Last night, I wrote this as a comment on the Extending Homelessness post from earlier this week. I was trying to explain why this blog isn't treating CEHKC and United Way as the allies they could and should be. I could of included the Church Council in that list, but for the sake of simplicity didn't. I tried to put the problem in terms that even a first grader could understand. This morning I decided this was too fun to hide away in the comments.
The City's homeless sweeps strategy is part of an ugly national trend, and if ever there was a time to stand with the poor, this is it. While some of us have organized like crazy and put ourselves and our organizations on the line, these institutional players on homelessness in this city have had little or nothing to say. This 1941 image from Dr. Seuss Goes To War; The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel, while a tad heavy-handed in this case, was too good to resist.
Bill and Jon are famous homeless helpers. They are on TV and in the news. Everybody loves Bill and Jon.
Bill and Jon know the Mayor. The Mayor is a bad man. See Bill and Jon shake the Mayor's hand. Bill and Jon want to eat ice cream with the Mayor.
See the Mayor do a very bad thing. See the Mayor take blankets from homeless people. The Mayor does not let homeless people sleep. Homeless people are mad.
See them go to jail. See them have no bail. See the Ten Year Plan fail.
The Mayor is bad. Homeless people are sad.
Where are Bill and Jon? Are they under a rock? Did they go for a walk?
Where are Bill and Jon? Are they in a tree? Are they eating brie?
Homeless people are mad. The Mayor is bad. Bill and Jon eat brie in a tree.
Bill and Jon shake the Mayor's hand. Bill and Jon eat ice cream with the Mayor.
Homeless people are mad. The Mayor is bad.
Where are Bill and Jon? Bill and Jon eat brie in a tree. Bill and Jon go for a walk. Bill and Jon are under a rock.
Bill and Jon eat ice cream with the Mayor. Homeless people have been had. We are mad.