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About October 22nd Alliance to End Homelessness

I've been an organizer and freelance writer exposing the systemic roots of social inequality, especially the brutality inflicted on persons experiencing homelessness by means of laws criminalizing their existence, for about seven years. While seeking change at the local, state and national levels via progressive legislation, legal remedies and creative resistance, I believe that only through a radical reorganization of society, brought about by unified struggle with the powers that be, will we be able to guarantee every citizen the humane existence which we all deserve. I work locally in Broward County, FL, as founder of The October 22nd Alliance; across Florida with Florida Homeless Action Coalition (FL-HAC) which I also co-founded; and am allied nationally with National Coalition for the Homeless and National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. I support all struggle for the full liberation and equality of historically dominated people, from Blacks and Native Americans in the US, to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, to women and LGBTQ people the world over, and wherever the crushing machinery of capitalism and imperialism produces its endless supply of human misery.

Surrounding Hurricane Irma, Category 5 ‘Law and Order’ and Other Unnatural Disasters Beset Florida’s Poorest

On any given day the residents of Haines City, Florida, situated in the heart of rural Polk County, embody a struggle to survive in the face of dire poverty. Comprising a mix of low income whites, Black and Latinx migrant … Continue reading

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Rats! Four-legged, two-legged and the woe they bring

Beginning with the people who lived there, nobody would have described the homeless encampment adjacent to Stranahan Park in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale as an ideal home. Belongings stacked on wooden pallets, other stuff sitting on the ground, … Continue reading

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Bill of Rights Covered and Uncovered

Last Monday’s announcements to media and the broader Florida citizenry of what would be a momentous legislative coup – a Homeless Bill of Rights for the state’s massive population of unhoused residents – was both heard and not heard. The … Continue reading

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MEDIA ALERT: Homeless Rights Campaign to Kickoff with VP Candidate and Food Sharing Icon

(Update 10/10/16 Green Party VP candidate Ajamu Baraka had to cancel all of his Florida stops and will not be speaking at our Tampa press conference.) FLORIDA HOMELESSNESS ACTION COALITION MEDIA ADVISORY For October 10, 2016 For Immediate Release October … Continue reading

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Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign Rolls Out on World Homeless Day

The Florida Homelessness Action Coalition (FLHAC) will hold four simultaneous press conferences in cities across the state next Monday, October 10, to announce its campaign to bring a Homeless Bill of Rights to the Florida legislature in 2017. October 10 … Continue reading

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Flying Under the Radar: A tactic in the fight against homeless criminalization

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon … Continue reading

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October 22nd Alliance demands investigation into FLPD racism and property seizures

The October 22nd Alliance to End Homelessness has requested Fort Lauderdale’s Citizens Police Review Board to investigate allegations of the use of racial slurs by officers who also trashed the property of four homeless persons, according to the victims, two … Continue reading

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