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  •  This is the email that I just sent to (14+ / 0-)

    Julián Castro:

    Having just read this diary on Daily Kos (, I am now aware that police routinely ticket homeless people for "camping."

    What on earth have we become as a society. A person cannot afford a home, how are they supposed to afford a ticket for sleeping outside? Where else are they supposed to sleep? How are they supposed to get themselves out of homelessness while paying off these tickets and fines?

    Does San Antonio ticket homeless people? If so, it should stop immediately. It is simply inhumane.


    WE NEVER FORGET For March: Francis Estep, UMWA Martyr

    by JayRaye on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 04:38:39 PM PDT

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    •  Yes (5+ / 0-)

      San Antonio, TX, does, in fact, have a city ordinance prohibiting "camping," which is classified as "disorderly conduct."  (Yeah, I can't rationalize that either.)

      That's one of the reasons I left San Antonio.

      I am currently employed by a homelessness prevention and transitional housing facility in Dallas, TX, so your story has touched my heart.

      I wonder if I could ask permission to print this off and quote from it during our next board meeting.  Our board members, generous souls they may be, still have no personal, anecdotal evidence concerning how painful, how damaging, how utterly destructive the cycle of homelessness can be.

      Finally, thank you so much for sharing this.  It tells me that I'm doing the right thing, even though working for a non-profit makes me about one paycheck from homelessness myself!

      "Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level, and beat you with experience every time." --Unknown

      by Subwoofer of the House on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 08:53:03 AM PDT

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      •  Of course. (3+ / 0-)
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        badscience, JayRaye, glorificus

        Yes, Austin does have that as well and I actually think most cities do which essentially means that being without a home is illegal. It's really an incredible fact most people don't think of.
        And yes, you are more than welcome to use my story if we have (obviously we do) the same goals which is to open eyes a little wider. I am happy to know that some good may come of my experience, not just here, but in other cities as well.

        You ARE doing the right thing. Funny how the people usually doing the donating and the fighting are the ones that are in less of a position to do so. Most of the people that donate food to our local group are struggling themselves. I am always amazed at that fact.

      •  Anyone who wants to copy all or part of this (2+ / 0-)
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        glorificus, badscience

        letter that I wrote to Castro is welcome to do so. Mayors across the country should be getting letters like this.

        I wrote this thinking of Wendi in Austin and my friend who was homeless for awhile in San Antonio.

        WE NEVER FORGET For March: Francis Estep, UMWA Martyr

        by JayRaye on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 10:32:00 AM PDT

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