Sunday, December 14, 2014
Well they finally did it! On December 4, 2014 San Jose finally shut down the largest homeless encampment in the country, known as “The Jungle”. It spans 68 acres in central San Jose along the Coyote Creek. It was home to 200 to 300 hundred people at a time. Most of these people have been living there for years. The closing of “The Jungle” is supposed to be a good, thing especially for the people who have homes near Coyote Creek. The fouls smells coming from “The Jungle” will be gone and the home owner will be glad. The bad thing about closing “The Jungle” is all the homeless people who lived there for years, where do they go? San Jose’s officials say they have spent 4 million dollars working with non-profits to find housing and temporary housing for the 200 to 300 people who were living in “The Jungle”. Ray Bramson, the city's homeless response manager said “the city is doing everything it can to ease the crisis: 144 people had been placed in housing, and another 55 have housing subsidy vouchers and are looking for homes through this pilot program. An additional 70 to 80 temporary shelter beds also had been arranged.” I don’t believe that! I just hope we don’t hear of some official stealing this money years from now. It has been known to happen. What about the ones who were living there, that did not take them up on their offer? What about the 5000 plus homeless people living on the streets in San Jose? Santa Clara County is one of the riches counties in the country but the homeless pollution is getting out of hand. There needs to be more affordable housing. All the people who left “The Jungle” where are they now? Michael Ealey of Streetwise Special Delivery Inc. Courier Service in Gilroy, California has already seen tents going up along Highway 85 and Highway 280 in San Jose on December 5, 2014. San Jose may have closed down “The Jungle” but that has not solved the problem. The homeless will always find a place to make their home. Don’t be priced if it’s next door to where you live. If it is you have the County of Santa Clara and the City of San Jose to thank for that. This is such a sad circumstances.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Here we go again! Another Grand Jury gets it wrong again, when the evidence is on video tape live and in living color. On July 17, 2014 Eric Garner, 43 husband, father and son lost his life after several Police Officers in Staten Island, New York tried to hand cuff him. All because he was standing there selling single cigarettes. Don’t the police have anything better to do than harass someone not raping, shooting, robbing and selling legal drugs, apparently not. Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, is the officer who put Eric Garner in a choke hold which contributed to his death. What is so upsetting, unlike the Michael Brown case there was a video tape of the incident. The Grand Jury in this case had the evidence on video tape and they still refused to charge Officer Daniel Pantaleo. If this is not a case of prejudice and racism, I don’t know what is. It is a disgrace of our justice system. After the Grand Jury Verdict came out on Wednesday December 3, 2014 it spurred a massive protest in New York and cities from Atlanta to California. People are in outrage and are fed up with the legal system. Protester took to the streets in New York after the verdict. In Grand Central Station protesters laid down in the terminal to block walk through traffic. They also blocked the West Side Highway and blocked the Brooklyn Bridge. With these multiple killings of blacks by white Police officers it has spurred a protest campaign known as #BlackLivesMatter. In Oakland California protests are schedule for Thursday December 4, 2014 at 5p.m. Frank Ogawa Plaza, which Occupy protesters rechristened Oscar Grant Plaza three years ago. It will start off peaceful but you can best believe it will turn violent. What needs to happen is for the Prosecutors, Grand Juries and Police Officers to be held accountable? They are all working to together, that is why this keeps happening. The system is truly flawed and it needs to change.