Occupy Santa Ana Plans Anti-OC Homeless Action Tomorrow

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Kevin Liu
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Occupy Santa Ana activists plan a Tuesday afternoon action in hopes of demonstrating the alarming lack of available shelter space for Orange County's homeless population.

The plan, which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and is called Shelter Tel-a-Thon, involves activists calling emergency county shelters, determining how much space is available and then providing bus passes to sites with beds.

Or not.

Based on past frustrating experiences, the Occupy folks believe that most, if not all, of the shelters will reject new clients. They say county officials, who claim that the area's 500 beds are adequate, are misinformed at best and obfuscating a nightmare situation at worst.

For example, one activist, who asked not to be identified, said the group has previously tried to contact shelters only to find that telephone numbers given to the homeless community don't work. Other active shelters will only accept certain types of homeless individuals such as pregnant teens or abused women--and not adult males. Police often issue illegal camping citations to homeless people in Santa Ana by claiming the people rejected available shelter space.

"The lists that they gave us is extremely narrow," she said. "Two or three of the [phone] numbers don't even exist."

At 6 p.m Tuesday, the group plans to hold a press conference announcing the results of their survey.

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David
David

I live about 2 miles from santa ana, I also had a friend that was homeless for 2 years due to mental illness. She would point out that when she would go to a shelter they would ask if she was pregnant. They would always turn her away. She would always get upset that the only way  we she could get a bed is if she had lived an immoral life and slept around and got pregnant. She instead slept in a church garden hose shed, because these shelters would refuse her.

Bam Bam Chillin
Bam Bam Chillin

The world needs to open its eyes...there's no need for suffering. The world has plenty to shelter and feed us all, every man and woman. The problem is not having some where for these people to go, the problem is the poeple that has the resources to help and how they use, abuse and neglect this responsiblty. 

