? This jail aka old juvenile center is far away, buss rides are promised four times a day, that is money. Staff is also a high part of budget, I hear its for a year, how much is this going to cost and why did Don say it was a sure thing gonna open in two weeks?
Breaks my heart that Bones is so desperate for a home due to the fact he needs surgery, he has to go into this facility. Does anyone have a home for him till he gets into surgery? I am putting up on facebook for Bones his video request for a home. Instead…
THIS is what is offered, an old facility which has power over structures built in. for ONE year only. Many homeless will still exist in Lkwungen Territory aka Victoria and spots at InTent will fill up fast.
Why? Cause homeless people took it upon themselves to stay in one spot. Katherine, Satan, and many others risked arrest in those first few weeks and the word got out and BOOM, InTent City, BUT, it got support, Lisa Helps responded to the request for help as she did when we approached her around the idea of bringing micro housing to Victoria, why? Cause we asked and we managed to get organised. Its what we ALL can do around housing and a livable income.
Enough is enough.
Would you want to live here?
In the end, not me. I’d rather see it get completely made into housing NOW which can be permanent. Right?
We can create micro housing around the buildings, there is plenty of room, have the tent city outside and actually have folks living there help build and create a constitution like Abby DIggs and they staff it and poverty pimpers can move on and help other homeless create same till we all can do work we love and help heal the planet and grwo food or what ever else besides poverty industry, which is what is offered in this system which creates poverty! We suffer unnecessary pain due to a dumb ass economic system which has to die already!
The last foto is of a rat, kind of cute / intense but, a rat no less.
I smell a rat. the end.