[Hpn] [Fwd: Re: [Hpn] two regrets, and two questions...]

unclescam unclescam@buskers.org
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 <unclescam@buskers.org>
Reply-To: unclescam@buskers.org
To: "Coalition on Homelessness, SF" <coh@sfo.com>
References:
<p04320405b5c7f97956ab@[192.168.0.1]><39A1D3D5.5D7C206@buskers.org> <p04320407b5c7840b66dd@[192.168.0.1]>

in your groups program an awfull lot of the points sought were directled
at the
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.
>
> peace,
>
> ch@nce
>
> >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 neo@lawcollective.org. 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
> >>  coh@sfo.com
> >>
> >>  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.
> >>
> >>  ## END FORWARD ##
> >>
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