Jul 09

San Diego Situation An Echo Across the Land

Plenty of homes for those who can afford 2-5k a month in rent. Tents for those who cannot.

 
Check out: Homelessness News San Diego on Facebook.  This post is from their FB  Page
Not only true in San Diego, but all over California.  Redevelopment, Urban Renewal, and other programs that gave billions to real estate and development companies are one cause. They built thousands of luxury units and a few “senior” apartments that quickly became occupied by seniors from other countries who were “political refugees.”  Not many Americans in these places, full of old people from around the world who never worked a day in their lives in the U.S., but now on the dole, getting eternal payments from Uncle Sam.  The politicians in Washington forgot who put them in office, forgot about our U.S. born seniors who worked their whole lives here and paid taxes, forgot about our injured veterans, forgot about their responsibility to us, not to some senior from Eastern Europe or the Middle East, of which hundreds of thousands occupy the so-called low income senior centers.  Don’t believe me?  I would be happy to send you to some of these in L.A., see for yourself.  A big secret nobody ever wants to discuss.
Huge immigration, legal and illegal, without any planning also added to the problem.  No, we don’t need any more “refugees” or immigrants until the government cleans up the mess that they have helped to create.  If anyone, from any country, wants to come to the United States, they should be able to pay an entrance fee of $250,000 per person and prove they can support themselves for 10 years.  The money goes to build low cost housing for the millions of OUR displaced persons living on the streets. If the rich politicians in Washington  want to bring in more “refugees” then let them personally pay the $250,000.  My prediction is that not even one would come in under that stipulation.
Too harsh?  The situation has led to a class war and a government movement to criminalize poverty.  Look at the so-called laws now being passed.  Illegal to be poor, illegal to sleep on a bench, illegal to feed hungry folks, illegal to give a homeless person a free haircut, illegal to feed hungry folks in a park, illegal to sleep in a tent on public property, illegal to sleep in your vehicle, in L.A. illegal to have a pillow in your car says new “Goofy Garcetti” law.  Huge “encampment sweeps” around the country, taking tents and sleeping bags from homeless folks to the dump, trashing private property of homeless, in some cities “rounding up” homeless people and moving them out to some desolate “camp” with orders not to return to the city.  On and on it goes, and every one of the items above have been published on this website.  It’s a brutal class war on the poor.  Even students now suffering.  Think about it.
Jul 02

Homeless Crises Hits California Students Hard

Adding to the Student Loan Crises are Savage New Figures on Student Homeless and Students Facing Hunger and Food Shortages.

by Uncle Paulie

 

The above chart, for the year 2013 (at least 4 years ago) shows the number of homeless kids in Public Schools state wide.  This would include presumably all grades up through 12.  The total of 64,218 would be at least a few percentage points higher today if current trends are applied.

The situation with the California State University system is not much better.  Their current report says that out of 470,000 students in the system, around 12% are in “unstable housing”, the politically correct term that is generally thought of as “homeless”. So by their own very rough count, 56,400 students in the system are homeless.

Even more shocking, if possible, is that about 112,800 students suffer from “food insecurity”, meaning in plain English that they are not getting enough to eat and some are actually starving at times.

What Needs To Be Done

Waiting for some future minor student housing is out of the question.  Action needs to be taken now.

Student Housing

  1.  Let students at CSU park and sleep in their vehicles overnight in the parking lots.
  2.  Remove “no parking at night” signs from the surrounding area.
  3.  Look into buying used RVs, vans and Motor-homes to use as temporary student housing.
  4.  Offer courses for credit for students to creatively “fix up” and make the vehicles look cool and  artistic.
  5.  Beef up shower and bathroom facilities.  Keep these open late at night.
  6.  Increase security on campus to protect kids sleeping in their vehicles at night.
  7.  If on campus parking is not enough then off-campus parking lots should be considered.  There’s  plenty of office buildings with empty parking spaces at night.
  8. . If not enough bathing and shower facilities are available then coupons or “chits” should be .issued to students to use local health club facilities.

