Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Community Calendar - Humboldt Beacon

Community Calendar - Humboldt Beacon: "* Humboldt Mediation Services, Communication and Conflict Management Workshop, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Mad River Hospital's Minkler Room, Arcata. Pre-register by calling 445-2505."

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Buying Dope in Humco, by Bud Green

Anderson Valley Advertiser May 14, 2003
Buying Dope in Humco
by Bud Green

The Northern California pot growing culture is very clubby. In Mendocino and Humboldt, it's the growers against not just the cops but also CAMP. This vigilante group, the Campaign Against Marijuana Production, believes that pot is not a bountiful cash crop that creates abundant business in their counties, but rather is an evil source of corrupting criminal activity that holds serious potential to destroy the youth of the area. CAMP operates helicopters in the late part of the growing cycle when the plants are visible through binoculars from the air. CAMP also patrols the country roads looking for suspicious activity and noting license tag numbers.

The growers, to neutralize the CAMP activities, maintain a hotline to which anyone may call to learn the current location of CAMP's vehicles as noted by spotters working shifts during season. In one growing zone, the town of Elk, about 20 miles south of the town of Mendocino, an annual bake sale is held at the conclusion of harvest. All the growers attend the sale, and the cakes and pies are bid according to the richness of the harvest. A grower with a bumper crop might, for example, bid $500 on a pie, signifying he will have plenty of pot for sale after his regular customers have been supplied. So anyone who lands a high volume buyer and cannot fill his order from his own harvest will know the $500 guy has plenty.

At the Albion River Inn, a beautiful and pricey hotel and restaurant in Mendocino, the diners come in two varieties during late autumn. At one table will be a tanned quartet of wealthy silver haired retirees, up from Marin County for a long weekend, oozing tasteful attire and good table manners. At the next table, a pony-tailed hippy in his late 20s with a long-skirted "Hessian" girlfriend will be celebrating the harvest with a $200 bottle of Cabernet and a $300 room in the Inn.

There is a definite family flavor to growers in these towns, and once you're known, you can expect access to some of the finest pot in the world. Grown from Dutch hybrid seeds, imported from Amsterdam via cut-out points in Canada, cultivated in the same soil as the nearby wine regions, this is the gourmet pot of America. Only organic fertilizers are employed. The same fog dampens the plants by night, the same sun burns it away and warms the plants by day. It is, as one of the growers told me on an early trip to score, "a pot growing factory." They are professional and conscientious. Many have studied hydroponics and horticulture at nearby Humboldt State, part of the California State University system.

Humbodlt County Marijuana Scene - The Weed Capital of California - Marijuana Spot - Medical Marijuana - California Dispensaries - Legal Cannabis

Humboldt county grows some of the best marijuana in the state of California, which puts it up there in the running for best marijuana worldwide. Some people prefer weed from other regions but most people that know pot know that Humboldt weed has unparalleled taste and quality.

Humboldt County California marijuana grows eight hours North of San Francisco and is generally a beautifully refreshing, green part of California where many other plants trees and wildlife grow alongside the Humboldt county pot. It likely has something to do with the fact that Humboldt county marijuana is simply amazing.

There have been many articles on why Humbolt county has the best weed, but the issue is in the chemical makeup of the soil. Humboldt county has some of the best land for growing marijuana. Many people want to buy property in Humboldt County just to grow marijuana.

Many people come from all over the world to smoke weed from the best marijuana in Humboldt County. And yes, the best marijuana worldwide.

Of course, there's also a popular movie by the name of "Humboldt County." It's not a coincidence that the movie sources the marijuana up there. We'll post about that fine weed flick some other time here on Marijuana Spot.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New bill would end federal marijuana prohibition - San Jose Mercury News

New bill would end federal marijuana prohibition - San Jose Mercury News: "Members of Congress will bring forth a bill Thursday that supporters say is the first ever introduced to end federal law's blanket prohibition of marijuana.

The legislation -- authored by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas -- would limit the federal government's role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or interstate smuggling, letting people legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states that allow it without fear of federal prosecution."

