tv Documentary RT October 27, 2013 5:29pm-6:01pm EDT
in response to the intense law enforcement skip around some local residents meeting their child to watch the police. my mother in law father both came to california in one nine hundred fifty six and they both got a job downtown l.a. working at bullock's department store on seventh and broadway. my father he'd been living downtown ever since. but my mother she lived out in the projects the bad part of it was that i ended up hanging out in my mother's old neighborhood where i ended up joining the games and so for near i got into my addiction my addiction landed me in front of a judge. because you're just doing robberies he said you have to go to state prison so he says sinister mean to eighteen year state prison. when i was doing my time in prison and i became really more radical i was on the revolutionary side
before i got out you know i i promise all of that when i get out i would give back all the wrong that i've been doing this gang member growing up in my life right so when i got out the first thing i did was i came back to steal a role. so one day to bicycle security goes from the biggest improvement if you call a suburban shirts had this woman twisted a home up in the air right there it was about to break the woman on so i say what are you doing man let the woman cohen goes you crazy because like a shot a picture go by i say so you will break already she got a pipe so the lady was dramatic i know my mind i know my eyeliner right so she tried to run she opened up her head to learn to go i see my letter going so they let it go and she opened up her hand it was a highlight or so i told myself when i was a homeless man some get me down but it's for sure i'm still the general so i tell myself i've got to go get me some soldiers while i'm you know. i talked to one of
my friends and he told me man you need to go to l.a. can they do that kind of stuff. and so from him witnessing an injustice a day later he's at l.a. cain going through leadership development classes and now three years later he's our leader human rights work and us or my job is to is to keep trying to wake up the masses you know and and keep you know exploiting you know standing with the system is doing. it right now my personal hero and i think all of us will stay on the test of time general durbar. and the reason i admire him so much as the reason i admire so many people down. here is really somebody who grew up down here going to now spends always. did nine years and. six of those years in solitary confinement.
is the individual that if you listen to the policymakers if you listen to people with money and wealth and power there's no rehabilitating. you know he's a career criminal. i guess you would have said the same thing about malcolm. x. he was a career criminal and now he's on a postage stamp. basically. and even. looking. a smile. came from always going on now and that's what really helped me. the far. field today the reason why i get up and go do what i do every day you know when i go work for you but yes me. as first responders to emergency calls the skid row fires.
back in the mid seventy's the city made a policy that skid row would be a contained preserved area much like an indian reservation. and washington wanted would be contained literally. for. that it would be easier to. the root of all. of here one of the other important things to understand about skid row is that it's not primarily a homeless population and people tend to think it is and it's really critical people understand that because if you think of skid row is primarily a homeless population that's one set of issues with one set of solutions then you build large shelters and if you do it the way some people at city hall would like it you'd build them out in the desert so it's not was skid row as skid row is principally a endangered low income residential community in the fifty blocks of skid row there
are sixty five what we call single room occupancy housing without this housing people in the area would have nowhere to go who in the private or the public sector built housing for a single adult whose total income is a two hundred twenty three dollars check. the majority of people this can really be zero and service our social security argy all and so their stories while we call this community are whole we don't just what we can afford. you know we have to go to a community redevelopment agency moratoriums that stuff to do immediate conversion of low income housing units into condos in los. we lost a thousand units in about three or four year period from about two thousand to two thousand and four. it took the city a long time to respond with a moratorium on losing that housing jantar for. which new people come in
and they have higher income. and the economic gulu the older people were forced to leave. and all these uptown or so want to come and have their sort of disneyland manhattan experience they have other options to other communities they can go to but the poor skid row really have no other housing anywhere at all almost anyone would say if you've got to be crazy why would you save skid row what is the possible value of saving skid row if you think about it if thousands of people on main street lose their housing. that's thousands of people for whom the city will have to build a massive and costly shelter system and makes far more sense to preserve the housing the poor live band and let the poor continue to pay their own brand so makes good economic sense not just good social and moral sense for the city to in fact preserve the housing that's in the skid row area. there are a lot of empty loss in the area the city could convert that into housing for me under. sixteen to twenty four thousand dollars
a year or more to support. services that help him stay in that house i thought he five percent of your potential rate. but compares to anywhere from forty five thousand to one hundred thousand dollars a year to run people through the emergency room the trails the court system and so on. this is the famous and julian street prosecutor's history his fame is no longer where you. think that you're penetrating. they are where they're somehow well aware. that. your whole world can think if they never do that.
