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The George Floyd ‘Flashpoint’ and Scapegoating of Police in America . by Alice B. Clagett *

Written and published on 4 June 2020

  • COVID AND SUBCONSCIOUS SYMBOLISM: “I CAN’T BREATHE”
  • TRIPLE ECLIPSE PASSAGE

Dear Ones,

COVID AND SUBCONSCIOUS SYMBOLISM: “I CAN’T BREATHE”

I wonder if when George Floyd so poignantly said “I can’t breathe” and then passed on, whether that sent a message to us that face masks make it hard to breathe … that COVID also, they say, makes it hard to breathe … and somehow these two, the face masks and the COVID symptoms … are what are being protested, both at the same time, along with undue force by the policeman.

It seems almost as if the suffocation of George Floyd was the acting out in physical reality of our concerns about the pandemic, the concrete symbol of our fears. And now, after the ‘flashpoint’ event that occurred, it is almost as if the police are being pilloried as scapegoats … that our fears for our well-being have morphed into anger at them.

In recent weeks I have been doing an easy yoga set in addition to walking (which I love), and found these help quite a bit to divert my heart from the dramas so much in the news.

TRIPLE ECLIPSE PASSAGE

It seems likely to me that the events unfolding in the social arena have to do with the high energies of the Triple Eclipse Passage now underway …

Link: “Incoming Light! Triple Eclipse Passage,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 4 June 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-iuS ..

That passage heralds the New. Transforming to the New always requires courage, and overcoming one’s own desire to remain the same. Fear and anger do arise in our hearts, and we must counter these with positive emotions and right action in the world. That way we can become more like Christ, more like the Buddha, and more like Lord Krishna in our hearts and in the living of our lives.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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A New Take on Human Involvement in Global Warming . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 20 September 2017; revised on 24 September 2017

Dear Ones,

I got a heads-up from SuspiciousObservers on Youtube … www.youtube.com … today, regarding a new paper out on the topic of global warming. The paper is by the folks in charge of government policy on global warming.

They apparently say that the facts of global warming do not match the theory; that we need to revisit the topic; that they think global warming taking place does not have to do with humans, but rather with the Sun and volcanoes.

Here is the article …

Link: “Emission budgets and pathways consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C,” by Richard J. Millar, Jan S. Fuglestvedt, Pierre Friedlingstein, et al., in Nature Geoscience, Volume 10, pp 741-747 (2017) … https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo3031 … published online 18 September 2017 … https://www.nature.com/articles/ngeo3031 ..

I remember, when the issue of human responsibility for global warming was first proposed by a learned group of scientists, and equally learned group of scientists proposed, in a position paper, that global warming was not to do with humans.

I myself feel that the issue is much larger than human activity on Earth, having to do with global warming and cooling trends over the long aeons during which life has existed on Earth … always remembering that Martians are the Elder Race here on Earth, by billions of years.

Here is a good site for further exploration of the pros and cons of the theory that humans are responsible for global warming …

Link: “Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?,” by ProCon.org, 13 May 2019 … https://climatechange.procon.org/ ..

And here is a new video by SuspiciousObservers on the topic …

Video: “Climate Change Just Happened: How Much, Who Says, What Does It Mean,” by SuspiciousObservers, 23 September 2017 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS0qLhqaZDM ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Anger, Earthquakes, and Harmony on New Earth . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 23 November 2016

Dear Ones,

The ‘up yours’ anger being expressed in the social networks and news today is reverberating through humankind. This anger is expressed in Gaia through a series of earthquakes in October and November 2016 …

Video: “October-November 2016 – Earthquake Predictions,” by SuspiciousObservers, 22 November 2016 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtINqLRQh3Y ..

This anger has to do with a disparity between the energy of many people’s gastrointestinal tract energy and the Incoming Light. The answer, for many, is not yet forthcoming, but for the Lightworker the path very clearly lies in a lighter diet, drinking plenty of water, getting plenty of exercise, and setting aside quiet time for meditation every day.

As Lightworkers, sometimes we become involved in public policy and social issues, and this conflicts with our desire to bring peace to Earth. Here is a funny video about this …

Video: “Just breathe. Your life means nothing,” by This Hour Has 22 Minutes, in facebook …  https://www.facebook.com/22Minutes/videos/10153223873393339/ ..

