Building The Homeless Power Union

Terry Bevins (
Sat, 25 Jul 1998 09:15:50 -0700 (PDT)

I am glad  to see that some of people would like to
get involved. The struggle in the defense of the
oppressed needs to reach heights it has never been
too. To do this we must educate, as well as dispel
common misconceptions and prejudices. 

The Central Task of the Homeless Power Union is to
stand in struggle side by side with the homeless as
they speak out about the conditions in which society
has left them and we as a collective must start
forcing these issues intot he spotlight, and speak
out on the conditions that give rise to poverty.

We must fight to defeat all
anti-poverty/anti-homeless initiatives. We must not
allow the state to brutalize and punish people for
something that they cannot control. As a former
homeless person I myself have been persecuted by the
police for living on the streets. The persecution of
the poor must be stopped!

The main thing we must focus is organizing those
homeless who are willing to stand up to the system
that oppresses them and fight for their right to be
human. At the rate the government is going, it won't
be long before they take that right away. The Battle
ground on the fight to end homelessness is going to
take place in evry city and state, we must start to
build up the organizations and showour power, in the
most direct fashon...DIRECT ACTION!

The Homeless Power Union has been in meetings the
last several months trying to push for a
reconstruction of our program of action, to address
the situation of workfare, welfare reform, the
attacks on homeless people by both police and
citizens of the areas they live in, and anti-homeless
campaigns. We have been making amendments to our
program to address these issues.

This is why we are pushing for a nationwide "united
front" of homeless activists, homeless people, and
pro-homeless supporters to join in the struggle for
the defense of the oppressed, and to fight and make
the shelters run by the homeless themsleves.

If you want to get involved the easiest way that I
see at this point, is to get invovled in whatever way
you can. Talking to the homeless of about what
capitalism has done to keep people in down in
poverty. What the police use to keep a homeless
person down, The attacks on welfare reform and why
Workfare is bad...All this is critical to the
building of the organization.

Please e-mail me back with any comments.

Terry Bevins
Homeless Power Union
National Women's Rights Organizing Committee
Coaliton to Defend Affirmative Action (BAMN)

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