Tedrico's Page is Updated! (6/06)

Theodore Latham (tedrico@hotmail.com)
Fri, 05 Jun 1998 21:05:21 PDT

Sat, Jun 06, 1998

Hi There!

     Tedrico's Page has been updated! Due to the variety of responses I 
have received from this week's SURVEY SEZ question, I decided to 
let it run another week! Check back next Saturday for the tabulated 

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     Each week Tedrico's Page scavenges the WWW in search of a 
controversial homeless discussion topic, and presents it to you, in 
hopes of gathering varied and invaluable feedback for analysis:

"Are Panhandlers & Street Dwellers Harming Businesses?"

On June 1, 1998 The Philadelphia Inquirer posted:

Bill covers `sidewalk behavior' 
Council President John Street Says Panhandlers 
and Street Dwellers are Harming Businesses. 

City Council President John F. Street wants to launch Philadelphia 
on a sweeping legal offensive against panhandlers and vent people, 
in the name of commerce and tourism. A bill written by Street would ban 
everything from sitting on a sidewalk to "aggressive" begging. Homeless 
advocates say it paints a bull's-eye on their constituents, making them 
scapegoats for the city's inability to stem the root causes of 
homelessness -- substance abuse, poverty and mental 

(Click on above URL to read remainder of article)


On Wed, 3 Jun 1998 07:56:10 -0400 Breck Daughtrey 
<bdaught@city.norfolk.va.us> responded:

I don't know what Philadelphia offers in terms of homeless 
prevention programs - private or public.  However, one of the things 
that turns people off from visiting a downtown are things like 
aggressive panhandling and the squeegee men - you know, the guys who 
wash your windshield at a traffic light and then shake you down for 
money.  I don't thinnk anyone likes that kind of experience and don't 
think we should have to put up with it.

On Wed, 3 Jun 1998 08:04:50 -0600 (MDT) Virginia Sellner 
<wch@vcn.com> remarked:

That guy is aptly names isn't he?  They are using this as an excuse 
to attack the homeless -- 10-1 those that are residents (live in 
their own house or apt.) and whe "misbehave on the sidewalk" will be 
ignored.  I don't know about other cities, but I have found here 
that 9 times out of 10 those people who are 'harrassing' businesses 
or whatever they think they are doing to the business are NOT homeless, 
they are locals usually drunk, but the businesses never 
want to hear this -- they NEED the homeless so that ALL 
misbehavior can be blamed on them and those doing it that RESIDE in the 
city won't have to be responsible.

Panhandlers and street dwellers are not necessarily the same people and 
businesses need to know this.  Here in Cheyenne every summer the 
businesses 'start in' on the homeless -- when the people that they 
are having problems with frequently ARE NOT the homeless, but they seem 
to want to blame it on them.  It is really simple -- if ANYONE 
is creating a problem they need to be dealt with but they don't need to 
be labeled.  If there is a required behavior then it should be required 
for all --- we had a guy here in town who creted a drunken disturbance 
downtown, a local person, and he got away with it -- but 
a homeless person never does -- this is not clear, but maybe the 
drift comes through.   Businesses need to take care of their 
problems" -- they can do it and the problems will go away -- but 
what happens here is they threaten people and don't follow through 
and then they are walked all over -- and mostly by locals not homeless.

On Wed, 03 Jun 1998 15:01:18 -0700 Matthew J. Tichgelaar 
<sixstring@mailexcite.com> replied:

You know I didn't even need to read the article before posting this 
reply. Lately it has been all to common for municipalitys to enact these 
sorts of laws. The most disturbing thing I find about this 
issue is the way the media, Government, and even the homeless activist's 
are portraying all street people as beeing drug addicts alcohalics or 
mentaly disturubed. How long will it be before this leads to forced 
incarceration in hospitals and treatment centers for our own good. I 
have also noticed that while it may not be against 
the law to be homeless it is against the law to do every thing you have 
to do while homeless. Hope this gives you something to think 

On Wed, 03 Jun 1998 23:46:47 -0700 (PDT) Tedrico Latham 
<tedrico@hotmail.com> answered:

I agree with Catherine Bendor, of the National Law Center on 
Homelessness and Poverty in Washington, when she says, "You have to look 
at what can be done to eradicate the need for sleeping in 
alleys and begging for food." The panhandlers wouldn't be in the 
faces of the tourist and downtown business go-ers if fair and functional 
legislation uniformly in existed, that would significantly decrease the 
poverty and homelessness rate among our nation's citizens! However on 
the flip side, I agree that there needs to be a way to stabilize the 
city's economy and tax base thus making it friendly to visitors, the 
middle class, and business owners, but 
this bill is not the answer! This bill will only serve as a means of 
increasing our nation's other epidemic problem of "lack of prison 
facilities to house criminals"! I think joint efforts need to be 
made between our legislative and judicial systems to draw up and pass a 
bill that is both fair to the homeless and indicative of decreasing the 
numbers of homeless people who are locked up simply because they are 
homeless! Nuff said!

On Fri, 5 Jun 1998 19:14:29 -0400 Tim Macaulay <macaulay@ellijay.com> 

I personally think state government should'nt tell store owners who can 
sit in front of their store, or sell in their parking lots. I think 
current loitering laws should be sufficient in governing these matters. 
If store owners are offended by loitering then let them 
post signs saying "No Loitering".



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Clinton Administration's Welfare Resource Page 

Welfare Reform Online

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Welfare Information Network

Welfare Reform Timeline



The Economic Human Rights Campaign '98 is a national effort to highlight 
the economic human rights abuses caused by welfare reform and poverty in 
the United States. The Campaign is led by the 
National Welfare Rights Union, an organization of poor and homeless 
women, men, and children from all races struggling both to survive 
and to end poverty. The Campaign is spearheaded by the Kensington 
Welfare Rights Union. (Kensington, located in North Philadelphia, is the 
poorest area in the state of Pennsylvania, USA.)

Monday, June 1st, was the historic kick-off of the Freedom from 
Unemployment, Hunger and Homelessness Bus Tour. Visit 


to read the full update and 


to receive Freedom Bus updates via email. The new freedom bus will 
travel around the country visiting economic human rights tribunals where 
documentation of these economic human rights abuses will be collected 
and the efforts of poor communities to survive and fight back will be 
spotlighted. The bus will take all of this 
documentation to the United Nations for an international economic human 
rights tribunal on July 1st, where a formal case against the United 
States will be initiated.

The New Freedom from Unemployment, Hunger and Homelessness Bus Schedule:

Philadelphia, PA - June 1 Send-off Rally
Boston, MA - June 1
Springfield, MA - June 2
Albany, NY - June 3
Rochester, NY - June 3
Lorain, OH - June 4
Cleveland, OH - June 4
Pittsburgh, PA - June 5
Welch, WV - June 6
Durham, NC - June 7
Knoxville, TN - June 8
Highlander Center- New Market, TN - June 9
Atlanta, GA - June 9
Macon, GA - June 10
Dublin, GA - June 10
Waycross, GA - June 10
Columbia, MS - June 11
Jackson, MS - June 11
Little Rock, AK - June 12
Louisville, KY - June 13
Detroit, MI - June 15
Ann Arbor, MI - June 15
Chicago, IL - June 16
Milwaukee, WI - June 17
Minneapolis, MN - June 18
Denver, CO - June 19
San Francisco, CA - June 21
Los Angeles, CA - June 23
El Paso, TX - June 25
Houston, TX - June 27
Washington, DC - June 29
Philadelphia, PA - June 29
Elizabeth, NJ - June 30
Fort Lee, NJ - June 30 Encampment in NJ, March to the United Nations
New York, NY - July 1 International Tribunal at the United Nations

-9am March over George Washington Bridge
-12noon Rally in New York City Against Workfare
-4:30-6:30pm International Tribunal at United Nations

For more information on any of our stops, to get involved or make a 
financial contribution to the trip, please email us at 
<kwru@libertynet.org> or call us at (215)203-1945.

source Economic Human Rights Campaign



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