Food

  1.  This is a very serious problem.  A long term solution is that the CSU system is going to have to  get into the food production business.  Property has to be acquired and students can volunteer  for credit to plant food gardens.  The schools should be able to grow a large part of their own  food needs. Fruit trees should be planted all over the campus areas.
  2.  Short term students and faculty need to form “Food Drives” to collect food from anywhere you  can, markets, bins placed in Starbucks and Post Offices and of course setting up outside the big  markets and have a canned food drive.
  3.  Farmer’s markets can be contacted to supply excess food from the day’s sales.
  4.  Some public schools are already putting in gardens to grow food as a credit.  This should be  expanded until the system can be self-sufficient.
  5.  Local residents should be encouraged to plant, with student help, gardens in their front yards.  Tax credits can be given to the residents who cooperate.  It might be possible to draw a 2 mile  circle around each school and give the tax credits in that special district to residents who enlist in  the program.
  6.  Many other ideas will come forth to give the schools housing and food security.  The next step  will be to cancel all student debt, jail crooked loan companies, and lower the costs of college for  all.

 

Jun 25

Techno-Anarchists Launch New Plan For Freedom

Pirates Without Borders Will Use Technology To Obtain Freedom From Authoritarian Governments – Issue First Letter From Captain Marque

Blackbeard

Up until now, Libertarians and those who seek Freedom from the Authoritarian States of the World have concentrated on building communities in cyberspace.  But a new trend is emerging.  Those trying to escape the financial and political slavery of the corrupt governments have started to migrate to real spaces.  On land, cities and gatherings spring from unused property, like the flowering of  Slab City.  Events like Burning Man and freedom raves take place in the deserts.  This trend has now taken a serious turn  of events,  with groups like Sea Steading creating ocean communities that are free from any governmental controls, and are planning to set up thousands of free-trade zones on the world’s oceans.

The most far sighted and far out groups, like Pirates Without Borders, aims to go into space, using present technology to launch huge ships that contain entire communities.  They plan to live free, off-planet and possibly on the moon or Mars.  These groups are forming now, the next step to escape the crumbling mess that the Elites have made.  The never-ending wars have devastated entire countries, launching millions of homeless refugees who are trying to escape the violence that is put on them by the insane elites who are playing real war games here on earth.  The trillions of dollars and the immense amount of wealth that is being poured into destructive operations instead of putting  the resources to work to solve humanity’s problems of food, health,  and shelter, has shown that the world’s rulers are mentally insane power-hungry madmen who will not rest until the entire planet is in absolute ruins.

Writers of science fiction have long explored this topic, which has now reached the edge of reality in many cases.  A recent graphic novel, Red Eden, even explored the topic of Native Americans leveraging their gambling empires to  buy the technology for a mass migration to the planet Mars where they set up their own version of paradise.  This line of thought seems to be gaining a lot of credence, and the technological breakthroughs of the last 50 years are making this all possible.  Folks can now buy a “printing press” and in their own home “print” the parts they need to make anything.  This technology has come so far that the Chinese are “printing” houses, ten a day from one machine.  How long before the Pirates begin to “print” hundreds of space ships every day?  The possibilities are only limited by what imagination can conceive.

Here below is The First Letter From Captain Marque, from www.PiratesWithoutBorders.com.  This is an interesting statement of principles from the Techno-Freedom front.

First Letter of Captain Marque
Humanity’s long pursuit of freedom is full of desperate complaints against the Crown. Rulers and subjects alike have penned countless flowery documents claiming to limit the Crown’s hostility with signed agreements. But today any observer can see that all these poetic social contracts have been impotent to prevent the Crown’s predation, or worse, they have authorized it. Those they propped up as our liberators are now subsisting on our bondage. Limited government is a lie they cultivated to keep us submissive.

Stripped of its grandiose rhetoric, the essence of the Crown has always been rule by force. Every euphemism has only enshrined the violence inherent in the system, embodied not only by the enforcers, but in every courthouse, school and post office. Everywhere the Crown tells you, “Obey, or else.” Well, I’ve had enough of centralized force.

I am no revolutionary. I have no desire to reform your system, or run it my way. If you want your servile life, keep it. But know that the Crown can never be trusted to abide by its founding charters, nor to keep its treaties, nor even to play by its own rules. Put simply, the Crown cannot be trusted. That’s why I raised my black banner, why I’m opting out.

The folly of revolutions is that they only reset the cycle of violence. My aim is to break that cycle, and abandon the madness of expecting different results. My aim is an evolved society of individuals, invisible to the Crown. And, evolution requires viable mutation, not a new hierarchy, but new modes of horizontal innovation.

