[Hpn] Thank You All.

Mark Watson preachur@CrUsThAvEn.every1.net
Fri, 01 Sep 2000 12:10:33 -0700 (PDT)

Thank you all for being here.
 I know that many of my stories contain elements that it's considered taboo to talk about. Some of it is offensive. I admit that a good portion of the time I should have been fighting the system, I was actually helping it by staying fucked up all the time. It's easier to justify getting rid of the drunk, addicted homeless. BUT WAIT! I spent at least 5 years on the streets sober...The persecution was worse then. I understand being on the streets because you have no other options. I lived that for 12 years. Now I want to take another stab at changing things for the better. If you find my experiences too offensive, please, don't read my posts. Once again, thank you. 

--- Mark Watson <preachur@crusthaven.every1.net>
> wrote:
>What about Boulder, Colo....no sleeping or camping outside in Boulder County. Tempe, AZ is the same way, as is Santa Cruz, Cali. and many other places. IT'S ALL UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!! Many people are homeless because their beliefs do not include capitalism and greed. The persecution of the poor and homeless must end. Abraham Lincoln would have led the revolution, if he were alive.
>--- Stephen Twig Meeks <s_meeks99@yahoo.com>
>> wrote:
>>As most are aware in Austin,TX, the ban on sleeping in
>>public was declared unconstitutional (even though it
>>is stil on the books). It is still illegal however to
>>set up camp as well as carry on cooking activities.
>>As far as feeding there are several non-service
>>provider organisations that feed people (ie;
>>Loaves&Fishes and Food Not Bombs).
>>When I was in Tampa FA. a few years ago though, there
>>was a group of activists (mostly Green Party people
>>and Neo-Pagans), that began feeding near the Food
>>Stamp Office there on Thursday evenings. However the
>>local service provider coalition (ie;"we get a
>>paycheck because of homelessness and we need the
>>numbers),Metropolitan Ministries said that THEY were
>>the OFFICIAL and SOLE people QUALIFIED to FEED people
>>and weshould not be allowed to do it. Furthermore they
>>went far enough to say that this group was NOT
>>Christian based. (This alone however, was enough to
>>keep the Thursday feed happening, for an attemt to
>>block 1st Amendement rights, as far as "freedom of
>>religion and expression goes.
>>What the bottom line here in the Dayton Ohio article
>>is I feel is that "renegade" outfits that feed people,
>>or tent cities that are set up are a threat to the
>>homeless service provider industry. And people who get
>>money from the fact that there is homelessness, WILL
>>support the local City Councils and Police Department
>>when it comes to shutting down Tent Cities, and
>>"private citizen" run people feeds, for it does
>>threaten their numbers sigificantly, thereby reducing
>>the amount of money that they can put into their
>>My solution is to make the public more aware to get
>>involved on a personal basis. Have "tent-ins" in major
>>cities across the US. Through HPN and local grass
>>roots independant media, stand in solidarity for
>>We have the right to fair shelter (even if it is a
>>tent) We have the right to feed other people (it is a
>>freedom of expression).
>>We have the right to choose how we live our lives as
>>long as we don't harm others or our enviroment (which
>>for a lot of us is our livingroom and bedroom).
>>So as a people we need to stand up and take action and
>>let the service providers and city councils know that
>>we can control our own lives, and make our own
>>Peace and Solidarity;
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