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A night of 'occupy' by the Powers of NOLA

While the new leader of a certain political party, or at least everyone still calls them that, and he is until they anoint another, blames his attempt at being the next president loss on the 'Gifts' given to minorities, and many who vigorously backed him try and run from him now, but completely buy into what he said as do their supporters of which previous similar comments can't be run from, New Orleans movers and shakers spent a night on the sidewalks of NOLA and with their homeless. And those 'minorities' include our Military Veterans community who need help or fall on hard times because of.........!

Sleeping on sidewalk is opportunity for reflection for 40 New Orleans leaders

November 16, 2012 - Tears filled the eyes of an emergency room doctor, a CEO and a New Orleans City Council member Thursday night as they sat at a table at Covenant House, a youth homeless shelter, listening to a 21-year-old mother explain how she had ended up there. After having been abused, neglected and thrown out by her family, the woman said, she chose to come with her baby son to the shelter at the edge of the French Quarter on North Rampart Street.

"If I had to come and lay my head at a shelter, that means (my family) didn't care. It really hurts me. Did you ever feel like no one loved you?" asked the woman, who requested to be identified only by her initials, K.W.

Those at the table, filled with eight community leaders, shook their heads. "I have been very blessed to have the love and support of my parents," said Pierre Detiege, an emergency room doctor at Interim LSU Public Hospital.

"What can I say?" asked City Council member Kristin Gisleson Palmer. "I can't put myself in your shoes. I had a family. I had a safety net at the end of the day."  read more with a few more photo's>>>

This event was a fundraiser for Covenant House which I've caught a few articles about leading up to last night, like this one 40 CEOs, judges and politicians will sleep on sidewalk tonight to raise money for Covenant House

Like I said above, these minorities that get 'gifts?' include the minority population that served or are serving this country!

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Originally posted to jimstaro on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 07:22 AM PST.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 07:22:44 AM PST

  •  I belong to a group (6+ / 0-)

    that does this at least once a year outside of a shelter downtown. Not to raise money although that's a good idea, but to show solidarity with the people sleeping inside the shelter and to keep the experience of what homelessness feels like in the dead of night in the cold or rain or whatever weather presents itself. This February it was 5 degrees with 20 mph wind all night.
    Lat week during our vigil we were not protected by police but harassed for being in an area that was supposed to be kept clear because it's too close to the capitol and they "don't like the way it looks." They've also run off all the groups that used to drive by all night handing out blankets, water, and sandwiches.

    So rather than the cops watching, the men in the shelter take turns watching out, over our objections. It is not our intention to keep them up and outside when they have the opportunity to be inside on a mattress but someone always hangs out with us.

    The iphone bit in the article brought a snicker. They are prevalent in our group too, but they do take good pictures.
    I don't personally own one. Not in the budget. :)

    •  Some others do as well (5+ / 0-)

      But unless you're a mover and shaker, i.e. considered the powers of a community at least by our societies practices, then most of that community just ignore your actions and well intended meanings of.

      This on the other hand makes the point stronger, though I'll bet there wasn't an (R) among them, even though that (R) hasn't existed now for the past couple of decades, and not so much as to the fund raising that's just a needed benefit, gift you will, for the organization.

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 08:11:37 AM PST

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