[Hpn] [Fwd: Re: [Hpn] two regrets, and two questions...]
Mon, 21 Aug 2000 21:32:06 -0400
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Subject: Re: [Hpn] two regrets, and two questions...
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2000 21:30:32 -0400
From: unclescam <email@example.com>
To: "Coalition on Homelessness, SF" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
in your groups program an awfull lot of the points sought were directled
man's pocket. is there a difference only in individual motivation
between what you
ask for from the man and he?
"Coalition on Homelessness, SF" wrote:
> no, I would reserve that honor for someone who doesn't spend so much
> of his public life on his knees to the man. Hayes reminds me more of
> some Nazi sympathizer in France during the occupation.
> >so this is your nominee for poverty pimp of the year ?
> >"Coalition on Homelessness, SF" wrote:
> >> Hey Harmonica Tom, welcome back!
> >> the posting below is as per your request. I didn't write it to fan
> >> the flames of controversy, I wrote it in response to some postings on
> >> the LA IMC from allies of ours. You should read all the postings
> >> regarding Hayes to gain a more complete picture of his disgraceful
> >> role during the DNC. We have enough real work ahead of us without
> >> dealing with the loose cannons rolling around the deck.
> >> LA was quite an eye-opening experience. I heard someone say at the
> >> rally in Pershing Square before the Human Needs Not Corporate Greed
> >> march that it was the the second time in their life that they were a
> >> part of a movement that has joined so many in the struggle. ditto for
> >> me. and I'm certain it's going to be a bumpy ride before all's said
> >> and done.
> >> as for your second request, I believe the folks to direct police
> >> abuse reports from the DNC would be the Midnight Special Law
> >> Collective (gotta love that name - sounds like some kind of groovy
> >> bail bond operation, but it's not). their phone number is 323 /
> >> 939.3039 and their email is email@example.com. If anyone learns
> >> differently please let me know.
> >> I gotta deadline (like what else is new?) I'll be posting further
> >> reports from the front lines of the battle to rescue justice when I
> >> pull my nose off my monitor sometime later this week.
> >> peace,
> >> ch@nce
> >> ================================================================
> >> http://la.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=2959
> >> HOLLYWOOD TED HAYES
> >> (or two regrets, and two questions...)
> >> by ch@nce 8:00pm Sat Aug 19 '00
> >> firstname.lastname@example.org
> >> I can see that I'm not going to be able to successfully hold my
> >> tongue about Ted Hayes...
> >> Let me preface these remarks by qualifying my perspective. My name is
> >> chance martin, I work for the Coalition on Homelessness San Francisco
> >> where I edit the STREET SHEET - the oldest street newspaper on the
> >> west coast. I've been a homeless advocate/activist for about 10
> >> years, except unlike Mr. Hayes - who maintains that he voluntarily
> >> chose to live among "the homeless" - I became homeless when I lost my
> >> small business behind disability in 1988. Perhaps the reason why
> >> Hayes can so casually objectify homeless people by labeling them as
> >> "the homeless" is because he sees them as separate from himself. And
> >> labeling, after all, is the first step in disempowering any group of
> >> people. Self-appointed leaders like Hayes invariably predicate their
> >> "leadership" on their success at disempowering their followers.
> >> That being said, allow me to state that Ted Hayes is the most
> >> tireless, most shameless self-promoter that I've ever met in all my
> >> years of homeless advocacy. Do a search on Dogpile for "Ted Hayes"
> >> and you'll see what I mean. Hayes has carved out a niche for himself
> >> by making statements in the corporate media that pander to the
> >> "quality of life" crowd, and frequently at the direct expense of the
> >> civil rights of the same homeless people he claims to represent.
> >> I first met Hayes at at statewide civil rights organizing conference
> >> in L.A. several years ago. Or, more correctly, I met Hayes and his
> >> entourage, including an attractive European videographer who shooting
> >> a documentary NOT about homelessness, but about Ted Hayes. It seems
> >> he was using the conference as a backdrop for his latest vehicle for
> >> self-aggrandizement.
