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Besides the financial and health emergencies declared or in the making, fear is starting to spike. All that’s left is a surge in violence…

Reports have been coming in all week long of the surging problem with homelessness on the West Coast:

In a park in the middle of a leafy, bohemian neighborhood where homes list for close to $1 million, a tractor’s massive claw scooped up the refuse of the homeless – mattresses, tents, wooden frames, a wicker chair, an outdoor propane heater. Workers in masks and steel-shanked boots plucked used needles and mounds of waste from the underbrush.

Just a day before, this corner of Ravenna Park was an illegal home for the down and out, one of 400 such encampments that have popped up in Seattle’s parks, under bridges, on freeway medians and along busy sidewalks. Now, as police and social workers approached, some of the dispossessed scurried away, vanishing into a metropolis that is struggling to cope with an enormous wave of homelessness.

That struggle is not Seattle’s alone. A homeless crisis of unprecedented proportions is rocking the West Coast, and its victims are being left behind by the very things that mark the region’s success: soaring housing costs, rock-bottom vacancy rates and a roaring economy that waits for no one. All along the coast, elected officials are scrambling for solutions.

I’ve got economically zero unemployment in my city, and I’ve got thousands of homeless people that actually are working and just can’t afford housing,” said Seattle City Councilman Mike O’Brien. “There’s nowhere for these folks to move to. Every time we open up a new place, it fills up.”



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The “war on compassion” when it comes to the homeless in America has been one of Liberty Blitzkrieg’s key themes this year. There are many reasons why I find this topic to be of such tremendous importance. First and foremost, I think that if we want to see how the state and crony corporate status quo will treat everyone in the future, all you have to do is look at how the homeless are being “dealt with.” Secondly, random groups feeding the homeless in various venues is a great example of decentralized compassion. Political power hates decentralization and is quite intentionally trying to corral the homeless into the centralized bureaucratic channels over which it has total control. So this isn’t merely a humanitarian issue, it is also a front line battle in the key war of our time: Decentralization vs. Centralization.  

As I mentioned, this has been a key topic on this site in 2014. Before reading on, I suggest checking out some of my recent posts on it:

Couple Fined $746 for the Crime of Feeding Homeless People in Florida Park

The Homeless in NYC Are Now Living in Tiny Spaces in the Frame of the Manhattan Bridge

Illinois Church Told by City Officials It Can No Longer Provide Homeless People Shelter

South Carolina City Implements Law that Requires a $120 Permit to Feed Homeless People

Moving along to the meat of this post, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) is about to release a report that details how 33 cities in America have either banned or are considering banning feeding homeless people. It’s so bad, that the UN singled out the U.S. in a report on human rights for our nation’s criminalization of the homeless. Where’s George Clooney and the rest of the Hollywood faux human rights celebrities on this issue? Crickets.

PolicyMic reports that:

The news: In case the United States’ problem with homelessness wasn’t bad enough, a forthcoming National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) report says that 33 U.S. cities now ban or are considering banning the practice of sharing food with homeless people. Four municipalities (Raleigh, N.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Daytona Beach, Fla.) have recently gone as far as to fine, remove or threaten to throw in jail private groups that work to serve food to the needy instead of letting government-run services do the job.


Why it’s happening: The bans are officially instituted to prevent government-run anti-homelessness programs from being diluted. But in practice, many of the same places that are banning food-sharing are the same ones that have criminalized homelessness with harsh and punitive measuresEssentially, they’re designed to make being homeless within city limits so unpleasant that the downtrodden have no choice but to leave. Tampa, for example, criminalizes sleeping or storing property in public. Columbia, South Carolina, passed a measure that essentially would have empowered police to ship all homeless people out of town. Detroit PD officers have been accused of illegally taking the homeless and driving them out of the city.


The UN even went so far as to single the U.S. out in a report on human rights, saying criminalization of homelessness in the U.S. “raises concerns of discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”


According to the NCH, one survey of homelessness found 62,619 veterans were homeless in January 2012. Other at-risk groups for homelessness include the seriously ill, battered women and people suffering from drug addictions or mental illness. The economy isn’t helping. More Americans live in poverty than before the recession began in 2008 and the number of households living under the poverty line has reached levels unseen since the 1960s.

So we send young kids off to die in pointless wars and if they actually come back and before homeless we aren’t allowed to feed them. Stay classy America.

Full article here.

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Japan’s homeless recruited for Fukushima radiation clean-up

29 Dec 2013 Seiji Sasa hits the train station in this northern Japanese city before dawn most mornings to prowl for homeless men. The men in Sendai Station are potential laborers that Sasa can dispatch to contractors in Japan’s nuclear disaster zone for a bounty of $100 a head. This is how Japan finds people willing to accept minimum wage for one of the most undesirable jobs in the industrialized world: working on the $35 billion, taxpayer-funded effort to clean up radioactive fallout across an area of northern Japan larger than Hong Kong.

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LINK: The Tunnel People That Live Under The Streets Of America

Did you know that there are thousands upon thousands of homeless people that are living underground beneath the streets of major U.S. cities?  It is happening in Las Vegas, it is happening in New York City and it is even happening in Kansas City.  As the economy crumbles, poverty in the United States is absolutely exploding and so is homelessness.

