Boilerplate: Interrupting anti-homeless hate on Nextdoor/social media

An unfortunately continuing saga

Much as the election of Donald Trump sanctioned and encouraged hatred and violence toward immigrants on the national scale, the formation of the business-owners group Eugene Wake Up (which announces in its meeting notices that its meetings are closed to the public and the media) may be legitimizing and encouraging hatred of our unhoused neighbors. Here is one possible response.

Feel free to adapt and use whenever you encounter this. I am the Lane County liaison for Home Share Oregon, but other causes to promote could include volunteering with the monthly Share Fair or becoming involved with Carry It Forward or another nonprofit you have personal experience with.

This thread is just terrible, full of lies and misstatements. Please put it out of its misery by not responding anymore. The OP is a troll; they just want to spread their misinformed views, which sow even more hatred and disdain for those struggling in our community. This thread caters to the worst impulses in people.

Lets be better than this, Eugene. Sign up for the Home Share Oregon e-newsletter at www.homeshareoregon.org to stay apprised of the progress of this promising program to *prevent* future homelessness by helping people find simple lodging they can afford, and by helping homeowners get extra income to help pay their mortgage. It aims to launch this spring.

If this thread continues, I would suggest that everyone post something positive to do, or that they already did recently, to help another person.

OR post the actual life story of a homeless person in Eugene, so folks can start understanding that these are our neighbors.

Here is a great start, a masterful compilation of photographs and stories of a wide array of our unhoused neighbors by Chris Pietsch, published in the Register-Guard last summer. https://www.registerguard.com/news/20190804/lane-countys-unhoused-face-challenges-in-finding-place-to-call-home

Published by Sherri Schultz

Writer & change-maker exploring micro-dwelling in Eugene, Oregon. Founder of Springfield/Eugene MicroDwellers: https://www.meetup.com/Micro-dwellers .

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  1. Thank you for sharing this, Sherri. The more individuals who speak up against the fear-fueled hatred that is slowly growing within our community, the better off we will be in the long run. Identifying and naming – offering different perspectives when possible. I am now a member of two FaceBook pages which are basically anti-homeless: I am not a member of the Eugene Wake Up page. When I initially shared an update from the founder and co-director of Carry It Forward, I was (a) strongly criticized and (b) eventually removed. I re-applied, was accepted back, and have chosen to observe rather than participate. I have also informed the EPD of some of the hateful rhetoric and threats of violence against specific members of the homeless community. I appreciate your willingness to inform and educate: however, I am not certain most of the FB members will appreciate what you have to offer, nor do I feel they truly want to help unhoused individuals in need. peace

    On Sat, Feb 29, 2020 at 11:30 PM Redefining Home wrote:

    > Sherri Schultz posted: ” Much as the election of Donald Trump sanctioned > and encouraged hatred and violence toward immigrants on the national scale, > the formation of the business-owners group Eugene Wake Up (which announces > in its meeting notices that its meetings are closed to ” >

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    1. Thank you for sharing that you were booted from an anti-homeless site for expressing kindness. That is priceless.

      My hat is off to you — I think you have a stronger stomach/more patience than I. (And I do assume that folks on these threads wont take any suggestions that they be kind. I am just seeking to interrupt/disrupt what otherwise becomes a continuous pile-on of negativity.)

      I merely advocate love-bombing and then leaving the thread … as an alternative to simply silently leaving.

      To paraphrase whomever said it:
      “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good [people] to [say] nothing.” Attributed to Edmund Burke, including by John F Kennedy in a speech in 1961. Burke didn’t say it, and its earliest form was by John Stuart Mill, who said in 1867: “Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.”
      https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/the-top-10-misattributed-quotations-a7910361.html

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