> >> At first I was puzzled, because Hayes' remarks were so far off-topic
> >> from the workshop's discussions that I was starting to mistake him
> >> for another drug causality. Then I realized that he wasn't even
> >> speaking with US, and that all of his comments were solely for the
> > > benefit of the camera. As this became clear, I dismissed Hayes as an
> > > aberration, paid scant attention to his theatrical posturings, and
> >> said silent thanks that homeless advocacy in San Francisco hadn't yet
> >> "gone Hollywood."
> >> Thankfully, Hayes stayed pretty much off my radar until very
> >> recently, when we received an invitation to send a "delegation" to
> >> his "National Homeless Convention" at Dome Village. The stated
> >> purpose of this gathering was to gather input for a "National
> >> Homeless Plan." I had my reservations, but since we were sending a
> >> group to participate in the protests anyway, and especially since we
> >> spent a great deal of time last year developing an action plan to end
> >> homelessness in San Francisco
> >> we thought we'd check it out.
> >> I spoke to some folks at Dome Village by phone, and asked for a draft
> >> of the document they were working from so we could be prepared to
> >> participate. They faxed a program and agenda, and pretty sketchy ones
> >> at that. Not to be deterred, I checked out Dome Village's url, and
> >> what I found there was disturbing, to put it mildly.
> >> The two most clearly articulated components of Hayes' plan were: 1)
> >> the plan's basic intent was to create an even greater role for
> >> corporate interests by inviting them to become stakeholders in the
> >> creation of a domestic "Marshall Plan" (the post WWII U.S. policy
> >> that opened war-torn Europe to exploitation by corporate interests
> >> and laid the foundation for the present European economic union), and
> >> 2) installing none other than Ted Hayes as national "homeless czar,"
> >> heading a Presidential Commission for "the Homeless." Can you say
> >> "grandiosity?" Can you say "lack of insight?" Seems like Mr. Hayes is
> >> one ambitious man.
> >> Also disturbing was that the url's content changed almost daily. This
> >> presented a problem for me because I had been asked to critique
> >> Hayes' Plan for an interview with a Los Angeles micropower radio
> >> station through LA IMC. Ultimately, I decided not to take Ted Hayes
> >> to task for solidarity's sake (and since we were going to participate
> >> in his convention) and spoke instead about the plan we developed, and
> >> about the National Civil Rights Organizing Project we're working on.
> >> That is my first regret.
> >> A couple of us stopped by Dome Village Monday (after we missed the
> >> start of the U'wa demo) to see if we should find parking and bring
> >> the other ten folks in our group to Hayes' "Homeless Conference." A
> >> large white canopy had been erected, under beneath which sat a stage
> >> and row upon row of empty chairs. Dangling in hopeful anticipation
> >> from the canopy's support poles were signs designating where
> >> representatives from the various corporate media outlets could set up
> >> their cameras, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX... etc.
> >> Thinking this was only a lull in the activities, we wandered further
> >> to the registration table, and then entered Dome Village - a cluster
> >> of neat and wonderfully habitable little "buckyballs" in a well
> >> shaded, park-like setting nestled beneath the freeway. It certainly
> >> had the look of a "model" habitat - the kind of "model" you promote
> >> to funders for more free money. After all, Dome Village was initially
> >> funded by a quarter-million dollar grant from ARCO - one of many
> >> "models" of corporate savagery - and receives ongoing support from
> >> the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Can you say
> >> "one strike" rule?
> >> Hayes wasn't there. Few were there, except some residents and a lady
> >> I've corresponded with via a homeless email list. (hi, Catalina!) And
> >> no-one there could offer a single confident statement about when, or
> >> if, anything was ever going to happen. Sadly, it was a non-event. We
> >> hung around and made polite talk for a few minutes, then hiked back
> >> to the van to eventually catch up with the end of the march (more on
> >> that later).