Liberation requires collaboration between free thinkers without infringement or censorship. In another age, we could meet in public spaces. Today, avoiding the Crown’s surveillance requires we exchange encrypted communication.

Energy independence turns the gears of the visionary’s imagination, and grants us individual control of our modern lives. No meaningful alternative to the Crown’s system can be achieved without exploring decentralized energy production and storage to create heat, power and incredible new tools.

Flourishing in our new autonomy requires that we construct secure habitats in which to dwell. Cutting edge materials and methods provide unimaginable new options, allowing us greater mobility, and access to many previously uninhabitable environments.

The privateers of the Crown have turned our food and water into subtle poisons, making us vulnerable in mind and body. Therefore it is essential to cultivate our own heirloom nutrition and healthful water to repair and improve our bodies.

The Crown has conspired with the medical industry to ensnare us in a web of control and dependency.

To avoid their notions and potions it is essential to take responsibility for our own health, and pursue sound medical science.

The Crown has claimed regulatory control of every means of conveyance, stifling the free travel of individuals and their property. This is an intolerable act. Superior transportation technologies already exist, but are suppressed by regulations.

Humanity’s labor has been greatly expanded by the use of machines. We must maintain decentralized automation for the future use of labor saving and humanity serving tools, or we will be victims of the Crown’s automatons.

Living in the information age has not insulated us from misinformation. When the Crown controls education it controls the very lens through which we see the world. Above all, we must teach truth to our young, to let them see the world as it is.

Obviously this is not an exhaustive list of all the tools at our disposal. The truths of the natural world work just as well for us as for any others. The road ahead requires vast and decentralized efforts and experimentation by diverse and disconnected parties. The strength of a network is not in it’s unity but in it’s decentralization, leaving no one point of failure, no centralized figure, no critical junction for the Crown to target.

So, bow down to your finely-dressed abusers, if you wish. Let them pat your heads as they slip their hands in your pockets. We won’t force you to live our way, but we will not submit to living your way. We are not your property. And, when you are ready to stop being their beast of burden, ready for adventure and opportunity, come join us on the high seas. We will not be hard to find.

Jun 04

2017 Homeless Count – Staggering Numbers in Los Angeles

Here’s The Numbers

LOS ANGELES COUNTY:   57,794

23% INCREASE FROM 2016

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CITY OF LOS ANGELES:   34,189

20% INCREASE FROM 2016

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LIVING IN CARS:  2,147

50% INCREASE

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LIVING IN VANS:  1,862

21% INCREASE

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CAMPERS AND RVS:   4,545

23% INCREASE

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TENTS:  2,342

20% INCREASE

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MAKESHIFT SHELTERS:  3,516

23% INCREASE

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Further Details:  CLICK HERE  LOS ANGELES HOMELESS SERVICES AUTHORITY

Jun 04

California Homeless Population Swells to 118,000 in 2016

California Department of Housing’s Shocking Report

On a single night in 2016, more than 118,000 people experienced homelessness in California — 22 percent of the entire nation’s homeless population.  California also has the highest number of unaccompanied youth, veterans and chronically homeless in the United States, with nearly one-third of the nation’s youth, nearly one-fourth of the nation’s homeless veterans, and more than one-third of the nation’s chronically homeless residents.   Most of California’s homeless population resides in major metropolitan areas; however, homelessness impacts communities of all sizes and people experience homelessness throughout all regions of the state.

The availability of affordable homes is an important part of addressing California’s housing needs, but many households bear additional challenges.  For example, a person exiting homelessness may not have the credit or rental history required to rent an apartment, even if they have financial assistance, or they may need a variety of services to help them transition and stabilize.

Even with federal Housing Choice Vouchers that assist with rent, many households are still unable to find affordable homes. In many high-cost markets, the amount of rent a federal Housing Choice Vouchers will cover is capped based on the Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Market Rent, which can fall significantly below the market rent. This, combined with too few available rentals and landlords who are unwilling to accept vouchers at all is exacerbating the problem

In addition to policy work on homelessness, HCD administers the following programs:

Following two-and-a half years of work, in 2016, HCD released a redesigned state Emergency Solutions Grant program (ESG). The updated program better aligns with the federal Homeless Emergency Assistance and Transition to Housing Act and increases coordination of state investment, federal investment, and local systems that address homelessness. HCD shared the redesigned program’s changes via roundtable meetings with regional bodies that coordinate homelessness efforts (continuums of care) and webinars. HCD prepared the 2016 ESG application and rating tool for scoring the applications. In May 2016, HCD released an ESG NOFA for approximately $20 million, and subsequently, made awards in September 2016 (FY 2016-17).

