A modest suggestion to the evicted

vickylass By vickylass, 6th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/525-5p1i/
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Having been evicted by the banks, it's nowadays tragedy among others, but we can't stay still, weeping or getting depressed. There may be light at the end of this tunnel.

A modest suggestion to the evicted

Some days ago I saw a photograph of some evicted ones in the city centre in Dublin. Along one of the streets, they had installed their tents. I know that having to live permanently in a tent isn't comfortable, but I thought that it was still a lot better than wandering about in the streets in search for a shelter for the night or sleeping in shop and bank entrances surrounded by carton boxes.
Living in a tent for the rest of one's life can't be a good solution, but while these people that have been evicted by the banks, it may be a solution while they fight back to retrieve their homes back.
Rather than settling in the city centre of any city, they should plant their tents in the countryside as near as possible from a town and, of course, nearby a river or a stream where they could wash their clothes, their kitchen ware and also wash themselves. It can't be a permanent solution, but it'd be a lot better and, perhaps, bit more comfortable than staying in the streets without hope.
They aren't to be isolated, but but several of them should gather together to plant their tents to make up a temporary settlement or town.
Having lost their homes, it won't be easy to start from scratch, but at least a tent is better than sleeping in rough.
Besides their everyday living, they should get together to organize. If where they live there aren't any organizations to struggle against evictions and homelessness, they should start up one as without organization we'll never achieve to anything.

ITEMS FOR A TEMPORARY JOINT CAMP SITE

- A tent whether it's a small or a family one if one has a family.
- Kitchen ware.
- Blankets and / or sleeping bags.
Some will most probably ask where they're going to get all of these things. One may happen to have an allowance or a pension, but above all one will have to rely on people's solidarity and charity organizations to supply for what one needs.
Do not go alone, but go with others like you, explaining to people clearly why you're asking to them for these things.
The atmosphere has already heated up because of the so called financial meltdown, although, I think it's a racket, and those people that have followed this tragedy through the media are sensitive enough, because many of them think that such a drama would happen to anyone.
After a group of evicted have already settled as comfortably as possible, they shouldn't forget that the next step is to create their own organization to fight back as our enemy is strong and well organized, but without organization, we are lost.

© Copyright. Vicky Pino. November 6th 2015.

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Banks, Homes, Organization, Solidarity, Tent, Ware

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author avatar Retired
7th Nov 2015 (#)

I suppose this sort of thing is happening all over the place, even in Ireland as you state.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
7th Nov 2015 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar Retired
7th Nov 2015 (#)

Vicky, If city authorities do not take the problem of homelessness seriously, and people do as you suggest, you will end up with cities like Johannesburg or Rio de Janeiro, in which huge numbers of people live in shanty towns or favellas - unsafe, disease ridden and prone to crime and natural disasters. What is needed is high taxation of the rich to pay for decent living conditions for the poor - it's called Socialism in many places and it saves millions of lives all over the world.

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author avatar vickylass
7th Nov 2015 (#)

John, I didn't suggest yo turn out cities like Rio de Janeiro or Johannesburg. I was just thinking that instead of laying around in the streets, they should settle somewhere out of them to try a living while they struggle to retrieve their homes. I talk of organization as well. In some countries like Spain, an organization was created the minute the flow of evictions started and they've been able to stop several hundred of evictions. these people that have been evicted are workers, but they were evicted when they were made redundant and were unable to go on paying their mortgages and to add salt to the injury, the banks took their homes, but they still have dets with them and still have to pay them. What you say about taxation is right. I do agree, but they make the the law through the government and they know how to avoid paying taxes. That 's why tax paradises exist.

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author avatar Retired
7th Nov 2015 (#)

Vicky, My thinking was that it can soon become a case of "out of sight, out of mind". If people camp out in city centres, as they appear to be doing in Ireland according to what you say, then they are a constant reminder to the powers that be that they have allowed a bad situation to develop.

However, there are also cases where housing has become so expensive that low-paid people cannot afford either to live in the city or commute in from outside. They might well decide to move away altogether, thus depriving the city of all the people who do the jobs that keep the place going.

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