In the video, a beautiful yoga instructor cannot stop being angry about current affairs while she is leading a yoga class.

We have come upon a time when it is very important to create the emotion of peace within our own personal electromagnetic field (that is, our aura). For us, as Lightworkers, it is important for us not to involve ourselves in other people’s anger.

In 2017, there will be many new and wonderful things happening on Earth, as the New is ushered in. Many Lightworkers have begun meditations on peace and love for Earth during this time of change for the better. For instance …

The Global Coherence Initiative has been having heart coherence and synchronized Care Focuses that are helping humanity and the planet … https://www.heartmath.org/gci/ ..

Sandra Walter and the Light Tribe Collective have been having three Unity Meditations on Wednesdayshttps://sandrawalter.com/

These are wonderful opportunities to join with others in mitigating the earthquake energies of Earth, which our planet must offer as healing energy for the anger now being released from humankind … keeping in mind, that every earthquake causes an upsurge of human caring, and human love for others who are in need.

Thus it can be seen that Gaia’s quakes allow our noosphere to come back in balance when presentation of anger and violence in the news causes a spiking of anger energy in Earth’s noosphere.

It is clear to me that the mass media are a lagging indicator … They will continue to present our families with a steady emotional diet of anger and violence for as long as we continue viewing their broadcasts. To which I say … as would any sensible, aware person … Turn off the television and the radio. View no more violent movies!  Just say No to mass media!

When we erroneously perceive, because of the bias of the mass media, that the world is going to pot, then there are ways to extract ourselves from this cause-and-effect mental trap. For instance, when I find myself in a causal rut, I switch timelines …

Spirit to Team!
Optimize Timelines!
For the All, through Free Will!

When I feel down, I like to listen to “Jesus through John,” whose words are unerringly wise and full of inspiration … https://johnsmallman2.wordpress.com/ ..

You will no doubt have your own favorite technique and your own source of inspiration. Know that I stand with each of you, in love, and peace, and joy, and Light, with a beautiful vision of New Life on New Earth, a world where harmony prevails over even the tiniest hint of discord.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

See also Link: Earthquake Prediction Center, at QuakeWatch.net … http://quakewatch.net/ ..

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The Secret Service and the Common Good . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 21 October 2016; published on 25 October 2016

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Photos by Alice

Dear Ones,

This video is about an astral story to do with the various secret services, apparently inspired by black magic in the form of a curse or spell. This is an astral story that is now leaving Earth.

Also, there is information about the importance of diversity to the strength and welfare of America, and the importance of honoring those whom we choose as leaders of our country,

I feel that mass media could assist in this transformation, perhaps by portraying the secret services in a more honorable, and more truthful Light.

There is an edited Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I thought I would mention something I just found out about. There has been a lot of talk in the astral stories lately about a very evil group or entity that unfortunately is termed, on the astral airs, the ‘secret service’ … sometimes qualified as a particular agency … the FBI, the CIA, or Homeland Security, or Interpol, for instance.

This is a kind of a hellworld scenario where this ‘secret service’ or these ‘secret agents’ (like those on television) embody demonic qualities like killing for personal reasons, or raping women, killing children, things like that … things that our secret service, our true government and our true secret service consider to be crimes, you know?

So what it is … what these astral stories are about … is an attempt by the demon world to instill in us fear of our own government agencies that are sworn to protect us as citizens. This is not true.

I have spoken before about the Black Magic Mass, and reversals, and so forth, that black magickers use to change things that are inherently good into something that is bad.

This is a new term, I guess, but I could term this the ‘Black Magic Secret Service’ … or the ‘Black Secret Service’ for short. This is a very loaded term right now; apparently it is being used, in the negative astral realm, by negative astral beings, to cause more chaos in world government.

The difficulty … and the wonderful thing … is that for the first time in the United States history, we have elected a person of color, Barack Obama, to the presidency. It really says a lot for us as a people, that we have finally broken down that wall of prejudice against people who are a very important part of the American culture.

Because this is a new thing, and a wonderful new change for us, it raises some opposing feelings from people who are not willing to change. And so the sentiment of these people, to speak badly of our president, is embodied in this notion of calling him ‘black’, when in fact these days we speak of people of color in very different ways.

