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A growing number of American cities are ticketing or arresting homeless people for essentially being homeless. The new laws ban behavior commonly associated with homelessness like reclining in public, sharing food or sitting on a sidewalk.
Supporters argue these measures are necessary to push homeless people into the shelter system and maintain public safety. Critics say the laws violate the rights of homeless people and ignore the more complicated drivers of homelessness like mental illness.
We found homeless people camping in the woods to escape police harassment, a homelessness consultant opposed to feeding homeless people and a city that uses solitary confinement to force homeless people into shelters.
In this extra scene, VICE News spoke to a resident of Nevada City, California, who recounts what it was like to be stigmatized by her community for being homeless.
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As Chicago braces for protests ahead of the release of video footage of the police shooting of Laquan McDonald, DN! speaks with Charlene Carruthers, the National Director of the Black Youth Project 100. Her organization declined a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office on Monday as the city tries to quell impending protests. “For us, it was important not to take a meeting with the mayor where it was clear to us that this series of meetings was about how are we going to quell our fears — being the mayor’s office’s fears — about what young, black people are going to do once this video is released,” Carruthers said. “They’re very concerned with the city remaining peaceful, but unfortunately, the community, or the target, that is being told to remain peaceful is not the Chicago Police Department.”
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Five people were shot in Minneapolis late Monday near a Black Lives Matter protest over the fatal police shooting of unarmed black man Jamar Clark. A 23-year-old white man and a 32-year-old Hispanic man have been arrested and a third white, male suspect is being sought. The five victims of Monday night’s shooting, all black men, ages 19 to 43, were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. We look at the shooting on the Lip News with Mark Sovel and Nik Zecevic.
A letter a day to number 10. No 1,266
Wednesday 25 November 2015. The clear and present danger to Britain isn’t ISIS, it’s the Tories.
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Dear Mr Cameron,
£178 billion to be spent on military equipment over 10 years – 20 million people in Britain living in poverty today.
You said in a press conference that this military spending would help keep us safe for generations to come. The question is, from what, Mr Cameron? The violence of poverty? The violence of sanctions? The violence of the Work Capability Assessments? The violence of the bedroom tax? The violence of ending the Independent Living Fund? The violence of malnutrition with ‘7,366 people admitted to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of malnutrition between August 2014 and July this year’. The violence of chronic housing shortages and rising homelessness? The violence of austerity? And that’s just a short list of the violence caused by you and your government.
You said you, ‘want the British people to know they have a government that understands the importance of our national security and that we will take whatever actions are necessary to keep our country safe’.
The really big question is who will keep our country safe from you?
Today we’ll find out just how bad things are going to be for the future of ordinary people in this country when George Osborne reveals his Spending Review and Autumn Statement. Paul Johnson, the director of the IFS, has warned that cuts ‘between 2010 and 2020 will be the deepest ever seen and will reduce the overall size of state spending to its lowest level since the War’.
Isn’t it astonishing that it takes £178 billion to kill terrorists, civilians and children abroad yet in the UK our government ignored dead are killed by policies that drive deprivation and deny people the means of survival. To repeat what Ken Loach said of the current government system in Britain, ‘The present system is one of conscious cruelty, it bears down on those least able to bear it. The bureaucratic inefficiency is vindictive and hunger is being used as a weapon’. Every penny spent on arms will be stealing the lives of ordinary people in this country. Why would we fear ISIS? They are not the clear and present danger to life in Britain. You and your government are.
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Since the terrorist attacks in Paris hate crimes against Muslims have gone up 300% in the UK. Most of the attacks have been against Muslim women, who are easy to identify by their traditional dress. The majority of these attacks come from white males. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian (The Point) hosts of The Young Turks discuss.
Are you surprised that there has been a rise in violence against Muslims? How can we stop these attacks from happening? Let us know in the comments below.
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“Muslims living in Britain have suffered more than 100 racial attacks since the terrorist atrocities in Paris, figures prepared for ministers reveal.
A report to the Government’s working group on anti-Muslim hatred, seen by The Independent, shows a spike in Islamophobic hate crime of more than 300 per cent, to 115, in the week following the killings on November 13 in France.
Most victims of the UK hate crimes were Muslim girls and women aged from 14 to 45 in traditional Islamic dress. The perpetrators were mainly white males aged from 15 to 35.”