Sunday, December 16, 2018
Monday, June 18, 2018
Friday, June 15, 2018
Monday, June 11, 2018
FAIR HOUSING FOR ALL - Human Rights Activist Cheri Honkala arrested addressing housing cutbacks that will ultimately impact an already struggling community beyond the state of poverty. http://economichumanrights.org/ June 2nd - June 12, poor families from across the country gather in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, the poorest District in Pennsylvania, for the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. This march marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign and Resurrection City erected in 1968 on the National Mall.
ARTICLE - Ben Carson Cuts Housing Fund
The Federal Reserve prints bogus money to pay themselves and keep everyone else in debt... Wake up. None of this shit is going to matter much longer when everyone is chipped with IDs and in labor work camps. Seriously, people need to see how the system is imploding and what our longstanding administration (currently seated by Trump) has been doing and why. . . #wakeupAMERICA We look like a developing country with poverty more than visible on every street in every city of our nation. This is an economic disaster with some major fall-out that is only getting worse. People who were hanging in the balance are now on the street soon to be followed by those of us who cannot afford the ever-increasing housing costs and diminishing wage. This divisiveness of poverty vs wealth is purposeful to create enough dissention among the masses to enlist Martial Law and put everyone in cages. The only presidents that called this shit out were both shot in the head -- Lincoln and Kennedy -- both for trying to shut down the Federal Reserve and free America from the banks that have corrupted our PEOPLE'S GOVERNANCE.
COMMUNITY RESPONSIVENESS to CITIZEN DISPLACEMENT
What we consider to be “Choices” and “Opportunities” are countered by socioeconomic factors. When society collaborates to impose a level of derogatory perception toward an individual or group of individuals, the result is a generalization and group mindset of marginalizing the unwanted individual or group of individuals. This marginalization may be based on age, sex, race, religion, unemployment, addiction, citizen status, and/or many other factors that provide a platform for discrimination that ultimately casts a shadow. This shadow is then countered by what is perceived as “privilege” or a person’s “right to exist”. A collective mindset that perpetuates ill-will towards others often arises when people feel burdened by their neighbor’s actions or existence due to a lack of comprehension or complete understanding of their position; either for lack of having ever experienced it, or for fear of experiencing it. We can examine where our own bias and suspended disbelief contributes to the hardship that many are currently facing in our society and attempt to replace these adopted rituals of condemnation with awareness and empathy.
FACT #1 – All people experience hardship(s) relative to what they know.
FACT #2 – Not all people have the same opportunity(s) or challenges.
FACT #3 – Not all people accomplish the same goal(s) even if given the same opportunity(s) or possessing the same strengths/weaknesses.
We can expand on these three facts on a case by case analysis of each person who may experience similar situations and find themselves in differing outcomes or predicaments. When we consider that a person may not be as capable as we think they are, we are better able to acknowledge why they are where they are – a scope of understanding that goes beyond what we perceive as “success” and/or “failure”, and more importantly, goes beyond a scope of judgment and/or condemnation. If what we hold ourselves to does not match the conditions someone else is experiencing, we can easily conclude how it is they may be unable to improve their situation on their own.
The core elements that impact a person’s life either positively or negatively in a capitalist society (in which the foundation of our social collective depends rigorously on our ability to earn our position) we are at the mercy of our finances, our health, and our education. When any of theses three prongs are adversely affected, our ability to sustain ourselves is compromised. The failsafe that we rely on is our social network and family. If this is compromised, we are at the mercy of compassion and resources that may or may not be provided by the collective.
Nonprofits are charitable agencies that have arisen due to the nature of capitalist society. There is a measure of predestined success in our code of ethics which is visibly stated that all people deserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Within a democracy or republic, a government’s citizens fairly represented under these dictates would come to conclude that a level of leniency is warranted when capitalism can become offensive to those experiencing economic hardship or dire circumstances compromising one’s ability to achieve a level of financial security. Agencies which only exist to serve and are not profit incentivized are positioned to counter certain challenges that capitalism presents to a people’s governance.
