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Increase in Homelessness Reflects Injustice, Inequity and Segregation of Urban Policies

Increase in Homelessness Reflects Injustice, Inequity and Segregation of Urban Policies

A rise in the number of homeless people has been reported from several countries. This is either being neglected, or at best is seen in terms of stepping up relief. However relief alone will not take us very far if the deeper, wider injustices of urban and housing policies is not corrected. In the USA there have been warnings against[Read More…]

by 31/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Assessing the True Extent of Poverty in the Richest Nation on Earth

Assessing the True Extent of Poverty in the Richest Nation on Earth

Ours is an ever more unequal world, even if that subject is ever less attended to in this country. In his final book, Where Do We Go From Here?, Reverend Martin Luther King wrote tellingly, “The prescription for the cure rests with the accurate diagnosis of the disease. A people who began a national life inspired by a vision of a society of[Read More…]

by 28/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Why There is a Big Increase in Concern About Homeless Numbers Increasing Rapidly in USA

Why There is a Big Increase in Concern About Homeless Numbers Increasing Rapidly in USA

In recent years concern has been expressed that the number of homeless persons in the USA has ranged between 500,000 to 600,000, too high for such a rich country. However now the number of homeless people here appears likely to increase very rapidly in the near future. Why? Nearly one-third of the households, mostly in the lower-income groups and racial[Read More…]

by 03/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
The Poor at the Crossroads

The Poor at the Crossroads

The 54th anniversary of the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., just passed. Dr. King was shot down while organizing low-wage sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. At that time, he was building the Poor People’s Campaign, an effort to organize America’s poor into a force to be reckoned with. In his opposition to the Vietnam War and his promotion of a campaign[Read More…]

by 22/04/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Biden’s Real Challenge is Not Russia or China, but Poverty in America

Biden’s Real Challenge is Not Russia or China, but Poverty in America

Mainstream US media continues to celebrate the supposed strength of the US economy. Almost daily, headlines speak of hopeful numbers, sustainable growth, positive trends and constant gains. The reality on the ground, however, tells of something entirely different, which raises the questions: Are Americans being lied to? And for what purpose? “US Economy Grew 1.7% in Fourth Quarter, Capping a[Read More…]

by 22/02/2022 Comments are Disabled World
How Inequalities Reduced the Ability of Even the Biggest Economy to Meet the Needs of Its People

How Inequalities Reduced the Ability of Even the Biggest Economy to Meet the Needs of Its People

Problems of the bottom half of the population in the USA are much more serious than is commonly realized In the midst of increasing distress of common people, some leading opposition leaders in some important developing countries like India are increasingly drawing attention to accentuating economic inequalities as the most crucial reason for the distress of people. In this context[Read More…]

by 08/02/2022 Comments are Disabled World
When Thousands Are Evicted Each Day in A Land of Fabled Riches

When Thousands Are Evicted Each Day in A Land of Fabled Riches

Recently on December 15 Eli Saslow wrote a very important feature in The Washington Post on the daily routine life of an elderly police constable Lennie who has been charged with the responsibility of evicting those families or persons from their homes who have not been able to pay their rent. Essentially his daily duty during the last two decades[Read More…]

by 02/01/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Making Sense of the Eviction Crisis

Making Sense of the Eviction Crisis

The Land of the Free, Where So Many of the Brave Are Homeless. Resisting Evictions Amid a Pandemic Over the past weeks, multiple crises have merged: a crisis of democracy with the most significant attack on voting rights since Reconstruction; a climate crisis with lives and livelihoods upended in the Gulf Coast and the Northeast by extreme weather events and in the West by[Read More…]

by 16/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Urgent Steps Needed to Improve Worsening Housing  Situation in COVID Times

Urgent Steps Needed to Improve Worsening Housing  Situation in COVID Times

Housing problems both for the weaker sections as well as for the middle class have worsened during COVID times. This can be seen even in some of the developed countries, although the problem is much more serious in poorer countries. Recent reports from the USA suggest that the period of moratrium on evictions ( due to non-payment of rent or[Read More…]

by 31/08/2021 Comments are Disabled World
The Lessons of Suffering in a Covid-19 World

The Lessons of Suffering in a Covid-19 World

In June 1990, future South African President Nelson Mandela addressed a joint session of Congress only months after being released from 27 years in a South African apartheid prison. He reminded the political leadership of the United States that “to deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. To impose on them a wretched life of hunger and deprivation[Read More…]

by 17/02/2021 Comments are Disabled World
De-housed for Me

De-housed for Me

You did not know did you? That my house gives me rights. You did not know did you? That my house gives me virtue. Food, Clothing, Shelter I demand that you are not naked But not full or warm I won’t offer you sleep Not on my lawn Or even in a park Not here, I say Brooms and authorities[Read More…]

by 13/12/2020 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
Breaking The Rules

Breaking The Rules

I was remembering yesterday about an event from when I was in my twenties. I was sitting on a hard wooden bench waiting for a train to take me to my parents’ hometown from Grand Central Station in NY City. I looked around myself and saw homeless women living there. The view took a while to sink into my being.[Read More…]

by 14/09/2020 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Homelessness in the Covid-19 Era

Homelessness in the Covid-19 Era

The novel SARS-CoV-2 has roared through the American landscape leaving physical, emotional, and economic devastation in its wake. By early July, known infections in this country exceeded three million, while deaths topped 135,000. Home to just over 4% of the global population, the United States accounts for more than a quarter of all fatalities from Covid-19, the disease produced by the coronavirus. Amid a[Read More…]

by 15/07/2020 Comments are Disabled World
Homelessness, corporate welfare and priorities

Homelessness, corporate welfare and priorities

The homelessness issue has been a source of controversy at the local, state and national levels for some time now. There has been some limited progress, but this problem has certainly not been resolved humanely. Sometimes lost in the debate about this issue is that the homeless are fellow human beings, including families with children, and most of them really[Read More…]

by 29/11/2018 1 comment World
Though federal estimates put the nation’s homeless number at 554,000, most cities—including Portland, which officially has about 4,000 people without shelter—estimate the homeless, notoriously hard to count, to be at least three times higher.(Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig)

Homeless America

It is 8 a.m. I am in the small offices of Street Roots, a weekly newspaper that prints 10,000 copies per edition. Those who sell the newspaper on the streets—all of them victims of extreme poverty and half of them homeless—have gathered before heading out with their bundles to spend hours in the cold and rain. “There is foot care on[Read More…]

by 09/10/2018 Comments are Disabled World
Homeless In America Illustrates Inequality Discussions At Davos

Homeless In America Illustrates Inequality Discussions At Davos

A few days ago Oxfam reported on wealth inequality:  The richest one percent wrapped their hands around 82 percent of the wealth created last year.  Worse the 3.7 billion people comprising the poor half of humanity gained nothing. If anyone in the U.S. thinks those poor are remote, take a walk along with Leilani Farha, a Canadian lawyer and UN[Read More…]

by 26/01/2018 1 comment World
Attack On St. Louis Homeless Foreshadows Things To Come

Attack On St. Louis Homeless Foreshadows Things To Come

The sub-freezing temperature was dropping.  As the snow began to fall, many felt their hands were too cold to hold signs during the December 17 action.  Two dozen had answered the Green Party call to picket the mayor of St. Louis for his efforts to close down New Life Evangelistic Center, the city’s homeless “shelter-of-last-resort.”  They knew things would be[Read More…]

by 27/12/2016 2 comments Human Rights