Monday, June 20, 2011

With executive pay, rich pull away from rest of America - The Washington Post

With executive pay, rich pull away from rest of America - The Washington Post
Dean Foods chief executive Gregg L. Engles owns this $6 million home in an elite suburb of Dallas

Brazil's high court OKs 'Marijuana Marches' -

Brazil's high court OKs 'Marijuana Marches' -
Rio de Janeiro
Calls to change the strategy of the so-called "war on drugs," coined by former US President Richard Nixon 40 years ago, have been growing across the globe. The Global Commission on Drug Policy just released a new report calling for alternative strategies, like legalizing marijuana.

Kofi Annan, George Shultz say drug war a failure

Legalization of drugs spreads in Latin America. Will the US follow?

But here in Brazil, it was unclear whether those who agree with the commission's recommendations would have the chance to voice their agreement with legalization – even as their well-regarded former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso chaired the commission.

Several anti-prohibition marches have been banned by state governments since 2008, based on an interpretation an article of the Brazilian penal code, which gives fines and up to six months in jail for those involved with “apologies for crime or criminals.” São Paulo police had broken up one such demonstration three weeks ago with tear gas.

IN PICTURES: Legalize marijuana?

But in 2009, the vice attorney general, Deborah Duprat, solicited Brazil's Supreme Federal Court to address the issue. She noted that former President Cardoso often promotes legalization of marijuana in interviews with the press.

The country's highest court ruled last Wednesday that the “March of Marijuana” could be held, saying that the march is promoting legalization of marijuana while not authorizing the use of the substance during the event.

“This so-called March of Maconha [Marijuana], at times when it was banned, they started to do the March of ‘Pamonha’ and everyone knew what was being talked about. Because freedom is much more creative than any prohibition,” said Justice Cármen Lúcia after ruling in favor of holding the marches.
'March of Freedom'

The “Marijuana Marches” were just about marijuana at the outset, but have grown into a medley of causes after the court ruled in favor of the protesters' right to free speech.

“Defend the legalization of marijuana, and of abortion!” read one banner on Rio de Janeiro’s Saturday march, one of about 40 organized across the country. “Feminists against neoliberal terrorism!” “The new Forest Code is a shame,” referring to the proposed code that will amnesty farmers who illegally deforested land.

With the ban lifted, the colorful and noisy demonstration on the Copacabana beach renamed itself the “March of Freedom.”

Jandira Queiroz, a lesbian activist, came to fight "for the freedom to love," she says. She said she was participating in the international "Slut Walk" movement that protests the statements made by a Toronto police officer who told university students they could avoid sexual assault by not dressing provocatively. “It’s a movement to not blame women for being raped,” Ms. Quieroz says, adding that she is concerned that "Brazil is living a very strange time" with regards to freedom of expression.

Renato Athayde Silva, one of the organizers of the Rio march, says that most of the demonstrations around the country had occurred calmly although there were reports of an altercation between security forces and marchers in Belo Horizonte. Organizers and police put the number of marchers in Rio between several hundred to as high as over a thousand, he says. “It grew a lot during the walk,” Mr. Silva adds.

“We all have the right to express what is inside of us,” says Nanda Shakti, an elegant visual artist painted in colorful makeup, as she picked up her bronze cymbals to join a discordant band of trombones, drums, and tambourines. “My specific cause is this: The freedom of expression, be it for whatever reason.”

Monday, June 13, 2011

Britain healthcare: British fear 'American-style' healthcare system -

Britain healthcare: British fear 'American-style' healthcare system - "act that millions of their cousins across the Atlantic have no insurance and can't afford decent treatment is a farce as well as a tragedy." Ask a Briton to describe "American-style" healthcare, and you'll hear a catalog of horrors that include grossly expensive and unnecessary medical procedures and a privatized system that favors the rich. For a people accustomed to free healthcare for all, regardless of income, the fact that millions of their cousins across the Atlantic have no insurance and can't afford decent treatment is a farce as well as a tragedy.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Japanese Have Developed a Wearable Emergency Toilet [Video]

The Japanese Have Developed a Wearable Emergency Toilet [Video] What would you do in a toilet emergency? Go in the woods? Poop your pants? No, a far more civilized way to do your business is to put on this trash bag and squat down on the spot.

