“The worst poverty isn’t economic poverty; it’s the poverty of vision and spirit and
compassion. That poverty is the one to overcome. If we overcome that we could
solve all the others very easily.” – Connie Pascale, Chief Section Counsel at Legal Services of New Jersey, from “Welcome Home: The Rise of Tent Cities in the United States” 2014, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and
Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic,
Yale Law School
Recently MVCH and Camp Hope were highlighted in a report on tent cities compiled by National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and presented to the UN Human Rights Committee as part of reviewing US compliance with the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. Our agency and the Camp Hope program have been deemed as a best practice for this imternational initiative and our work seen as a model for other cities and communities.It is then quite fortuitous that this report came out just a week before the shooting death of James Boyd by Police in Albq. last month.
Considering all the abuse and trauma homeless people face in life that contributes to their being homeless, it is unacceptable to allow such brutality to become the norm for Law Enforcement to any group in our populas, if we are to continue to support the preservation growth and expansion of human and civil rights with the rest of the international community.This issue goes to show, that as much as we, even just in Las Cruces, have accomplished over the last two plus years working this way with our homeless community, we still have some serious work ahead to ordinate our sister communities all across the nation to engage in this global initiative and take responsibility for the abuse that’s growing where they are.
Please read some of the articles below so you can inform yourself about this issue!