For instance, we might use the term ‘African American’ … which is similar to the terms ‘Asian American’ and ‘Latin American’. We always use the word ‘American’ … because all our citizens … no matter what culture; no matter what race … are American, and help to create the rich tapestry of diversity that is this country. We are one of the most diverse countries in the world, and that is one of our great strengths.

Now to get back to this issue of the term ‘Black Secret Service’: It is possible that, in the negative astral realm, this term is being used pejoratively to refer to our current president, whom I feel to be a very heroic figure in American history. History, I feel, will speak of this pejorative. I would like to expose that right now, as simply a ploy of a world of hatred and lack of free will, and lack of consideration for the welfare of the world, and lack of consideration for what was known in the old days as ‘the common good’. I want you to know where I stand with regard to this.

Now to get on with this topic of the ‘Black Magic Secret Service’: It is just a black magic ploy to make us fearful of something that is good. There is no truth in it.

God bless you all.

Photos by Alice

Image: “Pacific Ocean Viewed from Point Dume, Malibu, California 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 21 October 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Pacific Ocean Viewed from Point Dume, Malibu, California 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 21 October 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Pacific Ocean Viewed from Point Dume, Malibu, California 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 21 October 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Pacific Ocean Viewed from Point Dume, Malibu, California 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 21 October 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Compendium: Undue Influence by Corporations on the Nations and Peoples of the World . by Alice B. Clagett *

Written and published on 25 September 2016
Previously titled: Undue Influence by Corporations on the Nations and Peoples of the World

Dear Ones,

Here is a compendium of my blogs regarding undue influence by corporations on the nations and peoples of the world.

By ‘undue influence’, I mean that the power of corporations in world politics and world economics has grown so great that they are able to influence the executive branches and the legislatures of nations all over the world to act on behalf of their boards of directors, and very secondarily, their shareholders, instead of acting on behalf of the peoples of these countries. (1)

Because of the international character of the great corporations of the world, I feel that mitigation of their undue influence on the world’s nations must proceed through a parliament of nations: a forum such as the World Trade Organization, (2) the United Nations, (3) or possibly a new international organization set up just for this purpose.

  • Link: “On Corporate Governance and the Bicameral Legislative Model,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed and published on 19 October 2015; transcribed on 27 January 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-49q ..
  • Link: “Activation of Light: Industries, Corporations and Companies,” by the Hathors, through Alice B. Clagett, published on 4 February 2015; transcribed and revised on 8 October 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-5LW … This is a positive visualization so that we can keep a good thought about the future possibilities for peacefully transforming global economics for the good of the world.
  • Link: “Thoughts on Corporations and Social Change,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 8 March 2011; revised on 16 May 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-5LK ..
  • Link: “Corporate Power,” by Alice B. Clagett, written on 12 May 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-8HI ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOOTNOTES

(1) “In jurisprudence, undue influence is an equitable doctrine that involves one person taking advantage of a position of power over another person. This inequity in power between the parties can vitiate one party’s consent as they are unable to freely exercise their independent will….” — from Link: “Undue Influence,” in Wikipedia …  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undue_influence … Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply.

(2) See Link: “World Trade Organization” …  https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/whatis_e/who_we_are_e.htm ..

(3) See LInk: “United Nations” … http://www.un.org/en/index.html ..

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Soothing Prospective Social Unrest in America: Historic Land Grants as a Wealth Distribution Model . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed and published on 27 May 2016, revised
Previously titled: Soothing Social Unrest: Historic Land Grants as a Wealth Distribution Model

  • INTRODUCTION
  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
  • MORE INFORMATION

Image: “Map of All Federally Owned Land in the United States,” in Wikimedia Commons …Page URL: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AUS_federal_land.agencies.svg … File URL: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0f/US_federal_land.agencies.svg … See page for author … public domain

Image: “Map of All Federally Owned Land in the United States,” in Wikimedia Commons …Page URL: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AUS_federal_land.agencies.svg … File URL: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0f/US_federal_land.agencies.svg … See page for author … public domain

Dear Ones,

INTRODUCTION

This blog is about ways to soothe social unrest and improve our urban environments through land distribution. The information in green font below is not mentioned in the video …

