Hello Fellow Workers!

Judy Olsen (wholepie@speakeasy.org)
Sun, 29 Nov 1998 00:21:40 -0800

Because this is my first posting, I'll just introduce myself.  I have
been homeless three times in my life.

The first time was in 1961 when I was 18 years old.  I ran away from
home, dropped out of college, and quit my job.  I lived on the streets
for about six months, then I joined the U.S. Navy.

The second time was in 1982 when I was 39 years old.  I walked off my
$34,000 a year job as an Engineer Technician because I refused to put up
with anymore sexual harassment from my supervisor.  I was fortunate
enough to have saved enough money to live on comfortably without working
for one year.  When that ran out, I lived in my car for seven months.
Once again I was fortunate.  Not only did I have a car to live in, but I
had lots of credit cards to buy everything I needed.

The third time was in 1992 when I was 49 years old.  I was living on the
Oregon coast, and my employer fired me for reporting her to the State
Dept of Labor for breaking numerous labor laws.  I lived with a friend
for seven months before I moved back to Seattle, where I alternated
between living in my car and in three different homeless shelters over
nine months.

I've had a home since April 1993.

My politics are far left in most areas.  I believe one cause of
homelessness is capitalism.  I hate the United States and our system of
government, which is SUPPOSED to be a democracy.

The only hope for any of us who continue to live in this god forsaken
country is to belong to a PROGRESSIVE union.  Belonging to groups that
work with homeless people is like banging your head against the wall.
I'm sick and tired of trying to change our society.  I've given up.

My biggest dream is to permanently move to the Netherlands, because the
Dutch are the most tolerant people in the world.  Their government not
only LISTENS to the people, but within a very short amount of time ACTS
on what they've heard. And...they act intelligently!

I look forward to meeting the rest of you on this list.  I hope we can
have some rousing discussions.

For the whole damn pie,

Judy Olsen
OPEIU Local 23
Seattle, WA