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The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday — because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.
They will also provide directions to local soup kitchens for the vagrants, criminals and other freeloaders who have been descending on Zuccotti Park in increasing numbers every day.
Can someone please square this circle for me, because it seems the OWS is creating its own little class segmentation.
Please provide your source for the above quote. Do you have a link, a site, an author, or the name of the person that spoke those words?
We can’t circle anything without documentation/proof. Besides, the GOP has been in attack mode and trying to lie about all things the American people speak up about.
That picture is true of everyone. There is no place currently where a college degree in any field is useful in the US. Nothing is being built, repaired, or instituted.
Thank you, 112th Congress for allowing the citizens of this country to see what you are all about.
I’m trying to figure out how the 99% can be the 99% if they are evicting members of the 99% from the camp of the 99%. Homeless people and ex-cons aren’t 1%’ers which means they must be 99%’ers, if so why are they being treated like…well…like the 99% claims they are being treated by the 1%?
It’s as if the 99% are creating their own little 1%. Curious, yes?
Inquiring minds want to know.
“Occupy NY Occupy LA” – by Sabyrtooth
Of course, the 1% would say that the young woman shown above and her husband should never have had children if they had that much debt.
personal responsibility and all that…oh and abstention. No sex for them!
Ok, I’ll bite…the protesters are building community around the message regarding economic injustice. they want to bring the banks to justice. they provide food to those who contribute efforts to push that message.
Before you tell me that the homeless are part of the message (which they are) chronically homeless people have resources that are mentioned in the article that are not available to the protesters.
I don’t know about the current situation in SF but a number of years ago there must have been around 20 organizations who were “helping” the homeless. I never understood why they didn’t get together, pool their resources and really help solve at least some of the problems. They all had dinners, parties, and various things to raise money and where the 1% could be seen as “doing something” but it always seemed to me that each group had its own little fiefdom and wouldn’t give it up. Am I wrong about that?
I don’t know. I’m not really talking about fundraisers but the actual shelters, food banks, and dinners served to the homeless. But yeah, volunteerism can be its own little fiefdom. At my kids’ school, I learned the hard way that you do not offer to help until invited by the “right people” But we digress. Whether or not the resources are or are not pooled, they do exist and they are there for a specific population.
Yesterday I suggested that I didn’t think it was possible for OWS to feed all the homeless due to resources, time, other duties, etc. and got smacked around for lack of compassion. I just don’t see how OWS can take on that enormous job.
Wait…what? So the 99% aren’t actually 99% because they are willing to exclude in this case the chronically homeless. OWS is denying these people access to free food which was donated, or in other words they have taken it upon themselves to ration food only to those determined worthy by the general committee or whatever. Got it. What about the ex-cons, they don’t count either?
Then of course you have this little tidbit:
Some arguments broke out as the security team searched tents
Searching tents? Well that seems so…police statish.
OWS ability to stay in the park is very precarious. many showing up just released from prison have said they were told by guards to go there. If people are drinking or pull knives etc it will be the excuse the police need to shut it down. So they need to keep the place safe and they have a right to do that.
On the homeless issue is while it would be ideal to feed them if all the homeless start flocking that is all OWS will be able to do. So they need to set up some kind of policy. I think they should offer advice as to the services they can turn to and where possible feed them, but that needs to be balanced by not letting the movement not being turned into a a soup kitchen for the homeless. Tough to balance, but i am sure they will find a way
A whole lot of Noblesse without any oblige means it’s systemic and postured-over unequal distribution. There is a portion of the population that does need some kind of care at some point because they really can’t do it themselves due to the facts of the human condition (e.g., infancy/childhood, sickness, old age, the death process). Eve Ensler makes some really good points on the Occupy Wall Street movement (Oct. 21, 2011).
On the other hand, I have personally seen many homeless people pitching in to help occupy when I spent time at OccupyDC. Being homeless does not necessarily mean that a person is occupying just for free food. Other threads here support the notion that we are all one.
Exactly. Most occupations (including the local one here) are providing free food to anyone who needs it, wihtout rationing. Unfortunately their resources are limited and a lot of homeless are mentally ill or have substance abuse problems and will abuse the generosity of the occupations just because they can. To a certain dishonest, regressive mindset (like Rafe’s) this creates an opportunity to conjure up an idiotic talking point (“Occupiers are creating their own 1%”–yeah right dude).
You’re the 99%, Rafe. We love you.
I was just going to search for that. The Post has been slandering OWS for weeks now.
Relentless, they are. /Yoda
This quote is extremely offensive. “Professional homeless?” In fact, homelessness is a full-time job, racked with constant anxiety, fear, insecurity, faced with hatred, police harassment, and despair. There are no jobs waiting for these people, shelters are inadequate, they’re often left to prostitution and drugs. We need occupy wall street to demand a national housing policy, akin to the one they have in Denmark (the best in the world so I’ve read) that provides housing to everyone as an absolute right, not use derogatory phrases like that. Why shouldn’t ex-cons, often wrongly disenfranchised from voting and holding down a good job by their experience in prison, also be a part of the movement? I’m sure many of these people are active members, and if they aren’t, many of them could be made so. What about having a working group to assess that situation?
The two-volume Encyclopedia Of Homelessness is a great resource which studies in-depth homelessness in it’s causes, trends, and differing policies internationally that effect and attempt to deal with it. It’s freely available on most warez sites. It would be great if people actually tried to educate themselves on the issue instead of just falling back on cultural prejudices.
Had a mountain of debt, somewhat sketchy jobs and still decided to bring 2 kids into the world. Unless they miraculously appeared in her uterus, I’d say that most of her lot in life is of her own choosing.
I hope she rights the ship. But I hope she is not blaming the 1% for everything either.
Yep, I just did.
Jobs don’t wait for people. Why should they?
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