Learn more about the housing needs of people experiencing with homelessness in California’s Housing Future: Challenges and Opportunities.

 

May 17

San Diego “Encampment Sweeps” Stunning Videos

Michael McConnell Posts Videos of San Diego “Encampment Sweeps” Which Puts Homeless Tents and Belongings Into Garbage Trucks

Off to the Garbage Dump
How Society Deals with a poor person.

In a stunning series of videos, Michael McConnell has documented the scores of “Encampment Sweeps” where San Diego cops, security guards, and sanitation workers raid various areas of the city and grab the private property of the city’s poor homeless folks and send it to the garbage dump.  In video after video, these heartless raiders destroy what little is left for a poor homeless person living on the street in a tent or cardboard house.  This, of course, does nothing at all to work towards a solution to homeless issues, it just further pounds these poor folks into further despair.

The so-called “sweeps” are the latest tool that cities across America are using to make poverty a criminal offense.  Arresting homeless folks for sleeping in a tent and looting all their belongings is a reflection of the dissolving and breakdown of our civil society.  It is the tip of the iceberg of the new class war that is pitting the rich against the poor.  The massive shipment of jobs to China and the far east has led to the shuttering of thousands of factories across the country, pushing former middle class folks out of their homes and into the streets.

What has become obvious is that the rich class is now in a frenzy of cruelty.  These “sweeps”, now taking place in most cities, is but the first round of the harsh things to come.  Some cities are even moving homeless folks out to the suburbs into “camps” and they are forbidden, under threat of arrest, to return to the city.  These are the forerunners of Nazi-style concentration camps that murdered millions in Europe during World War 2.  The irony is that many of the homeless men are themselves veterans of the various ongoing wars that the U.S. is waging around the world.  Returning home from service, often with physical and mental disabilities, they end up on the streets.  Now their paltry belongings are being seized, their tents thrown into garbage trucks.  It is a sad end to the American dream.

Check out Michael McConnell”s videos Click Here.

May 17

Facebook Site Features San Diego Homeless

Keep Up With Homeless Issues in San Diego at Michael McConnell’s Facebook Page

A surging homeless population in San Diego is the subject of Michael McConnell’s Facebook Page called Homelessness News San Diego.  He keeps tab of City activities and the relentless drive to “clean up” and move out the hundreds of tent camps in the downtown area.  Surging rents in San Diego, as in other big cities are driving out the working class and young folks who cannot pay the $1800. per month for an apartment while working jobs that are at minimum wage.  This drives them to living in vehicles or worse, living in a tent on the street.  Click Here to view Michael’s Facebook Page.

May 14

Happy Mother’s Day

A Woman on the Street

 

 

I have no family, not even a friend

Some days I think that this is the end

The end of a long time of sadness and grief

I was hoping my spell of bad luck would be brief

It’s been going on now for a very long time

There’s no money left, not even a dime

Who can I trust out here on the street

Can’t even depend on my tired old feet

Very few smiles, no looks in my eyes

They leave me alone, they don’t hear my cries

Not even a soul to say a kind word

Or to sympathize with what might have occurred

I feel so alone, no one helps me out

But isn’t caring what it’s all about?

Even a smile would do very well

To help me get through my Holiday hell

–Anonymous poem sent to us at GC.  Photo by uncle paulie of a homeless

woman in a bank alcove in Studio City, CA.

