December 28, 2012

Men 692; Women 15; Children 5

 

December 29, 2012

Men 693; Women 13; Children 6

 

December 30, 2012

Men 680; Women 10; Children 3

 

James Wilson Beaty

Jeremiah 22:16

December 31, 2012

On the sixth day of Christmas

Dave “Great news!” Wardell sent to me 

Six vats of Kool Aide

Five golden necklaces

Four fingers shooting the bird

Three bogus letters signed Greg Pridgeon

 Two Innovation Delivery Team members

And a family living in a pear tree.

 

James Wilson Beaty

Jeremiah 22:16

December 31, 2012

Homeless Men, Women and Children resided at the Peachtree Pine Community 365 days during 2012.  The exact numbers for the first two days of Christmas, December 26 and 27 are as follows:

 

Wednesday night, 12/26/12:  Men 676, Women12, Children 5

Thursday night,      12/27/12:  Men 665, Women 13, Children 6

 

Note:  I dedicate the posting of these numbers this day to Debi Starnes and Horace Sibley and Rector Hoare at The Varsity Grill Episcopal Church.  Debi Starnes during her reign published to the day of her demise that there were never more than 300 people residing at The Pine.

 

Horace Sibley as the chair of the so-called United Way’s Commission on Homelessness stated again and again that Team Goliath would end homelessness in Atlanta.  Episcopal Giant, Rector Hoare, CEO of The Varsity Grill Episcopal Church from his pulpit called for the closing of The Pine as it was a squalor unfit for humans beings to inhabit.

 

James Wilson Beaty

Jeremiah 22:16

December 30, 2012 

On the fifth day of Christmas

Manny Fialkow’s lawyer sent two me

Five golden necklaces

Four fingers shooting the bird

Three bogus letters signed Greg Pridgeon

Two Innovation Delivery Team Members

And a family living in a pear tree.

 

James Wilson Beaty

Jeremiah 22:16

December 30, 2012

 

On the fourth day of Christmas

Rector Hoare sent to me

Four fingers shooting the bird

Three bogus letters signed Greg Pridgeon

Two Innovation Delivery Team members

And a family living in a pear tree.

James Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22:16
December 29, 2012

On Christmas night, December 25, 2012, The Peachtree Pine facility in Atlanta sheltered 694 people, human beings, mostly citizens of our city that is too busy to hate.  The breakdown of that 694 total is as follows: 676 men; 12 women; 6 children.  These are the typical numbers that Debi Starnes questioned during those interminable years of her reign as Mayor Franklin’s homeless czar.  This 694 number represents the people that the City of Atlanta and Central Atlanta Progress and The Chamber and Georgia State University and Emory University Hospital and Peggy Denby’s NPU and United Way and Alan Harris and Rector Hoare of Varsity Grill Episcopal Church want to “FREE” from warehousing at Peachtree Pine.

 

 For a decade plus six years, these doers of all good have fought to disappear homeless people from downtown and to put out of business the shelter at Peachtree Pine.  TEAM GOLIATH, that hideous strength, finds itself at the moment hogtied in three lawsuits, all under appeal.  Who’d a thunk it?  Poor and weak and helpless and penniless Little Team David somehow stays, somehow lingers,  somehow continues to do what it does where it does it and how it does it. 

 

These 694 human beings did not spend Christmas as most of us did.  They were not found Christmas morning around a lighted Christmas tree giving and receiving gifts.  They didn’t spend the afternoon, as I did, feasting and enjoying loved ones.  Most of them had no place to go, no place to be, nowhere to turn.

 

 United Way has flipped and flopped like a flounder on the griddle on what that organization can do to help homeless people.   One month a United Way attorney in open court tells a judge that United Way can take care of these people at The Pine.  The next month the Executive Director of United Way’s Regional Commission On Homelessness publishes that the United Way does not provide emergency shelter.  That’s not what they do.  And the next month, United Way is asking relief from an appellant court not to have to do what it said to a judge it could and would do.

