If you’re in Cincinnati on October 12th, I hope you’ll consider attending Drop Inn Center’s Mental Health Forum.
The chosen panel of involved professionals will assemble to discuss ways in which we can better serve individuals with mental health issues who get trapped cycling through the system. We want to provide maximum support for our fellow citizens that are stuck in this cycle in a way that will respect their civil liberties at the same time.
Show up. Be part of Change. Make a Difference.
It’s not even 8:00 in the morning, so I’m keeping it short.
Someone posted this on facebook and it showed up on my dash today, and I just wanted to spew fire at them. Sure it makes a quick, witty little story if you don’t think about it too hard, and it wasn’t the first time I saw it. But it has always really disturbed me, and I finally sat to think why that was.
First of all, it is very obvious that this is very ableist. Yard work is physically demanding work, and there’s a good percentage of homeless people who are either physically or mentally incapable of doing that sort of work. (According to this website, http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/How_Many.html, 26% of homeless people are mentally ill, and 13% are physically disabled). Some of these people would be capable of doing the work, I’m sure, but not without the proper medication and healthcare. Which can cost hundreds of dollars. (Another rant for another day) Certainly not something you could afford on a 50 dollar a day allowance.
Put that aside for now. Say this homeless person was able to get this yard work job and work five days a week with no vacation. Guess what? He makes $14,000. That is a little less than $2,000 above the poverty threshold.* if the person in question is a single adult. If they have a family, they are several thousand dollars below the poverty threshhold for the US. Without getting into rent and transportation and food and other important details, it would be extremely difficult to get by.
Stepping back, this person won’t work 5 days a week, every single week of the year, because that’s a insane. And because there probably won’t be work like that available every day either.
And quite honestly, I sincerely doubt that the republican in this story would hire a homeless person to mow his lawn.
Maybe her parents aren’t speaking to you because they realized that you lack basic human empathy and they don’t want to be around you anymore, let alone have their daughter around you.
This afternoon, I was subjected to some rather awful homophobic verbal abuse. It was sickening, hurtful and completely unnecessary and has thus strengthened my resolve to fight the good fight against intolerance and bigotry.
Everyone has the right to be who they are and express their identity as they wish, freely and openly. Wear it Purple this Friday!