Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Homeless Advocate Update - Tent City

This was posted on facebook this am - it's a statement about the homeless persecution and jailing of one of their activists for no apparent reason other than being homeless - this is a sin and we see too much of this in out work - too many families, singles, veterans etc now homeless thru no fault of their own - please read and think about how you would feel in their shoes - many times these folks DO have jobs but the pay is so minimal and the cost of living et aal in NJ so expensive - they have no where else to gu BUT to a TentCity.  The situation that has unfolded in Lakewood is criminal, disgraceful, political and inhumane - 

"Why ‪#‎LiberateLibman‬ Matters:
Dear Friends:
“We don’t want to make it easy for people to be homeless.”
That is the precise reasoning behind Lakewood’s anti-homelessness ordinance – the ordinance that former Tent City resident Alex Libman was protesting when he was arrested.

When Alex Libman was evicted from the now-defunct Tent City a short time ago, he stood his ground, stating that he had the right to remain on so-called public property. He posed no threat to his house-dwelling neighbors; his lifestyle never imposed any burden on taxpayers; he was happy to live in a tent. His only real “crime” was residing in a community where government assistance and Section 8 housing are monopolized by a single, separatist group, leaving veterans, people of color, and others living in poverty literally out in the cold. The otherwise-homeless residents of Tent City had their dwellings bulldozed, their few belongings discarded, their community dispersed and scattered.
In fact, barely two hours after Alex was taken into police custody, Lakewood Township ensured that his tent was demolished and his return to Tent City thereby prevented.
With no shelter in Ocean County and now the homeless being jailed, we cannot idly sit by and allow evil to prevail while good people do nothing.
Therefore, we ask you to please come out on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 in front of Ocean County Courthouse to rally against Ordinance 3-26 and the criminalization of homelessness in Lakewood and beyond.
Many thanks for all your love, prayers, and support - see you all tomorrow!
Lisa F."

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