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Rescind New Law Criminalizing the Homeless --- PLEASE SIGN!!


Society & Culture  (tags: Fort Lauderdale, Forcechange petition, homelessness, humans, society, sadness )

Lynn
- 87 days ago - forcechange.com
The Fort Lauderdale City commission recently passed a law that makes it illegal for individuals to store their personal belongings on public property and permits law enforcement to confiscate anything stored on public property for longer than 24 hours.



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Lynn Squance (227)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 8:25 pm
I remember with too much clarity the first time I was ever out of work. I had severe anxiety attacks and thought I would lose everything and be homeless. It took me a year to find parttime work and another year to find fulltime work. Fortunately, I was never homeless. But I have met people who are homeless like Duncan who always waves to me when he sees me. I buy him a meal, or chocolate chip muffins, his favourite, at his request along with milk or powerade. Many are homeless due to circumstance. Some are working but their wages aren't enough to cover lodging. To criminalise someone for being homeless is wrong. What is also wrong is to criminalise the homeless in the “interest in aesthetics.”

Let's end a strong message to the city of Fort Lauderdale that it is better to work towards a solution to homelessness than to criminalise it.
 

GGmaSheila D. (134)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 8:34 pm
Signed earlier, noted now...Thanks.
 

Bruce C D. (60)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 9:46 pm
Signed, noted. Thank-you, Lynn.
 

jess b (22)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 10:05 pm
signed prev thks
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 11:55 pm
Signed.
 

caroline s. (78)
Friday May 2, 2014, 1:15 am
Signed!
 

Sabine Hahn (177)
Friday May 2, 2014, 1:40 am
Thanks!
 

Julie E. (330)
Friday May 2, 2014, 1:55 am
Signed
 

AniMae Chi (393)
Friday May 2, 2014, 4:05 am
Your signature has been recorded.
 

Natasha Salgado (511)
Friday May 2, 2014, 4:20 am
S+S-thx Lynn
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Friday May 2, 2014, 6:23 am
The mission of the Fort Lauderdale City Commission is to represent the public interest, promote quick, courteous response to residents' problems, provide leadership and direction for the City's future, and assure the present and future fiscal integrity of the municipal government.

Are the homeless not also residents of their city? What did they forget about the word courteous? Or is that only for "some" of the residents.

Absolutely signed and I hope others will take the time to also send a quick note at the address below or lodge a complaint at the phone number.

Correspondence to the mayor and commissioners may be addressed to:

City Hall
100 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Tel. (954) 828-5003/5004
 

Barry B. (20)
Friday May 2, 2014, 7:04 am
S&N. Thanks.
 

Edwin M. (366)
Friday May 2, 2014, 7:20 am
I'm sure someone is out there salivating at the possibility of opening the first privately run debtors prison and running the numbers to see how much profit there may be.
 

tasunka m. (333)
Friday May 2, 2014, 9:07 am
this is sickening,first they cause the problems
and now they of course want to capitalize on it,since our prisons are FOR PROFIT
 

Chris C. (147)
Friday May 2, 2014, 10:46 am
S & N
 

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Friday May 2, 2014, 12:07 pm
S&N
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Friday May 2, 2014, 1:59 pm
signed
 

Mike M. (55)
Friday May 2, 2014, 2:46 pm
N&S
 

A F. (130)
Friday May 2, 2014, 5:26 pm
signed and noted, thanks
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (277)
Friday May 2, 2014, 5:35 pm
Signed
 

Walter Firrth (62)
Friday May 2, 2014, 5:59 pm
Signed Lynn.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Friday May 2, 2014, 6:15 pm
signed & noted
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Friday May 2, 2014, 6:33 pm
I am sure Edwin and Tasunka are right!

Let's have some more millionaires stop an increase in minimum wage, putting out their favorite BS about a raise in minimum wage creating lost jobs. Who the hell do they work for Joseph Goebbels' and his propaganda machine?
 

Susan Allen (221)
Friday May 2, 2014, 7:32 pm
Noted, signed and shared. All this is about is insulating the wealthy from having to see the homeless, hungry and less fortunate among us - aesthetics as they call it.. As more and more people become homeless in America, it's going to become harder and harder to hide the problem.

My husband and I were walking through one of the greenways the other day. They are trails that go through the woods in our area, some of the pathways are somewhat paved and others are little more than dirt paths that you can just see. We happened to have been on a little paved portion and there was a park bench, the only one in this section, and there was an old man sleeping on the bench with his few belongings gathered around him. We just quietly walked past him wondering how long it would before someone called the police or someone else in authority to complain. I just want to weep thinking about it.

For some reason, the hard hearted among us must believe or have been convinced that these "takers" just want to be homeless and poor and hungry and that they are that way because they chose that lifestyle. *sigh*

We have no news media that reports the truth in America and any that we do have spouts the propaganda of the right-wing. We also have a lackadaisical public that for some reason, either don't give a damn or just don't want to see the truth. It's easy to ignore it all because it's been made easy to ignore. I'm not sure what it's going to take to wake people up to the truth ... maybe a revolution ... maybe when our infrastructure completely fails ... maybe when the whole 99% of the country loses everything. Maybe then, people will finally see that they have been lied to and have given up all the rights we have without so much as a whimper.
 

Ros G. (88)
Friday May 2, 2014, 8:33 pm
Thanks for the article Lynn..signed with pleasure...have been following this story since it broke..great comments....the rich will not be spared Susan if the 99% of the country loses everything.......all you have to do is look at a Mumbai real estate site....the rich pay up to 14million$ for a luxury apartment and for that pleasure they are surrounded by slums...which they have to drive through everyday to go about their daily business of making more money.....
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (379)
Friday May 2, 2014, 11:45 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Lynn.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 10:32 am
However they still drive through it Ros, so they are still eating and getting their medical needs met unlike the ones who live in the slums.

We've been in this place before, this attitude. I'm not sure why the human race must keep repeating itself over and over again. Watch this documentary and you'll hear the same rhetoric that is being spewed out by the Wealthy and the Right that have bought into it.
The Horrific World of Englands Workhouse

This went on for 100 awful years and continued on until 1948! Less than 100 years later we want to repeat this? You are so correct Susan, THE PEOPLE need to wake up fast and look back not too long ago in history to understand where we are heading and could be if it's not stopped.
 

Gina Caracci (231)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 3:27 pm
maybe when the repigs are voted out they will be homeless and see what its like..
that the bastards voted down a raise in minimum wage is proof its a conspiracy
many homeless are mentally ill and that needs to be addressed...prisons are too profitable and THAT needs to be changed as well
signed!
 

Ros G. (88)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 1:05 am
That is true Dandelion, they do drive through them and some are 3 miles deep so they are not isolated from it unlike your country and mine. Where it insults most peoples sensibilities to the point where they want them removed or their possessions taken away. Why is that..because the attitude has never really left..the rhetoric has been repeated so many times that it is actually believed by the masses to be true..not just the Rich and the Right...it's been impregnated through the Generations...kitchen table politics I call it...where parents start demeaning one group over another in front of their children who really don't understand or know the full story..Society is to blame..
 

Terrie Williams (761)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 7:42 am
Your signature has been recorded. SSN
I find laws against homeless people absolutely disgusting, depraved and utterly immoral.
 

Lynn Squance (227)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 9:45 pm
Thanks everyone
 

Ondine J. (131)
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 4:59 am
Noted and signed, thanks Lynn. Have we sunk to rock bottom ?
 

Pat A. (117)
Thursday May 8, 2014, 11:48 pm
Signed - thanks Lynn.
 
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