May 11

List of Dinosaurs Who Rule the World

Here’s a List of the Grouchy Old Dinosaurs Who Are Having an Increasingly Hard Time Running The Planet Earth.  They Should Retire, Give Their Money to Charity, and Spend Their Time Playing Miniature Golf

Note:  If you have Windows 10 you can select all, right click and hit print, then choose to print “PDF” instead of printing it out, you can save it to a file on your computer”

George Soros 136 Cantitoe St., Katonah, NY geo:41.236832,-73.650559
Vatican City Rome, Italy geo:41.903333,12.45333
The Bilderberg Group/AFB, Inc. 477 Madison Ave., 6th Fl., New York, NY geo:40.758522,-73.974632
The Club of Rome Lagerhausstrasse 9, Winterthur, Switzerland geo:47.49745,8.72474
Council on Foreign Relations 58 E. 68th St., New York, NY geo:40.7689098,-73.9666893
Royal Institute for International Affairs 10 St. James Square, London, UK geo:51.5077623,-0.1360435
The Tavistock Institute 30 Tabernacle St., London, UK geo:51.5228348,-0.086419
The Trilateral Commission 1156 Fifteenth St. NW, Washington, DC geo:38.9053726,-77.0350494
Bank for International Settlements Basel, Switzerland geo:47.548056,7.591944
The City of London exact center of London, UK geo:51.5155,-0.0922
The Federal Reserve 20th& Constitution Ave., Washington, DC geo:38.892778,-77.045833
Internal Revenue Service 1111 Constitution Ave., Washington, DC geo:38.8928598,-77.0268686
International Monetary Fund 1900 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC geo:38.8999977,-77.0442657
“ “ “ 700 19th St. NW, Washington, DC geo:38.8989525,-77.0442047
TheWorld Bank 1818 H St. NW, Washington, DC geo:38.8989563,-77.0425568
BATF 99 New York Ave., NE, Washington, DC geo:38.907855,-77.004625
CIA 1000 Colonial Farm Road, McLean, VA geo:38.95180.-77.14659
DHS/TSA/FEMA 500 C Street, SW, Washington, DC geo:38.938056,-77.082222
DOD/The Pentagon 1400 Defense Pentagon, Arlington, VA geo:38.87099,-77.05596
DEA 600-700 Army-Navy Dr., Arlington, VA geo:38.86454,-77.057823
FBI 935 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC geo:38.895197,-77024994
NSA Fort Meade, MD geo:39.108889,-76.771389
NSA Utah Data Center Camp Williams, Bluffdale, UT geo:40.43135,-111.933092
NSA Pine Gap Data Center Alice Springs, Australia geo:-23.799, 133.737
CBS Corporation 51 W. 52nd St., New York, NY geo:40.761106,-73.978811
Comcast 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA geo:39.9547,-75.1683
TimeWarner One Time Warner Center, New York, NY geo:40.7685526,-73.983187
21st Century Fox 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY geo:40.7585,-73.9823
Viacom One Astor Plaza, New York, NY geo:40.757778,-73.986389
TheWalt Disney Company 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA geo:34.156207,-118.325189
AbengoaWater N°1, 41014 Seville, Spain geo:37.338611,-5.976389
Andre & Cie SA Ave. Antoine-Henri-Jomini 8, Lausanne, Switzerland geo:46.5196535,6.6322734
BP Amoco 1 St. James’s Square, London, UK geo:51.5076602,-0.1357116
Bechtel 50 Beale St., San Francisco, CA geo:37.7912557,-122.3963987
Bunge Limited 50 Main Street, 6th Floor, White Plains, NY geo:41.0314692,-73.7734135
Cargill Continental 15407 McGinty Road, Wayzata, MN geo:44.9521782,-93.477087
Chevron Texaco 6001 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA geo:37.7582505,-121.9580965
De Beers Société Anonyme 48 Rue de Bragance, L-1255 Luxembourg geo:49.6051272,6.113243
ExxonMobil 5959 Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX geo:32.8898862,-96.9499646
