Alderman Cappleman’s ‘abusive’ is exactly the same thing as Trump’s alternative facts

When the Uptown Tent City viaducts close for repair, is this what we can expect?

People have to be somewhere

Regardless of how you feel about people experiencing homelessness, hateful or delusional opinions about them will not change the laws of physics. People are going to exist somewhere, whether you like it or not.

The Lake Shore Drive viaducts at Wilson and Lawrence provide an important release valve for all of us. People sometimes have, for whatever reason, nowhere else to go in this broken economy. The factual causes are the lack of options that are specifically designed by our government. This lack of options is aggravated more so every day by dishonest legislators.

Activists, self included, are concerned that treatment of the homeless will revert back to the horrible state of 2 years ago, before the Uptown Tent City Organizers began to document and protest the abuse as shown in the video above.

If you walk and talk like Trump, you are not a progressive or even a centrist Democrat

Beside phony labels, I see no difference between 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and DFSS Commissioner Lisa Morrison Butler, compared to Donald Trump and his minions.

Actions prove it. Remember this before you vote again. If the Alderman, Mayor, and Commissioner disagree, I challenge them to prove me wrong, and do it before the viaducts close for repair.

House them or leave them alone

House them in Uptown. Permanently. Before the viaducts close. Put your money where your mouth is. Start spending those 100’s of millions of CHA and Airbnb dollars. At the very least, designate another tent city area in Uptown, so at least people can fend for themselves. People have to be somewhere.

Even perfectly executed goals of 75 last year and 100 this year, qualify as a cruel heartless joke, considering there are tens of thousands of people experiencing homelessness in Chicago. The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless estimated last month that in 2015, over 80 thousand people experienced homelessness in Chicago, the latest and most reliable figures available.

Don’t act like Trump. People are more hip to lying politicians every day.

Stop lying and stop classifying real facts as ‘abusive’ like you did with Andy Thayer’s excellent and 100% factual Huffington Post article:

City’s Pilot Program vs. Homelessness Another Rahm Failure by Andy Thayer
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/590234d8e4b00acb75f185d6

Ald Cappleman’s complaint, and Huffington Post’s discussion with Andy about it

Join the discussion on Facebook with us, and we’d be happy to share more real numbers and history. -> https://www.facebook.com/UptownTentCity/posts/1256298204479412

True facts rarely resemble Donald Trump’s alternative facts, and in this case, the true facts do not resemble in the slightest Cappleman’s alternative-facts.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

2016 Uptown Tent City Builder Award Voting

2016 Uptown Tent City Builder Award

It wasn’t hard to pick the top three people who do more to increase the sheer number of homeless as well as increase the suffering, even to death, of people in Uptown experiencing homelessness. With all the bad policies, dishonesty, corruption and pure heartlessness, it’s a real tough choice who is number one between these three though. Please help and vote.

* advisory and non-binding in true aldermanic style

Update: 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman run away winner of the 2016 Uptown Tent City Builder Award poll!

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and DFSS Commissioner Lisa Morrison Butler lost but placed significantly. In the end nothing would stop Cappleman from leading the pack.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Only things colder than Sunday’s 7 below zero forecast are the Mayor’s, City Council’s and Dept of Family and Support Svcs’ hearts

An opinion piece

Thrilled with Uptown Tent City’s successes but…

The residents of the Uptown viaducts are my neighbors. It’s been great to see the community respond to the needs of the people that live there. It’s been exciting to see a handful of them housed, and others protected to some degree while they work for and wait for housing, with tents, tarps, warmth items, food and other needs.

It’s not enough but it is a start for advocacy. Chicago gov’t has dropped the ball though. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. James Cappleman, and their hit-woman Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) Commissioner Lisa Morrison Butler, have shown the world, far beyond their ability to lie about it, that they are cruel ‘leaders’ with total indifference to human suffering even death. Their any temperature winter viaduct cleanings may very well venture into premeditated criminal areas.

Recently as I noticed the Chicago City Council pass the Red Line TIF and the City Budget with unanimous votes, I thought the Chicago City Council really is a joke; even the phony ‘progressive’ aldermen. No wonder cruel and hateful aldermen like 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman get away with prioritizing inanimate objects over human life, corrupt to the service of the wealthy, to the detriment of everyone else.

Not one alderman has the guts to represent all people and stand up for the people that need help the most. Chicago’s housing, healthcare, education, and you name it, are being systematically robbed and a whole lot of people are suffering, including the people experiencing homelessness. All the aldermen can think of doing is voting exactly as the Mayor would have them vote. How shameful. So ‘progressive’, yeah… like fencing off encampment areas is progressive…

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality -Desmond Tutu

Every ward needs to replicate the UTC model

Don’t fight over Uptown. Expand the geography! Organize your community members including those currently and formerly homeless. Identify all the encampments and concentrations of people experiencing homelessness in your ward. Work with your local shelters. If you don’t have shelters, protest to get some. Cop watch if necessary. Photograph and video governmental cruelty. Fund raise for tents and other warmth items to protect your ward’s homeless.

Your neighbors experiencing homelessness need you to do all this. Chicago needs this city-wide.

The Mayor, City Council, and DFSS need to clean their own house, not homeless encampments.

Stand for human life please. Get your ward moving and let’s keep talking!

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Official Uptown Tent City supporter shirts

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Free with Tents for the Homeless donations

$20+ donation in person or $30+ donation online, shipping included.

UTC shirts are printed by our friends and neighbors at BellyAcres http://bellyacres.com, the premium choice of compassion and activist groups. In every possible way, you are helping people experiencing homelessness. You are promoting the cause, directly providing tents AND BellyAcres profits go to support the Cornerstone homeless shelters in Uptown Chicago. Win-Win-Win.

Uptown Tent City Shirts are Born!



Thanks for your continued support and caring for our neighbors in Uptown experiencing homelessness.

-Yehuda