Tacoma Police Boot Homeless and Housing Activists from Vacant School

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"rather be breathing asbestos than dying outside in the cold."

As heartbreaking as that is it can't be allowed.

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It's time to get real and realize there are three proven vaccines which have a high probability of being given to homeless people, and that schools will be needed starting this coming Fall.

Now, go build some actual housing, instead of taking over schools.

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@2 read the article, dumbass!
“The district owns the building, which has sat empty since the school closed in 2009.”

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@2:

Did you actually read the article? These people didn't occupy an existing school, they occupied a former school that has been abandoned for more than a decade and is never going to re-open as a school - next fall or at any other time. And yes, it's decrepit and collapsing and full of asbestos and probably doesn't have any running water, so technically is "unfit for human habitation", but OTOH even such a deplorable building provides more protection from the elements than a thin nylon tent or some cardboard boxes.

As for the vaccines - yeah, those might be available in the spring, but I would be willing to bet good money that homeless people are so far down the priority list for receiving immunization shots that it could be well into the third or fourth quarter of 2021 before they even have access to any - and that's assuming state, county and municipal governments can find the funding to provide it.

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The homeless do not have the right to occupy the building.

They may request access or use of the building and there are probably 20 different government and not for profit agencies which they can utilize as agents for their request.

This new trend of "occupying" state, county, city or private property because one is "poor" is tiresome as it is wrong.

We've seen first hand the carnage, destruction and dare I say needless death which resulted from the CHOP mess on capitol hill.

It was quite right and proper the authorities removed them immediately.

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@2

I thought there already were vaccines for homeless people. I saw one of them in Ballard Commons self-injecting a vaccine just the other day.

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@6:

I guess they're just more of that "surplus population" you conservatives are always saying needs to be reduced, amiright?

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I understand the arguments, as COMTE is well aware.

My argument is that society needs to build housing for the homeless, not let it be usurped through extra-legal measures.

And, yes, it is highly likely homeless people will get the vaccine before most housed young people do, as they are at far higher risk due to their lack of housing.

Most of the EU and Canada will be providing them with vaccines much earlier than the Rentier Classes wish, because it's the right thing to do. And this will put our society, or lack thereof, in sharp reflection: are we a Moral and Just society, or merely here to be cannon fodder for the white wealthy landed class, who perpetuate slavery through our "justice" system and our "economic" choices?

You've spent centuries not admitting who we are. I've lived on both sides of the extremes, and know what our actual choices are, no matter what we say in public.

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"... are we a Moral and Just society, or merely here to be cannon fodder for the white wealthy landed class, who perpetuate slavery through our "justice" system and our "economic" choices?" --@Will

trolls say
the latter.
WWJD?

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Obviously, Jesus would invade Iran. At least that's what most of his current "followers" say.

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Time to knock that building down. It's clearly an attractive nuisance, not just for homeless people but kids running around exploring. Cities are full of buildings that are just sitting empty with no plans for use. Owners need to consider the liability of people getting into them and getting injured or killed.

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we have more Homes vacant
than Homeless human beings
not counting empty com. bldgs.

what kinda fucked up country
puts Property over People?

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We should really just reopen the jungle and allow those who chose to wallow in their own filth to do so.

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@10: "My argument is that society needs to build housing for the homeless, not let it be usurped through extra-legal measures."

What sort of housing? Hotels? Dormitories? Do you know who least likes to live in such close proximity to homeless people? Other homeless people. That's why they are always searching for little plots of land with their tents rather than checking into some of the housing options we have tried.

"And, yes, it is highly likely homeless people will get the vaccine before most housed young people do,"

Probably not. We can't track a lot of them to get them in for their second round of vaccines if they have no residence, no ID and no means of communication. We already can't keep some of them who have tuberculosis on a full term of antibiotics.