Louis Dreyfus Zuidplein 208, 1077 XV Amsterdam, The Netherlands geo:52.3401998,4.8726324
Monsanto 800 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO geo:38.6693344,-90.3997803
Royal Dutch/Shell Carel van Bylandtlaan 16, The Hague, Netherlands geo:52.0936601,4.3127177
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Known Windsor properties:
Anmer Hall Anmer, Norfolk, UK geo:52.83425,0.579722
Bagshot Park Counties Surrey & Berkshire, UK geo:51.370556,-0.696111
Balmoral Castle & Craigowan Lodge Aberdeenshire, Scotland geo:57.040833,-3.23
Barnwell Manor Barnwell, Northamptonshire, UK geo:51.500833,-0.141944
Birkhall Aberdeenshire, Scotland geo:57.0287,-3.074
Buckingham Palace City of Westminster, London, UK geo:51.500833,-0.141944
Clarence House City of Westminster, London, UK geo:51.504,-0.1385
Delnadamph Lodge Aberdeenshire, Scotland geo:57.16075,-3.28046
Dumfries House Ayrshire, Scotland geo:55.455,-4.3081
Gatcombe Park Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, UK geo:51.693333,-2.173611
Highgrove House Tetbury, Gloucestershire, UK geo:51.623056,-2.178611
Hillsborough Castle County Down, Northern Ireland geo:54.46127,-6.08604
Holyrood House Edinburgh, Scotland geo:55.9525,-3.1725
Kensington Palace & Wren House City of Westminster, London, UK geo:51.505278,-0.188333
Llwynywermod Myddfai, Carmarthenshire, Wales geo:51.500833,-0.141944
Royal Lodge Windsor, Berkshire, UK geo:51.439,-0.6068
St. James Palace City of Westminster, London,UK geo:51.504722,-0.1375
Sandringham House Sandringham, Norfolk, UK geo:52.829722,0.513889
Tamarisk St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, UK geo:51.500833,-0.141944
Thatched House Lodge Richmond Park, London, UK geo:51.4275,-0.285278
Windsor Castle Windsor, Berkshire, UK geo:51.483333,-0.604167
Known Rothschild properties:
Ascott House Buckinghamshire, UK geo:51.89545,0.706175
Aston Clinton House Buckinghamshire, UK geo:51.7943,-0.719602
Château d’Armailhac Pauillac, France geo:45.1999,-0.7488
Château Clarke Bordeaux, France geo:44.84,-0.58
Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac, France geo:45.1999,-0.7488
Château Lafite Rothschild Médoc region, France geo:45.225,-0.773056
Château des Laurets 33570 Puisseguin, France geo:44.925099.-0.074307
Château Mouton Rothschild La Pigotte, 33250 Pauillac, France geo:45.2136792,-0.7690187
Château de Pregny Pregny-Chambesy, Switzerland geo:46.235268,6.141761
Château de Reux Reux, France geo:49.2753,0.1563
Exbury Gardens Hampshire, UK geo:50.7986,-1.4005
Eythrope Waddesdon, Buckingham,UK geo:51.846,-0.9215
Haras de Meautry Touques, France geo:49.341944,0.10444
Mentmore Towers Mentmore, Buckinghamshire, UK geo:51.8677,-0.691375
Vaux-de-Cernay Abbey Cernay-la-Ville, France geo:48.683889,1.936111
Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, UK geo:51.846,-0.9215
Woodwalton Fen (wetland) Cambridgeshire, UK geo:52.45,-0.183
Known Rockefeller properties:
Kykuit/Pocantico 200 Lake Road, Pocantico Hills, NY geo:41.089722,-73.844444
apartment One Beekman Place, New York City, NY geo:40.7528844,-73.9648745
building 810 5thAvenue, New York City, NY geo:40.766139,-73.971223
building 10 East 40th St., New York City, NY geo:40.7516313,-73.9812655
The Anchorage and The Eyrie Mount Desert Island, ME geo:44.342827,-68.307138
FourWinds Livingston, NY geo:42.128056,-73.792222
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May 08

