Re: police-the-homeless solution: hate-the-homeless file FWD

Tom Boland (
Wed, 11 Feb 1998 06:41:55 -0800 (PST)

Tedrico, my brother:

Thank you for sharing your feelings.  I appreciate your help to HPN, your
views, and the views of all those who responded about your Award.  It must
sting your pride, I'd think, to be criticized for your gesture of good will
- Spotlighting on your site my forward to HPN of a Usenet post (which
advised that homeless people need more policing).

When I posted the forward, I wanted people to consider how the "shape up or
ship out" attitude can justify restricting homeless people's civil
liberties.  I did not expect you or any HPN member to be criticized, and I
regret that you felt hurt.

Clearly, listmembers will sometimes disagree.  Otherwise, we never rethink
our stands or learn anything new.  I want every HPN member to feel welcome
here - new and old member, those who post often or rarely, and those with
both popular and unpopular views.

Much work and creative planning remains, if we are to end homelessness.
Living with tension is part of our task.  Fortunately, we also find
friendship and understanding here, and some success in helping our homeless
peers in our communities.

May we absorb the insights of our disputes, and carry on as coworkers for
justice.  The world needs us, I think, and we need each other.

Tedrico, keep up your good work.  We need your efforts.

Seeking peaceful means to homeless peoples' aims.--Tom

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