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ISOLATING THE HOMELESS:
A step to imposing fascism on us all
EDITORIAL
Leading up to WWII, the
German government forced
Jews to wear identifying badges (the yellow Star of David) as
one of many psychological tactics aimed at isolating and dehumanizing them. Refusal to wear
the star meant severe punishment
and even death. Marking them
and scapegoating other groups as
different (inferior) to everyone
else allowed for their separation
from society. This ultimately led
to the deportation and murder of
six million Jews, the imposition
of fascism on all of Germany, and
the murder of millions more.
Fast forward: 2016.
Homeless residents in California were recently mandated
to wear name tags to get services such as food at a provider. In
Florida, the homeless were mandated by both the city and police
department to wear yellow wristbands at all times. Refusal to
wear one would result in denial
of food, and other life-sustaining
services. A temporary victory was
gained after resistance by homeless organizations and advocates
was planned. In California, the
homeless still are forced to wear
badges.
While “official” government
statistics claim homelessness is
on the decline, those of us on the
front lines know better. Go to any
big city and witness the growing tent cities and encampments
under bridges, along city sidewalks, parks, any public space,
where not only individuals, but
families gather to survive.
Gentrification is forcing
more families and youth out of
housing and into the streets. The
“Ghost Ship” fire in Oakland, CA
killed 36 residents of an artists’
collective formed around their
mutual survival in the face of

Labor-replacing electronic technology is permanently eliminating
jobs and destroying the foundation of the capitalist system. The
people’s needs can only be met
by building a cooperative society where the socially necessary
means of production are owned
by society, not by the corporations.
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gentrification there. Rather than
exposing the rising cost of rents,
and lack of affordable housing,
media pundits and others blame
the victims.
In Berkeley and Denver, the
police remove the tents and blankets of the homeless, including
the disabled, as “evidence” of a
crime. They are “just doing their
job” enforcing laws which ban
public camping.
The homeless are demanding an end to the ban and taking
their demands to a broader audience. They reject the rulers’ use
of racism to try and keep them
divided.
But it is becoming more
apparent to greater numbers of
us dispossessed workers that the
system is the problem. An economy built on everyone having a
job in order to buy back what they

Read stories written for the
People’s Tribune by the
homeless on pages 4 and 5.
need, like housing, is incompatible with robotic production.
As more and more jobs are
lost to robotics, and the jobs
remaining pay wages too low to
survive on, more of us will be
homeless. Millions of us are at
risk of being targeted as the “other,” rounded up into government
camps, or just left to die on the
streets and at the hands of the
police.
“We, the people,” renters,
homeowners, and homeless,

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need to join together and demand People’s Tribune Editor: Bob Lee
housing for all as a human right. Editorial Staff: Ran Dibble,
This is a first step in opposing Brett Jelinek, Sarah Menefee,
fascism here. As the demand for Joseph Peery, Sandra Reid,
our labor decreases, our demands Cathy Talbott
for a government that meets our Photo Editor: Daymon Hartley
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