Seeing America Sans Palin

  This is the America that Sarah Palin, the M$M and the Democratic Party all ignore. From Seeing America: Living In A Tent Should Be By Choice

Once or twice a week, Erica  and hundreds of others are forced to pack up everything they own and move their homes. They don't do this because they want to - they do it because there are local laws that the police enforce. This is what happens when you are homeless and have no choice but to live in a tent.

Additional tent city links from Seeing America:

Virginia Beach:

Minns said he knows of at least eight encampments in the city, six of them in Seatack. Some of their residents are veterans who have skills that help them survive in the woods, he said.

"It is surely not fair to Vietnam vets to be living under these conditions," he said.

But in a letter last month, Friedman told Minns there is no short-term solution. Closing an encampment takes a lot of city resources and, as in Strand's case, residents might simply move elsewhere, which creates a new problem.

We're not even close to the end of our tent city tour. Are we having fun yet?

Here's an old Huffington Post story from last year about a National Coalition for the Homeless study:

Donovan told HuffPost that the coalition originally planned to do a national report, but there were so many encampments when they began their research on the West Coast that they decided to tell the story in pieces.

"We started by doing on-the-ground research where we actually went to tent cities. And when we got there, they said there's one down the road, and then another," he said. "We just started working our way down the coast and realized we just needed to get the report out. The next report is going to be Florida and up the East Coast."

MSNBC picked up an AP story in 2008:

The phenomenon of encampments has caught advocacy groups somewhat by surprise, largely because of how quickly they have sprung up.

"What you're seeing is encampments that I haven't seen since the 80s," said Paul Boden, executive director of the Western Regional Advocacy Project, an umbrella group for homeless advocacy organizations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Calif., Portland, Ore. and Seattle.

The "No Sit Down" law from Los Angeles is spreading to Austin, Texas and other cities.

Here's how they do it in Los Angeles, where Skid Row is the most heavily policed community in America.

About 750 arrests have been made PER MONTH, or about 18,000 arrests in two years.

   The human rights of poor people, African Americans, women, and people with disabilities have been trampled upon, including numerous incidences of police abuse and brutality.

Are we having fun yet?

 

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