NPR: “Come in from the cold”; the original WE Shelter

Listen to NPR’s radio interview and story about the original WE (Winter Emergency) Shelter program in Greensboro, in 2008.

The original program has changed over the years. WE is now run as an overflow shelter for Greensboro Urban Ministry, and operates under the same rules as GUM’s Weaver House shelter.

*WE story is the first on this audio. Lasts about 30 minutes.

Politics: Another way to exploit homeless people

Shameful. See video below.

“Few pro-fracking supporters made themselves visible. People favoring the drilling technology were booed and hissed at during previous fracking hearings. There were some, however. Three or four from America’s Energy Forum and N.C. Energy Forum, groups that receive financial support from American Petroleum Institute. And there was Winston-Salem resident Christian Bradshaw, who said he made the three-hour trip to support “energy-creating jobs” for North Carolina.

Another 18 or so men sported turquoise-colored “Shale Yes” T-shirts. Some of them expressed confusion about why they were in Cullowhee. A handful removed their shirts or turned them inside out after anti-fracking supporters quizzed them about their knowledge of fracking. One of the men told The Herald he stays in a Winston-Salem homeless shelter and came because he had been told it would help the environment. He said he felt misled. The man, an Army veteran receiving mental-health care, refused to provide his name or additional details, saying he didn’t want any trouble. To prove his story, he fished in his pocket and produced a Bethesda Center For The Homeless business card.

The men who would talk – none were willing to provide their names — seemed nervous. They asked reporters to close their notebooks when other people approached. One warned another to be quiet. They denied receiving money to attend the hearing.

Fracking protesters cried foul.

“The energy industry keeps claiming that there is support for fracking in WNC. What they fail to mention is that they have to bus the clueless ‘supporters’ in,” said Betsy Ashby, who helped organize Jackson County Coalition Against Fracking.”

via Opponents dominate WCU fracking hearing – The Sylva Herald: Top Stories.

“Christian Bradshaw, who appears in the attached video, told the paper he and others were given the shirts and a sandwich and were bused to the meeting. “

via Report: Men hired from Winston-Salem shelter to support fracking – News.

Editor’s Note: This post is not about fracking. It’s about the exploitation of homeless people for a political cause, whatever that political cause may be.

Yes! Weekly: Camp closures bring sudden change to Greensboro’s homeless.

The latest on downtown homeless camp closings in Greensboro:

If there is a concerted effort to close down multiple longstanding homeless camps on the outskirts of Greensboro’s downtown then nobody’s talking. Like any good conspiracy theory, there are threads of suspicion that run off in numerous directions without any real motivating nexus.

But in conversations with homeless advocates, law enforcement and neighbors who’ve lived in harmony with discrete camps for years on end a pattern emerges that suggests some force – like one small pebble dropping into a pool of water – has sent ripples of change across more than a dozen homeless camps near downtown.

Property owners have sudden changes of heart about allowing homeless people to camp on vacant or wooded lots. Rumors of camp closures, in addition to actual forced evictions, move small pockets of homeless people, causing large camps – like the one at Freeman Mill Road and Spring Garden Street near the entrance to the Downtown Greenway – to swell. Others peel off, looking for more serene camps like the one just beside Chestnut Street in the Aycock Historic District, bringing unwanted attention to people who’ve lived out of sight and mostly out of mind from the surrounding community.

via Camp closures bring sudden change to Greensboro’s homeless..