ALERT: Berkeley authorized police overtime for STREET SWEEPS FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Fri, 6 Nov 1998 07:44:02 -0400


--============_-1301769840==_ma============
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"

Here is another opportunity to deconstruct representations of homeless
people in the media.

The article below. explaining a street sweep of homeless people from
Telegraph Avenue, says that people in Berkeley, California are "fed up"
with street people "panhandling, drinking, and impeding business".  It says
"Today the _good folks_ in Berkeley are deeply concerned that an influx of
homeless people and travelers from around the country has grown out of
control."

"Good folks" don't want panhandlers impeding business?  Would you agree?

What we've got here is a "morality tale", I think.  But whose "morality" is
this, and whom does such "morality" benefit?  -- Tom Boland
<wgcp@earthlink.net>

http://www.toledoblade.com/editorial/edit/8k05ed3.htm
FWD  Toledo [Ohio] Blade - November 5, 1998

EDITORIAL: TIMES HAVE CHANGED

BERKELEY, Calif., the home of radical students of the '60s, the city that
put the ``left'' in left field, has had it up to here with the homeless.

Once upon a time panhandling was a political act, a means of transferring
wealth from the middle class to the hippie generation. Kids lounging in San
Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district and in Berkeley were part and parcel of
the flower power movement. No doubt many of them at that time were simply
resting on the curb before going on to smash the capitalist state.

But times do indeed change. Today the good folks in Berkeley are deeply
concerned that an influx of homeless people and travelers from around the
country has grown out of control. These days dealing dope and having public
sex in Berkeley aren't signs of a good rock concert. They are bad for
business.

In fact, the city council in Berkeley has authorized police overtime to rid
the Telegraph Avenue shopping area of street people. The action is in
response to complaints by store owners whose businesses have been adversely
affected by panhandlers and drug dealers in the neighborhood.

Homeless advocates say it's all an election ploy by council, and they urge
measures to deal with homelessness. But that's not really Berkeley's issue.
Homelessness is a national problem requiring national solutions in areas of
affordable housing and better care of the mentally ill and drug-and
alcohol-addicted, among other issues.

Homelessness won't be impacted one way or the other by what Berkeley does.
Move the homeless from there, and they'll go somewhere else, and be someone
else's problem.

But there is an irony in seeing this one-time center of the counter-culture
so agitated that young people are panhandling, drinking, and impeding
business. Wasn't such behavior almost mandatory there 30 years ago?

END FORWARD
** NOTICE: In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is
distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in
receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. **

HOMELESS PEOPLE'S NETWORK  <http://aspin.asu.edu/hpn/>  Home Page
ARCHIVES  <http://aspin.asu.edu/hpn/archives.html>  read posts to HPN
TO JOIN  <http://aspin.asu.edu/hpn/join.html> or email Tom <wgcp@earthlink.net>
--============_-1301769840==_ma============
Content-Type: text/enriched; charset="us-ascii"

Here is another opportunity to deconstruct representations of homeless
people in the media.


The article below. explaining a street sweep of homeless people from
Telegraph Avenue, says that people in Berkeley, California are "fed up"
with street people "panhandling, drinking, and impeding business".  It
says "Today the _good folks_ in Berkeley are deeply concerned that an
influx of homeless people and travelers from around the country has
grown out of control."


"Good folks" don't want panhandlers impeding business?  Would you
agree?


What we've got here is a "morality tale", I think.  But whose
"morality" is this, and whom does such "morality" benefit?  -- Tom
Boland <<wgcp@earthlink.net>   


http://www.toledoblade.com/editorial/edit/8k05ed3.htm

FWD  Toledo [Ohio] Blade - November 5, 1998 


<paraindent><param>right,left</param>EDITORIAL: TIMES HAVE CHANGED 

</paraindent>

BERKELEY, Calif., the home of radical students of the '60s, the city
that put the ``left'' in left field, has had it up to here with the
homeless.


Once upon a time panhandling was a political act, a means of
transferring wealth from the middle class to the hippie generation.
Kids lounging in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district and in
Berkeley were part and parcel of the flower power movement. No doubt
many of them at that time were simply resting on the curb before going
on to smash the capitalist state.


But times do indeed change. Today the good folks in Berkeley are deeply
concerned that an influx of homeless people and travelers from around
the country has grown out of control. These days dealing dope and
having public sex in Berkeley aren't signs of a good rock concert. They
are bad for business.


In fact, the city council in Berkeley has authorized police overtime to
rid the Telegraph Avenue shopping area of street people. The action is
in response to complaints by store owners whose businesses have been
adversely affected by panhandlers and drug dealers in the
neighborhood.


Homeless advocates say it's all an election ploy by council, and they
urge measures to deal with homelessness. But that's not really
Berkeley's issue. Homelessness is a national problem requiring national
solutions in areas of affordable housing and better care of the
mentally ill and drug-and alcohol-addicted, among other issues.


Homelessness won't be impacted one way or the other by what Berkeley
does. Move the homeless from there, and they'll go somewhere else, and
be someone else's problem.


But there is an irony in seeing this one-time center of the
counter-culture so agitated that young people are panhandling,
drinking, and impeding business. Wasn't such behavior almost mandatory
there 30 years ago?


END FORWARD 

** NOTICE: In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. **


HOMELESS PEOPLE'S NETWORK  <<http://aspin.asu.edu/hpn/>  Home Page

ARCHIVES  <<http://aspin.asu.edu/hpn/archives.html>  read posts to HPN

TO JOIN  <<http://aspin.asu.edu/hpn/join.html> or email Tom <<wgcp@earthlink.net>

--============_-1301769840==_ma============--