  • After Columbus discovered America, the problem of unrest among younger sons of nobility was solved in England by offering them land grants to plantations on the East Coast of America. This was also a way of redistributing wealth and creating new wealth.
  • How this may apply to unrest among those of no means in America’s large cities, with regard to possible redistribution of Government Lands, for instance, lands owned by the Bureau of Land Management. It is possible the railroads are holding more lands as a result of original land grants to them to entice them to build railroads across the United States, and that these lands might, through whatever modus, offer an avenue of wealth redistribution in the United States.
  • Stepping up the United States land redistribution process might solve a number of problems:
    • It might mitigate discomfort among the very wealthy here in America, regarding the potential for social unrest among the urban poor.
    • It might offer a program that would foster the principles of hard work to provide for oneself a bright future, which has proven very effective in strengthening the moral fabric of America in times past.
    • The ideals of sustainable living might be fostered in the newly distributed lands.
    • A decrease in crowdedness of our large cities might give a financial boost to overworked community services, by removing the lower per capita income households from the cities and decreasing crowdedness.
    • And the resultant improvement in per capita urban income might improve public services coffers … for example, those of law enforcement, fire department, water, power, street cleaning and trash collection. Funds from relief of demand for public services might be channeled into urban renewal, with reinstitution of city street paving and sidewalk repair (of which there has for some years been a negligible amount ongoing in Los Angeles, for instance), better public transportation, less commute congestion, more urban green spaces, and urban wildlife transportation corridors.

There is an edited Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I had a few more thoughts on the days of yore as compared to current times, that I thought I would share with you. It has to do with ways to soothe social unrest and ways to solve problems of distribution of wealth; very practical notions.

A long, long time ago, soon after Columbus discovered America, the royalty of England found a use for that continent that did not have to do with finding gold. In those days there were nobility in England that had many children. Some of those children had lands and means. But the youngest sons typically had none.

So there was a problem there, with regard to the youngest sons of nobility, because they were restless, and they wanted abundance. They wanted means, and they did not have them. They posed a potential threat to the ruling powers of England.

So the notion that was ingeniously concocted by the ruling powers was to send the youngest sons of the nobility, with a land grant, to the East Coast of America. They would then become landed gentry, and they would establish plantations and create their own wealth for themselves. Furthermore, they would be very far from the ruling powers of England; hence, unable to cause trouble.

So this was a manner of distribution of wealth, and a way of creating new wealth, for those who had none, in England. And this applies today … in a different format; but there is the same difficulty today in what is now the United States.

In the large cities, there are numbers of restless people who, for whatever reason, have nothing. I would not blame it on the problem that is termed the ‘immigrant problem’, which is part of the worldwide wealth and abundance creation problem that remains to be solved on New Earth.

I would not term it the ‘immigrant problem’, because there are many people in the large cities of America today who are not immigrants … and many also who are immigrants … who have nothing. In other words, there is a very large class of people who are very, very poor.

These people pose a problem to the ruling elite of America. Here in America, the ruling elite comprises not kings and queens, and not the United States government. What it is, is the very wealthy, the heads of corporations, and that sort; the people who have most of the wealth.

The entertainment industry, for instance, has some very wealthy people. And there is old wealth here too, I feel. So there are a few people that have a lot of money, and who are threatened by the people in the cities who have nothing at all.

I have a proposal; I ask that you just take a look at this notion: We have in the United States a huge amount of land that is held by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as the result of an old deal that took place between the railroad companies and the government, for the development of railroads across the United States, so as to connect the East Coast with the West Coast.

Technically, this land belongs to the Bureau of Land Management; but today, I would propose that some compensation might be made to them for this land, and that an offering might be made, of free or inexpensive land, to these people who are in the large cities, and might relocate to an environment of sustainable living in the BLM lands.

What would happen, then, is that those that have great wealth, in the cities, would gain some measure of security against social unrest. And it would be a double win, because those who have nothing would then have something.

