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Homelessness

In Memory of Alonzo

Yolanda Catzalco |  Issue: November | December 2018

May God bless the vulnerable, the disabled, the elderly, the children. May government officials elected by the people provide for peoples’ needs.

Toward the Chicago Poor People’s Conference in 2018

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2018

Basing ourselves in the long history for justice and on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, we announce our plan to build citywide organizations in Chicago around the following five-point basic agenda. These five points are not meant to fully represent all our areas of concern, but they serve as a unifying beginning […]

We need the Poor People’s Conference to unify across Chicago

Andy Willis |  Issue: February | March 2018

  I spoke with Carlos Castro from the Chicago neighborhood of Humboldt Park about the upcoming Chicago Poor Peoples Conference. Carlos is a longtime community organizer and activist. I asked him why we needed such a conference. Carlos Castro: With all the abuse from the police department in the city, lack of housing, with the […]

Section 8 vouchers for all who qualify!

from the Editors |  Issue: November | December 2017

Food and water are humanity’s first priority. Clothing and a roof over your head come next. In human — humane — society, these are fundamental rights. We do our best to assure that everybody has these basics. In a mass society, that’s what government is for — or at least what it should be for. […]

In Los Angeles, 600,000 expected to apply for just 2,400 Section 8 vouchers

Dave Ransom |  Issue: November | December 2017

Housing emergency much larger than the 90,000 living on the streets     Officials expect more than 600,000 Angelenos to apply for just 2,400 Section 8 housing vouchers later this month. That’s all that will become available when they open the waiting list for the first time since 2004. People at the bottom of the […]

Families evicted from storage units receive help from the community

Juan Torres |  Issue: July 2017

DONNA, TX – Following the issuance of an eviction notice by the city, the tenants living in storage units at Fiesta Flea Market have made plans to move out. Though Fiesta Flea Market is classified as a commercial vending establishment for sellers, some storage units are used as living quarters. The media was called after […]

First, they came for the homeless

Sandy Perry |  Issue: July 2017

  The “First They Came for the Homeless” California speaking tour brought together some key leaders of the movement against homelessness. The April 22-24 tour was named after a grouping of houseless people that emerged from Occupy San Francisco and then organized a series of dramatic encampments confronting political officials in Berkeley. The name is […]

Revolutionary technology builds a $10,000 house

Dave Ransom |  Issue: July 2017

Benefiting from it may require a political earthquake as well It’s a technological solution to the housing crisis — now and forever. A San Francisco company is build-ing 400 square-foot houses for just over $10,000. Not only that, it takes less than a day. That’s because of a revolutionary breakthrough in construction technology, 3D printing — […]

The root of the problem

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: July 2017

  With all the scandal and controversy surrounding President Trump’s first months in office, talk of war and terrorist attacks abroad, and state sponsored vicious attacks on the defenseless here at home — it is easy to get lost in the details. As a consequence, we don’t see what is underlying the rapidly changing political […]

Cheri Honkala: Another Philadelphia is coming

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: March 2017

  The city of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are being afforded a special opportunity on March 21t to step out of politics as usual. Fraud has become the common practice of the 197th District’s representatives. Leslie Acosta, the former state representative, resigned on January 3, having secretly pleaded guilty to money laundering. Acosta’s […]

When poverty attacks: women on Skid Row

Silvia Hernandez |  Issue: March 2017

  LOS ANGELES, CA — “One in three homeless people in Los Angeles County are women. … The total of more than 14,000 women is a 55% increase from 2013. The number of women camped out in RVs, tents, and lean-tos has doubled in the last three years,” reports the Los Angeles Times on October […]

What the Presidential Elections of 2016 mean for us

From the Editors |  Issue: July | August 2016

  As the election approaches, our Tribuno audience faces difficult choices. After eight years of failed promises for immigration reform, do we support Hillary Clinton just because Trump, the Republican candidate, seems so bad? Advanced technology and globalization are wiping out millions of jobs, both in the home countries of immigrants and in the U.S. […]

What will P.R.O.M.E.S.A. impose on Puerto Rico?

Pedro Angel Rivera |  Issue: May | June 2016

  Financial crisis and un-payable debt headings have become the ideological media propaganda regarding the social and economic problems that cage Puerto Ricans within our colonial archipelago. According to the most recent reports, the notorious International Monetary Fund, a financial henchman against indebted countries throughout the world, Puerto Rico should look at itself in the […]

El Pueblo Unido — Movement Develops Around Housing

Dave Ransom |  Issue: February | March 2016

Nothing so clearly demonstrates the failure of modern capitalism as its inability to keep a roof over people’s heads. And there is no reason to expect the “free market” to solve the problem — which, after all, it is creating. “If I don’t raise my rents,” one landlord asserted recently, “I leave money on the […]

A Housing ‘State of Emergency’

Dave Ransom |  Issue: February | March 2016

  Corporate landlords push millions into the streets, but a movement rises to confront them As the number of people that landlords are driving into the streets rises to crisis levels, the cities of Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle — and the whole state of Hawaii — have declared housing emergencies. The politicians are taking […]

Government Must House Our People

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2016

  In an economy based on private property, government serves the owners of the means of production, who in our society are primarily the large banks and corporations. When those corporations begin to rely on automated production instead of human labor, they no longer pay the wages necessary for people to buy the bare necessities […]

Will the Catholic Church Base Itself in the ‘Dispossessed?’

Dave Ransom |  Issue: October | November 2015

  Pope Francis calls for putting the poor and the planet first. What does it mean? A pope who speaks for the poor and the planet and says he wants to clean house in the Catholic Church, getting rid of the glitz and glamour and putting priests back on the street in sandals. What does […]

From Empathy to Revolution!

Gracie Sandoval |  Issue: June | July 2015

  Contrary to what we may think, this country does not have a homeless problem. In fact, in East Harlem, NY many buildings are purposefully kept empty by their landlords. Foreclosed upon homes coast to coast are vacant and boarded up, now owned by banks. Therefore we don’t have a “homeless” problem. There are plenty […]

Living on the Edge of Silicon Valley

Katherine Bock |  Issue: April | May 2015

  SAN JOSE, CA — It is clear to we who struggle to live and work in San Jose that the high tech industry we helped build no longer has any use for us.  Although we once assembled mother boards in our homes and worked in computer component factories, we, the working class of San […]