The Refugee homeless in America
Buddy that ain't no pile of rocks it is the doorway to someones home.
A refugee, think about why we give asylum.
A refugee is general a class* of persons forced from home because of being in that class. Most often limited to certain types of classes. Our homeless generally really are not homeless, just houseless or apartmentless. Let that sink in. They for whatever reason are not in a permanent structure. But they still make homes for themselves. Cardboard cities in alleyways always seems to hit movies or shows set in big Cities. From time to time these folks are forced from their homes by government authority.
I am in a rural area and the homeless have homes in our undeveloped canyons. Recently a canyon I frequently hike has a story.
This hub is greatly inspired by a friend of mine and that hub is: http://buffalogal1960.hubpages.com/hub/PROSECUTING-POVERTY-Has-America-Gone-Mad Buffalogal just got awarded a hug of the day by faith reaper -- quite an honor.
*not always the case the US allows refugee status to those who are being persecuted by drug cartels in Mexico - a tougher case but still valid.
Some Idea of what a home is to some folk
I am just asking. People used to ask white people, "do you even know a black man"
I ask do you even know a homeless person?
The Otay Water Authority has control over the canyon area.
Fire danger is huge here right now. So they cleared shrubs and scrub bushes and bamboo like plants down in the creek bed and up above on the ridges. It makes perfect sense. This displaced some homeless camps/homes. One can understand that as our worst fires start in such places and nail outskirts.
Or so I thought for a few days. Some had moved up right next to the trail -- very strange, that provides no privacy. And puts you at risk from every passerby.
So I took off with two gallons of drinking water - cold and sealed from the 7-eleven. A homeless has a healthy dose of paranoia that we do not need.
I caught up to an old vet I recognized from the last couple of years, they just call him sarge. I know he is a real vet because of his choppers. Only guys that get VA benefits can get a new set of teeth. Any how he ranted about fire danger B S it was a roust, plan and simple.
I had some extra time and needed more exercise so I climbed Heart Attack Hill (hey that is the official county park name) across the canyon and looked down on the canyon and ridges. And I was shocked and horrified at what I saw.
I grew up in the country and my scout master was Dr. Harry Brown he is the guy who designed the thinning concepts and fire prevention process for the US Department of Interior. As scouts we did it at least once a month, I know how it works.
So what dropped my jaw was the clearly discernible pattern of the clearings. They were no where close to fire prevention methods. The authority had just gone in and clear cut where every previous little homeless camp had been. And they did no soil erosion prevention in those area and they undoubtedly also wiped out habitat for animals some quite rare and others food for our endangered predator bird species in the area.
This beautiful little spot known as the outpost is no more. They weed wacked down down to the dirt and just left the tinder in stacks.
Part of Qater authorities duty over publicly entrusted land is to prevent erosion and provide habitat.
I understand reasons for doing things are not always humane for some but necessary for the greater good and fire prevention and erosion control in a watershed is good management. But this rousting technique that they used harmed both of those goals.
This was just outright Government sanctioned brutality. And not only to humans but to the natural resource.
I know these quasi governmental bureaucrats are damned near impossible to touch. But I am going to try. I am going to try and touch them rather hard.
I will listen to this and write this next portion through wet eyes.
I am proud of America, from its' natural beauty to it's compassion
Just think of Sarge. A veteran. Persecuted and forced from his home. A refugee. More like what the U.N. H.R.C. calls a displaced person --- a refugee stuck within his countries borders.
No read this if you have time it is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights written mostly by the US and adopted by the U.N.. This concept is what justifies UN "peacekeeping forces to enter into a country" : http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
Now if the great County of San Diego and the Great State of California and the Great Country of the USA violates this so blatantly. What is a citizen supposed to do, when it is in his own backyard. Sit idly by and yet send our troop to protect others from the same atrocities that we commit here.
I shake my head and pray for guidance and strength and wisdom.
Let me end with these words and a closing picture.
If my country falls downhill so far as to reach hell, then I am to blame. If I do not care enough to act on behalf and for my fellow citizens that cannot do it for themselves. Then I should respect those that suffer the atrocities at the hands of my nation much more than myself.