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For information about the January 20th march in Hartford go to HERE.

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From the Hampton Institute:    “The dirty truth is that the rich are the great cause of poverty.” – Michael Parenti

There are two vacant investor-owned homes for every homeless person in America.

The difference between the greed of the wealthy and the precariousness of American workers is painfully stark when looking at vacant homes.
2016 figures from ATTOM Data Solutions — which publishes comprehensive housing data — show that wealthy investors are buying up more and more real estate as a moneymaking venture while housing prices and homelessness continue to skyrocket across America.
According to ATTOM, 76 percent of all vacant homes in America are owned by investors — amounting to approximately 1.1 million vacant residential investment properties. Many of these vacant homes are in economically distressed Rust Belt cities with high poverty rates, like Detroit, Michigan, neighboring Flint, and Youngstown, Ohio. The states with the highest investment property vacancy rate also have high poverty rates. Michigan leads the pack with 10.3 percent vacancy, Indiana at 9.8 percent, Alabama at 6.9 percent, and Mississippi at 6.6 percent.

Meanwhile, in December of 2017, the Associated Press reported that homelessness increased in America for the first time since 2010 — the height of the Great Recession. 2017 data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development showed that local counts of homeless Americans reached approximately 554,000 nationwide, which is a 1 percent increase from 2016 (and roughly half of the number of vacant residential investment properties in America today). Approximately one-third of those counted as homeless had no access to nightly shelters and were sleeping on streets, and in vehicles and tents.

2017 was also a record-high year for rent prices, according to housing figures from Zillow. Tenants across America paid landlords an estimated $485.6 billion, with more than $100 billion of that coming from just the New York/New Jersey market, the Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim market, and the Chicago market. Approximately 97,000 of America’s homeless persons are in New York City (63,169 homeless) and Los Angeles (34,000 homeless). Cities like San Jose, California and Denver, Colorado are seeing double-digit rent increases on average each year, according to Forbes.

If current trends continue, affordable housing is expected to become even more scarce. CNBC reported in 2016 that 25 percent of ultra-wealthy Americans surveyed are planning on buying more real estate over the next several years. More scarcity in housing markets will drive up home prices, which will increase rent prices as a result. This could lead to future increases in the number of homeless Americans between now and 2020.

For charts and maps to see how severe this problem really is go to the main story HERE. 

To anyone who thinks that we are off base when we say, No War But Class War this we hope will convince you otherwise.

“As through this world you travel, you’ll meet some funny men;

Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen.

And as through your life you travel, yes, as through your life you roam,

You won’t never see an outlaw drive a family from their home.”

We need to grow and nourish many more Pretty Boy Floyd’s. We know with a stroke of that fountain pen many have lost and will lose what they have. With that stroke of a pen a law will be off the books. With a stroke of a pen people will face deportation.  With a stroke of that pen our health insurance, our Social Security, our Medicare and other benefits that were guaranteed will be gone.  Here today gone tomorrow. No telling what these bastards will do.

Yes some say that the pen is mightier than the sword we say both can be very dangerous weapons in the hands of hateful people such as those that are to take center stage in January. We need to grow and nourish more Pretty Boy Floyd’s one who can stop these folks in their tracks, can take what they have and give it to those who need it. One thing is certain we have truth on our side even if they claim god on theirs. But hey wait, don’t some on our side claim the same? Who takes the high road and who takes the low road? As things get tough love just won’t be enough. Everything that we thought to hold dear will be questioned, things will be turned upside down, the low will be made lower than before and the cooked will remain crooked. Will we continue to sing, Some day peace will come as they crack us over the heads with their beating sticks? As they jail us? Deport us? Deny us? Oppose us? We do not need long winded essays by the liberal elite. We know their wrongs, we know them by who they flock together with. We know which side we are on. We are not fooled by the crumbs shaken from their table cloths and we are no way satisfied.

We need to grow and nourish more Robin Hoods, more Pretty Boy Floyd’s we need to grow and nourish more revolutionary people who will not take this bullshit sitting down.

