Re: Homeless Power Union

Jane Scharf (
Thu, 29 Jul 1999 17:26:23 -0400

Hi Terry:

I would like to know how to set up a regular contact with the
homeless power union. I am from the Ottawa area in
Canada. Our provincial government are a bunch of Nazi's.
Among other things they have cut down our welfare,
forse people to do workfare, cut out housing subsidies,
child care subsidies and so on and so on.

They are cracking down on those labelled mentally ill
and they are gearing up to do massive street sweeps
with new legislation they are preparing to crack down
on panhandling and squeegie work.

This new legislation is suppose to be put in the fall. I would
like to support an action to stop it and action to resist it
if does make it through.

The reason I thought it might be a good idea to connect with
your union is because of your position that a movement to
take back our human rights can start on the street.

bye for now,

Jane Scharf Protest, Resist and Surpass

At 9:24 AM -0700 7/29/99, Terry Bevins wrote:
> Hello,
> I was one the list before, I was in Ann Arbor, where
>I was homeless. Now I am in Detroit, a city whose
>homeless problem is very visible. I have been talking
>with some of them, and I have been keeping a close
>eye to the happenings in the area I live in. There is
>a much injustice between the police and those who are
>homeless. They are harassed, then arressted when they
>try to speak for themselves, some don't know what is
>going on because they are suffering from mental
>I am still building the Homeless Power Union. So
>Detroit is important to me. They are vicitms of every
>kind that live on the streets, and in the shelters
>(during the winter months). Every one of them is a
>victim of anti-homeless legisaltion and attitudes,
>many are suffering from the effects of Welare Reform,
>others are suffering from drug addictions. due to
>being homeless.
> Why is Detroit important to me? Because it is
>important to the struggle of fighting to end
>homlessness. Detroit has a very large homeless
>population, estimated around 25,0000. I think it is
>more like  30 0r 35,000. Given that many are afraid
>to fight, but a good many number will fight to end
>the conditions they are forced to live.
> The Homless Power Union for those that don't know
>was conceived on the basis of building a movement of
>the homeless and those facing a housing crisis, based
>on mass actions of the poor and the oppressed to
>fight for justice and equality in our society.
>The wide variety of individual causes of homelessness
>all occur within the ovberall determining factors of
>the high cost of housing and the inavailibility of
>decent paying jobs. We are winessing a dramtic drop
>in the standard of living, which has placed quality
>housing more and more out ofd reach for large
>sections of the working-class. Many homeless people
>are employed, but are forced to stay on the streets
>because of low wages and high rents.
>  Unemployment and the threat of homelessness are a
>means to compel employed, housed workers to put up
>with poverty level wages and keep them from figthing
>for better connditions of employment.
> We should look to the homeless to build a movement,
>because if you were homeless, you know what it means
>to carry out a struggle. This struggle was everyday
>survival. The streets don't play favorites,
>especially when the majority of society is using
>tactics short of genocide to rid from their site.
> The Homeless Power Union has been continually
>fighting for the homeless and the rights. We are
>looking for those individuals who would like to
>bbuild this fight in their areas.
>The Homeless Power Union has recently updated our
>wepage. nd we have included past news aerticles, on
>the fight for the homeless in Ann Arbor. he address
>is at the bottom of this message.
>Terry Bevins
>Homeless Power Union
>National Women's Rights Organizing Committee
>Coaliton to Defend Affirmative Action (BAMN)
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