Not surprisingly, this emergency toilet comes straight out of Japan and involves pellets that absorb waste and solidify it into a weird, gelatinous goo.

Sitting down? The world's most extreme toilets - Technology & science - Tech and gadgets - Luxury Tech -

Sitting down? The world's most extreme toilets - Technology & science - Tech and gadgets - Luxury Tech - "Vertebrae toilet
Courtesy of Nerd Approved

The Vertebrae isn't so much a toilet as it is an entire bathroom hinged along a single vertical spine. It includes everything from an adult-size shower and a kids-size shower on top, to storage and controls in the middle, to a sink and a toilet at the bottom. That means you can wash your hair, brush your teeth and go to the bathroom at the same time. Of course, you can do all of this in a standard shower, but this solution eliminates the shame. Price not available"

Francisco Solomon Sanchez Kills Himself After 10 Tries

Francisco Solomon Sanchez Kills Himself After 10 Tries After at least 10 documented suicide attempts spanning several years, Francisco Solomon Sanchez finally succeeded in killing himself last Friday, reports the Pasadena Star-News.

The 41-year old man from Duarte jumped from the 210 Freeway overpass and was hit by at least one car. The LA County Coroner ruled that his death was a suicide.

Sanchez had actually jumped from the same overpass in 2003, and used prosthetic legs as a result of that failed attempt. His efforts have landed him in mandatory psychiatric evaluation in the past, but health and safety officials are limited when it comes to mental health interventions. In LA County, people can be held involuntarily in a psychiatric health facility for up to 72 hours. The person can be held for an additional 14 days against his or her will only if certain criteria are fulfilled

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD: Dying with Your Rights On: Mental Illness, Civil Rights and Saving Lives

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD: Dying with Your Rights On: Mental Illness, Civil Rights and Saving Lives: "Linda Bishop was found dead, presumably from starvation and hypothermia, in a home she had broken into in New Hampshire several months after she had a two-year psychiatric hospitalization. Her last journal notation was in January 2008, and her body was accidently discovered in May."

Ayn Rand: The GOP’s Favorite Bonkers Demagogue - The Daily Beast

Ayn Rand: The GOP’s Favorite Bonkers Demagogue - The Daily Beast: ": OK, your supposed laissez-faire Valhalla, with no taxes or regulations—this is not just some theory of yours. This world existed long ago, he put it to her; the problem was that people with power cheated and stole and exploited other people, so society made rules to try to prevent those things from happening. In response, Rand simply denies that this was the case and blames all corruption on the state, which would be news to, among many others, the men—and women, and children—who worked twelve hours a day, six days a week until the government constricted the capitalists’ freedom by stopping it."

Monday, June 6, 2011

Homeless feeding: 3 members of Orlando Food Not Bombs arrested for feeding homeless at Lake Eola - Orlando Sentinel

Homeless feeding: 3 members of Orlando Food Not Bombs arrested for feeding homeless at Lake Eola - Orlando Sentinel: "Members of Orlando Food Not Bombs were arrested Wednesday when police said they violated a city ordinance by feeding the homeless in Lake Eola Park.

Jessica Cross, 24, Benjamin Markeson, 49, and Jonathan 'Keith' McHenry, 54, were arrested at 6:10 p.m. on a charge of violating the ordinance restricting group feedings in public parks. McHenry is a co-founder of the international Food Not Bombs movement, which began in the early 1980s."

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Why We Must Learn to Love Weeds -

Why We Must Learn to Love Weeds - "Weeds are, in this sense, paradoxical. Although they follow and are dependent on human activities, their cussedness and refusal to play by our rules makes them subversive—and the very essence of wildness"

U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right | Threat Level |

U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right | Threat Level | "The report, by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, comes the same day an internet-monitoring firm detected that two thirds of Syria’s internet access has abruptly gone dark, in what is likely a government response to unrest in that country."

