“The return from your work must be the satisfaction which that brings with you and the world’s need of that work. With this, life is heaven, or as near heaven as you can get. Without this- with work which you despise, which bores you, and which the world does not need- this life is hell. “- William Edward Burghardt Du Bois
MAY 24, 2017
There is nothing pretty about corruption
BY ANNE SETSUKO GIROUX
3214 Crystal Springs Road West University Place, Washington 98466
What causes a civilized and rationalized human being to kick another human being that is already down and or when they attempt to get up? This is something I cannot conceive! Shots fired on an innocent mother and then dumping her in the trash can is not an act for compassion, care or dignity for a mother or any human being.
Insult to Injury
Courtesy of Criminals Wouldn’t You Agree?
If not, then what do you think of the Washington State Crisis of families living on the street?
What do you think of that happening at the same time as Washington State Lawmakers are giving themselves an 11% pay raise, courtesy of tax payers who may already live in a homeless shelter but luckily have a job still and are still working but only have enough money to pay for food and transportation to and from work?
Is this the best practice?
Is this the best judgment?
Is this a good faith effort?
How has the 11% pay raise made things better for Washington since it was given and how is it supposed to make things better for the public? ‘Horrific timing’: 11.2% pay raise for Washington lawmakers
Originally published May 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm | Updated May 14, 2015 at 7:53 am
The state’s citizens’ salary commission has approved pay hikes for elected officials, including an 11 percent raise for state lawmakers. http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/commission-approves-11-pay-hike-for-state-lawmakers/ Did the 11% pay raise for lawmakers make things better for the lawsuit filed against them?
McCleary, et al. v. State of Washington Supreme Court Case Number 84362-7
(In January 2007, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of two families against the State of Washington for not meeting its constitutional obligation to amply fund a uniform system of education. By February 2010, King County Superior Court had declared the State out of compliance with Article IX of the Washington State Constitution. The oral argument for McCleary, et al. v. State of Washington was heard in front of the Washington Supreme Court on June 28, 2011.)
Anyone can sit in office and serve the public. How can we make solutions for problems we ignore? Should the Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee get a 2% raise in addition to the 11% raise he gave himself because he put up tents in Tacoma, Washington for the homeless families and after he took down the tents for the homeless families in Seattle Washington? Citizen panel gives Inslee, Ferguson 2% pay hike; more for Washington state lawmakers
Originally published May 17, 2017 at 4:20 pm | Updated May 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/citizen-commission-gives-pay-raises-to-inslee-ferguson-and-state-lawmakers/
How can lawmakers address the difficulties many families are facing if they are not willing to listen and only want to seek a surrogate, such as the federal government, to give them money and put a band aid over a problem to look good but the bad actions that happened and shouldn’t have contributing to a difficulty a family may be facing continues to happen because you cannot manage what you do not acknowledge.
If we don’t all stand together, there’ll be no such thing as Family left.
There is nothing pleasant about corruption. Corruption exists in Tacoma and Seattle Washington and thrives because more and more people in Tacoma and Seattle are showing a full disrespect for their own family, friends, community and state each time they make a choice to take actions of bad behavior on the basis of a payoff having more worth.
Some people just don’t take the time to carefully consider what has happened because they are not truly willing to listen sadly because more and more people just don’t care about themselves or others as they are aware of what is happening to them, around them and globally that is more discouraging and overwhelming than anything.
I understand how it feels to have to face such emotional complexity/ corruption and how it can cause a feeling of helplessness and to just want to give up. But then I remember the importance to continue to have the courage to do or say what I believe is right and true. To stand up and defend myself from wrongful actions, by doing whatever I can, even in midst of vulnerability and humility as traditional methods might not available to me and the risk for others to laugh at me or kick me when I am already down.
Sharing my personal story is an honest intention that gets to the heart of the corruption that has taken over the lives of everyone in Washington State, in particular Tacoma and Seattle in one way or another.
There is an urgent need for a high profile team of lawyers, media or public to help the countless families and the countless others such as our most vulnerable citizens to have an improved life that can be provided when the full respect arises for the law and the rights, compassion, respect and dignity for all people in Washington State such as those living in Tacoma or Seattle.
