There has been a lot of talk about how "Occupy" has brought out
the "bad elements" in the cities being occupied, namely, the homeless
and drug pushers/addicts. The thing is, the Occupy movement didn't
CREATE these homeless people, the movement just gave them more access to
shelter and food than they had before. What created these homeless
people in many instances is what Occupiers are rallying against, a system that is built to
keep the rich, rich, and the poor, poor.
Homelessness is a separate yet related issue. These homeless people have
always been homeless. If anything, there should be more work done to
protect and shelter the homeless, and services to get them back on their feet, now that it is more apparent to the
mainstream how many homeless people there really are. I know in Philly the homeless had
been often relegated to trash diving and sleeping in the darkest of
corners in underground tunels of the subway lines. Now they can reside
on the surface where there is better food, shelter, and even heat. Who
can blame them?
What's unfortunate in this whole thing is
the way many media outlets have twisted the homeless's presence into
constant bylines about how Occupy protesters are all homeless, jobless,
vagrants, which isn't true.