In a manner of speaking, it is a conceivable method of redistributing wealth. So, something to look at. I am sure there are other notions too; but this, I feel, is a very intriguing notion.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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MORE INFORMATION

Citation: “Taking Back Our Land: A History of Land Grant Reform,” by George Draffan, Public Information Network, in “Railroads and Clearcuts: Legacy of Congress’s 1864 Northern Pacific Railroad Land Grant,” by Derrick Jensen, George Draffan, John Osborn, Inland Empire Public Lands Council, 1 July 1995, available at http://www.amazon.com ..

Image: “My Public Lands Roadtrip: New National Conservation Lands Maps Online for Your BLM Roadtrip” … https://www.flickr.com/photos/mypubliclands/19015690271 … Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic … DESCRIPTION: Lake in an arid region, reflecting blue sky and white clouds

Image: “My Public Lands Roadtrip: New National Conservation Lands Maps Online for Your BLM Roadtrip” … https://www.flickr.com/photos/mypubliclands/19015690271 … Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic … DESCRIPTION: Lake in an arid region, reflecting blue sky and white clouds

Railroad-lands

Image: “Map of the United States Exhibiting the Grants of Lands Made by the General Government to Aid in the Construction of Railroads and Wagon Toads,” by John Wesley Powell, 1834-1902, Government Printing Office, in David Rumsey Map Collection: Cartography Associates … http://www.davidrumsey.com/rumsey/Size4/D5005/2347010.jpg … public domain. A bigger version of this image is here …  http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~254973~5519557:Map-of-the-United-States-exhibiting ..

Image: “Map of the United States Exhibiting the Grants of Lands Made by the General Government to Aid in the Construction of Railroads and Wagon Toads,” by John Wesley Powell, 1834-1902, Government Printing Office, in David Rumsey Map Collection: Cartography Associates … http://www.davidrumsey.com/rumsey/Size4/D5005/2347010.jpg … public domain. A bigger version of this image is here …  http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~254973~5519557:Map-of-the-United-States-exhibiting ..

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The Great Depression, Homelessness Today, and Criminal Justice Reform in America . by Alice B. Clagett *

Filmed on 1 March 2016; published on 12 March 2016
Written in Santa Clarita, California, on returning from a trip up the California Central Valley in springtime.
Previous title: The Great Depression, Homelessness Today, and Criminal Justice Reform

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • My Mother’s Story About Employment of the Homeless for Public Works in the Great Depression
    • A Recent News Story about a Homeless Encampment
    • On Restorative Justice and Work Ethic Education of Prisoners
  • HOW SAN FRANCISCO IS DEALING WITH ITS 6,000 HOMELESS
  • THE SHANTYTOWNS OR ‘HOOVERVILLES’ OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION
  • THE NEW DEAL AND PUBLIC WORKS TO EMPLOY THE UNEMPLOYED
  • FOOTNOTES

Dear Ones,

A video about the homeless encampments of the Great Depression, the situation in America today, and the solutions implemented by President Theodore Roosevelt long ago. What answers to this problem might be usefully considered today? Also, American work furlough programs as the wave of the future for prisoners convicted of less notably violent crimes.

There is an edited Summary after the video. Then there are additional sections that supplement the topic of the video.

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I thought I would tell you a story that my mom told me, in relation to a newspaper story that I saw the other day. The two are related, but they are miles apart in terms of years and generations …

My Mother’s Story About Employment of the Homeless for Public Works in the Great Depression

When I was very young, my mother told me the story of the Great Depression. That was the time she lived through before I was born. In the time of the Great Depression, there was no work to be had. There were a number of reasons why many men could not find work at all. And so, she said, they left their homes and their families, in hopes of finding work elsewhere. And they roamed around and lived under bridge abutments, off the sides of roads, in crude encampments of tent dwellings … and looked for work from there, in hopes that they could get money to support their families.

These tent villages were huge sometimes; and there was some lawlessness there …  sometimes fighting and brawling and alcohol drinking, and maybe even occasionally murders … and of course there was a problem with sanitation, and how they might find enough food to eat; and whether their tents would hold up in a rainstorm, whether they could be warm in the snow, and so forth.

These were desperate men. And the people in the towns, who lived near these homeless encampments, would come to the tent villages, and there would be huge fights and killings and drivings off of people, and so forth.

Then finally it came to the attention of the government, and they tried to think of a solution to this problem. One of the things they came up with, was the idea of hiring these people to do public works projects all over the United States … and often in areas that were rural.