Knowledgebase-Panhandling Ordinance, City of Orlando

Knowledgebase-Panhandling Ordinance, City of Orlando: "Please remember that this ordinance was drafted based upon the drafting requirements and authority granted to a particular city or town in its charter and in general law. These drafting requirements and the authority exercised in this ordinance might not apply to your city or town.

Please confer with your city attorney or an MTAS legal consultant, or both, before using this ordinance as a model."

Thursday, June 2, 2011

SimplyUnacceptableReport.pdf (application/pdf Object)

SimplyUnacceptableReport.pdf (application/pdf Object) NATIONAL LAW CENTER
“Simply Unacceptable”:
Homelessness and the
Human Right to Housing
In the United States

Monday, May 30, 2011

Activist moves homeless into foreclosures - US news - Life -

Activist moves homeless into foreclosures - US news - Life - "'Everyone deserves a home'
'I think everyone deserves a home,' said Rameau, who said he takes no money from his work with the homeless. 'Homeless people across the country are squatting in empty homes. The question is: Is this going to be done out of desperation or with direction?'"

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Victory for Veterans -

A Victory for Veterans - "The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered an overhaul of mental health care for veterans, who are killing themselves by the thousands each year because of what the court called the “unchecked incompetence” of the Department of Veterans Affairs."

The Path From Charity to Profit -

The Path From Charity to Profit - "Kedai Balitaku, which usually goes by the name KeBal, aims to become a chain of street carts selling low-priced healthy food to children.

KeBal is a social business — one that exists primarily to achieve a social goal. It’s easy to see why the social businesses model has become a popular strategy for attacking the problems of the poor. The impulse to create a business rather than employ traditional nonprofit work comes partly out of the notion — right or wrong — that charity creates dependency and that without the discipline of the market it often doesn’t work."

Social businesses fall roughly into two different categories. Some try to employ people who wouldn’t otherwise have jobs: for example, fair trade groups that buy crafts from indigenous women to sell in wealthy countries. Others provide goods or services to people who otherwise can’t afford them

“There’s always the dichotomy,” said Muench. “You’re thinking about profits and sustainability, and you’re thinking about the humanitarian issues. It can become an internal battle. We’re always inclined to shift back into humanitarian need but have to remember that to be sustainable you have to have a hard business mentality.”

Child abuse tests how the church relates to the secular world | Catherine Pepinster | Comment is free |

Child abuse tests how the church relates to the secular world | Catherine Pepinster | Comment is free | "And a major reason for that is that we have all bought into the problem: we have accepted the view that priests are different, that they are in an elevated position from the rest of us, that they are somehow holier. And if they are holier, they are above the usual human frailties. Too many of us assumed that priests would not be capable of such actions, that they should be treated specially and differently from anybody else accused of heinous crimes."

Charity sleepout for teen CEO | Fraser Coast News | Local News in Fraser Coast | Fraser Coast Chronicle

Charity sleepout for teen CEO | Fraser Coast News | Local News in Fraser Coast | Fraser Coast Chronicle: "It's an annual event run by the St Vincent de Paul Society to raise much-needed funds and help bring attention to the plight of the homeless.

For one night, hundreds of CEO's from around the country sleep rough at sites in each capital city.

Bryce will be heading to Brisbane's Suncorp Piazza in South Bank on Thursday, June 16, to join the Queensland team."

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Invitation to a Party and a Campaign- Jan 15, 2011 « PEOPLE PROJECT

Invitation to a Party and a Campaign- Jan 15, 2011 « PEOPLE PROJECT: "a local Poor People’s Campaign to draw poor people together under a common banner. King’s “one in six” in poverty has increased to “one in five” and will soon be “one in four.”
At the beginning of winter, the Campaign had a second – “Vee Vant to Zee Yur Paperz” – protest on the day after the police “swept” Garberville and Redway. The police practiced crude profiling, stopping and questioning local poor people as suspected “transients.” Incredibly, some were asked to show papers to prove they were local.

