#Homeless and #Poverty at Disney!

When our largest and most profitable corporations use their wealth and power to corrupt our government, both at city, country, state and federal level, we pay the price for their projects with our lives and our taxes.

The following student film by Matthew Serrano highlights the evilness that is #Disney! Discussing poverty wages, few or no benefits, homelessness caused by Disney and their tax dodging business model that is destroying Orange County California.

“Poverty wages, bought out elections, and homeless workers. The cost of making magic for millions of guests everyday at Disneyland is a high one. And right now, Anaheim and its people are the ones that have to pay.

“Pardon Our Pixie Dust” is a student documentary made by Matthew Serrano for Saddleback College.”

PARDON OUR PIXIE DUST – a student documentary from Matthew Serrano on Vimeo.

Runaway Capitalism Fueling Global Inequality

Hey look, i know that some of the stuff we post around here is a little outside of topics that working class folks generally read about, but that’s by design. Those in charge of this disaster capitalism don’t want us to know the f’n game they are playing, because if we knew the game and it’s rules, we’d play their games and take some of their bloody cash, or failing that, build some guillotines or something equally as final for them. And as lovely as that sounds on some days, it’s really not an option that any sane human should consider. So no Guillotines! Ok?

That said, there are few other options available to us, and i’ll get to that in a moment, but first, we need to understand the games being played and why we are where we are. And those things are discussed in this article from The Cynical Timeshttp://www.cynicaltimes.org

Why am i talking to the homeless? Because we are the hardest hit by these financial schemes, we’ve lost it all and have nothing to loose by spending our time learning about what they have done and are still doing. With knowledge comes strength, right?

Ok, read the article, learn about some of the details mentioned, learn the names of the players that are winning – and defund them. Yeah, i know, we have very little in the way of choices, and often aren’t the buying public, but that matters only a little. What does matter is that we start, and that we talk to each other and any who will listen, and then they too stop buying from companies that do not care about their employees. And here’s something everyone reading this can easily do – share this post, or the article to your groups and friends. Our strength is in our numbers, we are millions, they are thousands, or less. ~ gnat / tom g

A partial quote:

The number of publicly traded companies in the U.S. has been cut in half since 2001 and the percentage of our population with decent paying jobs is dangerously low. Workers have to make at least $20 an hour now just to be able afford to purchase comprehensive health care.

Meanwhile, there are literally companies paying $7.25 an hour. Which is akin to making $2.93 back in 1982, when $10 an hour jobs were commonplace. Might as well be nothing for all that’s left after taxes, transportation and medical.

To have the same kind of buying power today as $10 an hour in 1982 you’d have to make $26 an hour.

What’s the moral of the story?

All that talk from our toxic elites about how everything is great with the economy, job creation and the official unemployment rate is knowing bullshit. A pattern of systemic lies.

Times are tough and they’re getting tougher.

The huge fortunes being amassed by people like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Warren Buffett come right out of the pockets of decent working families.

It’s not your imagination.

The rich are getting richer and the rest of us are paying the price. Via the systemic class warfare being waged against American workers by our own financial and political elites. On both sides of the political aisle.

It’s a coup, by the rich. For the rich. And if you think it’s a bloodless coup, you haven’t been reading about our rates of suicide, overdose and homelessness.

There Are 2 Vacant Investor-Owned Homes for Every Homeless Person in America

76 percent of all vacant homes in America are owned by investors — amounting to approximately 1.1 million vacant residential investment properties. Many of these vacant homes are in economically distressed Rust Belt cities with high poverty rates, like Detroit, Michigan, neighboring Flint, and Youngstown, Ohio. The states with the highest investment property vacancy rate also have high poverty rates. Michigan leads the pack with 10.3 percent vacancy, Indiana at 9.8 percent, Alabama at 6.9 percent, and Mississippi at 6.6 percent.

