This November, San Franciscans will vote on a proposition to ban
homeless encampments and to allow police officers to remove
the people and their possessions within 24 hours.
The Tent encampments are new.
The homeless used to sleep in doorways.
The tents are provided by nonprofits like Tents-4-Homeless.
Plenty of mentally ill people still sleep in doorways because they’re
too too disorganized or depressed to care.
Surely, the sight of homeless tent encampments against the backdrop
of one of the wealthiest cities in the United States is a vivid example
of the corrupt squalor of our wealthy elites.
“There is “illegal activity of every type” occurring in the encampments and “this
should not be allowed in any civilized city.” Jim Lazarus of the San Francisco
Chamber of Commerce.
A hospital tossing the sick and disabled onto the street is legal, you see.
My solution is to fully fund mental health, restore the option for long-term in-patient
treatment to the mental health system, and revise commitment laws to make it easier
for families to get their loved ones into treatment.
Jim Lazarus went on to say that The City should, “put people into shelter by our standards
of humane treatment and not the standards that the homeless people may want us to abide by.”
San Francisco Examiner
I don’t know what to make of that statement, I’ll let you decide.
I define Soul Murder as the willful hurting of people who are helpless and
Soul Murder is always an abuse of power.
It’s all too easy to imagine that the Third Reich was a bizarre aberration, a kind of mass insanity instigated by a small group of deranged ideologues who conspired to seize political power and bend a nation to their will. Alternatively, it’s tempting to imagine that the Germans were (or are) a uniquely cruel and bloodthirsty people. But these diagnoses are dangerously wrong. What’s most disturbing about the Nazi phenomenon is not that the Nazis were madmen or monsters. It’s that they were ordinary human beings. Less Than Human, The Psychology of Cruelty
I took a walk to my dentist last Thursday.
My dentist is over on Powell and Sutter Street.
I chose to walk along Market Street.
My Walk to the dentist takes about thirty minutes.
Below is 62 seconds of that walk,.
5 chance encounters with people whose public suffering is palpable
I’ve arranged these short videos in order in which they were made.
62 seconds of random soul murders in one short walk in San Francisco.
San Francisco’s wealthy property owners want to banish their sins:
these victims of forty years of tax cuts and privatized medical greed.
But our sins are the sins of our nation.
We know what we have to do…but we choose instead to dehumanize
and scapegoat the victims.
I’m not a wealthy man.
I don’t travel by limo and plane.
When people have no where to
piss but the street
I have to smell it.
I’m not a wealthy man, I can’t
shit where I eat and jet to the
illusion of a cleaner place at
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