In addition to the thousands of “tunnel people” living under the streets of America, there are also thousands that are living in tent cities, there are tens of thousands that are living in their vehicles and there are more than a million public school children that do not have a home to go back to at night.  The federal government tells us that the recession “is over” and that “things are getting better”, and yet poverty and homelessness in this country continue to rise with no end in sight.  So what in the world are things going to look like when the next economic crisis hits?

When I heard that there were homeless people living in a network of underground tunnels beneath the streets of Kansas City, I was absolutely stunned.  I have relatives that live in that area.  I never thought of Kansas City as one of the more troubled cities in the United States.

But according to the Daily Mail, police recently discovered a network of tunnels under the city that people had been living in…

Below the streets of Kansas City, there are deep underground tunnels where a group of vagrant homeless people lived in camps.


These so-called homeless camps have now been uncovered by the Kansas City Police, who then evicted the residents because of the unsafe environment.


Authorities said these people were living in squalor, with piles of garbage and dirty diapers left around wooded areas.

The saddest part is the fact that authorities found dirty diapers in the areas near these tunnels.  That must mean that babies were being raised in that kind of an environment.

Unfortunately, this kind of thing is happening all over the nation.  In recent years, the tunnel people of Las Vegas have received quite a bit of publicity all over the world.  It has been estimated that more than 1,000 people live in the massive network of flood tunnels under the city…

Deep beneath Vegas’s glittering lights lies a sinister labyrinth inhabited by poisonous spiders and a man nicknamed The Troll who wields an iron bar.


But astonishingly, the 200 miles of flood tunnels are also home to 1,000 people who eke out a living in the strip’s dark underbelly.


Some, like Steven and his girlfriend Kathryn, have furnished their home with considerable care – their 400sq ft ‘bungalow’ boasts a double bed, a wardrobe and even a bookshelf.

Could you imagine living like that?  Sadly, for an increasing number of Americans a “normal lifestyle” is no longer an option.  Either they have to go to the homeless shelters or they have to try to eke out an existence on their own any way that they can.

In New York City, authorities are constantly trying to root out the people that live in the tunnels under the city and yet they never seem to be able to find them all.  The following is from a New York Post article about the “Mole People” that live underneath New York City…

The homeless people who live down here are called Mole People. They do not, as many believe, exist in a separate, organized underground society. It’s more of a solitary existence and loose-knit community of secretive, hard-luck individuals.

The New York Post followed one homeless man known as “John Travolta” on a tour through the underground world.  What they discovered was a world that is very much different from what most New Yorkers experience…

In the tunnels, their world is one of malt liquor, tight spaces, schizophrenic neighbors, hunger and spells of heat and cold. Travolta and the others eat fairly well, living on a regimented schedule of restaurant leftovers, dumped each night at different times around the neighborhood above his foreboding home.

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The National Economic and Social Rights Initiative along with Amnesty International are asking the U.S. to step up its efforts to address the foreclosure crisis, including by giving serious consideration to the growing call for a foreclosure moratorium and other forms of relief for those at risk, and establishing a housing finance system that fulfills human rights obligations.

New government census reports have revealed disturbing information that details the cold, hard numbers of Americans who have been deeply affected by the state of our economy, and bank foreclosure practices:


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‘The number of laws criminalizing poverty increased during the recession as the housing and homelessness crisis in America worsened.

Since 2006, there’s been a 7 percent increase in laws prohibiting camping out in public places, an 11 percent increase in laws prohibiting loitering, a 6 percent increase in laws prohibiting begging and a 5 percent increase in laws prohibiting aggressive panhandling, according to a recent report by The National Coalition for the Homeless.’

Read more: Criminalizing Poverty: During Economic Crisis, New Laws Crack Down on America’s Poor, Homeless

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Does anyone possess a clue as to why our U.S. government spends $12 billion every 30 days in Afghanistan and Iraq while 1.5 million of our citizens remain homeless and 13.4 million American children live in poverty? “There are 770,000 homeless children enrolled in public education systems,” said a spokesperson at Homeless Support Network. <http://www.homelessus.org>www.homelessus.org “On any given night there are 100,000 homeless veterans,” said the spokesperson at Homeless Support Network. “At least 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness each year.” What doesn’t add up here? Answer: just about everything!


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‘A Connecticut mother who says she wanted to give her son a better education will be arraigned on Wednesday on charges for enrolling the 6-year-old in another town, sparking outrage and support from people nationwide.

Tanya McDowell, a 33-year-old homeless woman whose last known address was in Bridgeport, Conn, is scheduled to be arraigned on charges of larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny for allegedly stealing $15,686 from Norwalk schools. Prosecutors allege that figure is the value of her son’s education at Norwalk’s Brookside Elementary School between the time he was illegally enrolled in January and McDowell’s arrest on April 14. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison.’

Read more: Arrest of Homeless Connecticut Woman for Enrolling Son in School Illegally Sparks Debate

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police said a welfare check on a homeless person under an overpass led them to find a homeless person likely frozen to death.