The Pavement – London Magazine for Homeless

Magazine in London Helps Homeless With Articles on Where to Get Food and Services

Pavement magazine, 5 year anniversary film from nick aldridge on Vimeo.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THE PAVEMENT MAGAZINE (LONDON)

SERVICE PROVIDERS

“We are always happy to get a call from The Pavement – it’s one way of telling that something we are doing is having a real impact on the lives of homeless people. Plus we rely on The Pavement to help us get news and information about services and issues out to the people most affected.” Alison Gelder, CEO, Housing Justice.

“I have seen The Pavement a couple of times now and am really impressed with the content of it. It contains helpful information for our clients regarding what services are available in the city.” Programme Coordinator, The Salvation Army

READERS

“I think The Pavement is brilliant. To people that don’t know it, I’d describe it as like a mix of Private Eye and the Yellow Pages for homeless people. It’s certainly something that I relied on many times.

“I remember the last time I was homeless, I went to a Day Centre and said it’d been a while since I’d slept rough in the city and needed some information about soup runs. They gave me a copy of The Pavement and that sorted me out.

“I knew where I could go to get food, where I could find day centres and get the help I needed. With a copy of The Pavement in your hand, you can survive.

“Homeless people need The Pavement. It gives us a voice and we don’t have a voice. You don’t hear these stories in the mainstream media. They tell you about Katie Price’s wedding but not about the homeless guy who was stabbed in Blackfriars last night. That’s what The Pavement is for.” Christopher Ubsdell, former rough sleeper

OUR MISSION AND AIMS

The Pavement is committed to publishing independent advice as well as hard-hitting and entertaining reportage, tailored to a homeless readership within the UK via our regional magazines and UK-wide website. We aim to provide and publicise appropriate information that is objective, timely and relevant on a range of advisory and practical services available to homeless people, as well as news on the issues impacting the homeless and dispossessed from across the UK. Our ultimate goal is to help reduce short-term hardship amongst our readers and longer term to provide them with information to enable them to guide their own futures.

The Pavement exists because there was nothing like it, but it fulfils a need.

The Pavement is a small charity, founded in the spring of 2005. We distribute The Pavement in London, Scotland and the West Midlands, and we plan to launch in other regions. In London alone, we deliver 4,000+ copies of The Pavement to over 70 hostels, day centres, homeless surgeries, soup-runs and libraries. By using volunteer journalists and homelessness sector professionals, as well as work from the country’s best cartoonists (many of them Private Eye contributors), we’ve achieved a balance of news, features, humour and service listings unlike other publications.

Our journalists cover the news from the streets or news affecting the streets, and we often deal with topics ignored by the mainstream press. Alongside this, other professionals provide features on health, foot care, legal advice and life in hostels, with the back pages given over to The List, a regularly updated directory of homeless services.

As always, we welcome comment, so do get in contact.

RECENT AND ONGOING CAMPAIGNS

WORD ON THE STREET

The Pavement’s Word on the Street project aimed to empower homeless volunteers to contribute as fully as possible to the magazine. For three months, volunteers with direct experience of homelessness attended workshops, run by media professionals, to help them develop skills in reporting and photojournalism. They were given training in everything from interviewing to computer skills. The team pulled together a very special November 2014 issue of The Pavement, which featured a brand new cartoon strip (1, 2), Heartbreak Hotel, based on their experiences in hostels, as well as a host of first personal pieces. The group will continue to contribute to the magazine, drawing on a growing bank of ideas for articles, and creating podcasts for the website. A short film about the project is in development.

1 Forget Dennis the Menace and the Bash Street Kids… Beano artist’s new cartoon strip stars a homeless Scot (Sunday Herald, 2 November 2014)

2 Karin Goodwin talks about Heartbreak Hotel (STV, 14 November 2014)

THE UK COMMON RIGHTS PROJECT

The UK Common Rights Project allowed homeless people to speak about the lack of those common rights – water, sanitation, food and shelter – the rest of us take for granted. We worked with Housing Justice and Open Cinema to create a hard-hitting report and website, which were launched at the House of Commons. One of the project films won the Best Short Documentary category at the 2014 Moondance International Film Festival in the US. The project was a follow-up to 2010’s Rights Guide for Rough Sleepers, which we worked on with Housing Justice and Liberty.

WHO BENEFITS?

Over 100 charities, big and small, are members of the high-profile campaign that aims to show the reality of the help that benefits provide, why they need it and the difference it makes. Almost a third of homeless people on Jobseekers Allowance have had their benefits sanctioned (cut off), for instance, compared to just three per cent of housed claimants, leading to destitution and desperation among some of the country’s most vulnerable people.

JUST FAIR CONSORTIUM

The Just Fair Consortium monitors the fundamental human rights to food, housing, social security, education, equality, employment and health. Members, who include Oxfam, the Trussell Trust, the Trade Union Congress and Unicef UK, endorsed a common statement of recommendations from the Going Hungry? The Human Right to Food in the UK report. In 2015, the United Nations will review the UK’s human rights record, and the consortium will be part of the reporting process.

American readers can go online to www.thePavement.org.uk to read the current and past issues for free. Be sure to check out their comic strip.  Below are some photos from some of their issues.