How can the people living in Washington State protect themselves from a level of corruption even the federal government should be able to easily see yet nothing more is done by the federal government than just giving money repeatedly and on the basis Washington State says so?
Who is misusing their powers to wrongfully involve others to protect them?
Is this a patterned tactic?
Am I the only one with eyes that can see what most people do not see or am I the only one willing to walk through fire because I am already in the fire and it is the only way out reasonably?
I am just like everyone else really because I am a human being. Even though I am persecuted wrongfully by others, dishonored by those the public trust their life with, it is important for me to nurture myself, and to show the love for myself by simply being proud myself as a mother and human being. No human being is perfect. When people judge others wrongfully in the sense it causes harm and not the harm felt by those who have committed crime and faced with accountability but those who cause harm to evade accountability truly fail to realize they are a human being and that is what can happen but harming others to evade accountability does not have to happen and that is not a matter of not being perfect.
Despite the plethora of abusive, criminal and immoral actions made against me since 2012, I still have respect for myself, family, community, and state and even the culprits.
Criminals who get away with murder in manner of speaking is because nobody cared enough for them to learn behaviors that are good and not learn the bad behavior as good because nobody is saying otherwise. Those who take the responsibility to report crime and those who hold those with bad behaviors accountable for actions they choose show the highest form of respect for themselves, family, community, state and especially the person who made the choice for bad behavior.
I understand there will be some people who may agree or not, and that it is just human nature. There is nothing disrespectful about reporting crime no matter how it is reported it is wrong to blame, shame, ridicule or retaliate against a victim of crime. Never forget the truth! Never forget the definition of a felony. A felony is a serious crime such as murder, larceny, assault, or rape and the punishment is usually severe. Never forget what has happened to me, who made it happen, what happened to them after and what happened to me.
I hope my behavior can be recognized as it truly should because I believe I have demonstrated the essentials of honorable behavior for a mother falsely accused of child abuse neglect Munchausen by proxy syndrome (MSBP) and a human being by the conduct and behavior that show dedication, compassion, respect, responsibility, honesty, and courage for the dignity and rights for all human beings in the face of times with no history to guide mothers falsely accused of MSBP child abuse by neglect. Therefore I do not regret any action or behavior of my own because from the start I have always been loyal by the principles and belief system that I believe good because it strives for betterment and greater good for all people in and or around my life, to treat people the way you would want to be treated has always been my belief and that way there can be no wrong. Although I have discovered it is easier said than done I continue to live by my belief system even if I am the only one.
“The virtue of a man ought to be measured, not by his extraordinary exertions, but by his everyday conduct. “ – Pascal
Things that make you go, …..whaaat?
My Seattle Washington Microsoft Lumia Denim phone says MADE IN VIETNAM April 30, 2015
Interesting because I know a lot of Washington State homeless families, courtesy of local media located in Seattle, Washington broadcasting to the public by KOMO News of a state crisis.
At the same time, Seattle, WA Microsoft sits in the heart of it all, so I know they and or I would have appreciated the honor to work for Microsoft or any business in Washington state, because there are human beings that exist right in front of the politicians and leadership roles who seem to forget solutions for many difficulties that families are facing.
Those preoccupied with covering up a cover up can become oblivious to the obvious and that is one example of how simple solutions can be and how I can be a part of the team just like countless other Washingtonians.
If someone can just have a little courage for the compassion for those who just need someone to give them a chance, that is all everyone wants.
Having an opportunity to gain employment can be life changing. It can make a world of difference and a difference for our world, and that is just me, Anne Setsuko Giroux talking, because when I say I care I do and because I know how it feels to be in the shoes of those who are neglected and abused.
It’s wrong and hurts and I cannot even understand why does anyone get to decide if another human being is worthy to have their right to live the life they have been given and the one chance in a lifetime to experience life on planet earth like everyone else while they can. That is all I wish!
Does any other Washington state business have an idea how to help me and a plethora of homeless families to gain employment?
Washington state had to ask the government for money to bail them out for not managing homelessness more just so there does not have to be a cycle of the same patterns by leadership in Washington state and that the federal government has to give money every year, including January 2017 and or also every other year.