So they would hire them. And in that way these people would have just enough money to support their families. And the Works Progress Administration would hire them; and in that way these people would have just enough money to support their families. And they would transport them to very rural locations.

One of the ideas I have is that then they could get into no trouble; there would be no alcohol; they could get their food supplied for them; and they would be with other people who were in equal economic straits, in a place where there was really nothing to be done but very hard work … with good results too, because among these public works projects of the 1930s, many still remain today. Bridges were built all over the United States. They worked on all kinds of public projects, including roads. And they did great work, very enduring work that is still there. They built the transportation system of America.

Link: “The Living New Deal” … https://livingnewdeal.org/ ..

During a time when there was no hope, the government helped to supply them with a living for themselves and their families.

A Recent News Story about a Homeless Encampment

That is mom’s story. And so now to get to the story that I saw in the newspaper that I saw in the newspaper the other day: I saw a story about a homeless encampment in San Francisco. There wree problems that were reminiscent of the homeless encampments in the 1930s, problems with lawlessness, sanitation, the use of drugs, and so on.

Consequently the government ordered that everyone leave that area. Some people complied, and some people would not comply. At the time that I read this newspaper article, there were people who were determined to stay and express their right to be where they were.

I feel it is time for the government to consider what can be done to employ these people. For instance, there was a nurse there who had lost her work. What can be done to turn around this situation? How can these people be housed? How can they receive medical care? How can they get hope back into their lives?

It is important. This time is now. We do not want homelessness and lawlessness in our cities. But the answer is not violence. The answer is not government edicts to move on. The answer is some constructive thing that can help them to achieve whatever goals they may have that are positively oriented towards society.

I hope this will be considered in the near future, for America. We thought of it long ago. This is just like a redux; it is a return to something to help them maintain their ideal of the American dream, just as we who are homed hope to maintain that ideal.

On Restorative Justice and Work Ethic Education of Prisoners

There is one more thing that I found out during my recent road trip north through California. I was in Ukiah, the county seat of Mendocino County, where there was a work realignment program that allowed all but violent criminals to work at jobs like emptying trash receptacles and road work, and so forth, and then just be in prison at night.

Link: “Corrections: Alternative Programs,” at Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office …  http://www.mendocinosheriff.com/corrections/workrelease.html Home Detention, Work Release, Work Furlough

I believe this was for people who had been convicted of crimes that were not notably violent. This seems to be the wave of the future for criminal justice: Not so much to house people in hopeless circumstances, where they simply scheme to get back at society for what has been done to them, but instead to allow them a chance to work towards a change in their attitude … a chance to have jobs like other people have, and a chance to be treated more humanely, so that they can begin to learn the true rules of society. I say this because I feel it likely that people who operate from the perspective of the criminal mind have not been granted that kind of view of the way that society functions, that most people get. So this is a chance to do that.

You all take care. Love you lots. Bye bye.

Photos by Alice

Image: “Central California 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Central California 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Central California 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Central California 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Central California 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Central California 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

[This is the end of the video. The following are supplemental sections …]

HOW SAN FRANCISCO IS DEALING WITH ITS 6,000 HOMELESS

I recently perused an article that mentioned there are now 6,000 homeless in San Francisco …

LInk: “San Francisco Wants Homeless to Leave Tent Camp, But Some Vow to Fight,” by Thomas Fuller, 26 February 2016 … http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/27/us/san-francisco-wants-homeless-to-leave-tent-camp-but-some-vow-to-fight.html?_r=0 ..

San Francisco’s response to this problem was to evacuate a tent city on Division Street, citing health problems. Of course, the larger problem is: What to do about the homeless all across America.

THE SHANTYTOWNS OR ‘HOOVERVILLES’ OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION

This Wikipedia article describes the homeless encampments of the Great Depression …

LInk: “Hooverville” … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooverville ..

In the early 1930s, millions were homeless. Those living on the streets numbered in the hundreds of thousands.

In bitter derision of then-President Herbert Hoover, homeless shantytowns were termed ‘Hoovervilles’.  Homeless families were camped out in New York’s Central Park. There were eight Hoovervilles in Seattle. There was a very large Hooverville in St. Louis as well, with 4 districts and its own mayor.

