Dear city counsel members and homeowners of the city of Los Angeles,
Over the last few months, many of us have sat back and watched with utter horror and disgust as several cities face a problem they have to deal with, with blatant disregard for human rights and compassion for people suffering in need. Instead of acknowledging that they are cities with growing homeless problems, and begin to work on a humane solutions that help to get this population of people back to being healthy and assets to their communities, they choose to treat them like criminals or ugly blemishes, fining them, harassing them, jailing them or sending them away to be a problem for someone else. Shame on them!! Many of these men, women, and young adults would much rather be in a home of their own, and in a bed of their own, than sleeping on a park bench or cardboard mat on the street. The cities that have already voted to solve a problem with such lack of compassion and responsibility, have demonstrated for everyone to see, that they are more interested in protecting their tourism flow, property values, and public image than in creating solutions fair to all sides. Since when did one group of people become more important than another? Since when is it ok to not take responsibility for having ample resources and solutions in place to get these people back in homes and working?! Why are those who are fortunate enough to have food, clothing, jobs and roof over their heads suddenly judge and jury that have the right and power to look down on others who do not have the fortune of having the same. These are human beings, people Who are guilty of nothing more than being victims to an economy that shows no prejudice in who it tears apart or destroys, or in a country that supports and finds ways to fund wars, but cannot afford to feed and house their poor. And now we see a news story that very soon, local homeowners and city council members may very well join this circle!? SHAME ON YOU!!
In a country that has proven capable of sticking together and helping each other in their time of need, why are so many cities so lazy and irresponsible, that they would rather sweep the dust under the designer carpet than grab the dustpan and get dirty. We have far more empty homes in this country than we have homeless! If our governments on every level focused less on getting rich and famous, and more on creating jobs and taking care of all of their citizens, what a different and wonderful world this would be! The real problems and criminals in these situations aren’t those who have already lost it all, no my friends it is you who choose to punish and look down upon people who need a simple stone to stand on. Is it that easy to forget what its like to e hungry? To be cold? To feel alone or not good enough? Is it really about benefit being a city known as a bully and only value those with money??
Every living thing on the face of this earth has value, and we have seemingly forgotten that! Shame on anyone who has deemed themselves greater than another just because he has more materialistic goods, and owns a home! What have we become? Worse what have we allowed our cities to become!? Is it that difficult to pull together as a community and work on real solutions, especially with so many people already in the trenches and fighting to save those with so much less?! At one point most of those now on the street, were job working, home owning, family loving taxpayers, but now that things in our country have gotten worse the dream of having a life of their own again seems even further out of reach. Unlike years before, the number of us who are standing up for these fellow human beings, is rapidly growing. While many of you curl up safe and sound in the comfort of your homes, millions shiver beneath the cold wintery night sky. This isn’t a disgrace, this is an outrage. A despicable act against humans that punishes a group of people for being forgotten and cast out by screwed up society. Somehow those in charge of our country, just as those of you in charge of our city’s, have forgotten who you work for and who you are supposed to be caring for and protecting. As men and women get raped, bullied, beaten, murdered and jailed, how have you succeeded in doing those simple things? With the exception of the photo opportunity and during the holiday season, when good will and compassion seem to grow out of thin air, these fellow human beings are forgotten and ignored as we drive and/or walk by. Unacceptable! Ignoring the rights of people in need, denying them proper access to the basic necessities, and ignoring the protests and voices of those of us who care and are willing to stand up and fight for them regardless of what it takes, is no longer an option.
To all of you activists, and our strong and compassion, passionate followers and supporters, the time has come for us this madness stop! This is a call to action for all of you across the globe, to stand up and do what is right. For far too long we have allowed the abuse and suffering of people who are in need to continue and enough is enough. There are other solutions, it is far cheaper to help these people than it is to do what they keep doing. Harassing them, jailing them, denying them access to free food, and continually treating them like animals isn’t the answer. Now is the time to stop signing petitions, stop pushing buttons on our pc’s, and be the voices for those already locked up, those who have already had their lives taken from, who need someone to fight for them now!! Let us use this opportunity to rise up peacefully, present realistic and doable solutions, and remind those who look down on those of us with so little, that we matter!! No more abuse! No more denial of the basic necessities that ALL humans rightly deserve to have! It is time that these cities and communities take their responsibility in this issue, and be held accountable for their decisions and actions. These are our fellow brothers and sisters, once thriving assets and soldiers in this country. Getting them healthy and well, and back on the road having a life of their own, whatever it may be is what needs to be done. Unity, working together, helping each other..especially those struggling and in need. The time is now!! Whether you are in a nearby city, across the country, or in another part of the world..you..we…they are human beings… and it is time we stopped allowing those who are elected into office to forget that they are supposed to represent each of us and not just a chosen few!
To the city council of LA, all human lives are valuable and precious, with many of us facing homelessness and poverty very soon. It is not your job to judge and convict, it is your job to create jobs and solutions, and focus on the people who call your city home. We will be the voice for the voiceless, and we will stand up for their right to live and thrive! Ignoring us is not an option, the time has come for change. It is time come together and write every news station, every newspaper, and the LA city council demanding justice for those who have already lost so much. We are, this is, where the change begins. People helping people..the way it was meant to be…Expect us!!