How many other businesses in Washington State give jobs to people who live outside of Washington State?
Does anyone think if the federal government wants to save money that instead just giving money away to a state to demand an audit on the businesses and who they employ outside of Washington state and how much money in all WA state businesses are given outside of Washington state and how many families are homeless and might not have to be with a little good faith effort and better practices by WA state and business?
Doesn’t anyone else agree or is it just me that thinks about our most vulnerable citizens and solutions for everyone to work and live together?
“The idea behind the tiny flower is that it really doesn’t matter how small you are, whether in size or numbers. It doesn’t matter how much you know, or how skilled you are. It doesn’t matter how much education or how much credentials you have. What really matters is how you affect the world around you. “- Serge Kahili King
Either way, there is an impact on all of us from decisions made by politicians and leadership roles, so why not try to put more care and caution because life really does not have to be so difficult, and that is just me, Anne Setsuko Giroux that is talking. Below are a few links to what the Tacoma News Tribune and Seattle Times are talking about. You are the judge and may the highest good come unto all. Sincerely, Anne Setsuko Giroux May 24, 2017
MAY 11, 2017 1:00 PM
Tent cities for Tacoma’s homeless are coming soon
BY MATT DRISCOLL
You can call them tent cities. Or transitional centers. Or even homeless campuses, as one City Council member recently suggested to me.
But what’s become clear over the last week is they’re coming to Tacoma.
In the midst of what Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and other local leaders have now declared as a crisis in homelessness worthy of an emergency declaration, city officials have been meeting regularly to form a response plan.
And part of the response that’s emerging involves temporary “transitional centers” spread throughout the city, the mayor and Deputy Fire Chief Tory Green confirmed in recent days.
While specific details are being hashed out — including details as small as what they’ll be called — these temporary centers will take two forms that residents are familiar with.
There will be centers akin to tent cities, though Strickland’s goal is to make them cleaner and more orderly than what some might associate with such sites. While Green acknowledged residents of these centers will be provided tents, he said the conceptual vision includes a large, fabric dome covering entire sites — think tents inside of a tent. Additionally, Green said the sites will include bathrooms, wood fencing, trash removal, showers and 24-hour security.
The other form will be collections of small prefabricated homes, similar to the enclaves of tiny homes that can already be found in cities such as Seattle and Olympia. These sites will include wood fencing, basic amenities and 24-hour security, Green said.
The exact locations for where these transitional centers will be located has not been determined, according to Strickland and Green. Neither has the final number of them, when they’ll be operational, or how many residents each will serve. Green said he’s reluctant to position tent-city-style centers in residential neighborhoods, meaning locations close to the port or industrial areas could be preferred.
The sites would likely use city-owned property, both officials said, though the city remains open to other partnerships should they present themselves.
Green said each site could cost between $750,000 and $1 million a year to operate, calling the figure a “guesstimate.” The goal is for the sites to be temporary solutions to Tacoma’s homelessness crisis.
Strickland and Green said the different styles would allow the city to serve the different populations that currently inhabit unauthorized homeless encampments throughout Tacoma.
Individuals with fewer challenges or barriers to escaping homelessness, like those with jobs, for instance, would likely be offered a spot in a collection of tiny homes scattered throughout the city.
Those with more significant challenges, like a history of chronic homelessness, addiction or behavioral health issues, would be directed toward a temporary, monitored tent city.
While Green said drug use and addiction would not prevent an individual from being housed in one of Tacoma’s temporary transition centers, such activity would be barred on the premises, and other rules would be enforced.
Why is the city taking this step?
For one, many residents of the city’s current unauthorized encampments are reluctant to use the traditional shelter model. They have their reasons, including behavioral health conditions, work schedules, relationships or pets. The limitations of traditional shelters were demonstrated recently when only three residents of the “Jungle” took advantage of the 30 beds that were made available at the Tacoma Rescue Mission when the large encampment was cleared.
Additionally, emergency shelters like the ones operated by the Tacoma Rescue Mission, Catholic Community Services and the Salvation Army are chronically at capacity and turn away individuals seeking a warm, dry place to sleep on a nightly basis.
