Sunday, December 25, 2016

Away in a Manger: Homelessness on Christmas Day

     With their ragged tents resembling a scene out of some church Nativity grotto, Berkeley's small band of protesters against American homelessness struggle on -- like the Ghost of Occupy Past.

     After having had all their tents, blankets, porta-potties, heaters, flashlights and library books stolen in yet another police raid last week and then after their leaders were released from the ER, the cold and weary protesters have regrouped on yet another wet and windswept median strip here.

     I visited the Poor Tour's latest site at 10:00 pm on Christmas Eve.  The camp reminded me of "O Little Town of Bethlehem".  I brought one of their wise men a blanket.  It was the least I could do.

     Like King Herod's empire in the Middle East, homelessness in America is currently growing faster than a little drummer boy.  "Do you see what I see?"  America, the so-called Land of Plenty, the self-avowed Christian heartland, should be ashamed.

PS:  Homelessness all over the world needs to be stopped as well.  Every child everywhere needs food and shelter -- even Baby JesusAmerica's war machine also needs to stop supplying bombs that are landing on children in Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, Iraq -- and even Bethlehem itself.

PPS:  You can donate to the "Poor Tour" here:

PPPS:  I leave for Mexico City today.  Our slums could be like their slums in the blink of an eye if Corporate America has its way.


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