Police said the check was made under the Interstate 35 bridge near Lydia Avenue and Dora Street. Police said the man might have been left for days.


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This article, copied in its entirety here, is courtesy ‘Larouchepac Obamawatch’.

What economic collapse actually means in Barack Obama’s America is the disintegration of families, and the loss of all of the things many of us used to, and perhaps still do, take for granted: a bed to sleep in every night; running hot water to shower and wash clothes with each day; three meals a day; regular visits to the dentist; transportation for the children to go to school, and a home to return to in the afternoon. For a growing number of children and families across the country, these basic necessities have become unaffordable luxuries. And too many of those among us who still have these necessities don’t see those who don’t, and they’re helped by President Obama, who never talks about those among us who have fallen into such desperation, because of his commitment to protect the Wall Street and Inter-Alpha Group bankers who have spent the last 40 years completely wrecking the physical economy of the United States.

In Redlands, California, for example, there are children who might still have homes, but there’s no food in the house, because the parents have no money for food. There are children who sleep on the streets or some place where they can find minimal shelter, because their family now lives in the car, but it’s too small for all of them.

A homeless advocate who runs a non-profit charity to feed and otherwise help these children, described to EIR the horrible conditions in which these children are living. “There’s no food, and I have had a doctor to look at me and tell me this kid is malnourished and he is starving to death,” she said. “And that’s a kid that’s living in a home.” Because of funding and infrastructure constraints, she can only feed the children that come to her twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays: “which means they don’t eat Friday, Saturday, Sunday. They have school on Monday but they’ve got to walk 6 to 10 miles to get to school to get a free breakfast, but if you haven’t eaten for a few days, you don’t feel like walking, and so the kids aren’t getting to school, which means now another day has gone by unless we can get food to these kids, and it costs a lot of money to feed everybody and to do this, and I don’t have a place where I can keep these kids at; and I’m driving hundreds of miles just to get food in people’s homes and get kids to school,— and I have been purchasing bus passes for the kids at a cost of $35 a month to get a bus pass, and again, parents don’t have that.

“So, what I’m seeing is, we’re having a huge economic problem because the parents aren’t working; they’re not eating, the kids are not going to school. They’re just sitting around. What’s going to happen in five years? These kids graduate, they’re out of school or they’re on the streets but there’s nothing for them to do. We can’t get them a job, we can’t get them job-trained. They can’t read and write. It’s a huge domino effect, and if we’re not careful, I don’t know. I don’t know where the US is going to end up…”  (My emphasis)

What we don’t learn is the actual numbers or percentages of suffering children, but it is happening, it is getting worse day by day and the unemployment is still getting worse. It is reasonable to conclude that this poverty situation is a very serious issue.

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Poverty and Homelessness Hit U.S. Children Hard.

Here is the article courtesy larouchepac.com which lists some hard facts relating to poverty in the US.  To talk of a recovery, or even to call the continuing collapse a ‘double dip’ is far from accurate. LaRouche calls it a collapse and all the signs are there to back up his claim. Keep in mind that these statistics are not up to date. It is safe to assume that the situation has worsened.

“On Sept. 28, the Census Bureau released the results of its 2009 American Community Survey which found, among other things, that the overall poverty rate in the United States rose from 13.3% to 14.3, between 2008 and 2009, or an increase of about 3.5 million people. Now it’s even worse. Local particulars provide horror stories, especially regarding conditions of poverty and homelessness among children, showing the social disintegration of whole communities as a result of the economic collapse.

* WASHINGTON, D.C.: DC Public Schools have started serving dinner to an estimated 10,000 students because the high poverty rate among African-American children means that many don’t eat at home. According to the Census Bureau, the poverty rate among D.C. African-American children is now 43 percent, up significantly from the 31 percent reported in 2007. Many children are in the custody of the school system from 8 AM to 6:30 PM and principals and teachers were telling officials that not only were many children hungry for the last few hours of the day, but some of them weren’t eating much at home.

* NEBRASKA: On Oct, 4, Nebraska public schools reported 2,210 homeless students, last year, or 458 more than the year before, an increase of 26 percent, according to the Nebraska Department of Education. Omaha schools reported 661 homeless students, an increase of more than 20 percent in one year. The homeless coordinator for Lincoln public schools estimates that about 5 percent of the total student population is homeless, or about 1,300 children.

* UTAH: State officials report that there were nearly 12,000 homeless children in schools in January 2010. This is 2 percent of the total enrollment of about 529,000, but it is a 50-percent increase over the 8,016 counted in 2008.

* WISCONSIN: Rock County was home to the Janesville GM Assembly plant that closed in 2008, directly costing 2,600 jobs. Two-thirds of the district’s students qualify for free or reduced-prices lunches, and they’ve needed donated clothes, shoes, and classroom supplies. Some can’t afford bus passes allowing them to get to school.

According to the Census Bureau, 16.7 percent of children were listed as living in poverty in Wisconsin, and Rock County had the second highest rate in the state, at 20.2 percent, exceeded only by Milwaukee County, where 29.9 percent were officially in poverty.”

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