every three minutes to feel sorry for her read. this here's a reasonable thing that they do down here they harass people. topple over and they'll stop the same person maybe a five times in one day and this goes on all day loaded just decide to see if you wear white t. shirt and shorts you could soon be there don't they are arguing so that's probable cause to be stopped which is. no where in the world in the neighborhood could not stand the street not to know not to play nowhere but don't tell us is the only place to keep the bit. that you keep for his neighborhood. still quite all that.
distant street off topic but it could downtown often black large brown you can still thought well ok great can't call three kids. the plantation. for years officials turned a blind eye to skip around in two thousand and six the chaos finally caught the city's attention fifteen new police officers were deployed to an area less than one square mile in size. the safer city center she didn't cost the city of los angeles six million dollars in its first year alone. police say for cities initiative that was launched on september two thousand and six a bill on the drawing board since two thousand and two it was originally called the homeless reduction strategy that was launched with a vengeance in september of two thousand and six and there was an effort there was
really chartered by mayor of the overdose of chief bratton as a comprehensive approach to skid row. there were going to be two problems there was going to be the serious crackdown on what was called serious crime and skid row and then there was to be a big expansion of services. well one of those things happened and the other one didn't the city put zero dollars him to your services side to come in so hard with the enforcement without having the the enhancement piece giving the services that are necessary to make this how the community is kind of backwards if you make me get off the sidewalk where am i going to homeless where i'm going to really go where my go or you know take me and. so there were to argue are just see here i can't stand here i can lay here so you know where you are go when you look at the crime every area of skin and when you see. the drug.
relates to the prostitution and the preying on this we have every right and every responsibility givers sponsibility to address and i stand behind this if seizing the city because. you think that the mayor was in you know east new way talk about safer cities you would think he was mother teresa. instead of being the most fascist democrat and the most the you know he's always allowed the fascists to take over his city administration of the manhattan institute and as far as i'm concerned of from my perspective chief bratton runs this damn city and i don't even know why we have a mayor that would surely rule up new schools you. see while you do i can say this was the last time that many streets kill.
police chief william bratton made his name cleaning up new york city with the controversial broken windows theory of crime wave action. say for cities how to implement that same policy and he's telling. the same techniques it was shows and broken windows theory new york right where they say concept by you the same way he justified new york in the same way you plan on jennifer. california but consequences are really bad devastating for hours of the people here especially people with disabilities in the first year there were nine thousand arrests in the area as a photo with thirteen thousand people or twelve thousand citations issued for most for starters for littering or jaywalking someone who kept under the thirty or far. away of
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you know every gives jaywalker tickets this way they get to check you for all sorts of warren says they now say every time a change trying to do something they get a jaywalking ticket right up the street here i've had guns put in my head by the are the finest several times for a smoke america medical marijuana they have to realize well as i got his marijuana and a marijuana pipe and i got the medical marijuana card they let you go but that's you have to sit there with chairs and you had these guys are all shaky and they got their guns. the guns i do i look like a place to hide a weapon. i remember just the sight of the rudy officers walking down the street why. they walked up to a camera here you everybody you know you know and they lined up against the wall to they threw coffee on our street. six policemen said the plain sight more telling than i can. tell it put everything on the street civil liberties or
something that belonged to people who live west of main street or east of alameda and beyond little tokyo or in the south park area there are no civil liberties honored at all in the skid row area and it's known by the city attorney's office it's known by the mayor it's known by everybody at city hall but nobody cares. we say we go places but some of these people stuff i went into our own lunch just stuff in the street because the police can't blind him it's and they're going to clean it and i think those people stop in the street because they were going to clean that site walk. back and get right up and that was all of blankets on people's hands and they've been. stolen they lost their blankets and not want to help. there's a place just down the line i mean surveys go clean sidewalk and they were.
