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THE ANGELHOBO PANHANDLERS GUIDE

Recently we were a resident at the Salvation Army in the Homeless veterans program.  Today we are going back to school and thanks to the Volunteers of America we are now in an apartment.  We still have an income where there is way too much month at the end of the money so how long we will be in this apartment is anybody’s guess.  This lack of money brings us to the very popular topic of panhandling.  We watched a movie the other night made in 1935 starring Charles Starrett called “Make a Million”.  This movie is about how an economics professor makes a million dollars by panhandling or as we call it today crowdfunding.  In this period there was no internet or e-mail and his main nemesis was the bank but he used the newspaper, radio and the U.S. Post office to become successful in his venture.  In this movie he had the assistance of men who were professional panhandlers who showed him the ropes so to say.  Professional panhandlers simply come up with ways to get people to give them money basically like what advertisers do.  They lie. 

We have known some professional panhandlers and they make a very good living doing it.  Some use the gift of gab and others fly a sign.  The gift of gab is great because the first statement is usually don’t give me any money.  By the time they are done talking not only do you want to give them money but you want take them home with you.  With the gift of gab you make people believe that they are apart of your story and they want to participate by helping you out.  Some professional gab artist turn out to be con people who seek out targets to enrich themselves and others seek out random people who genuinely want to help someone in need.   One such couple that we knew would walk into a Burger King and ask someone to help them get a sandwich and end up walking out with sixty to a hundred dollars.  They did this out of necessity because they lived between the streets and motels.  However they always seemed to have money for cigarettes and beer.  These are very important items in the homeless community because if you have these you never go without.

The sign holders that we know average three hundred dollars a day.  They travel the country camping out or staying in motels living a true nomadic lifestyle.  Their personal choices sometimes land them in jail but aside from that they are completely free individuals.  Sometimes they exhibit stupidity but we have to admire their courage and determination to be free.  It takes courage to leave the reservation and try to live as your ancestors lived. 

When we look at panhandling we can see that giving and receiving is a gift.  It is apart of the universal give and take.  To give a gift is to receive a gift and to receive a gift is to give a gift.  Everytime you accept a gift you give the giver the opportunity to receive a blessing form the universe.  Therefore giving and receiving benefits the universe in a positive sense.  The only negative aspect of panhandling is when we seek to take advantage of generosity in the name of greed.  When we panhandle because of need then we have positive benefits.  When we panhandle just to be greedy such as advertisements that entice us to purchase things that we absolutely do not need then we have negative panhandling with positive results,  So when you see us out there panhandling it is not because we are greedy its because we have a need.  We need a few bucks for a pack of smokes can you help us out.    


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THE EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT AND SLAVERY

 

THE EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT AND SLAVERY

 

     The 14th Amendment states in its entirety (CONGRESS, 1789) (CONGRESS, THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865) “Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article”. 

     For the purpose of this paper we are going to deal with the Equal Protection Clause and its relationship to the criminal justice system.  The criminal justice system consists of three main parts: (1) Legislative (create laws); (2) adjudication (courts); and (3) corrections (jails, prisons, probation and parole). In the criminal justice system, these distinct agencies operate together both under the rule of law and as the principal means of maintaining the rule of law within society.  When the 14th amendment was first written its purpose was to give credence to the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and give federal protection under the law to African-Americans who were recently freed from slavery.  Southern states made laws that re-enslaved African-Americans and severely limited economic opportunities for African-Americans.  Supreme Court decisions such as Plessy vs Ferguson gave southern states the privilege to continue making laws against African-Americans.  Since the 13th Amendment states in its entirety states (CONGRESS, THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865) “Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.[1]”.       

This means that the criminal justice system makes laws that determine who should be a slave and who should not be a slave through the courts.  The corrections system enforces that law.   As far as the Equal Protection Clause and the criminal justice system is concerned slavery is no longer blinded by skin color.  This is the prevailing sentiment but in reality justice has always been blinded by economics, skin color, education and other prevailing popular attitudes.  For instance very few white people have been executed for killing a black person but hundreds of back people have been executed for the killing of white people.  The extremely wealthy are not executed at all even though they commit the same crime.  In America there is no equality but there is balance.  The only balance in the scales of justice is that change is inevitable.  Choosing to accept change is the only hope for a law abiding society.

 

 


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RONALD HAMILTON ON DEATH ROW

RONALD HAMILTON ON DEATH ROW

BY RONALD C. HAMILTON

 

A few years ago we were searching the internet for the name of Ronald Hamilton to see what turned up and we were surprised to find that Ronald Hamilton was on death row in Texas.  We thought about writing to Ronald Hamilton but it was just a thought and we haven’t given Mr. Hamilton much thought until this assignment.  We did call the Texas Department of Corrections to get more information on Mr. Hamilton but it seems that our phone call prompted an investigation as to the whereabouts of Mr. Hamilton.  We were told that our inquiry showed them that Mr. Hamilton was released and further investigation was needed to make sure that their paperwork was correct.  They asked if we could call again on next week and they would have more information.  This report is about who is Ronald Hamilton, the pro’s and con’s of capitol punishment and our personal beliefs on capitol punishment.

