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This Beautiful 11 Yr Old Black Female Has Raised 50 grand & Counting For the Cold & Homeless

“Arctic air on the way,” headlines read again….

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Meet the beautiful, exceptionally precious and compassionate 11 year old, Khole Thompson. As noted in her photo, she raised $50,000 at least for the homeless in Chicago during this horrifically cold weather.

“When an 11-year-year-old girl in suburban Los Angeles learned Monday how cold it would be this week for homeless people in Chicago, she decided to do something about it.

After watching a newscast about the impending cold snap, Khloe Thompson created a GoFundMe page seeking donations for the local Salvation Army, a nonprofit group whose mission includes getting Chicago’s most vulnerable to a warm place this week.”

I went from grateful to enraged at reading; Bill Gates, who in an unrelated article (I believe it’s unrelated) he said,

“You don’t need to have a billion to be happy but it sure does help.” –Read that article here.

Imagine how much money he could have helped Khole donate to people in cities across America that have been severely impacted by the cold.

Then during the research for this post I found a few ways to help, which I’ll post below. That gave me a little hope for humanity…

We need to ensure that hope lasts, through people such as Khole Thompson, and their selfless actions.

The most recent cold is ongoing and there are things people can do in the less impacted states such as Texas,

Here is an excerpt from an article about a homeless man who was stolen from this world because he didn’t have a home in the absolutely freezing weather. This is just, I hope, to bring this to you emotionally; remember these are actual people suffering… Even when it’s not as severe as now, anyone in the more northern parts of the states knows how hard that cold can hit. This is unacceptable please don’t just close this article and move on to the next. Please be as brave as the precious child and the others like her… Check out links below.

The Maslow’s Army are blaming the cold for Martin’s death. They are also renewing their plea for change. The organization advocates for people battling addiction, alcoholism and mental illnesses.

In a Facebook post, Sam and Susan Landis of Maslow’s Army, a nonprofit called the death “unacceptable” and said the city needs a 24-hour a day facility where the homeless can find relief from the cold and heat.

Martin was familiar to members of The Maslow’s Army.

“We met Ken on our first Sunday outreach on Fountain Square almost one year ago. He was inspired to get his life together and began taking steps towards self-improvement,” read the another Facebook post on the Sam and Susan Landis page.

In August, the post said, Martin slipped in his recovery effort but “Maslow’s Army still continued to love on him and support him every way we could offering to take him to detox, meeting his basic needs every encounter including just last week.”

Maslow’s Army intends to continue its fight for a 24-hour shelter, taking its request to city hall. They have their sights set on the old Queensgate jail, a seven-story, 30,000 square foot space, that could house beds, a kitchen and more, Sam Landis said. All the group needs is funding.

There is one point on which Kevin Finn, President of Strategies to End Homelessness, agrees.

“The reality is, there is no reason a homeless person should be sleeping outside right now,” Finn said.

In Hamilton County, there are 12 homeless shelters and in Northern Kentucky, there are six, he said. Some are for families, some for women only, others men only. There are also two drop-in homeless shelters, both open 24 hours a day, one on each side of the river. They have expanded capacity for the winter months.

Shelterhouse, The Barron Center for Men in Queensgate offers an additional 200 beds in its winter shelter space through the end of February. Space is open to men and women. The Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky in Covington expands its shelter space through March, Finn said. Neither has ever reached capacity.

“What they might not know is when the weather gets the way it is now, some of the rules and requirements that are in place during warmer weather months are not required,” he said.

Last year, 90 percent of the area’s homeless people resided in a shelter, Finn said. Another 16 percent stayed outside on the street, the six percent overlap represents people who both went to shelters but also stayed outside.

There are people who, for a variety of reasons, will not go to shelters, Finn said. Reasons can range from mental health disorders, addiction or something else.

For placement or help getting in a homeless shelter, call (513) 381-7233.

Both Susan and Sam Landis have experienced homelessness and addiction. They are also studying for careers in the social service field at Northern Kentucky University. The system is not set up to meet the needs of homeless, Sam Landis said.

“We want to go to city hall and fight this,” Susan Landis said. “Tax dollars are being spent on a stadium and a fraction of this money could be used to help keep people warm. There are many groups out there with multimillion-dollar grants.”

“We still have this problem,” she said. “Let’s face it, something’s not being done.”

Councilman Chris Seelbach was one of the first to tweet the news of Ken Martin’s death. While the coroner has yet to determine the cause of death, Seelbach and others have drawn the conclusion Martin froze to death.

“We must do better,” Seelbach tweeted. “It’s just a matter of priorities. More tax money for those most vulnerable. Less tax money for millionaires and billionaires.”

Exactly where that money would come from and how much, Seelbach didn’t elaborate. He didn’t respond to messages left by The Enquirer.

Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld said he anticipates the council in 2018 will look at the issue of homelessness and make sure there are enough 24-hour shelters to protect people from dangerous weather, either hot or cold.