skid row is full of contradictions. it can be violent chaotic frightening. but it can also be a refuge. a place to get well. find acceptance. to be free. one of the first people that i met and that was robert. he became a soulmates. my lover he became my guy. has a dream of being married to my guy i want to walk down our will when he rests on without. you know that denise is still one yes one my grace really take people to sidewalk to take the bait when. feeding the extended shoot up sometime when i was twenty two days rest just to get off the sidewalk because my days homeless people to me. and let me bathe and let me lay up and sleeping in
their house and i had to get back. so i didn't feel up to have some time with them for the do things when i hope people don't know tonight you know could be called because you got a call to a photo of something. in real life. now i'm not on skid row anymore or caramel place it's insane and i got my section eight i'm off the street i'm sober and i made compliant. if i took a country. over par fresh out the dumpster gotta love that dive there are such good stuff you know you forget the things you would never think about that you need you need to dish soap and you just wrote spray and cooking oil with salt and pepper and toilet paper and cleaning supplies in a broom in a box this is my lovely walk of fame this got all my pictures my certificates of
completion this one here is a star for get from the clare foundation there's a thirty day primary detox this one here i have to say i've changed gendered which was a tough one to get and this was and i was through completion for homeless court i got total like one hundred fifty tickets and what i had to do is go and check myself and to get at least to me this by getting into a program so for as long as i was in a program the courts were cool about all the tickets i had this. here's a picture of my dad and my step mom i like the view of the ocean and hotel but i don't really like their faces so i just kind of stuck a writer had a little picture in my cable that of my baby when she was a role trying to write home she's my youngest are tax proud with two or three this is that because the condos this is the main house and over here would be to guest house you know i watch from skid row with this tent was on skid row with me and now it's in my living room and the cops can't come and tell me to pack up my tent because can't check to see if i got a pop i've been there or if you like not
a pop pipes over here i would rather have a couch and end it in a chair and all that but then i have to sleep on the couch constantly and there i think this is just fits me more than anything because i've been in a tent for so long so it's like i don't want to forget how i got here and large this is a constant symbol of what i was what i could be and what i could have been and what i was this is my house my house inside my house which is the best house in the world my home below zero it's not about what i did one of them is what the hell and believe. me. i love me and. i'm still trying to become the best mom and i still can it doesn't matter. what age they preached you know i'm still their mother now the toughest job that i have now is taking care of me. i can't come full circle because i
never. had a full circle in the beginning. i wanted to keep getting better and i want to do things so i'm going to therapy is the first time in my life that there will be does blood i know that deep down inside there is an illness growing. boiled over at this point i don't even realize it but i'm scared to death to find out really. a lot sicker than that. all that scary people always say you know what you know just go to therapy maybe talk to somebody and you hear that so much and you think it but it was just going you know because that's all i did all my life was just how. to see maybe the web person was a listening if skid row is a step away from the pits of hale and thank god i'm not in here because that one little step makes a damn big difference because it's helped this i've been like. i
. really. don't care. if they're going on camera. this is a part of my life because she's a very special person she's very special and you're my heart ok when you come into my home abode pitches on wall. might more for his courtesy to go who is a little. your business. and we're live as scone is really more i think about all the time. for person. to become rich. maybe
sixty acres or something and she can their own house catches me she can have an audit trail. they would be fenced off from everybody in the farm and the. storages so she just stored food for the corvus. because that makes her hair being continually makes me contain what i see she had. me this. is due here. very. birth. year.
me year. two. danny harris is maintaining a surprise he began on skid row today is an assistant coach at iowa state university and he recently got married. bam-bam still lives in section eight housing. she recently reconnected with his daughter and is living with hiv he. is singing with a gospel band she remains hopeful about her health and plans one day to marry rather. gentle doak on continues to advocate for the homeless through his community work with ellie can.
to try it finally got her own apartment until things supportive services. she still a member of. land was homeless for twenty four years in two thousand and eight she moved into lamp large she continues to feed the cats and birds of skip around every night. early on easter morning two thousand and nine. k.k.k. and another man named tommy chase were shot and child inside a skid row residential hotel. k.k. was forty nine years old.
one hundred days a flake. just launches. there doing whatever they want in syria these days and even the obama administration can do nothing to rein the saudis in and i think the sad answer is that the united states doesn't have the power of that one. it doesn't have the leverage that it wants tries to work through allies through international organizations and occasionally on its own and deal with the court of public opinion. the best america can but there are there is a lot in the toolbox right now they're not many tools list. most of the missions that are that soldiers are sent to under the pretext of
terrorism prevention are in many ways targeting the civilians that have nothing to do with with the actual attacks against israeli targets. but from some of the sixteen percent imports. the european union is ironically taking fish from some of the poorest nations on earth so this is a very serious and very urgent problem that needs immediate international action. but. they fish they load this fish of the ships and leave for. illegal fishing just taking the bread out of our mouths.
she turned his lover into an amazon. that had been my dream. but he couldn't hold on to research a scene as i was growing up a teacher and now she runs her own factory. down a challenge to man there's no alcohol no smoking and even coffee is forbidden they worship the sun and. will he ever be able to win back men versus women.
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