dedqgirl wrote:it makes me angry that i work my tail off for what i have, and they make more than minimum wage sitting on the corner)
Clar-i-ty wrote:For years I've wanted to write a book or do a documentary about homeless survival techniques to display the honest grit it takes to survive in a society that values wealth above all other things. I could see some sort of art project reflecting this on the cardboard. Something like, "What we do to survive," with actual quotes from homeless people. The fact that this would be burned at in the end could even tie into the whole American Dream motif...the idea to make those skills either less necessary, or more prevalent depending on perspective.
dedqgirl wrote:will there be classes for non-homeless people on how to not feel horribly conflicted everytime a bum comes up to our windows while we're trying to go to work?
i try to empathize, but here in baltimore it's perfectly legal for bums to not only stand on the median at the intersection, but also to walk out in the middle of traffic, panhandling. i would love to help them all, but i'm really tired of scary looking bums practically harassing me for money (and yes, when they come right up to my window and yell at me, i consider that harassing. they don't always do that, but i seriously contemplate hitting them with my car when they do. it makes me angry that i work my tail off for what i have, and they make more than minimum wage sitting on the corner)
sorry, you just hit a sore spot with me.
mojo wrote:Toolmaker - I'm in! How about being sure the homeless get tickets and have to appear in court for camping in "no camping" zones, unlawful dumping (of human waste), urinating in public, etc......
theCryptofishist wrote:Maybe if we stopped giving those training subsidies to McDonalds and put the money to good use...
There are plenty of reasons for homelessness. Not only the changes in law for the mentally ill, but the lack of affordable housing, the systematic ripping up of the safety net, hey I bet some of those are victims of medical bankruptcies. And when you consider homeless on homeless crime, even if you're making more than minimum wage you're better off spending it that day, even if it's on drugs or booze, than having it stolen my a nasty street tough. I remember when you didn't see small children begging. It's been getting worse for a quarter century.
God, I'm getting old.
Oh, and the only reason my troubles didn't leave me on the street is the grace of my parents.
And don't forget all those people living paycheck to paycheck. Oh, it makes me sick.
mojo wrote:Oh yes - you mentioned there being nothing you can do about it? BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Toolmaker wrote:I lived in Baltimore for a few years and know of some of what you describe. North Ave type folks right? If so, alot of these folks aren't really homeless. There are alot of shakedown artists and criminals out there.
Valkyrie wrote:Out of curiosity, what does your company do with the not-good-enough-to-sell stuff since they're not giving it away?
dedqgirl wrote:mostly the frustration at the fact that as hard as i work for my own livelihood and as much as i want to help the truly helpless, i feel completely helpless myself.
dedqgirl wrote:mojo wrote:Oh yes - you mentioned there being nothing you can do about it? BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
like what? seriously... what can i do, donate some money to a shelter? like that's going to change anything.... but if you have better ideas, i'd love to hear them.
mojo wrote:There really is a lot that one person can do to fight homelessness. If you REALLY want to make a difference, volunteer to serve on the Board of some of the organizations that help the homeless. Show up at your city council meetings when issues that concern the homeless are being decided. Most of all, MOST IMPORTANT, even if you do nothing else, educate yourself about the problem. Toolmaker really did post some excellent information.
I used to worry that the dollar I would give to a beggar was just going to be used for alcohol or drugs. Then I realized that even if that is true, at least I have helped someone have the ability to exercize some form of free choice that day that they otherwise would not have had.
I really don't expect that dollar to change the life of the person I give it to - it's MY life that changes from the gift.
C187 wrote:Would there be...
and Park public restrooms...
...for people to sleep in? Because I know that I'd never sleep in the summer of 03, and a few other times with out them. Personally I didn't consider myself homeless, just a squatter. But to me it resonates a more realistic point then cardboard.
Another thing I'm wondering about is if anyone is going to have a shelter theme camp this upcoming year? I don't know about the rest of you, but I ran into a lot of people whom we're not prepared this year. As much as I'd like to think that their would be less this up coming year. I fear that more people will not have water, food, or other things to survive. And even though their stupidity, it would be a crime for us to let the death count go up.
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