 

Having seriously studied the life of Charles Dickens and the incident at Staplehurst in 1865, I know a little about train wrecks.  If the zillion dollar Atlanta United Way hasn’t created a TRAIN WRECK, I don’t know what to call it.  And United Way’s OUT for its do nothing posture is always to say as they have dozens of times, we can’t get to the men at Peachtree Pine to assess their needs.  “Mean ole Anita Beaty won’t let us in.”  Any second grader knows that the needs of 90% of the people experiencing homelessness are the same needs of Jack Hardin and Milton Little and Lexis Wilson and Deepsix Biswas and the rest of us: a job, clothes, transportation, groceries, a place to piss, decent housing and a pinch of respect.  United Way’s NEED, to the contrary not- with-standing, is to gain the names and serial numbers of homeless males, especially Black ones, in order to issue warrants for arrests.  Oh, where hangs hanging Judge Bill Riley and his Community Court when Protip so sorely needs him.

 

 United Way is as interested in touching homeless people’s lives as a jackrabbit is in teaching Sunday School.  United Way stands as an arm of the draconian Central Atlanta Progress who at one time thought that they could “arrest” their way out of the problem of homelessness.  Reindeer A. J.  Robinson wrote exactly that in one his more erudite emails.   United Way perpetually accomplishes three goals:  it fattens its own coffers; it serves as the footstool of Atlanta City Government, and it wears the badge of Central Atlanta Progress’s errand boy.  How could it exist otherwise?  It’s a member of the club.

 

 Remember that United Way laundered money through its book s in order for Central Atlanta Progress to pay the salary of the last leg of Debi Starnes’ tenure.  In a lineup of corrupt pretenders, Atlanta United Way stands alongside The Chamber of Commerce, Central Atlanta Progress and Atlanta City government.  In fact, while standing there with its small clothes around its ankles, United Way holds hands with its other club members, its protectors.

 

Every adult in this 694 gathering on Christmas night entered The Pine and left The Pine voluntarily.  One of the most egregious of TEAM GOLIATH’S lies of the decade (and I’m gathering them) has been that Peachtree Pine captures people and keeps them imprisoned.  Both Debi Starnes and Horace Sibley reiterated the “warehousing” drivel under oath.  Since the attacking TEAM GOLIATH provides no place or places, no alternatives for these 694, what choices do these people have?  Recently, a wealthy financial backer of the Task Force said recently that “those bastards” should thank you guys everyday for carrying their water, for doing what tax payers and United Way donors expect them to do.  Instead, the attackers bash you for providing care for Black men on hallowed Peachtree, “their sanitized zone.”

 

 In his quote praising the City’s acquisition of Kristin Canavan Wilson from LexisNexis Risk Solutions division, Mayor Reed said that she would be assisting “chronically homeless” people in Atlanta.  Wilson heads the 1.4 million per year Innovation Delivery Team funded by philanthropist NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  In future pieces, I hope to look deeply into the term, “chronically homeless.” The expression came out of the George W. Bush debacle.  I scrutinize individuals who use it.  Users of the term make some of us smile.  But ONE thing is certain, if Kasim Reed has brought in a superstar to assist that group of “chronically homeless” people, and if she, LexisNexis Wilson helps RISKS, we can sleep peacefully. 

 

We remembered 43 homeless people on All Saints Day, November 1, 2012, who had died on or near the streets of Atlanta in 2012.  Those dear ones were all at RISK.  We pray that the superstar from LexisNexis Risk Solutions division will have some real solutions.  She’s been on the job for over a year; women with their children in our lobby could use her expertise.  Last night, Thursday December 27, 2012, 13 women with 6 children “slept” in the Task Force lobby.

 

  We are not clear when Kristin Canavan Wilson begins delivering her RISK SOLUTIONS.  Perhaps CUSTOMER SERVICE has her attention.  Are the 13 women and 6 children “chronically homeless”?  Wait a minute.  Or are they just homeless?  Which category are we assisting this year?  I’m sorry I can’t keep that straight.  I’ll call 311 for the Innovation Delivery Team.  What and when do they deliver?  Perhaps United Way’s 211 24-hour help line is answering today. 

 

James Wilson Beaty

Jeremiah 22:16

December 28, 2012

 

 

  

On the third day of Christmas

Debi Starnes sent to me

Three bogus letters signed Greg Pridgeon

Two Innovation Delivery Team members

And a family living in a pear tree.

 

James Wilson Beaty

Jeremiah 22:16

December 28, 2012