Quote take from Rev. John Sobiech at HomelessRHumans
I woke up early with such a bad migraine I have no idea how cold it was. It seemed to turn into such a beautiful day so fast.
No matter how much I tried today, the migraine was not only staying, but growing worse despite the medication I took before sunrise. Not until 5.pm was I able to get out of bed and do anything constructive. But I really don't feel very well at all.
Starting Wednesday two cold fronts are due to arrive in New Mexico, one right after the other. The warnings are for a severe drop in temperatures. Lord help us.
Someone sent me the latest NLCHP publication:
Opening The Door To The Human Rights To Housing.
Over the course of 2010 and early 2011, an extraordinary series of events opened the door to discussion about housing as a human right in the United States. The Universal Periodic Review (Review) began with a nationwide consultation process involving thousands of community participants and culminated in an international review of human rights in the United States in Geneva in November. At this review, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) affirmed for the first time the relevance of an international human rights mechanism to its role in setting domestic housing policy. Five months later, again for the first time, the State Department, in consultation with HUD, supported recommendations on affordable housing and protecting the rights of homeless persons, among others, in response to the Review. The following week, the State Department announced a re-embrace of economic and social rights, including the right to housing, after seventy years of treating them as second-class rights.http://www.nlchp.org/view_report.cfm?id=365
While the reality for the millions of Americans facing foreclosure, eviction, or homelessness remains grim, these policy statements are more than rhetorical changes. They reflect a recognition that the right to housing, based in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, is relevant to domestic issues ranging from our response to the foreclosure crisis to the criminalization of homelessness. A growing movement for the human right to housing made up of lawyers and grassroots advocates worked for this recognition as the groundwork for a new kind of housing policy, one based in our obligations to realize housing as a basic human right.
Here we look at the successes for the right to housing in our nation's first ever Review in the context of this growing movement. In each section we first briefly discuss the steps of the Review process and then detail the way housing and human rights groups strategically used each step for our advocacy. We also discuss the outcomes of the process and analyze the government's involvement. We conclude by presenting opportunities for future advocacy to move us closer to realizing the human right to housing in the United States.
There has to be someone related to Robert & Sylve Huckins must have some means to reach them, if it be Michael Huckins, Dr.Kenneth Ogilvie ( Diana Huckins? Dominic Huckins? Malcolm Huckins? ) or Patricia Ogilvie-Huckins and get them to return ALL of the money they stole from us so that I can buy a home and get our lives back. I am begging anyone in this family for help.
I don't believe I have EVER witnessed any none violent crime that can be as devastating as stealing someone's home. I am walking in Dorothy McKeevers footsteps, day by day, month by month, year by year.
Liam Griffin, I sat in your law office with two witnesses as you gave me your promise, your guarantee, that Robert Huckins was not going to steal our money and leave me homeless. You personally guaranteed that it would be returned before harm came to us.
Patricia Ogilvie-Huckins you were present the day I signed contract with your son. You walked out of the kitchen with Sylve Huckins and your son introduced me to you. He told you that I was the British horse trainer he had told you about, the one he was going to build the home and barn for. Why didn't you say something? There may be a rational and reasonable explanation but I have spent over 3 years, homeless, not understanding it. I understand it even less knowing that though I was a total stranger, both Dorothy McKeever and Sally Canning you KNEW, and you knew what your son had done to them and others.
Dr. Kenneth Ogilvie, I contacted you and simply asked for a reference, not knowing that Robert Huckins was your cousin. Robert Huckins had just stolen over $30,000 from the domestic violence shelter, HEAL, yet everyone was trying to hide it. There was a history of stealing large amounts of money. $65,000 PLUS from Nancy Canning. $89,000 PLUS from Dorothy McKeever, $45,000 from Francis McKinney. The list just goes on and on and on.
Because of Robert Huckins I ended up paying $140,000 to be homeless.. sat in the cold, emotionally, physically and financially broke. In the middle of a recession, with no way to recover the stolen funds.
Today Robert Huckins has his own home...
He also has OUR home.....
He also has a lot of people's money...
And his freedom.
Women are not banks or loan institutions. Women should not be the source of a retirement fund for people who don't want to do an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. Holding women hostage while playing with the judicial system, a horrendous game of cat and mouse extending YEARS, with the victims whose very homes, families and stability are in jeopardy is cruelty, as cruel as a physical beating. It is financial and emotional RAPE. Homelessness is not justice. It is a slow, painful death.
Please, I beg with everything I have within me, please convince Robert Huckins to stop this torture and return the building fund he stole from us so we too, can have a home.
Compassion is more important than intellect in calling forth the love that the work of peace needs, and intuition can often be a far more powerful searchlight than cold reason.~ Betty Williams