From law enforcement’s vantage point, it was all jolly fun: a self-styled TEA Party. This “Transient Enforcement Action” included our recently elected Sheriff who strode Garberville’s main street flanked by several armed minions. “Transient Enforcement” meanwhile suggested a Building Code parallel where poor persons go out of compliance with – the what? – the Dollar Code? - if they are homeless. Individuals are then ticketed or arrested as appropriate

Unfortunately this kind of profiling is not appropriate for American people! One of the projects of the local Poor People’s Campaign is the formation of a Nomads Union to spread the word that poor people have civil rights. The Nomad’s Union hopes to go on to support people who assert these rights. As King was aware, if it was okay for Black people to have civil rights, it was okay for poor people in general to have them. Not an insurrection, but in King’s spirit, a resurrection. You don’t have to be poor to sign up, just one of the people.."

Facebook (6)

Facebook (6): "Successful Guerrilla Porta-Potty installation action at Jim deMuelling county park in Garberville at 11 AM, Thursday, May 26, 2011"

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sacramento Homeless Take City To Court Over Seizure Of Possessions

Sacramento Homeless Take City To Court Over Seizure Of Possessions: "The rare case highlights the often untold struggles of homeless Americans attempting to create makeshift homes for themselves in a climate where law enforcement policies target them and their rights are ambiguous.

The civil class action lawsuit brought before federal court represents all homeless people in Sacramento whose possessions were taken in police sweeps since 2005, The Sacramento Bee reports. The period of time includes the highly publicized closure of the 'Tent City' homeless encampment.

Approximately 20 people are expected to testify, but the case touches many more. So far, over 60 homeless men and women have filed depositions and the case could end up including 2,000 plaintiffs total, KCRA reports."

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

the1500 | coming soon to a doorway near you

the1500 | coming soon to a doorway near you

Sell the house. Sell the car. Sell the kids because for 750 lucky couples there ain't gonna be no comin' home in a few days. And those days are painful. It's like awaiting an execution. There will be a death watch and the whole nine yards. It has to be because it has to be all nice and legal. Great country, huh? We learned it under Reagan, compassion fatigue.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011



Monday, May 16, 2011

Maker Faire: Events filled with DIY projects, science, demos, recycling, entertainment, and fun

Maker Faire: Events filled with DIY projects, science, demos, recycling, entertainment, and fun Started in San Mateo, California in 2006, and also being held in Detroit and New York, Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. As the World's Largest DIY Festival, this two-day family friendly Faire has something for everyone - a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker mindset.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Claiming the Right to the City | Urban Habitat

Claiming the Right to the City | Urban Habitat: "Land Ownership
The right to permanent public ownership of urban territories for public use."

All of the groups that assembled are facing huge pressures of displacement and gentrification of their communities. We explored the ways that neo-liberalism and the privatization of land use have turned our cities over to developers. We discussed how we’re fighting struggles for housing, use of traditional space, and against predatory development. We discovered how putting forward a proactive and simple assertion of our rights made a huge difference in how we understood our ongoing work. And we quickly recognized that so many of the issues we’re fighting for in our cities: housing, transportation, education, LGBT rights to space, and rights of culture, are inextricably interrelated. We just need a common way to talk about it, strategize, and develop our power in common terms. Toward that end, the Right to the City Alliance was initiated so that we can build local power toward a national agenda for our cities. So that, one day, we can build enough power to stand with our brothers and sisters in the global South and demand global justice for humanity.

Public shower in Eureka celebrates anniversary - Times-Standard Online

Public shower in Eureka celebrates anniversary - Times-Standard Online Fast facts: Homelessness in Humboldt County

-- About 27 percent of the homeless population was born in Humboldt County; 47 percent reported having lived in the county for at least 10 years.

-- 48.5 percent of the population reported having become homeless in Humboldt County; 29.5 reported becoming homeless elsewhere and moving to the county; and 22 percent did not respond.

