Dan Bluemel: Charlie Beck is a true artist. He faced an angry, passionate crowd inside a house of God and he gave them hope. That night he was a one-man traveling salvation show as he danced with his fictions underneath the Christian cross.
Dan Bleemel: When I left Skid Row that day, a part of me would stay behind to be tortured by what I knew and what I could do very little about.
Dan Bluemel: In the past decade, Detroit residents have seen their water bills increase 119 percent, further stressing a poor population in a bankrupt city.
Dan Bluemel: Sometimes the cops get a kink in their colon and enforce the code en masse, other times they lay low, but to focus on one homeless woman as though she were a “problem child,” as they so named her, is difficult to understand.
Dan Bluemel: The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition announced their new campaign last week to ban police from using the same unmanned aerial drones that were previously barred from use in the skies above Seattle.
Dan Bluemel: Unlike the colonists who work tirelessly to build a “community” in downtown, it’s the homeless who are much more willing to be involved in a conversation with strangers.
Dan Bluemel: “Downtown to me, when I was a kid, it was like Las Vegas, man,” said General Dogon. “It was that part of the city that never slept.”
Dan Bluemel: The mistaken war wounded tens of thousands of American soldiers and killed nearly 4,500 of them. Though no official total exists, it is estimated by many that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis were killed as a result of the U.S. invasion and occupation.
Homeless Woman Arrested: Between the LAPD and city attorney’s office, hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money has been spent.
Justice for Kelly Thomas — Homeless and anti-police brutality advocates demanded justice for the police killing of Kelly Thomas.
Kelly Thomas — The gut reaction of many U.S. cities and states is not to come to the aid of their un-housed, but instead to persecute them.
Homeless Rights — Organizers demand that we stop criminalizing the poor and homeless.
Luis Rodrigueze wants to end poverty in California, a largely ignored objective in a gubernatorial campaign since Upton Sinclair ran.