If this isn´t proof the American Dream is dead, we don´t know what is
Last week we reported that a 90 year-old WW2 veteran was arrested for feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The insane and cruel law that literally makes charity a crime (punishable by jail time) has been implemented in cities all over the States, and is a disgrace to the government.
When you add into the mix the fact that America´s homeless population is growing fast, the idea of soup kitchens and community associations being prosecuted for helping those in need is not only unjust, it will literally cost lives.
This RT report dispels some myths about homeless people and shows how quickly things are changing in this post-financial crash era (the news clip is already a year old, and things have only gotten worse in that time). Because many employers don´t pay a living wage, and with rising costs for food, housing and energy, the kind of person who might need a helping hand is not just your average street beggar.
Contrary to popular belief, the RT report shows that many homeless people work two or three jobs and still can´t scrape together enough to survive. Charmaine works full time, but her $1000-a-month salary doesn´t even begin to cover the cost of living in NYC. She was a freelance make up artist for Revlon, but since the crash she has no choice but to eat at a mission and sleep in a shelter. The report has some surprising statistics: for example, 28% of families and 16% of adults who use shelters are employed, and the income gap in NYC is comparable to that of some sub-Saharan countries. Wow.
The idea that hard-working people can´t eat or put a roof over their heads is proof that the American Dream is well and truly dead. The idea that you could be arrested for helping a fellow human being is proof that politicians have a compassion (and/or common sense) defecit. But more than that, the idea that the bankers who caused the crisis are still running around free while innocent pastors face jail time for cleaning up the mess they caused is probably proof that we need civil disobedience on a huge scale.
We need a mass, nationwide feed-a-thon that would backfire when the authorities tries to arrest thousands of people all over the country for acts of compassion …if anyone in the States could organize that, we´ll support your efforts!
Would you do jail time to stand up for your right to be charitable? Do you work hard and still struggle to meet basic living costs? Should police officers refuse to carry out duties to arrest charity workers if the orders are clearly insane and unjust? Tell us what you think in the comments.