Socialized democracy ends homelessness among vets

Mayor Miyag­ishima (D), Las Cruces, New Mexico

On June 4, 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama chal­lenged the may­ors of major Amer­i­can cities with her May­ors Chal­lenge to End Vet­eran Homelessness.

Just one year later, mayor Ken Miyag­ishima (D) of Las Cruces, New Mex­ico announced that his city has joined sev­eral other cities that have achieved an end to home­less­ness among vet­er­ans.(http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/07/17/3681818/new-mexico-veterans-homelessness/)

The other may­ors who have ended home­less­ness among its vet­er­ans are: may­ors Ralph Bechker (D) of Salt Lake City; Greg Stan­don (D) of Phoenix; Annise Parker (D) of Hous­ton; and Mitch Lan­drieu (D) of New Orleans.(http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/07/17/3681818/new-mexico-veterans-homelessness/)

How did it hap­pen? Turns out that open-hearted gen­eros­ity is not only cheaper than the pun­ish­ing poli­cies of aus­ter­ity but are also totally effective.

It is a fact that has been borne out by stud­ies across the coun­try, from Florida to Col­orado and beyond.”  (http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/03/24/3418140/charlotte-homeless-study/)

For exam­ple, the Orlando Sen­tinel reported:

Liv­ing on the streets isn’t cheap: Each chron­i­cally home­less per­son in Cen­tral Florida costs the com­mu­nity roughly $31,000 a year, a new analy­sis being released Thurs­day shows.

“The price tag cov­ers the salaries of law-enforcement offi­cers to arrest and trans­port home­less indi­vid­u­als — largely for non­vi­o­lent offenses such as tres­pass­ing, pub­lic intox­i­ca­tion or sleep­ing in parks — as well as the cost of jail stays, emergency-room vis­its and hos­pi­tal­iza­tion for med­ical and psy­chi­atric issues.

“In con­trast, pro­vid­ing the chron­i­cally home­less with per­ma­nent hous­ing and case man­agers to super­vise them would run about $10,000 per per­son per year, sav­ing tax­pay­ers mil­lions of dol­lars dur­ing the next decade, the report con­cludes.” (http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2014–05-21/news/os-cost-of-homelessness-orlando-20140521_1_homeless-individuals-central-florida-commission-tulsa)

Las Cruces, like the other suc­cess­ful cities, worked  with the U.S. Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Urban Devel­op­ment (HUD), the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs (VA), the U.S. Inter­a­gency Coun­cil on Home­less­ness (USICH), and the National League of Cities to guar­an­tee sta­ble hous­ing and the sup­port­ive help nec­es­sary to keep vet­er­ans off the streets.

“We have iden­ti­fied all of the home­less vet­er­ans in Las Cruces. We have a hous­ing plan for each of them. Every sin­gle one of them is cur­rently being shel­tered.” said [Nicole] Mar­tinez [Direc­tor, Com­mu­nity of Hope, Las Cruces].” (http://www.kvia.com/news/mayor-says-las-cruces-ends-veteran-homelessness/34155142)

Last year, 2014, a first-year report con­ducted by the Depart­ment of Social Work at Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina, Char­lotte, found that their home­less hous­ing apart­ments, Moore Place:

“…saved $1.8 mil­lion in its first year by dras­ti­cally reduc­ing the amount of time its ten­ants spent in emer­gency rooms (447 fewer vis­its) and admit­ted to hos­pi­tals (372 fewer days).

“Sta­tis­tics show ten­ants also stayed out of trou­ble more, with a 78 per­cent drop in arrests and 84 per­cent fewer days spent in jail.

UNCC assis­tant pro­fes­sor Lori Thomas, who directed the study of Moore Place, says…“For the longest time, we as a nation tried to man­age home­less­ness instead of try­ing to end it,” said Thomas. “We as a com­mu­nity have got to focus on how to get them off the streets, rather than hous­ing them in shel­ters. Per­ma­nent sup­port­ive hous­ing works and saves money.”” (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article9106181.html#storylink=cpy)

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100 years of social democracy vs diabolic conservatism (Updated)

progList 2015-07-18

 

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The Morongo Basin in a Nutshell

Fate of Joshua trees at new devel­op­ment stirs con­tro­versy

Notice how to the crim­i­nal thugs, liars, thieves, and pro­pa­gan­dists who oper­ate the Hi-Desert Star newspaper…that killing off the Joshua Trees is sim­ply a mat­ter of controversy…not ecocide.

