John MacMurray: And while very few communities will openly admit their disdain for these people who have no permanent place to live, many cities have no problem creatively enforcing ordinances that make being homeless far more difficult than it already is.
Janis Schmidt: North Dakota is swimming in a sea of oil, yet does not have any dollars for homeless, abandoned cats, dogs, and people. You know, I haven’t talked to a single person who has benefited from all this oil.
Charley James: The news media has paid scant attention to the triple problems of hunger, homelessness and poverty in the country – even before the elections attracted its attention like carrion birds to a carcass.
Charley James: One speech on homelessness won’t do it; The White House needs to own the issue to keep it front and center, as do members of Congress who are concerned about poverty.
Charley James: America’s priorities, far too many of its politicians, and even a disturbing number of our everyday folks, are brutal – and brutish – about how to deal with homeless people like me who have lost everything except our dignity:
Charley James: For the estimated 10-to-12 million Americans who’ll be homeless for at least one night this year, the impact is devastating enough when you lose your own place once.
Charley James: New York’s homelessness crisis erupted because the Bloomberg administration recently ended rent subsidies, which allowed many people who are now homeless to stay in their apartments.
Charley James: Since the onset of the Great Foreclosure Adventure launched by banks and mortgage companies in 2007 causing the housing market collapse, the financial industry has done a great job of screwing the homeless twice, and without any foreplay or even a kiss.
any of the social, economic and political ills facing the United States will cost tens of billions to fix, from updating the power grid and building a high-speed rail network to dealing with climate change and revitalizing public education. Solving the problem of homelessness should be easy because it will cost billions less to fix […]
Tina Dupuy: Meet the new face of Occupy Wall Street: Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old Marine and Iraq War vet who was shot in the head with a “non-lethal round” during a raid on Occupy Oakland last week.
Lauren Steiner: Since the mainstream media, even MSNBC, is owned by large corporations representing the top 1%, we cannot count on them to serve as the check on government that our Founders intended the press to be.
Tom Hayden: Next week the Canadian parliament is expected to hear a bill proposing humanitarian grounds for granting asylum in the country. Watson’s application for permanent resident status is on hold. About 40 other American war resisters are seeking asylum in Canada, where nearly 80,000 were given protection during the Vietnam War.
Georgianne Nienaber: Writing about the shattered hopes and dreams of the Haitian people is like trying to describe the movements of a symphony to a hearing-impaired person. How does one separate the elements of the whole, the hundreds of conversations, pleas, and stories that assault the senses, while explaining to an indifferent world that they must open their eyes because the cries of the Haitian people are certainly falling on deaf ears?