There Are 2 Vacant Investor-Owned Homes for Every Homeless Person in America

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We do what we do here, because we love and care about people. We saw several needs while we ourselves were #Homeless, and we chose to help those around us, as best we could. The first step was to find out what those needs were, and figure out why those needs weren’t being met for others, or ourselves. The second step was to care more, and share resources of food and clothing… immediate, life saving, needs.

But the biggest challenge was how to let those not walking in our shoes, that what they thought (what we used to think) about the homeless, was mostly fiction. We are Not the cliche lazy, bums, drunks and crazy, although that does apply to a small percentage of our people group. 

With that said, I (gnat) started a journal on this topic, that became a blog in a now defunct social media platform, so as we learned more, and social media changed, and we connected to like minded people through the Occupy Wall Street era, Occupy Homeless started a page on Facebook.

Since that time, we’ve added a few admins to our team, have gained friends and allies planet wide, some of them offer ideas and content, as well as information to help us grow and learn about the many aspects of poverty and homelessness. — this has become a̶ ̶f̶u̶l̶l̶ ̶t̶i̶m̶e̶ ̶j̶o̶b̶ an all day and much of each night, job. 7 days a week…

Just two of us have burned up 5 laptops and a couple of cell phones – this laptop was donated as a dead one, that we repaired ourselves and It Is OLD!, but runs well enough to get by. – – you see where this is going, right?

Next up – Facebook limits our audience, in order to be seen, they demand $$ that we simply do not have. And then there is this website, i am not a webmaster, but that is required because, no one else is Offering to build it, and guess what? Websites cost more than just a lot of time, they cost money… that we don’t have. Remember, we are poor, mostly homeless, now living in an overpriced rental that you can see daylight through some of the walls and floors, and has glass missing in a few windows (we are fixing those things, same reasons, no one else is fixing these things)

Cost of just owning www.OccupyHomeless.com is: (most of our groceries for this month, seriously. But don’t worry, we’ve let some folks know and they are bringing food)(and firewood for heat)

Sadly we are not a501(c)(3) tax-exempt – but would if we had more time, the know how and the $$ to make that happen. — if you’ve made it this far, we love you!, and we want to make it clear, we know that most of our audience is just as bloody poor as we are (God, I Hope NOT) and some are worse off than ourselves 🙁 so here’s a short list of ways to ‘help’,

  • if you’re local, come over and help around this small shack, you may get a meal, veggies from the little garden, or fresh eggs, in exchange for your labor! Yay! (if you have no home, we have a tent for you while you’re here)
  • Purchase the song “Tom and Jackie” – It’s Cheap at $1.00 and we’ll get about $0.85 in a few days. — yeah, it’s a sad song, but it’s about love too.
  • There is a link HERE to our PayPal – literally any amount is more than helpful!
  • Writing content for this website or facebook, is strongly encouraged.
  • Join our the OccupyHomeless Facebook group and discuss goals, plans, ideas and the weather?
  • Soon we will be asking for broken laptops, cell phones and tablets. We have a helper that’s rebuilding those and giving them to homeless that are in need. Yes, that’s a real need for them too.
  • Are You Still reading? Oh My, We Really LOVE You! You are The Best Ever!
  • Sigh, we don’t get onto the streets as much as we used to do because of the things that we’re doing for this page, and because we had to get off the streets or die on them (elderly disabled…) — so, do us a favor, today, go out of your way to meet a homeless person. Once you locate someone that you’re comfortable with, make that person your friend. Sorry, this might not be easy or comfortable at first, but we promise, it’s the most rewarding thing that all of our staff has ever done. Just be there. Let those people know that you care about them as a fellow human. Everything else will take care of itself.
  • Along the same lines – if you can feed them, do so. If you can afford some socks, give them socks. But it’s easier to merely ask what their needs are, most likely those needs will be humble and simple.
  • Oh Yeah, did i mention that we Really Want a Webmaster??? This website is a mess!
  • this list is incomplete – thank you and we’ll talk again soon ~ gnat / aka, tom g