It is within these frameworks and this formula that we can be selective in our reasoning. Yet, no agency of the people works without the people for whom these agencies directly affect either positively or negatively. It is the people who determine the course of our laws, our regulations, our perspectives for which we abide as a community. It is the people who hold the highest charge and for whom our selected leaders are burdened with the task of delegation and direction to best serve the whole. We are not an easy flow of connecting points, but an erratic miserable sometimes cantankerous entity with infighting and resistance to what we do not understand or cannot relate to, for sheer lack of identifying with another person’s plight. Often, we are limited to what we know until we know more, and more often we refuse to know more out of fear and rejection of the unknown. This creates a division among the people and perpetuates suffering.
I am here to expose the blisters on our collective skin and make known what has gone unknown for far too long, so that perhaps we can remedy this situation and move forward. Our lives are interconnected. None of us is an island, however, many of us would prefer to shelter ourselves from the hazards we see others exposing themselves to. We do not understand this, and we choose to distance ourselves from what we see and acknowledge as poor choices and a course for failure and suffering. We perceive a person’s mishaps in life to be their own error in judgment, lack of education, poverty that is beyond our control for which we may find sympathy for but conclude has nothing to do with our own lives. We may even be grateful that our lives do not resemble those whose lives seem less desirable. None of these factors contributes to challenging ourselves to address the vacancy of responsibility that we have for our neighbor’s well-being. If our only contribution is sympathy, we are not aware of the reality and responsibility that we have, as it is that we are in a position of stability that our neighbor lacks.
How best do we address the plight of another human being? How best do we adjust our perception of another person’s situation? We begin by acknowledging the person as an equal to ourselves, as someone whose life experiences may or may not resemble our own, that for better or worse, has resulted in trauma and/or loss. It is reasonable at this point to conclude that trauma and loss are two contributory factors for why a person can no longer sustain their life, why they have become unable to cope well, and why they may or may not be able to regain what was lost. The question then becomes, what does this person need? Am I able to provide a path for this person to achieve their needs? If we cannot define the need and we cannot define the path, does that mean we cease all action? No, that means we provide what we think a person needs and work toward answering that question more thoroughly by engaging directly with them. We seek viable paths until the right path(s) present(s) itself. We do not hesitate. We do not wait. We act with what we know until we know more. We provide what we have until we can provide more. We offer solutions until the right solution is made realized. That is how we serve each other and minimize the struggle and pain; reach out.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Friday, June 1, 2018
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Abstract submission to the Seattle Journal for Social Justice
Homelessness in Bellingham WA | Jennifer Christine Mansfield | May 23, 2018
Homelessness in Bellingham WA
I began working with Homes NOW! Not Later… as a volunteer in December of 2017. The group decided to host a community event on City Hall lawn in Bellingham, WA for homelessness awareness after six months of stagnation attempting to gain a legal route to build a tiny-home community pilot project. The theme of the Sleep Out was “Stop the Sweeps”. Stop the Sweeps is a local volunteer campaign created to draw attention to the municipal infractions that penalize a person for ‘unlawfully’ pitching a tent for shelter. The goal was to shed light on the need for alternative affordable housing solutions for which Homes NOW is seeking to provide.
Sleep Out for Homelessness Awareness
The Sleep Out event at City Hall started on December 1st and continued to December 18th. The original three-day event was authorized by city event permit to continue after testimonials of countless unhoused residents. The public voiced concerns that the local community did not have sustainable resources for the occupants on the lawn who by sleeping outdoors were making a last resort decision to reside in tents in public locations. Some reported that the shelter posed severe risk to their health and well-being.
Tenters experiencing extenuating circumstances and chronic health issues stated the shelter was not conducive to their lives and living outdoors was less a risk than shelter habitation. Homes NOW reiterated to City Council as in previous public disclosures the impact to people’s lives who live without proper shelter, restroom access, storage facilities, and shower/laundering services. The public requested and proposed resolutions for shelter, 24/hour restroom access, proper waste disposal units, 24/hour safe storage, and free legal parking for those residing in their vehicles. These requests were denied.
The City Decision
While deliberating the needs of the community, the tenters continued to reside at the Sleep Out on City Hall lawn for the duration of two weeks’ time. City officials concluded that the limitations of the only existing city shelter were sufficient space to house the point-in-time population on the lawn, and that the lawn itself was in jeopardy. The mayor conveyed that people had a “choice” not to reside at the shelter and reiterated that the shelter was in fact the city’s only recourse for provisions at this time. The final decree was that RCW state law limited public events of the Sleep Out’s nature to continue on the City Hall lawn. The tent encampment would not be relocated to a new designated site and no declaration of emergency would be made to legalize camping publicly.