Ronald James Hamilton was born in Houston, TX on April 21st, 1977 to an addicted mother and father.  He was born in common terms a crack baby.  By the time he was in second grade he was classified as retarded and pushed through school until he dropped out without learning to read or write.  By the time he was ten years old he was already on drugs.  In 2001 Ronald Hamilton and an accomplice walked into a convenience store killed the cashier and walked out with the cash register.  In the sentencing phase of his trial the defense argued that he should not receive the death penalty because he was retarded at the time of the crime.  The prosecution argued that he was not retarded but had a disorder similar to dyslexia and he was fully aware of his actions at the time of the crime.  The jury believed the prosecution and gave him the death penalty.  Ronald Hamilton has been on death row for the past 11 years.  His Department of Texas Corrections Identification number is 999436.  His last known corrections address is  

RONALD JAMES HAMILTON Jr.
#999436 POLUNSKY UNIT–DEATH ROW –3872 FM 350 SOUTH LIVINGSTON, TX 77351

The Polunsky unit is a separate and silent unit.  Death row inmates are caged in a single person cell.  They are not allowed to work and have very little contact with each other or the outside world.  They wear white uniforms with “DR” on their backs.  They are fed through a beanhole or a gate in the cell door.  Depending on their conduct some are allowed a radio.  The solitary confinement for a number of years drives many of the inmates insane.  Suicide attempts are common and a number of inmates forgo their appeals to end the solitude.  Currently there are 290 people on death row in Texas.

As of today we do not know the whereabouts of Ronald Hamilton.  We do not know his status or why he has been on death row for so long.  We hope that somehow his suffering is over. 

Years ago we lived in Atlanta, GA where we studied and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King jr.’s family and associates who worked directly with him in the Civil Rights Movement.  At the time the King Center was known as the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.  There we learned the principles of nonviolence and eventually we were given the responsibility of teaching nonviolence to college students from around the world.  Our background of growing up on the streets and marine corps training gave balance to the ideas of nonviolence.  Dr. Kings teachings taught nonviolence as a lifestyle not just an alternative to violence.  It teaches that living nonviolence is living a courageous life and should not be for the timid.  It also teaches that understanding violence is critical to a nonviolent lifestyle.  In this life we have known violence as the victim and the perpetrator.  We understand that we are all capable of violent acts and should not exercise judgment over another’s actions.  The consequences, however should always be exercised.  Amnesty International and Pax Christi, two human rights and peace groups, have very strong arguments against corporal punishment.  Both groups have made an industry tracking corporal punishment activity around the world.   Thanks to DNA testing they maintain a keen eye on the falsely accused.  This is one of the biggest reasons they are against corporal punishment.  Other reasons include its inhumane, its unchristian, it’s unfair and it’s unnecessary.  An often overlooked proponent of corporal punishment are the inmates themselves. 

Our personal view is that punishment without love is retaliation.  This means that striking out in anger is detrimental to the purpose of punishment.  If the purpose is not to teach then it is simply retaliation for wrongs committed.  Corporal punishment with malicious intent makes the punisher much worse than the punished.  Ronald Hamilton faces the ultimate corporal punishment but he is also suffering the worst punishment of all which is ostracism.  Being isolated from everything and everyone in society is considered the very worst form of punishment. 

Walter Hill, a Louisiana author, chronicles a murder in his book “A Life For A Life”.  A young boy robs a convenience store and kills another boy in the process.  Once he is caught he is given juvenile life.  The father of the boy killed goes to visit the killer and tells him you are going to give me back everything you took.  It turns out that the boy that was killed was college bound and a leader in the community.  The father goes to visit the boy in juvenile every week and brings him books, tells him stories about his son, shows him pictures of his son and encourages the boy to learn.  Eventually the boy is released and he goes to live with the father.  He enters college and graduates.  It was a fascinating read and depicts a scenario of a life for a life.  This is our stance on corporal punishment.  You take, you owe.  The consequences of our actions determines what we pay.     


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A LIFE IN THE SALVATION ARMY

We are Ronald C. Hamilton.  We have an address at 3945 Miles St. Shreveport, LA 71109.  We have a phone number of 318-349-8554.  Our SSN is 434-21-9277.  If anyone chooses to use this information for nefarious deeds feel free.  There is no way possible that you can mess it up anymore than we have.  Many people often ask who is we and we say it is the spiritual we because the I always gets us in trouble.  When we only have the I to think about we end up doing stupid things and making stupid choices without considering the consequences.  When we say we it is inclusive of everyone before us, everyone after us and connects us to the universe.  

