The poison in the Uptown community well

Perspective points can be misleading

I think most people in the homelessness subject discussion are at some point intersecting reasonable perspectives, except for the polluters.

Almost everyone has something to gain supporting housing the homeless and not supporting the constant growing inequity our government officials administer, except for the polluters.

I’m a -very imperfect- follower of Jesus. I believe in the human condition as described by my Lord. When Jesus said “The poor you will always have with you” Matthew 26:11 NIV, it had nothing to do with continued self-causation of poverty but that greed, selfishness and corruption would always be part of the human condition creating and recreating poverty.

That said, I have owned and paid taxes on several modest homes and properties, I understand the perspective. Beyond that ~30 years ago I was a junior equity member of a development team, I was in property management prior to that. I understand those perspectives. I know first hand what happens in boardrooms, aldermanic and rental offices. The average person would be appalled and with good reason.

Good, even great Democrats

The sad thing is that most of us thought we were good, even great Democrats and doing the community a favor with our actions. Just like Alderman Cappleman and his cohorts are now, then we were so confused whether wood, bricks, steel and concrete, or living feeling human beings equaled community…

Since my days, this injustice has only gotten more sophisticated in it’s unbalanced growth and deception. You can believe I am far wealthier having a different perspective today.

Among the Uptown community, I think all sides have more in common that we realize, even if we have different balances that make us uniquely human. The potential is there to have better communications and understanding.

The big exception to all this is the pollution and it’s progenitors, which are bad for everyone. You can’t compromise or have honest discussions and followup with greed, selfishness and corruption. It has to be rooted out, which is not likely without force. One can hope elections and the courts will do this, but I suspect a let them eat cake moment is more likely eventually. We shall see…

Uptown’s community garden needs weeding

To put this in today and real examples, Cappleman has to go. Its difficult to define criminality when the criminals write the legal definition, but through a neutral lens and barring Cappleman having a major personal epiphany, Cappleman is and will remain criminally inhumane and part of a corrupt system and enterprise. The Mayor and many others too.

Most people do not want people to be homeless or suffering, for a variety of reasons and with a variety of proposed solutions. It is complex. I pray more people do not learn true empathy by experiencing pain and learning the hard way as I did. In the meantime no one gains by people sleeping in doorways and viaducts, people that love them or hate them. This needs to be fixed.

The gov’t will continue to throw crumbs at the populace while they rob the City blind until we stop them. A crumb for me might be 75 people housed out of 80k+ homeless. A crumb for someone else might be a bike lane.

Don’t elect foxes to guard the hen-houses please

Paying higher taxes subsidizing a wealthy luxury housing developer is NOT a crumb. Why some perceive it as such I don’t know… And just who thinks its a good idea to public payroll a defacto Real Estate industry lobbyist as alderman? The only beneficiaries of developing only luxury housing instead of balanced for all housing needs are the developers and their bought and paid for lobbyists. If you are not one of them, you lose no matter how the lie goes…

Meanwhile hundreds of millions of dollars continue to be stolen, lost or misappropriated in the sick prioritization that every one of us pays for, some with more pain than others… Don’t believe it? Ask on our Facebook Page/Group. Facts stand for themselves.

Alderman James Cappleman voted in the largest property tax increase in Chicago history

That is a fact. And there are many more verifiable facts. Stand on the side of reality. Facts are your friends.

Positioning your property tax status against the homeless is a math error at the very least. Consider placing your tax angst at the true cause, instead of being manipulated into using it falsely and divisively.

No one gains in corruption except those who give and receive the bribes. Even if your concerns are nothing more than clear sidewalks, housing the homeless instead of letting your alderman live in the pocket of Real Estate developers costs a whole lot less. Everyone gains, except the pollution.

Don’t let Democracy be the big loser

If you pay property taxes directly or through a lease, live in a shelter, live outside or have any other form of residence in Uptown, you are of equal value morally and legally.

Everyone should support the Uptown Tent City Organizer lawsuits for homeless rights. You shouldn’t be fooled into sweeping human beings under the rug as Cappleman advises and pontificates at great confusion intended length with his cornucopia of lies.

This is the real addict talk, blame-shifting victims or other wards, and rationalizations piled as high as kites. Don’t even start me on the childish anonymous behavior the Cappleman family and staff play online. This guy is a real work. How embarrassing. We can do better.

Ald. Cappleman IS the father of today’s tent cities

And tomorrow’s if we let him continue.

Depleting Uptown of 2000 units of low cost housing is part of the cause, not part of the solution of homelessness. More of the same will only make things even worse. Chasing away services and hassling non-profits, ditto.

No one fails the ‘evidenced-based’ test more than Cappleman himself.

We can’t wait until the next election. Demand fairness for all, and honesty and transparency in government through the courts until we can elect better legislators.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Who is Responsible for the Homeless?

Viaduct Eviction Date Approaches

You may have noticed that Uptown Tent City Wilson and Lawrence viaduct residents have an eviction date of September 18, 2017. Of the approximately 75 viaduct residents, one can glean from Alderman Cappleman, the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS), and other City of Chicago press releases and communications, that the City is going to use the 19 unused housing spots from the original pilot program (yes they lied about how many were housed in the pilot, even abused those who dared speak true facts). From the same sources, one gets the strong impression that the rest can go to shelters.

Is this realistic or abandoning responsibility?

Many viaduct residents are not a good fit for the types of shelter space available. They have health needs, relationship needs, pet needs… the list goes on in ways that shelters would not be appropriate for.

Other than those, a portion have been banned from shelters. While many, if not most, homeless experience their status through no fault of their own, others to some degree, experience it as a consequence of their own actions. Some just refuse to be in shelters.

Homelessness is a very complex issue

Here are some questions. I encourage everyone, whether anti- or pro-homeless-rights to post more questions and their answers/opinions on this post’s -original- Facebook share comments sections:

https://www.facebook.com/UptownTentCity/posts/1357702974338934
https://www.facebook.com/groups/UptownTentCity/permalink/1471083802983718

Do the homeless have rights to be housed?

With or without caveats?

By the City? By non-profit organizations? By activists? By individuals?

Is there a responsibility to house people who experience homelessness due to even in small part their own actions?

Do the City, society and individuals have a responsibility to house felons and sex offenders?

If your answer is no, do you have a right to complain when they camp wherever?

Is ‘they should be in shelters’ an honest answer when at the same time you oppose necessary expansion of the shelters?

Do the homeless have a right to live on Chicago’s northside or the neighborhood of their choice?

Are property values more important than the value of human beings?

Do aesthetic “rights” trump human rights?

Do campaign donations trump resident status?

Do homeless substance abusers have the same rights as housed substance abusers?

Is homelessness a reasonable punishment for rule breaking?

Without trial and conviction?

Can you still be a Democrat and do nothing for the poor and homeless, including those that need healthcare?

What are your questions, answers and opinions?

Again, I encourage everyone, whether anti- or pro-homeless-rights to post more questions and their answers/opinions on this post’s -original- Facebook share comments sections:

https://www.facebook.com/UptownTentCity/posts/1357702974338934
https://www.facebook.com/groups/UptownTentCity/permalink/1471083802983718

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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

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