Kill a thou­sand native Joshua Trees for money = Devel­oper wor­thy of riches and rewards.

Try to save one native Joshua Tree = Envi­ron­men­tal ter­ror­ist sub­ject to arrest, fines and imprisonment.

In ten years, this region will be a ghost town…no water, dilap­i­dated buildings…thousands of dead native Joshua Trees, a few rich Chris­t­ian Repub­li­cans who now live else­where. And all because you let them.

As said before, these are sub-humans with­out any con­nec­tion to the land, other peo­ple, to life, or even them­selves. They are sim­ply uncon­scious, igno­rant, lying, vio­lent, self-imprisoned cow­ards, thugs, crim­i­nals and killers; toilets that eat what­ever shit they’re fed and then say, “Hallelujah…Our mas­ters are rich and we’re pure white and going to heaven.”

To them, there’s no dif­fer­ence: Chero­kees, African-Americans, Philip­pines, Viet­namese, Nicaraguans, Mexican-Americans, Iraqis, Joshua Trees, the Arc­tic, fish­eries, rivers…just as long as they can kill them, lynch them, tor­ture them, rape them, pol­lute them to death and take their stuff…their god smiles and blesses them with what­ever riches they can rob, steal, plun­der or murder.

These peo­ple are flat-out racist pig-shit. They can­not com­pre­hend life beyond their skin. They lack the brain chem­istry nec­es­sary to be part of the human race. They are a sub-specie that run on fear, hatred and vio­lence only. They are cave crea­tures. Nean­derthals. They belong in zoos.

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Two Photos: Civil Society vs. White Racist Terrorism

Civil Soci­ety

Frank­furt, Ger­many Police join protesters.

http://humansarefree.com/2012/05/german-police-removed-helmets-and.html

http://humansarefree.com/2012/05/german-police-removed-helmets-and.html

Below: America’s White Racist Pig-shit Ter­ror­ism At Work

(Or, what the ass­holes call: defend­ing peace, lib­erty and freedom)

Joshua Lott/Reuters/The Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/03/ferguson-as-a-criminal-conspiracy-against-its-black-residents-michael-brown-department-of-justice-report/386887/)

Joshua Lott/Reuters/The Atlantic
(http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/03/ferguson-as-a-criminal-conspiracy-against-its-black-residents-michael-brown-department-of-justice-report/386887/)

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Jill Stein announces her 2016 Green Party presidential candidacy

www.jill2016.com

Key points of the Power to the Peo­ple Plan:

A Green New Deal:

Cre­ate mil­lions of jobs by tran­si­tion­ing to 100% clean renew­able energy by 2030, and invest­ing in pub­lic tran­sit, sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture, and conservation.

Jobs as a Right:

Cre­ate living-wage jobs for every Amer­i­can who needs work, replac­ing unem­ploy­ment offices with employ­ment offices. Advance work­ers rights to form unions, achieve work­place democ­racy, and keep a fair share of the wealth they create.

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein announces the formation of an exploratory committee to seek the Green Party's presidential nomination again in 2016. during an event at the National Press Club February 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/Sipa USA

Green Party pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Jill Stein announces the for­ma­tion of an exploratory com­mit­tee to seek the Green Party’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion again in 2016. dur­ing an event at the National Press Club Feb­ru­ary 6, 2015 in Wash­ing­ton, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/Sipa USA

End Poverty:

Guar­an­tee eco­nomic human rights, includ­ing access to food, water, hous­ing, and util­i­ties, with effec­tive anti-poverty pro­grams to ensure every Amer­i­can a life of dignity.

Health Care as a Right:

Estab­lish an improved “Medicare For All” single-payer pub­lic health insur­ance pro­gram to pro­vide every­one with qual­ity health care, at huge savings.