The new transitional centers, Strickland and Green believe, can provide an alternative to unauthorized, makeshift camps that can pose public health concerns due to a lack of basic necessities like sanitation and garbage removal.
One of the selling points of these models, according to both officials, is their ability to provide a centralized location to provide social and health services to a diverse population that, up until this point, has been pushed from site to site as the city clears one homeless encampment only to see several new ones pop up, making them difficult to track.
“Our goal is to make sure no one who’s in Tacoma has to sleep on a street, in a park, beneath an overpass or outside, and the message we want to send is, help is available,” Strickland said during a May 2 City Council meeting.
“Now we have to figure out what that means, because the questions we have to answer for folks if we’re clearing out encampments is, ‘Where do I go then?’ ”
Temporary transitional centers can provide at least part of the answer to this question, Strickland and Green told The News Tribune. Once they’re created, they’ll also allow the city to clear unauthorized encampments more quickly, Green said.
As I reported earlier this week, all of this fits into the three-phase approach the city is attempting to take to its homelessness crisis.
The first phase of that plan was revealed to The News Tribune on Monday, with Strickland detailing steps to addressing the problem that centered on what she described as “mitigation” — the cleaning of trash, human waste and hypodermic needles from the city’s many homeless encampments. Enforcement of existing laws at these unauthorized encampments has also been made a priority of phase one.
There are at least 50 homeless camps in Tacoma, according to the city’s estimates, and about 500 homeless people.
The third phase, according to Strickland, would emphasize short-term transitional housing, with the city attempting to partner with Pierce County and neighboring jurisdictions to implement new approaches.
I DIDN’T JUST WANT TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY. I WANTED TO COME WITH SOME ACTION.
Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland
There’s little question that any effort to sanction transitional centers — or tent cities — in Tacoma will be met with some amount of community push-back, especially once specific locations for these sites are identified. That’s likely the reason city officials have been reluctant to discuss the matter publicly until recently, and why an emphasis on mitigation and the enforcement of existing city laws at Tacoma’s unauthorized encampments was the first step in the city’s multiphase approach.
But public perception won’t be the only challenge as the city attempts to chart a new course on homelessness.
Significant questions remain, like what will become of those who are currently experiencing homelessness in Tacoma who refuse to take advantage of the new sites?
And how does the city ensure that these steps are, in fact, temporary, when such a promise depends on creating more short-term transitional housing and permanent housing options for those who find shelter in the city’s new transitional centers?
But for all the drama and additional questions the creation of transitional centers in Tacoma will surely raise, city leaders faced with a growing problem — a problem only exacerbated by the failed approach of pushing those experiencing homelessness from one camp to the next — deserve credit for having the guts to propose something new.
As Strickland told me, she didn’t want to just declare a homeless emergency, she wanted to “come with some action.”
While, in the past she admitted that Tacoma leaders have been reluctant to endorse any sort of tent-city model out of a fear that they would become permanent or attract individuals experiencing homelessness from outside of the city, the situation on the ground, she acknowledged, coupled with the ineffectiveness of past approaches, has changed minds.
Which is probably good, because as Tacoma Homeless Services Manager Colin DeForrest recently told me:
“Until we are willing to increase our tools and think outside the box in another direction, we will continue to bang our head against the wall in the same way.”
Matt Driscoll: 253-597-8657, firstname.lastname@example.org, @mattsdriscoll
King County’s plan to end homelessness has failed
Originally published March 14, 2016 at 5:05 pm | Updated March 15, 2016 at 10:22 am
Past approaches to homelessness have failed. We need a new, bold approach focusing on individual, family and governmental responsibility and accountability.
King County gets $5.4M grant to tackle youth homelessness
Originally published January 13, 2017 at 10:05 am | Updated January 13, 2017 at 4:38 pm http://www.seattletimes.com/…/king-county-gets-54m…/
“Do not put your faith in what statistics say until you have carefully considered what they do not say.” – William Watt
Where’s The Money?”
INDUSTRY – STATE OF THE NATION (1984) (HQ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noS1viHX6zA
The song is from the album “Stranger to Stranger” of the band INDUSTRY and filmed on an actual warship. Enjoy if YOU wish. Many blessings to ALL!