Occupy – or – I think, therefore I am, I think.

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“No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources.  Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance.  Morally, It is the greatest menace to our social order.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of The United States of America

It’s that time of year again when the eyes of the entire world are focused on Washington, D.C., and HomelessEcoville is there, wondering if anybody is actually seeing.

I am iampoorandneedy.  A few years ago, i met a homeless man on the internet through Facebook named Bryant King.  We had communicated with each other for a number of months, and he seemed legit, so when he was talking about a recent injury he had, and winter coming up, i offered to let him come stay with us for a month or so and heal up.

Bryant had started a page on Facebook, called Homeless Ecoville and a group on Facebook called #HomelessEcoville – with over 1,000 members and likes each where he discussed a lot of ideas of how people could live in tiny houses in a self sustaining community.  I helped Bryant put together an adaptable plan to create these communities.  That was in May of 2015.

Bryant is family now and over the last year and a half Bryant has been for another visit where we established this site, and we have stayed in touch as friends and family do.

It’s now the weekend before people cast their votes, with another choice between two very, very wealthy people who don’t really care about the poor, let alone the homeless in our society.  Bryant contacted me on Monday, a week and a day before election day.

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… what’s in DC?

“Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot! – English Folk Verse (c.1870)

I currently live in Richmond, VA, about an hour and a half from the National Mall in DC, if traffic is on your side, two to two and a half if not.  iampoorandneedy, and we gave away my truck a while back, so i contacted a couple of dear friends who had transportation who offered to drive us to DC.  I let Bryant know and later that day he let me know that his ticket to Richmond had been purchased for him and he would be in Richmond Thursday around noon on the megabus.

Thursday morning I helped a friend, MelBrinkArt, move into his new studio space at this great place called CreateSpace that my roommate operates in my neighborhood and afterwords he took me down to pick up Bryant.

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We took Bryant back to the house and let him offload his stuff and took a walk down to see Melvin’s new studio and give him a chance to meet my roommate Arthur and checkout his amazing Createspace.

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So on Friday morning, Arlie, another friend who offered to drive, came over and we waited for Melvin to pick the three of us up to get Bryant to his destination, which, we found out, was the Million Mask March in DC held on the Fifth of November annually.

The four of us, looking for adventure, loaded into MelBrinkArt’s van and headed to DC.  Where we visited the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial before heading across the river to Arlington to have a quick lunch and meet our new friend Tristan who would be escorting Bryant till his nights destination.  Tristan would be speaking at a Meetup event on Basic Income on D.C.’s northside later that evening.

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Having a bit of concern for my brother, I asked Tristan what the plans were and he told me that the fallback plan was to come back here depending on circumstances;

“But what I really want to do is occupy.” Tristan

That’s the battleground.  I exist and because I exist, I occupy a certain amount of space.  The battle for the homeless is WHERE are we allowed to OCCUPY?

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“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” ― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

And so, around the world, the Million Mask March is taking place against austerity, mass surveillance and corrupt politicians and Bryant was invited to be a part and example of what this looks like in our country – a face of homelessness.

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Our homeless populations are growing while they sell off the public lands into private hands, not allowing us any place to occupy.  But we DO occupy, by nature of our very existence on this planet.  Doesn’t that give us any rights?  Or are rights to exist only afforded to those who have money?

However significant the numbers of people that protest in any one city, in any one country – the fact remains that 62 people own half the entire planet, while the vast majority of us own a very, very small sliver all put  together.  They print money on paper and cotton and declare that it has value, then us poor people work and sweat to ‘earn’ this money, that they take a percentage out of in taxes, and another percentage out of in interest to use the ‘rag paper’ and they slowly ‘purchase’ all the lands – a deal of beads for land.

“Globally, it is estimated that a total of $7.6tr of individuals’ wealth sits offshore. If tax were paid on the income that this wealth generates, an extra $190 billion would be available to governments every year.” – Oxfam International

So go ahead and read the words that are engraved in stone in our nations very Capital, and tell me that we believe and live by them today.  Show me that they are more than worthless words – etched in the stone of the seat of our government.

Bryant took these pictures to show you what his eyes see … the broken promises to the homeless and needy.

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So now the whole world has it’s eyes on Washington, D.C. and I wonder if anybody is actually seeing or is it all just entertainment?

Help us set up an EcoVillage by and for the homeless before the 62 becomes 48 and more become homeless.

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