“The Bonus Army” was a group of World War I veterans who established a Hooverville in the District of Columbia. At its peak, this shantytown numbered 15,000 veterans seeking their benefits. Apparently, there was much violence surrounding this encampment. Here is a very famous photo of veterans fighting with law enforcement …

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Image: “Photograph of Bonus Marchers,” Signal Corps Photographer, 1932, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bonus_marchers_05510_2004_001_a.gif … public domain

Image: “Photograph of Bonus Marchers,” Signal Corps Photographer, 1932, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bonus_marchers_05510_2004_001_a.gif … public domain

The Bonus Army shantytown was finally burned down …

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Image: “Shacks, Put Up by the Bonus Army on the Anacostia Flats, Washington, D.C., Burning After the Battle with the Military. The Capitol in the Background,” Signal Corps Photographer, 1932, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Evictbonusarmy.jpg … public domain

Image: “Shacks, Put Up by the Bonus Army on the Anacostia Flats, Washington, D.C., Burning After the Battle with the Military. The Capitol in the Background,” Signal Corps Photographer, 1932, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Evictbonusarmy.jpg … public domain

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Image: “Unemployed Men Queued Outside a Depression Soup Kitchen Opened in Chicago by Al Capone, 02/1931,” U.S. Information Agency, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Unemployed_men_queued_outside_a_depression_soup_kitchen_opened_in_Chicago_by_Al_Capone,_02-1931_-_NARA_-_541927.jpg … public domain

Image: “Unemployed Men Queued Outside a Depression Soup Kitchen Opened in Chicago by Al Capone, 02/1931,” U.S. Information Agency, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Unemployed_men_queued_outside_a_depression_soup_kitchen_opened_in_Chicago_by_Al_Capone,_02-1931_-_NARA_-_541927.jpg … public domain

It looks like a similar situation existed in Houston in the 1930s …

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Image: “Huts and Unemployed, West Houston and Mercer St., Manhattan,” Image ID: 482853,” by Berenice Abbott, 25 October 1935, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Huts_and_unemployed_in_West_Houston_and_Mercer_St_by_Berenice_Abbott_in_Manhattan_in_1935.jpg … public domain

Image: “Huts and Unemployed, West Houston and Mercer St., Manhattan,” Image ID: 482853,” by Berenice Abbott, 25 October 1935, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Huts_and_unemployed_in_West_Houston_and_Mercer_St_by_Berenice_Abbott_in_Manhattan_in_1935.jpg … public domain

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Image: “‘A Bennett Buggy’: An Automobile Powered by Horses Because Its Owner Couldn’t Afford Gas,” University of Saskatchewan Archives, 1935, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=Bennett+Buggy&title=Special%3ASearch&go=Go&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns12=1&ns14=1&ns100=1&ns106=1#/media/File:35bennettbuggy.jpg … public domain

Image: “‘A Bennett Buggy’: An Automobile Powered by Horses Because Its Owner Couldn’t Afford Gas,” University of Saskatchewan Archives, 1935, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=Bennett+Buggy&title=Special%3ASearch&go=Go&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns12=1&ns14=1&ns100=1&ns106=1#/media/File:35bennettbuggy.jpg … public domain

Here are more photos from the Hooverville era …

Link: “Hoovervilles” … https://carolyngreatdepression.weebly.com/hoovervilles.html ..

THE NEW DEAL AND PUBLIC WORKS TO EMPLOY THE UNEMPLOYED

The New Deal was President Theodore Roosevelt’s answer to the Great Depression. See …

LInk: “New Deal,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Deal#Public_works ..

President Roosevelt’s Public Works program, mentioned in the video and in the Wikipedia article, put many homeless men to work building bridges, dams, courthouses, post offices, and roads. It might be good to have such a government program today to employ the homeless and help build a better America.

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Image: “6,000 Men and a Scenic Boulevard,” Civil Works Administration, San Francisco, CA, ca. 1934, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CWA_6000_men.jpg … public domain

Image: “6,000 Men and a Scenic Boulevard,” Civil Works Administration, San Francisco, CA, ca. 1934, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CWA_6000_men.jpg … public domain

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