Body found near Livermore homeless encampment
Original post made on Jan 18, 2009
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on Jan 18, 2009 at 6:42 pm
We have a homeless encampment? Sweet!
on Jan 19, 2009 at 12:26 pm
January 11, 2009
TO: President-Elect Barack Obama
FROM: Ruben Botello, Founder
AMERICAN HOMELESS SOCIETY
Dear Mr. Obama:
I have been in and out of homelessness since being honorably discharged as a USMC Vietnam veteran in 1969. I wound up homeless then, in and out of homelessness with my two sons in the Eighties, and homeless on my own again in the Nineties.
I started the American Homeless Society in 1987 while my sons and I were homeless in California. I have been in several hunger strikes, marches and demonstrations for homeless rights since then but have seen little progress.
My longest hunger strike was 58 days against President Reagan's "trickle down" economic policies that created much more instead of less homelessness in our country. You now speak about fixing our nation's economy from the "bottom up" and that should mean you are starting by ending involuntary homelessness at the bottom.
HUD Secretary Philip Mangano has been promoting 10-year plans to end homelessness in major cities across the country on behalf of the Bush Administration for the past few years. We would hope and pray you make a similar commitment to abolish homelessness but throughout our nation, not just in individual cities because there are far more homeless than these urban plans will ever reach.
Slavery was abolished in America over a century ago; why not abolish homelessness today, Mr. Obama? Homelessness is just as bad as slavery in several ways and much worse in others.
Men, women and children from all the races, colors, cultures, nationalities, ethnicities, religions and creeds in our diverse society find themselves homeless daily. They are forced to endure harassment, discrimination and persecution in our nation today much like the slaves President Lincoln's armies fought to free in the Nineteenth Century.
America's homeless are also forced to endure nature's harshest conditions without warm homes or shelter for protection; without good food and nutrition; without essential hygiene, medicine and healthcare; and without the necessary education, training or experience required to qualify for the dwindling supply of jobs in today's worsening economy. Many of America's homeless today are even employed but underemployed and unable to afford existing rentals while thousands of others are altogether unemployable.
How can our great nation permit so many of these poor souls to continue to suffer and die needlessly on our streets? I joined the Marines to fight for my country in the Sixties so that all Americans could have a better life, not just the rich and well-to-do who are receiving all the bailouts today.
The list of barriers and obstacles facing today's homeless goes on and on, Mr. Obama. Please, if you are serious about fixing our nation's economy from the bottom-up, begin at the real bottom by making a firm commitment to end involuntary homelessness throughout our country without further ado.
Ruben Botello, Founder
AMERICAN HOMELESS SOCIETY
on Jan 21, 2009 at 7:18 am
Here is an idea. Try getting a job? Like the rest of us? Plenty of vets out there that have made good with their life after that war.