It was specifically noted that the city faced impending lawsuit by threat of an outside authority (not revealed). The legal implications bordered on extortion to gain leverage to undermine the local democratic process citizens were pursuing. The citizens were seeking a route of responsiveness from the city to address a matter of urgent need. The members of the community challenged the ordinances protecting the city lawn for which RCW state law simultaneously conveys specific guidelines for addressing homelessness! The burden of prioritization was apparent and the competency of city officials to differentiate which is more important -- a lawn or a human life -- also became apparent.
When deciding between the matter of caring for a lawn which can be regrown and the preservation of human life which cannot be regrown, certainly a conscientious determination would be made to preserve the lives facing critical hardships! The absence of shelter when residing in the unrelenting winter months of the Pacific NW can be lethal if not devastating to the health. The matter of protecting the lawn took precedence over the matter of protecting human lives. Two members of the community lost their lives shortly thereafter due to inclement weather and lack of proper housing and care.
Homes NOW in 2018
Jim Peterson and Douglas Gustafson continue to provide immediate assistance to the local community in various capacities in which Homes NOW offers a beacon of support to the unhoused population in Bellingham. Beginning with their advocacy for social justice and reform during the Bernie campaigns, Jim and Doug initiated a nonprofit with the goal of ending homelessness by the year 2020. Homes NOW volunteers continue to seek a viable route to build alternative affordable housing solutions in Whatcom County such as tiny homes.
Jim Peterson is well-known to all Homes NOW volunteers for his 17 years’ experience as a homeless person himself. Jim’s lifelong advocacy for challenging the status quo to a higher standard of social awareness is an asset to Bellingham for which many have dismissed with frustration and disapproval as Homes NOW is notorious for enlisting an unorthodox approach of simplicity over the traditional norm of bureaucracy. The barriers to this simplicity are zoning, land-use, and the interpretation of state and municipal laws which pose hindrances to building and operating a tiny home pilot-project and/or tent encampment community in Whatcom county. What is lacking is city and county compliance to prioritize the need for housing first solutions. The demand for housing exceeds the availability of affordable homes. This lack necessitates a building plan that is adaptable not constrictive, and the political will to endorse it.
Much of the discouragement locally is regarding ordinances that inhibit building tiny homes. The definition of a tiny house structure is often piggy-backed on the Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU). While possessing similar traits to a recreational vehicle (RV) and DADU, the tiny housing that is being introduced is neither; however, without utilizing these codes to build, the options to build do not exist. It seems rather logical and imperative that reevaluation of current zoning laws and land-use is needed for equitability of the population in seeking housing reforms and feasible solutions.
On January 22, Bellingham city leaders orchestrated a route for action establishing a fast-track ordinance under the premise of emergency to allow tent encampments; however, this ordinance is useless when no nonprofit organization possessing land offers charitability to host it. Herein lies the greatest of disappointments -- the community will to be proactive and the political will to modify counterproductive bureaucratic walls of complacency seems to be a tolerance for lagging indefinitely. Time is a luxury that those living on the street do not have. Living without shelter parallels that of a person treading water and trying desperately to make it to land.
The bias and stigma that promotes itself in mainstream media is that people experiencing homelessness are lazy and should get a job. This judgment and noticeable disdain for members of our society who reside out-of-doors or in the shelters, on the street corners, or in less than acceptable conditions are counterproductive to solutions.
There is a validity from our peers in society in which we gauge ourselves accordingly. Our dignity and self-esteem by default of our upbringing in a capitalist system defaults to defining ourselves by our net worth. This is a false identity that cripples many who fall from the ladder of success. When we abide by a false identity, we compromise our quality of life and what we feel we deserve. This is made most apparent by the personification of those living on the street being people less deserving of empathy rather than more deserving of it. We do not acknowledge a person’s actual situation, only our judgment of how they became incapacitated. This stems from a personal sense of failure and fear of failing.