Source: The 2009 Point in Time survey

But the project also had its detractors, who said it would draw homeless to the area, negatively impacting businesses and creating public safety problems. Some also feared the facility would be vandalized and destroye

Sunday, May 8, 2011


From time immemorial, the saint was invoked as patroness against insanity. The Bollandists have published numerous accounts of miraculous cures, especially between 1604 and 1668. As a result, there has long been a colony for lunatics at Gheel; even now there are sometimes as many as fifteen hundred whose relatives invoke St. Dymphna for their cure. The insane are treated in a peculiar manner; it is only in the beginning that they are placed in an institution for observation; later they are given shelter in the homes of the inhabitants, take part in their agricultural labours, and are treated very kindly. They are watched without being conscious of it. The treatment produces good results. The old church of St. Dymphna in Gheel was destroyed by fire in 1489. The new church was consecrated in 1532 and is still standing. Every year on the feast of the saint and on the Tuesday after Pentecost numerous pilgrims visit her shrine. In Gheel there is also a fraternity under her name

Dymphna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dymphna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Saint Dymphna (also: Dympna, Dimpna) was the daughter of a pagan Irish chief and his Christian wife in the 7th century. She was murdered by her father. The story of St. Dymphna has been preserved in a thirteenth century life written by a canon of the Church of St. Aubert at Cambrai
Dymphna was born in Ireland sometime in the 600s. Her father, Damon, a petty king of Oriel, was pagan but her mother was a devout Christian. When Dymphna was fourteen her mother died. After the death of his wife, Damon wanted to remarry and insisted that his new wife should look like Dymphna's mother. When no such woman could be found Damon began to desire to marry Dymphna, because of the strong resemblance she bore to her mother. When Dymphna learned of her father's intentions she fled his court along with her confessor Father Gerebernus and two servants. Together they sailed towards the continent, eventually landing in Belgium, where they took refuge in the town of Gheel. When Damon discovered their hiding place he set out to recover his daughter. He ordered that Father Gerebernus be killed and tried to persuade Dymphna to return with him, but she refused. Enraged, Damon decapitated his daughter on the spot.
she is the patron saint of those who suffer from mental illnesses and neurological disorders, mental health professionals, incest victims, and runaways.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

[squat!net] - Mainpage

[squat!net] - Mainpage [squat!net] is an international internet magazine with main focus on squatted houses, car sites and other free spaces.

Different people, with different backgrounds (e.g. squatters, punks, hackers, etc.) try to work together and collect news and importent stuff on the squatter scene. Sure we're not able doing this alone - quite a lot of information is sent by our readers - yes, from YOU!

Have your say on … squatting | People's panel | Comment is free |

Have your say on … squatting | People's panel | Comment is free | "Squatting is in the news again – in London, activists have been evicted from Guy Ritchie's mansion and portrayed by the tabloids as a 'gang' of criminal yobs. In France, squats made headlines as Jeudi Noir, a group aiming to put housing issues on the political agenda, set up camp in a prestigious Parisian building to alert the public to the high numbers of unoccupied buildings in the French capital."

Tick Tock Sheptock

Tick Tock SheptockI have advocated for Washington, DC's homeless since June 2006. I am part of the National Right-to-Housing Movement. I am a Theistic Marxist and part of a local social theory study group. My advocacy has now put me on the world stage, making it possible for me to fight for the human right to housing on a national and international level. Awesome!!!!!

Mitch Snyder Saved Many Lives but Finally Took His Own :

Mitch Snyder Saved Many Lives but Finally Took His Own : "The fight for America's poorest will go on, but when Mitch Snyder wrapped an electrical cord around his neck and hanged himself, some of the fiery energy of the struggle died with him. During his 20-year campaign for social justice, Snyder, 46, proved part prophet and part pest, part saint and part stuntman"

Mitch Snyder, 46, Advocate of Homeless - New York Times

Mitch Snyder, 46, Advocate of Homeless - New York Times: "Mr. Snyder rose to national prominence in the Presidential campaign of 1984, when he began his long fast demanding that President Ronald Reagan intervene to give an abandoned Federal building in Washington to his group for a shelter.