> >> The only other time during our stay (we returned to SF Tuesday
> >> evening) that we passed by Dome Village, a band was playing in the
> > > cool shade of that big white canopy to those same silent rows of
> > > empty seats. The band was pretty good - the scene looked like a
> >> surreal wedding reception after the bride got stood up. My guess is
> >> that being so roundly ignored is precisely why Ted Hayes decided to
> >> up the ante.
> >> Later that evening, we had already gravitated to the barriers before
> >> LAPD gave the dispersal order following RAtM's protest performance.
> >> Our group couldn't risk arrest because three of us were in jeopardy
> >> from INS, so we headed down Olympic to Loyola Law School where we had
> >> scammed free parking (because several others of us were legal
> >> observers). About the same time we arrived at our destination we
> >> heard several loud pops in the distance, and saw several LAPD cars
> >> and ambulances screaming down Olympic while LAPD's helicopters began
> >> their late evening light show. I only learned later that the LAPD had
> >> decided to begin their candy-assed pissing match in earnest. So many
> >> of my friends and comrades were injured in the ensuing police riot
> >> that I can only say that is my second regret.
> >> One occasion when Ted Hayes surfaced on my radar screen since the
> >> civil rights conference was when he stepped forward to exonerate the
> >> LAPD after a certain officer snuffed Margaret LaVerne Mitchell - a
> >> 5'1" African-American homeless grandmother allegedly suffering from
> >> mental illness - because she waved a six-inch screwdriver at him in
> >> self-defense from a distance of six to eight feet. Hayes ensured that
> >> he seized his media moment (off Margaret's dead back) by instead
> >> blaming homeless advocates (with the notable exception of himself)
> >> for permitting her the misfortune to be pushing a shopping cart down
> >> La Brea Ave. past some quality-of-life enforcement bicycle cops in
> >> the first place.
> >> Ironically, when Hayes was victimized himself by the same gang of
> >> brutal, racist, violent, redneck thugs he then chose to blame the
> >> anarchists (does anyone else detect a pattern here?) Blame-laying is
> >> game-playing, and Hayes knows how to play his self-promotion game for
> >> media exposure points by blaming anyone handy, especially those
> >> groups who threaten his corporate and governmental benefactors most.
> >> A photographer friend of mine (who had her shoulder shattered in the
> >> panic after the cops opened fire and charged the people who hadn't
> >> managed to escape the protest pit in time on Monday night) told me
> >> that Hayes had set up a barricade of homeless people between the
> >> protesters and the cops. And that's my biggest question - was Hayes
> >> so desperate for some media attention in the midst of the spectacle
> >> unfolding around him (which he was vociferously boycotting because he
> >> couldn't be its focus) that he would place innocent people in harm's
> >> way?
> >> My second biggest question is this: was Hayes actually injured, or
> >> was he dramatizing another silly-assed martyr trip for the cameras?
> >> As a social anarchist, I have deep concerns whether Hayes is, indeed,
> >> a provocateur or some another flavor of cop symp. If he's dependent
> >> on HUD funding, we can safely assume that he is thoroughly
> >> compromised. Someone of the investigative bent should go to Dome
> >> Village and demand to see a copy of his project's most current form
> >> 990. Non-profits must provide them on request to the public by law.
> >> It would be very instructive in the purposes of learning exactly who
> >> truly holds the strings to the media puppet we know as Ted Hayes.
> >> Yesterday, when I was playing the video from the LA IMC site of Hayes
> >> (after his *miraculous* recovery) to a couple members of our LA crew,
> >> who also happen to be African-American, they asked, "What in the hell
> >> is his message?" and "Is that supposed to make sense?"
> >> My reply: "Some of us carry a message, others carry a mess."
> >> **DISCLAIMER**
> >> The views represented here are the views of chance martin, and not
> >> necessarily shared by all the members of the Coalition on
> >> Homelessness, San Francisco.
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