The address given is the three bedroom family house.  Seven people lived there before which made it crowded then with five children and two adults but we managed.  As the only boy it was cool not having to share a room.  Today three people live there all adults and it seems overcrowded.  We chose not to find a spot and moved into the Salvation Army.  Family members tolerate you because of blood but strangers seem to be more accepting and often friendlier.  Our choices over the years have not been what was expected leaving anger, resentment and disappointment placing a burden on the individual not to subject themselves to such scrutiny.  Our choices have given us an unconventional and unstable lifestyle filled with travel, adventure, danger and uncertainty.  We absolutely love it but it doesn’t bode well with those who have chosen the safest route.  We may not have had any children or significant others but many have called us daddy and we have had many many playmates.  

Now we are here at the Salvation Army in the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program.  It seems that Salvation Armies across the country house homeless veterans but other programs do as well.  These programs are designed for veterans who drink and drug which we do not do so years ago when we first entered the program we had to say that we were depressed, had a drinking problem in the military and we gambled in ordered to get in the program.  Today we are seeing a lot more combat veterans from recent wars in their late 20’s and 30’s as well as vietnam veterans.  We remember being in the program with one veteran from WWII.  When we first entered the program there were no female veterans but today there are quite a few but the program is still not designed to give them the same treatment as males.  

The Salvation Army has emergency beds for males, females, mothers and children and veterans dormitories.  This particular Salvation Army is divided with males on one side and females on the other side.  It has a canteen and a chapel.  There are strict rules against males and females fraternizing.  Breaking these rules will cost you a bed.  Male veterans are segerated from the emergency side into a dormitory setting with five rooms which has four beds, four lockers, and a shower room shared by all of the veterans.  At other Salvation Armies segeration comes with a separate television room, breakroom, laundry facility, library and computers.  Fortunately veterans are allowed to purchase these things on their own.  The emergency side for males has four rooms with 12 beds and a shared shower.  There is also a space provided with shared lockers.  The female side is divided between single females and mothers with children.  Female veterans are treated the same as emergency females.  The Salvation Army is paid a significant amount of money every month to house homeless veterans.  If each veteran were to receive that amount of money for them selves there would be no need for homeless housing for veterans.  This money is to feed veterans 4 meals per day including snacks.  This Salvation Army has chosen to allow everyone in the building to partake of snacks as well as not provide veterans with an adequate laundry facility.  Even with the money paid to them funding is always a problem.  Even though veterans are in a government program veterans are forced to attend religious services or risk losing a bed.  So much for the constitution that we so valiantly fought to defend.  Breakfast at the Salvation Army consist of cereal or oatmeal Mon-Wed.  Thursdays are biscuit and gravy.  Fridays are pancakes but Sunday is reserved for a complete breakfast of eggs, grits, sausage, and biscuit as well as a fruit juice.  Lunch is reserved for veterans, volunteers and staff but it is usually the same as dinner.  If a vet is not there during lunch then a vet can have a sack lunch of a sandwich and chips.  The emergency people do not receive these privileges.  

Even though veterans at the Salvation Army are in a position where it seems they are being cheated of services that is being paid for we are still very grateful to be there.  Having lived on the streets in a number of cities around the country the alternative is a lot better.  We have finally reached a point in life where stability and a piece of paper are important goals to work for.  We have reached the age where there are more yesterdays than tomorrows so we enjoy the gift of today.


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See How You Can Challenge Your Assumptions About Homelessness.

Disparate Moments

Louise Casey is inspiring!

She is the former Homelessness Czar from the United Kingdom.  She has worked tirelessly to change how we view homelessness and to create change within systems that traditionally keep people homeless.  She recently came to Canada to speak at the National Conference to End Homelessness. She shared her insights with over 650 people who are dedicated to ending homelessness in our country.
Her humour, passion and energy is contagious, and her ideas challenge even our basic assumptions regarding homelessness and what we need to do to end it.

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Getting to Know Linda Tirado

a system based on capitalizing on fear and misfortune is weak and evil. every human on earth has basic human needs. capitalism feeds the wants instead of making sure that all are fed. any system that focuses on the wants instead of the needs is doomed to fail. tragedy happens when a child goes hungry not when the computer crashes

The Word on the Street

Because of certain uncomfortable facts about modern society, namely that capitalism really has no use for the same amount of people as it used to, it has become absolutely imperative to vilify the poor. What is happening to them, to us, must be seen as their own fault for the corporatocracy to maintain its grip. That was Linda Tirado’s real crime. She didn’t call for the end of capitalism. She didn’t insist on the greater dignity of all mankind regardless of economic status. She didn’t challenge the legitimacy of a government obviously beholden to their biggest campaign contributors. She talked about how hard it is to cook broccoli.

And all hell broke loose.

Now, look, okay, she used the attention to start a gofundme that did pretty well. How dare she. My understanding is that she wanted that money to work on a book and maybe deal with a few…

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