Two days before the election, on the 51st day of the fast, the Government acceded to Mr. Snyder's demands. But Mr. Snyder fasted twice more, when $6 million in promised money for renovations failed to materialize on time.

His life and work became the subject of a CBS television movie in 1986 starring Martin Sheen, called ''Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story.'' A year later, Mr. Sheen, Dennis Quaid, Cicely Tyson and other celebrities joined Mr. Snyder sleeping on the street to protest Federal policies toward the homeless."

Mitch Snyder’s Ghost�|�American Way of Life Magazine

Mitch Snyder’s Ghost�|�American Way of Life Magazine: "“We need everyday, regular people, not another Mitch Snyder. We all need to be Gandhi, be Malcolm X, be Mitch Snyder. If we could do that, it wouldn’t be perfect or Utopian, but it would be better than doing nothing."

Mitch Snyder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mitch Snyder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Snyder ended up in Danbury Federal Correctional Institute in Danbury, Connecticut, where he served time with Philip and Daniel Berrigan. Following meetings with them and prolific reading, especially of the Bible, Snyder started participating in hunger strikes and work stoppages over prison rights issues."

The ardor of Snyder's beliefs sometimes led to encounters with law enforcement. He once claimed to have the longest arrest record in D.C. On one infamous occasion, after being arrested at the White House, Snyder walked out of his arraignment, went directly to the White House, climbed over the fence and was rearrested

Dignity Village (3)

Dignity Village (3): "A transitional housing camp (tent city) in Portland, Oregon, USA. Bringing the homeless out of the doorways to build a community and a future.


Dignity Village - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dignity Village - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "In the days before Christmas of 2000, a group of homeless people in Portland succeeded in establishing a tent city which garnered a great deal of both opposition and support, and quickly evolved from a group of self-described 'outsiders' who practiced civil disobedience, to a self-regulating, city-recognized 'campground' as defined by Portland city code.

Now featuring elected community officials and crude but functional cooking, social, electric, and sanitary facilities,[1] Dignity Village got its start as a collection of tents and campers 'squatting' illegally on unused public land near Downtown Portland."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

National Coalition for the Homeless

National Coalition for the Homeless: "June 7-8: The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty is hosting the National Forum on the Human Right to Housing in Washington, DC. Registration is open now, sign up to attend today!"

Homeless Camp Puts Down Roots With Seattle's OK : NPR

Homeless Camp Puts Down Roots With Seattle's OK : NPR: "February 7, 2011 from KUOW

A lot of cities view homeless encampments like weeds that have sprung up in the civic garden. Sacramento and Fort Worth, for example, have shut them down.

Seattle, though, is taking a different approach: It wants a city-run camp on city-owned property.

But some locals are criticizing the project for being at odds with the city's own plan to end homelessness.

'There Needs To Be A Place For Them'

Seattle's camp is dubbed Nickelsville — as a jab at the city's former mayor Greg Nickels, who tried to shut it down. The camp came together about three years ago and has moved 17 times since then.

On a recent Sunday night, Nickelsville was full to capacity. About 100 of Seattle's more than 8,000 homeless people live there. For now, it's set up at an old firehouse in the city's north end, next to a stretch of strip malls. The parking lot is packed with tents."

Ontario CA Sets Up Fenced-In ‘Tent City’ for Local Homeless Only

Ontario CA Sets Up Fenced-In ‘Tent City’ for Local Homeless Only: "Many who had taken shelter at the camp — which had grown from 20 to more than 400 residents in nine months — lacked paperwork, bills or birth certificates proving they were once Ontario residents"

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Homeless Activist Treated Like Terror Suspect |

Homeless Activist Treated Like Terror Suspect | "The photographer was taking pictures inside the city maintenance yard. The Police Departments Homeland Security Bureau was notified and they tracked down the photographer by his license plate and sent him a letter. A portion of the letter read: 'Your actions during your visit to this facility caused concern among several city employees and was brought to the attention of the Police Department's Terrorism Liaison Officers.'

Homeless Advocate Mike Rhodes was among those monitoring the homeless cleanup, and believes the city is trying to intimidate them."