Bam Bam Chillin
Bam Bam Chillin

Let’s Make A Deal…You Can Have It…Just Leave My Shit On! Though we are 99% of the populationl we also fail to look at the world and its problems in a logical, unselfish state of mind, the same as the 1%. The problem with change or compromise is that usually for it to happen, some-one must lose something for the other to gain and the other side should also have something to offer. I DECLARE THIS PROPROSITION: To all Nations, Government, Wall Street, Big and Small Businesses, Workers, Corporations, Scientist, Media, Teachers, Family, Friends, Neighbors, Country Men and Women, All Mankind freedom from Man’s downfall, a road away from Man’s extition, a path that will forgive history and unite us all. Lets think of why we're so mad at big business C.E.Os and Wall Street Fat Cats. We're mad that they eat good, we're mad they have fancy cars, boats and airplanes. We are mad that they ware 800 dollar suits. We're mad they want to eat with gold forks. We're mad that they travel and their kids get the finer things. Ok; they do live way better than we do, but these people make it possible to have your favorite chips in the corner market. Have you even thought about how a chicken joint can feed poeple 7 days a week 12 hours a day without you seeing, hearing or smelling a single chicken besides what's cooking? These are the people who put toilets in our homes. These people keep us entertained with TV shows and movies. These people keep the Walmart stocked. These people keep us conected with tellephones and internet. These people made Disneyland. These people make and distribute the cloths we ware. I don't care if they have gold forks. I dont that they live in big houses. I don't care if they have fancy cars and planes, I say they should have fancier things as long as they keep my lights on. As long as they keep my gas on. I say for affecting the world with such impact like how millions love Coke the workers and the inventers and all that have a part in keeping this loved product available to the public should be rewarded with the best that the world has to offer and what ever is needed to run the business in a more efecient manner should be given. I make my point easier by using Michael Jackson as a exsample he tounched the word with beautiful music and lived to entertein the world then he got himself a monkey. I say he desverd a monkey if that's what he wanted, that man touched the world. Do you know why year after year big business try to squeeze more and more money out of us? It's becasue their shit get old too. But remember these are Fat Cats. So fancy cars means a fancy bill and they pay for lights too. When you get these bills and wanna live the same life style you have to make more money. And where do they get their money? You and me. Now if we with no problem let the 1% have what they want plus what we want problems like hunger, peolpe without homes, unemployment, people without medical aid, uneducated children and adults would be nomore worldwide. If you invented the next big thing or you became the next big super star and affected the world in a positve way, wouldn't you think that people shouldn't mind that you eat with gold forks. If your company fly people coast too coast safely, you should have a rocket car if you want one. What Im sayin is simple. We are major dependants of the 1%. Think of it like this: When you were a child your parents kept the house running. When you were hungry, you go to the kitchen and make a sandwich. If you were thirsty you would go to the frigorator and get a glass of juice, and when it was time for school you could go to your closet and pick out clothes of your choice to ware all without thinking of a bill. This is what I ask of the 1%. And like the chores that helped keep the house running, taking out trash, watering the grass, washing the dishes, we must do our part. (contenue working our jobs for no pay but return to homes with heat, lights, food, clean water, cable, internt, comunication, access to medicine) And be rewarded and acknowleg for a good job and good deeds. Why would we raising up agiangst those who take care of us. We the 99% need to show our APPRIECATION by exempting that the 1% deserve thier luxuries and what ever else we have to offer. They keep the world runnig. If they were to step down and let us have control, like kids we wouldn't know how they run thier regalations to keep milk from spoiling before it get to your house. Everything is set. All we need now is to live as one. One for another. As a family, the world is our home. What I ask from the 1% is to let what is made for the mases be given to the masses. What heals let heal. What needs to be built, build. Who wants to be educated, educate. Feed who need food. Break down the walls that keep families apart. Reconize me. (I am not a number or a dollar bill) Stop hiding seacrets. (Problems less people know about means less minds on the problem.) There's no need to turn off my gas. There's no need to turn off my phone. There's no need to turn off my electricty. Stop cutting down tree's that we need to breath. (If every Man, Woman and Child is given an I-pad there would be less need for paper books, mail, newspaper, fliers, business cards .) Merge each like coproration and business, from lowest too most popular, eliminating mediocre products and waiste making. (if a company made speakers no matter how small the company their spearker should be of Boose quality, mediocre products turn into trash. Noone throws away something that works.) Acknowlege the dammege past way of living has done to not only the world but to man kind. Acknowlege of how by making simlpe basic living in comfort hard to acheive is what makes man do bad things to get it. Know that you hold the key to our better world just by doing what you do but with love, nature, safety, logic, and people in mind for free. In short, what Im saying is that: What is need shall be given. What businesses need to run shall be given worldwide for free. (top of the line material and machinery). And if your company does not attract business but you still want to be a business man a succesul business with wanted products will be appointed to you as long as you have the skills to run it...and remember education it's free. What Scienctist need to make Medicean shall be given worldwide for free. (How can you say we don't have the money to make a cure or even wosre say we need this much money to come up with a cure.) Where water needs to run plumbing will be done worldwide for free. (I don't undstand how we have people without running water in africa when we have so many unemployed plumbers here in America. Not only is that a job but a vacaition.) I can go on and on. (To be contenued)

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

There's an excellent place called Slab City where the homeless can live free of life's encumbrances. Maybe the solution is to offer FREE bus tickets there.

Jmcguinness
Jmcguinness

Although this may pain many of you, you may want to check out the OC Register article from last weekend that addressed the issue of the citations.

Leif Christian Larsen
Leif Christian Larsen

The problem is much bigger than no shelter beds.The homeless who sleep on the public grass around the Civic Center because they have NOWHERE else to go are cited and then can be arrested when their citations add up.

The taxpayer is paying to jail them, not help them. So that is a main focus of this action, to get the city to stop prosecuting those who are only sleeping their out of pure necessity. To do that we need public attention, spread the word that this is what's going on.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

What a complete waste of time. 

Jmcguinness
Jmcguinness

Or you could have taken her in, or the pastor of the church which let her sleep in a shed rather than actually in the church.

anime
anime

Clearly, you know nothing.

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