 

EVERY LITTLE BIT MATTERS; HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Do what you can, please… These are some basic, very basic ways to help…

  1. Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s hypothermia prevention and response programs provide emergency shelter, meals and crisis intervention during the coldest months of the year. These programs serve homeless men and women each night from November through February. The program provides shelter, two hot meals (breakfast and dinner) and a bagged lunch. Also provided is access to case management and medical treatment as well as mental health and substance abuse services.

In addition to the caring professionalism of Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s homeless services staff, this life-saving service wouldn’t be possible without faith partners throughout the region, who open their sanctuaries in partnership with Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s programs to ensure that no one is left in the cold.

2) How We Help End Homelessness

We reach out to homeless individuals through street outreach and mobile outreach services and once we engage with homeless individuals, youth and families with children, we provide assistance that ranges from paying a first month’s rent to offering permanent supportive housing so that people with disabilities can become stable and productive members of their communities. In 2017, we helped over 100,000 homeless individuals.

We have found that, without supportive services, housing is often not enough to end homelessness. From helping homeless youth, to providing assistance in obtaining disability benefits, to providing transportation, to offering intensive job training assistance to homeless veterans, we operate a number of innovative supportive services programs to support our efforts of ending homelessness in America.

EMERGENCY SHELTER

While permanent housing, often coupled with supportive services, is the best way to end homelessness, many individuals and families need short-term stabilization before they can find housing that will meet their long term needs. That’s why Volunteers of America, for over 122 years, has provided emergency assistance to homeless persons in the form of homeless shelters.

DROP-IN CENTERS

Since homeless persons can be reluctant to leave the streets and accept emergency shelter or transitional housing, we operate drop-in centers — places where homeless youth or adults can get off the streets and find a temporary safe haven. And often, when homeless persons begin to trust drop-in center staff, they agree to leave the streets and enter transitional or permanent housing.

PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

For a significant number of homeless Americans with mental or physical impairments, often coupled with drug and/or alcohol use issues, long-term homelessness can only be ended by providing permanent housing coupled with intensive supportive services.

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

Our transitional housing programs are operated with one goal in mind — to help individuals and families obtain permanent housing as quickly as possible. Our programs serve diverse populations — from women and children who are victims of domestic violence to homeless veterans who have spent years living on the streets.

Young Black Male- Victim of Police Abuse- Tony Soto – Please Help! Video

Update: New blog and hopefully video to be posted by this weekend (1/26 -1/28)

I am about to make a new blog and possibly new video coming up shortly for Tony… But, please, if you aren’t aware of who he is, please watch at least one of his videos or read about what is happening to him… A lot has changed -and not for the better- since I wrote this… Why more people aren’t blowing this situation up I don’t get…. More info coming shortly. PLEASE RESHAPE

Truth- A Right to Fight For...

There is a young, Black male activist being held on $900,000.00 bond for NO REASON other than those above facts and the police feel threatened by someone who has his intelligence being involved in fighting for Black Lives Matter and equality. Please, please help him out, help his mother out…. I beg you, if you can’t please spread this around this is an absurd amount of money – he’s had no hearing no trail; just being held. PLEASE… Black Lives Matter, Don’t Turn Him Away, Please

“… We are asking for your help and support in this crowdfund to help him with his bond and to retain competent counsel.  Funded Justice specializes in Crowdfunding for legal matters.  Please donate and share this Crowdfunding. My son has stood on the front lines and helped many people, traveling all over the region assisting in other marches, protests and helping families organize and…

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Tony Soto Black Man & Activist Held on $900,000 for NO REASON! Please SHARE!

While I was preparing to re-post information on Tony Soto, I came across one of the last videos he posted on YouTube and oddly, it’s directed towards anyone who is struggling. He now -for NO REASON– sits behind bars on a $900,000 bond…  (For more videos by Tony Soto not included on his YouTube account or for more information, please see below.) I had to repost it and no matter if you aren’t religious, are like me and not religious but spiritual, or simply do not believe in anything; his good heart and character for others shines like he always has as a friend and activist…

And from my older posts… Or you can read it all on one page by clicking here.


“… We are asking for your help and support in this crowdfund to help him with his bond and to retain competent counsel.  Funded Justice specializes in Crowdfunding for legal matters.  Please donate and share this Crowdfunding. My son has stood on the front lines and helped many people, traveling all over the region assisting in other marches, protests and helping families organize and assert their First Amendment rights to redress their grievenaces and to protest outrageous and unjust actions by law enforcement.

His first son was born in his first son was born in his absence this past Sat June 25, 2016.  He has yet to see or hold his newborn and I am suffering with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  For the past two years my son has dilgently marched for civil rights and has tried to make sure people know their rights when pulled over in a vehicle. He has been outspoken and vocal in regards to the blatant police brutality and police corruption sweeping this nation.  Now he is being falsely held in a Phila prison.  If this had happened to any one of you, Tony would have already been organizing on your behalf immediately.  We thank you for your support. God Bless.”- Tony Soto’s mother

The sites I’m linking have the videos of the police stalking, harassment and mistreatment are posted in the above link which I posted a couple of days ago. So below are the links I’ve previously made when he was free, in order. Videos of importance are on all, one of them I believe I made a video but there is a link to his facebook video on there….

Each video shows not only the Philly police disrespecting him, but obviously targeting him, especially if you check out more of his videos (again that is linked in one of the posts too, I believe it’s the first). His  previous videos of harassment and fear tactics being used, each link is below.. thank you and please, please help this good man, his mom, those whom care for him and the community needs him, too…

Please, help. – Tony Soto’s Mother  (click here to donate)

Click here for full details. PLEASE SHARE! x

Police Harassment in Philly – Video

Important video; also, the video I reference in mine (showing the police harassment I speak of) can be found by clicking here, I’m having issues linking anything in my videos. Please check it out and share…

Tony Soto’s Situation As Cop Continues Abuse Videos -Series-Part 2

Below will be my final post on Tony Soto until there is more news. I encourage you to follow him on Facebook and check his videos out. The rest of this post I am going to let him and his videos spread the word but first I will sum up the current issue. Currently, he is being harassed, stalked and he fears it won’t be long before he is caught without a camera and he will be the next victim of police racist, hate crimes. (Video below). Before I share the rest of the info, I must add; while filming the cops is very important, sadly even when there is a camera on it doesn’t mean the police will hesitate to kill, stalk, beat or anything else; as Tony Soto proves by himself.

Philly Police Caught In Act Plotting On Viral Philly Activist Tony Soto 8-5-15 iPhone

Far too many Americans put the police on a throne for some reason; some insane reason, they refuse to accept the truth, even when it is as in your face as many, many police brutality cases. That is an insult to every victim, activist on its own.  We must NEVER lose hope.

After his video went viral, Tony says he has been been receiving threats from cops. Given the videos and evidence, anyone should clearly be able to see he is speaking nothing but the truth; and sadly, tragically; he isn’t the only one.

On FaceBook he posted this photo not long after his vid went viral; anything suspicious to you?After his video went viral, Tony says he has been been receiving threats from cops. On facebook he posted this photo not long after his vid went viral; anything suspicious to you?

Tony posted a picture of a cop car outside of where he was. With the photo he stated: “Why r the police sitting outside of where I’m at? I’m not even home I just parked my car here seriously.”

[As seen in the photo he took which is located on the left.]

As he stated many times (and has now been proven correct):

I’m Targeted by Philadelphia Police,specially in the 15th district and officer Holloway.”

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Finally, this is a video Tony Soto believes everyone needs to see… So, here goes…
Continue reading Tony Soto’s Situation As Cop Continues Abuse Videos -Series-Part 2

Tony Soto’s Police Abuse Video Series-Part 1

“I’m going to set my phone back down before I get shot and they say that I’m reaching for something.” Tony says to the camera sitting, waiting and wondering why the cop suddenly -and strangely- decided to move to the other side of the street without speaking to him again during his ‘traffic stop’. – Tony Soto

That face you make when you go to court and the Sun Screening ( illegal Tint as The Police Call It ) ticket gets thrown out. That's the first one! Thank you Jesus! Shout out to my attorneys! I recommend them to anyone in Philly! The Law Offices Of Greg Prosmushkin 9637 Bustleton Ave Philadelphia PA 19115
“That face you make when you go to court and the Sun Screening ( illegal Tint as The Police Call It ) ticket gets thrown out. That’s the first one! Thank you Jesus! Shout out to my attorneys! I recommend them to anyone in Philly!
The Law Offices Of Greg Prosmushkin
9637 Bustleton Ave
Philadelphia PA 19115″

This video was released back in late March; soon thereafter it went viral. But there are far more videos from Tony besides that one video; videos which only further confirm the blatant point which is: Tony Soto was not pulled over for any reason other than the officer wanted to pull him over and I feel sadly secure in the assumption his main reason for stopping Mr. Soto was because he could and wanted to.

Filming the entire situation; from the very start to after the incident when he was at home responding to the media’s misleading and twisted words spoken on local television by local cops and other media officials regarding what happened. The cop says he’s pulling him over for a few reasons. The first reason he gives is because of Tony’s tinted windows. After he pulls out his tint permit sealed by the state of PA, it isn’t too long before the cop moves on to another reason… Tony’s main headlights were out, he states.

With no effort made Tony displays his lights –which are working perfectly– thus exposing the officer to be just another cop looking for trouble and not expecting the citizen to be so well informed of their rights (as you see in the video). The officers attitude changes, and thankfully he wasn’t violent because Tony’s situation could have gone a lot worse. This cop has the typical cop attitude; testy, arrogant, egotistical, vain with an air of self importance.

Continue reading Tony Soto’s Police Abuse Video Series-Part 1