Notes:

Floyd began robbing banks in Ohio with a group of gangster accomplices, and soon moved on to other territories. During his crime spree, bank insurance rates in Oklahoma were reported to have doubled. He became popular with the public by allegedly destroying mortgage papers at many of the banks he robbed, liberating many debt-ridden citizens. Known for sharing money he’d lifted with others, he was often protected by Oklahoma locals, who dubbed him “Robin Hood of the Cookson Hills.”

In John Steinbeck‘s 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath, the character Ma Joad refers several times to Pretty Boy Floyd as a young man driven to a tragic fate by social injustice and the Great Depression.

This article was first posted in December of  2016. We want to re-publish it as the new year begins. Yes folks we do need more Robin Hoods, more Pretty Boy Floyd’s who know that to take from the rich which isn’t theirs is a holy act.

Viccky Gutierrez

Wednesday evening, Bamby Salcedo, President & CEO of TransLatin@ Coalition, announced in a Facebook post the death of Viccky Gutierrez: “It is with deep sadness, rage and pain that I have to share with all of you that one of our sisters was brutally murdered in #southlosangeles last night.”
Viccky was a young trans Latina woman from Honduras, and a member of TransLatin@ Coalition’s Los Angeles organization. She often joined the team for their daily lunches, provided for free to anyone in need. Friends refer to her as “the nicest girl in the world,” whose “smile would give anyone comfort,” and “an inspiration for many of us.

For more on the death of Ms. Gutierrez go to HERE. 

“Continue to fight, and continue to stick together, and continue to support each other and to embrace each other, because these difficult times are when we need each other.”.Bamby Salcedo

Check out the article by Diana: Only Ten Days Into The New Year And Already Two Dead.

 

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Yes true words of wisdom. We know that many of the same people who are out today in protest of Donald Trump would not be doing this if a democrat was sitting in the White House causing mayhem, murder and destruction all around the world. We saw it as a matter of fact during the last regime in D.C. Where were the voices then? Where were the liberals when President Obama was bombing over 7 countries. Sometimes we wonder if nuclear war would be good. At least it would level the playing field and perhaps get rid of some of this imperialist warmongering.

So come on liberals, get up and get out from your self centered place and into the world.

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Black Lesbian Kerrice Lewis, 23, Shot and Burned Alive in Washington DC

https://www.autostraddle.com/black-lesbian-kerrice-lewis-23-shot-and-burned-alive-in-washington-dc-407170/

Written and Posted by Riese 1/7/2018

On December 28th, residents of the 800 block of Adrian Place SE in Washington DC called police after hearing multiple gunshots, and officers arrived around 7:20 PM to find a Lexus on fire, and a woman’s body inside it. Some residents now say they could hear the victim, 23-year-old black butch lesbian Kerrice Lewis, screaming from the trunk, where she’d been stuffed before the car was set on fire. She was unconscious, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, and by the time medics arrived, she was gone.

Lewis’s grandfather, William Sharp, raised Lewis from when she was around 11 years old, after her mother died of a brain aneurysm. Her father was tragically murdered in Washington DC a year later. “Anytime you lose a family member, especially like this, it just rips your heart out,” Sharp told Fox 5.

Sharp described Lewis as a “free spirit” who was “full of life” and that she would “light up a room, just talking and laughing.” Lewis had understandably struggled as a teenager after the deaths of both of her parents, and her grandfather said she’d spent time in jail, but had been doing well lately and doing construction work. Her grandfather said she “was very excited because she had just finished taking some classes and was looking forward to taking some more.”

Her ex-girlfriend and best friend, Mercedes Rouhlac, still talked to Lewis every day, and said, “No matter what, she still loved me and my son.”

Lewis was murdered just a week after a brutal quadruple homicide in upstate New York took the lives of a family that included a 5-year-old girl, and 11-year old boy, their 36-year-old mother and her 22-year old girlfriend who, like Lewis, was masculine-of-center. An arrest was made in that case a few days later. (more…)