Spring Break”– Stand Your Ground 2 Event”
In many ways the event will be like all the other spring break events we have had over the years, we will be feeding and giving out summer type clothing and hygiene materials to Kansas City’s poor and Homeless brothers and sisters, along with musical groups with live music.
The difference in the event is were asking all the different groups that feed and clothe the poor and homeless in our community to join us in solidarity to do the same thing, to feed and clothe those brothers and sisters needing help at this event. It is our hope that we can send a strong message to those in power , that the homeless and poor have those that will stand up for their rights. As well as our rights to do the right thing when it comes to helping those in need.
For those that are from a religious background, we are taught from childhood in our religious texts what the right thing should be when we deal with those that are hurting , all of the religious texts mention how we should treat our poor and homeless brothers and sisters, for instance the Bible, Torah, and Koran, as far as that goes, even the Egyptian book of the dead mention’s how the poor and homeless should be treated.
I personally believe that weather your religious or not you know in your heart, what’s the right thing to do when it comes to dealing with your poor and homeless brothers and sisters, you just have to listen to that small voice inside your being.
At the present what we have is a lot of different people stating what regulations and laws they would like to see passed on the poor and homeless, and how those of us that try to make sure they are treated like human beings and are not dyeing on our streets by providing what it takes for them to survive are a detriment to them seeking long term care , and the majority of those talking are those that might have a vested financial gain in the process
Rather it be particular businesses that would like to see the poor and homeless disappear from their area, or particular homeless shelters that think they might have more money and services donated to them if their able to stop the public from feeding and clothing those on the street personally, or the city fathers that may see homelessness as a way of collecting more revenue for different regulations and permits they come up with.
When you talk about regulations or laws to change the way a certain class of people are treated, that will affect their rites, and the rites of those helping them, one thing you might think about is to put yourself in their shoes, and ask yourself, what if it was me? Would I be able to accept this law? And the one thing you should remember is, that even though they may be homeless, their still human beings. In America many laws have been passed over the years, many that took away the rites of those in our communities that the administrations in power at the time, have decided they needed to make laws to govern them?
Unfortunately many of those laws have been passed because of greed, usually because of the politics of a certain city, state , or national policy of the haves and have not’s. Across America today so many cities are passing laws that deal with the poor and homeless , that you have to ask yourself is, how can these laws get passed ? I personally believe the majority of the laws get passed because were so busy with our own problems that we don’t have the time to worry about our brothers and sisters problems because were so busy trying to survive ourselves, and we don’t get involved till it touches us directly and usually by that time it’s too late , and the law is already written. For Instance , In Louisiana today I read a story about a deer hunters group, that donated and paid for 1600 pounds of deer meat to be processed by a professional meat company, and they donated it to a shelter to feed their poor and homeless brothers and sisters, over 8000 dollars’ worth of meat. Now all over America we have hungry people that would love to have that meat, people that actually are eating out of dumpsters , older people that are poor , actually buying dog food to survive, and yet the state of Louisiana actually went to that shelter opened all the packages of frozen meat and put them in the trash and poured bleach on the meat so animals wouldn’t eat the meat. Not because the meat was tainted, but because the state had some kind of law that shelters couldn’t feed anyone deer meat, and rather give it back to the hunters that donated it to the shelter, they decided to destroy it. That is one of the reasons for the Stand Your Ground Event, to show our political leaders in our community that we will not stand by and watch laws like that happen in our city.
Why some laws or regulations might seem understandable? Like sending people to harvesters to take classes on food preparations, or having a police officer on duty when you’re giving out food or clothes and materials to the poor? The problem is those regulations would put undue hardships on those trying to take care of those hurting in our community, most people along with most small not for profits simply do not have the extra funds it would take to pay for the extra regulations. Not to mention, they have helped those hurting in our community for years without these types of new regulations. Ask yourself this question? Should those helping the poor now, just give up and let the poor and homeless on the streets freeze for lack of warm clothing in the winter, because they don’t have the funds to pay a police officer to stand by why they feed and clothe those hurting on the street? I personally think not.
I would like to ask all those who agree with me to sign up to help us at the Stand Your Ground Spring Break Event, on Saturday April 19 2014, at the Scottish Rites Temple , at 1330 E Linwood in Kansas City MO between 8am and 4pm.