Living without shelter poses difficulty for any person. The challenge is one in which a person striving to survive is daily shuffled from one public space to another by complaint-driven policing of their every living breathing activity. Without logical legal protection condoning livable activities such as eating, sleeping, or relieving oneself, people face municipal citations and civil infractions for life-sustaining activities. Living is made unbearable and is often only applicable to the population of city dwellers who do not possess basic resources to maintain their lives. Legal derogatory marginalization is evident as it is equal to kicking someone when they are down.
Since the Sleep Out event, the police department added three local dumpsters and portable toilets in areas where illegal tent encampments are frequently located. The city has coordinated what they have titled HOT teams (Homeless Outreach Team) to correspond with “vacate notices” for “clean-ups” which are enforced as municipal citations despite the declaration that these citations are not “sweeps”. Homes NOW continues to coordinate monthly Summits to provide the housed and unhoused community an opportunity to meet, eat, and learn more from each other. Seasonal survival gear and clothing is handed out to those in need by local Homes NOW volunteers during the Summits. Surveys and interviews of homelessness experiences are compiled for video and data research. Social media continues to provide a forum for connection.
Mobile Shower Truck
In frustration for the lack of advancement toward a path to build tiny homes, Homes NOW leaders are utilizing their active volunteer team to provide what is lacking in the lives of those living without shelter. The most recent activity of Homes NOW is the volunteer spurred construction of a mobile shower truck for which unhoused individuals will have a much-needed resource for maintaining hygiene, rightly described as Showers NOW! Not Later...
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
"...2,300 homeless people countywide who sleep in vehicles, a population that has tripled since 2012..."
The article states that the majority have a criminal record or drug history and are not easily housed for these reasons. This is what it's coming down to. The root is people growing up in a society where they fall prey to drugs and criminal behavior. The home has disintegrated because the value of the home was overlooked and taken for granted when women were the primary homemakers.
Women's fight for fair treatment and equality was at the cost of the home and upbringing of our children (in a society that cultivates nurturing and caring for others flipping to a society that only cares for how much someone's earning capacity is) in our false race to be falsely 'equal' to a system that degrades nature and human beings. Neglecting our homes, neglecting our children, neglecting our planet and all life on it, are the repercussions of this imbalance and quest for acquisition and notoriety and rank, none of which has any substance or real concrete value.
Planting a flower, reading a story, cooking a meal -- the little things that people do as a community with each other to learn and grow and instill a sense of values and worth are slowly losing ground. So is the very land we call home and inhabit. Land and space we occupy has become the ultimate commodity and the ultimate cost. In order to survive and claim our living space, we have to work for it, and those who do still can't manage to afford a life free of crime, free of addiction, free of societal condemnation for failure.
Our highest return on investment is our investment and time with each other as people. What we teach our children, how we treat our neighbors, reaching out to those in need who have suffered or continue to suffer. We have a duty and an obligation to be responsive and proactive and preserve our quality of life, not just for ourselves, but for our entire population. When we neglect and ignore human need, we are neglecting and ignoring our responsibility to the home, as a community.
Some people literally have to rewrite their life history and childhoods because they have experienced so much trauma and abuse. People who lose their way fall prey to poor coping mechanisms that further degrade their lives. When there is nowhere else to turn, people reach out to complete strangers for help... We can do better as a community, from childhood to adulthood if we focus our energy and investment of time on what really matters, people and the quality of their lives. . . No one should have to live in their vehicle or in a ditch on a roadside without shelter. This is the definition of societal failure and we need to reverse it NOW, not later...
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Homes NOW! Not Later is in the news!
What do they need NOW?
Full Article - Western Front News
Apparently when you get flagged on Facebook, there is no notification as to why! You are simply halted from the accessibility of posting anything more on your newsfeed, without explanation...
Topics that I posted before being put in a time-out include:
- Monsanto and Bayer - Mexico
- Deportation of Maru - ICE
- Homelessness in America
Guess freedom of expression on Facebook is limited to selfies.
Get with the Program Facebook!
Monday, February 19, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Saturday, November 25, 2017
I urge you to stop the FCC's plan to end net neutrality *before* the FCC's December 14th vote.
I urge you to stop the FCC's plan to end net neutrality *before* the FCC's December 14th vote.
