Ald. James Cappleman (46th) informed the Salvation Army on Friday that it is no longer welcome to feed the poor in Uptown from its homeless outreach trucks. Cappleman gave the social service agency one month to find a new North Side location — outside his ward — before ceasing operations, said Capt. Nancy Powers, who oversees the Salvation Army’s homeless program in Chicago.
Let´s see...close the mental hospitals, refuse to set up housing and services for those who otherwise would be in mental hospitals...and then order the Salvation Army to stop feeding them. That is certainly a prescription for ´handling´ the seriously mentally ill in our midst!
200 years ago Dorothea Dix shamed Americans into treating the mentally ill with compassion rather than jailing them on account of their illnesses. Have we learned nothing in 200 years?
In Detroit we have a similar program - I think they are both called The Bed & Bread program. I support the one in Detroit with a monthly donation. They provide 5,000 meals in the city every day, which is about 7% of the population. It´s not just the homeless, but children who otherwise wouldn´t get an evening meal and the unemployed and elderly on fixed incomes who choose heating over food.
Openly Gay, Alderman James Cappleman, who is also a a “licensed clinical social worker,” Cappleman claims special insights into how to deal with the problems of poor people. I guess that’s why he treats them like pigeons. The ol´ NIMBY (not in my back yard) attitude.
This must be a new Democrat push because my city´s politicians are also considering banning the Salvation Army and other mobile food trucks from feeding the homeless. Not quite sure what the end game is because it was those same Democrats who called anyone heartless if they wouldn´t feed the homeless.
the end game is that you are to go to the gov´t for anything you need - private charity only gets in the way of bureaucratic ´´outreach´´.
I´m of two minds about this particular problem. I have elderly relatives who still live in Uptown and they have a real fear for their safety from some of these homeless men. There´s a lot of mental health, alcohol and drug issues in that cohort and it´s not difficult to feel threatened by them. I´ve been out walking with the old gals and even I feel like ´somethin´s gonna happen´´ half the time.
This is definitely not a new problem. There have been vagrancy and random violence problems in Uptown for as long as I can remember. The area goes thru periods of rehabbing and revitalization - when people with money to invest discover the old 6 flat buildings and start spending real money in the neighborhood, someone political ramps up a program to ´´move the bums´´ out of Uptown...
If you drive a religious organization that is feeding the hungry out of your community, you must hate/fear either religion or the hungry. Which is it alderman? Will you deny a hungry family a meal because it is served by people who believe in God?
It´s like when the govt. forced Catholic Adoption Services out of Boston, California and Illinois: yes, it was because they wouldn´t procure children for gay men and lesbians, but it´s also part of the bigger program of forcing out private charities with a view of securing a government monopoly.
And what gives an Alderman the authority to drive out a religious group? Does he think they need HIS permission to perform the Works of Mercy?
Has he never heard of the concept of "free exercise" of religious faith?
I can appreciate the Salvation Army´s desire not to frame this as a direct conflict with the local dimestore dictator, but this should not be allowed to stand.
BIG Government statist pols simply can´t seem to tolerate faith-based benevolences, although American´s freedom of Religion is protected by the very First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. ...Such independent, caring and personal NGO outreaches of compassion apparently interfere with the current dem pols´ centralized planning, micro-management agenda. ...Why is that? Have such pols no heart?
In the 1830s, de Toqueville noted one of the basic reasons for America´s success as a thriving, vibrant country was the genuine concern for others by the many churches and people of faith whom he saw helping others during his travels throughout the USA. He said Americans were always eager to pitch in & help someone in need and that can-do spirit contributed to America´s greatness. He thus famously said, ´´When America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.´´
Ergo, perhaps this Chicago-style, BIG Government/dem pol prefers top-down, centralized micro-management of EVERYTHING!?!! If so, he is totaly out of step withwhat the American spirit has ALWAYS stood for! ...How does someone with such a selfish statist philosophy get elected? -YIKES!!! mmm mmm mmm
Does being an alderman give Cappleman such authority? Can aldermen simply order businesses or charities out of "their" ward?
Will a court battle erupt if the Salvation Army tells Ald. Cappleman to take a flying leap, and/or to get stuffed?
I´d like to see the Salvation Army, on official letterhead, "order" Ald. Cappleman out of the 46th ward, on the grounds that he is manifestly a danger to the homeless. Tell him he has a month to comply, then the restraining orders get filed.
Most Democrats are "progressives" and socialists. The Democrat Party has a long history of hate and racism too. If you remember, progressives were strong supporters of eugenics. They want to rid society of "undesirables". Anyway, my point is that even though the leftists give lip service about caring about people, especially the poor and people of color, the truth is that they detest them. They only use them to further their agenda but they actually do everything in their power to destroy those people and then blame the consequences on their ideological opponents. They are evil liars. They also want to make everyone dependent on the state controlled by them.
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