Edu­ca­tion as a Right:

Abol­ish stu­dent debt to free a gen­er­a­tion of Amer­i­cans from debt servi­tude. Guar­an­tee tuition-free, world-class pub­lic edu­ca­tion from pre-school through uni­ver­sity. End high stakes test­ing and pub­lic school privatization.

A Just Economy:

Set a $15/hour fed­eral min­i­mum wage. Break up “too-big-to-fail” banks and democ­ra­tize the Fed­eral Reserve. Reject gen­tri­fi­ca­tion as a model of eco­nomic devel­op­ment. Sup­port devel­op­ment of worker and com­mu­nity coop­er­a­tives and small busi­nesses. Make Wall Street, big cor­po­ra­tions, and the rich pay their fair share of taxes. Cre­ate demo­c­ra­t­i­cally run pub­lic banks and util­i­ties. Replace cor­po­rate trade agree­ments with fair trade agreements.

Pro­tect Mother Earth:

Lead on a global treaty to halt cli­mate change. End destruc­tive energy extrac­tion: frack­ing, tar sands, off­shore drilling, oil trains, moun­tain­top removal, and ura­nium mines. Pro­tect our pub­lic lands, water sup­plies, bio­log­i­cal diver­sity, parks, and pol­li­na­tors. Label GMOs, and put a mora­to­rium on GMOs and pes­ti­cides until they are proven safe. Pro­tect the rights of future generations.

Free­dom and Equality:

End police bru­tal­ity, mass incar­cer­a­tion and insti­tu­tional racism within our jus­tice sys­tem. Expand women’s rights, pro­tect LGBT peo­ple from dis­crim­i­na­tion, defend indige­nous rights and lands, and cre­ate a wel­com­ing path to cit­i­zen­ship for immi­grants. Pro­tect the free Inter­net, replace drug pro­hi­bi­tion with harm reduc­tion, and legal­ize marijuana/hemp.

Jus­tice for All:

Restore our Con­sti­tu­tional rights, ter­mi­nate uncon­sti­tu­tional sur­veil­lance and unwar­ranted spy­ing, end per­se­cu­tion of gov­ern­ment and media whistle­blow­ers, close Guan­tanamo, abol­ish secret kill lists, and repeal indef­i­nite deten­tion with­out charge or trial.

Peace and Human Rights:

Estab­lish a for­eign pol­icy based on diplo­macy, inter­na­tional law, and human rights. End the wars and drone attacks, cut mil­i­tary spend­ing by at least 50% and close the 700+ for­eign mil­i­tary bases that are turn­ing our repub­lic into a bank­rupt empire. Stop U.S. sup­port and arms sales to human rights abusers, and lead on global nuclear disarmament.

Empower the People:

Abol­ish cor­po­rate per­son­hood. Pro­tect vot­ers’ rights by estab­lish­ing a con­sti­tu­tional right to vote.  Enact elec­toral reforms that break the big money stran­gle­hold and cre­ate truly rep­re­sen­ta­tive democ­racy: pub­lic cam­paign financ­ing, ranked-choice vot­ing, pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion, and open debates.

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Robert A. Heinlien — Two quotes worth of liberty, please.

Robert A. Hein­lein, 1907–1988:

Secrecy is the key­stone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and cen­sor­ship. When any gov­ern­ment or church for that mat­ter, under­takes to say to its sub­jects, “This you may not read, this you must not know,” the end result is tyranny and oppres­sion, no mat­ter how holy the motives.

Mighty lit­tle force is needed to con­trol a man who has been hood­winked in this fash­ion; con­trari­wise, no amount of force can con­trol a free man, whose mind is free. No, not the rack nor the atomic bomb, not any­thing. You can’t con­quer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”

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Polit­i­cal tags — such as roy­al­ist, com­mu­nist, demo­c­rat, pop­ulist, fas­cist, lib­eral, con­ser­v­a­tive, and so forth — are never basic cri­te­ria. The human race divides polit­i­cally into those who want peo­ple to be con­trolled and those who have no such desire.”

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