I don't want ISPs to have the power to block websites, slow them down, give some sites an advantage over others, split the Internet into "fast lanes" for companies that pay and "slow lanes" for the rest, or force me to buy special "tiers" to access the sites and services I choose. But that's exactly what the FCC plan would do. Please read it:
Blocking & throttling by ISPs is a serious problem. Comcast has throttled Netflix, AT&T blocked FaceTime, Time Warner Cable throttled the popular game League of Legends, and Verizon admitted it will introduce fast lanes for sites that pay-and slow lanes for everyone else-if the FCC lifts the rules. This hurts consumers and businesses large and small.
If some companies can pay ISPs to have their content load faster, startups and small businesses that can't pay those fees won't be able to compete. This will kill the open marketplace that has enabled millions of small businesses and created America’s 5 most valuable companies. Without strong net neutrality protections, Internet providers will effectively be able to impose a tax on every sector of the American economy.
Moreover, under Chairman Pai's plan, ISPs will be able to make it more difficult to access political speech that they don't like. They'll be able to charge fees for website delivery that would make it harder for blogs, nonprofits, artists, and others who can't pay up to have their voices heard.
If the FCC passes their current order, every Internet user and business in this country will be unprotected from abuse by Internet providers, and the consequences will be dire. Please publicly support net neutrality protections by denouncing the FCC's current plan. Do whatever you can to stop Chairman Pai, to ensure that businesses and Internet users remain protected.
If our government can blacklist individuals that pose a threat to their regime, they will do so. The broader picture in all of this is our "anti-terrorist" laws that propose avenues of extraditing persons out of America (in violation of the law) or into confinement outside of citizen jurisdiction under criminal penal codes that are justified by militarist actions to protect the country (via anti-terrorism).
As preposterous as this sounds, this is the "why" behind criminalizing journalism and free-thinking in America. Journalism that is instigating mass-awareness of corporate activity in our government is a threat to the powers-that-be.
The enforcement of martial law to keep the masses in compliance has been a long-term initiative yet to be achieved and this is just one brick in the mortyr for suppressing existing freedoms. What better way to shut-down the voices of influential leading entities revealing the truth than to peg them as traitors to their own nation (?)
With a title like "foreign agent", a sleeping nation can fear and despise the source of information as a threat to their national patriotism. We are slowly becoming unhinged by these manipulating forces who are at least three steps ahead of brilliant minds unveiling the truth. Think chessboard -- think beyond the action to the "why" (...)
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
So, I don't know, call me a conspiracy theorist -- but wasn't PLUM ISLAND already a really bad thing?
I suppose we can expect a pandemic of national proportion anytime after 2022...hmmm. That gives us all about 5 years to secure international Visas and seek alternative oversees residences. Just saying -- having this sort of bio-lab on the 'mainland' is about as risky as fracking the ocean and not anticipating failure, which, eh-hem, has occurred. Wake up America. Either human beings have a serious blind-spot to their fallibility, or there are specific individuals engineering our demise -- deliberately sabotaging and diminishing the human populace under the guise of 'Safety' and 'Science'. Uhg...not to even scratch the surface of the despicable experiments that will be performed in this facility, the vaccines that will be credited as 'Safe' and necessary, etc. National Security my ass. Dorothy, pack your bags and head to Oz.
"Operations Will Begin in 2022. DHS is developing a plan to provide a seamless transition from the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) to NBAF that includes an overlap of operations to ensure no interruption of the critical science mission and operational capabilities. Construction activities are underway, facility commissioning will be completed in May 2021, and the facility will be fully operational in December 2022. Current operations at PIADC will continue until the mission is transitioned to NBAF in 2023." NBAF publication
Looks like I'm not the only one that thinks this is a bad idea...
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Energy Profiling - by Carol Tuttle
|Tour to Seattle - Book Signing & Picture|
We often pay for guidance when it is something already available and known to us, but as seekers, there will always be those who have gone before us manifesting new interpretations of prior evaluations to help us learn more, and the value is often worth paying for. So is her program worth it?
Here is another more ancient criteria of self-evaluation based on astro-data and the interpretation of personal traits based on the stars. It is human nature to seek our connection with our natural world.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Thursday, July 6, 2017
The Unhealthy Truth - by Robyn O'Brien
The Food Babe Way - by Vani Hari
The World According to Monsanto - Marie-Monique Robin
TV Show Program Descriptions: