I know I promised Friday Fluff but my knickers are in a wad. And all those nice things I said about their cause being noble but they were just naive little things blah blah blah … I take it back.
Yesterday’s Boston Herald included a story where Occupy Boston campers (you know, the ones with the @mit.edu email addresses and three-digit price-tag Coleman tents) were promoting the use of shower and meal services meant for the homeless. Apparently, Occupy Boston Globe, listed information for protesters, specifically regarding St. Francis House. According to the Herald, they’ve been asked to take it down.
I’ve been to the Occupy Boston website just now and protesters are advised to use the South Station restrooms. Quite frankly, if you’ve been in those restrooms (and sadly I have), you’ll know a few hairy protesters will only enhance the charm, so no worries there. Nonetheless, I went to the Occupy Boston Globe and this is what I found regarding showers (God bless cut and paste):
There are now shower facilities listed on the wiki logistics page. They are as follows:
Showers and meals are available free of charge at St. Francis House, a day shelter for the poor and homeless, located at 39 Boylston St. The shelter is open to everyone 18 years of age and older, serving meals from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. seven days a week. Showers are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 11 a.m.
Directions: To walk from Dewey Square to St. Francis House, walk down Atlantic Ave. past the South Station train and bus stations, turn right onto Essex Street, continue onto Boylston Street, and #39 will be on the right.
For more information, contact St. Francis House at 617-542-4211.
This is how St. Francis describes itself and its mission:
For 27 years, we have welcomed poor and homeless men and women who fear that their best days are behind them. We provide services, support, and a glimpse of what their lives can become: productive, healthy, fulfilling.
St. Francis House is nonprofit and nonsectarian. Our mission and approach are simple: We believe in the worth of every human being, and we know from experience that when people have the right tools, change can happen. Big change. That’s why we provide our guests with everything they need to reclaim their dignity and rebuild their lives: nutritious meals, clothing, access to medical care, counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and housing.
Isn’t Occupy Boston supposed to be protesting greed, the “something for nothing” mentality? The “take from the have-nots” sense of entitlement?
Okay, let’s leave aside that these resources were funded, in part, by private citizens who may have been unwilling to subsidize either Occupy Boston’s political or social agenda, or to subsidize their protest, or both. And yet, now their donated money and/or efforts must go to a cause they don’t necessarily support. Let’s just leave that aside … because this will be about 3,000 words if I go there. Really.
To the “protesters”:
Okay guys, these services are meant for the homeless, which you are most likely NOT if you have an MIT email address. These services are meant for the poor, which you are mostly likely NOT if you’re protesting in a brand new $150-$300 Coleman tent (and yes, I saw the tents and just looked the prices up). Many of these homeless are homeless because they are severely — and organically — mentally ill, which you are probably NOT if you’re having seminars and have folks running your website. That just doesn’t say Severe Traumatic Brain Injury or some form of medication-required hallucinatory psychosis to me. Others are homeless because they lack any other resources, which you do NOT, again based on the email domain and camping supplies. Many of these UNVOLUNTARILY homeless have children. I didn’t see any hungry kidlets running around the protest site when I was there.
If you are protesting corporate greed but you are too cheap (or lazy) to hop in a Zipcar, go to Foxboro and pick up a solar shower kit for $22.99 (I promise, I looked it up) but instead want use up resources meant for the needy, not the iconoclastic, then you have lost my support, especially as you’re camping in a tent that probably cost anywhere from $150-$250 . I just don’t know what’s worse about that: the cheap or lazy. People, the Hot shower kit is around $109, but I’m sure you kiddies can pool together something.
What got my own personal gall was the call for donations. And I mean, I was on your side kiddos. But raise the money, folks. Otherwise you’re asking folks who are having hard times to donate their resources so you can sit around and talk about how bad it is that those folks are having hard times. I mean, am I the only one who sees the very tragic irony here? Better yet, why don’t you guys make some donations to the homeless shelters who are serving the people you’re (supposedly) advocating, who are victims of the very corporate greed you’re (apparently) protesting. Or didn’t that occur to anyone.
What book was it where the revolutionary little piggies became the farmer little piggies? What was that line about not being able to tell the difference?
Jon Stewart, if you (or any of you writers) are out there, hit on this, PLEASE. I beg of you. I’ll even bake you a chicken pot pie with cake and cookies for dessert. Please Jon, you’ve got viewers, dude.
Protesters: I dub thee Zombie Bait.