Monday, February 27, 2012

For Lent: I Would Like To Give Up Supporting A Convicted Felon

I was dreading this day for I have to do "something" to salvage everything I have been clinging onto, yet I am so exhausted I have no idea what to do.

I always said that if I couldn't find a resolve before this day came I would pitch a tent outside the Alamogordo court house to protest my having to support a career criminal, leaving me homeless. I can't afford to support him and myself.. I don't have the ability ~ and I have no idea how to get that through to the 12th District.

Being homeless and hanging on for your dear life while struggling but with food and gas money provided is a whole lot different than being homeless with zero means to hang on to that frayed rope that has been your lifeline. For the first hour this morning all I could do was sit thoroughly stunned.

As Rio, Gracie and Katie romped around I looked to see if the printer had responded to my request for a price quote. He hadn't.. but maybe he will later today. Before noon a violent migraine started through stress and I wanted to beat my head up against a wall.
And by 1 pm I was staggering around screaming in pain deathly ill. My ex-boss had a buyer for a trailer and some guns arrive, so I quickly got out of the way and took the time to do some thinking, and try to get the migraine under control.

By 3 pm I was well enough to drive ~ barely, so I went to Ruidoso to pick up some items for my ex-boss. While in mid-town I decided to stop in at a t-shirt store to see if any of my t-shirt designs would sell. The owners wasn't present but I had a wonderful time chatting with the store manager, a born and raised local.

It's been a half way decent day. No long term problems resolved, but no disasters or retreating in progress.

The irony of this entire situation is that I am supporting a career criminal.

1) No-one can take his home because that would be inhumane. Yet he can take ours and it's no big deal. Homelessness becomes insignificant when it comes to female victims.

2) The judge KEPT saying that he had to return our building fund with EXPEDIENCE. Yet the law cannot make him do what was demanded.

I don't want to support this criminal anymore. The cost is far too high emotionally, financially, physically and spiritually. I want to give him up not only for lent... but FOREVER.

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The itinerant US left has found its home in the Occupy movement

Far from alienating middle America, the progressive movement has captured the public and political imagination

At the auction of foreclosed homes at Queens supreme court in New York, the official carefully explained the process for one person to make an offer on another person's misery. As the bidding was about to begin on what was once the home of Valencia Williams, around 20 people stood up and started to sing: "Mr Auctioneer / And all the people here / We're asking you to call off the sale right now / We're going to survive but we don't know how."

As the clerk ordered them to sit down and be quiet, or face arrest, some left but others remained standing, repeating the single laconic verse. They were still singing over the clink of handcuffs, and as they were led out of the room. Each time an officer opened the door to take a protester out, the singing from the hallway would seep back in. Finally, when the room had been cleared, the auctioneer put Williams's home back on the block.

Earlier that morning, at an orientation session, the organisers spelled out their goal to the protesters. The aim was to intervene at the moment where the American dream (home ownership, individualism, social mobility) meets the American reality (poverty, corporate greed, vulture capitalism). They hoped not just to disrupt but to stop the process and force a reckoning between the antiseptic atmosphere of the auction and the grim consequences of the eviction. "We have two objectives," said one of the leaders. "To bring as much beauty to this ugly event as possible, and to shut this shit down."

The legacy of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is still in the making. Those who believe it came from nowhere and has disappeared just as quickly are wrong on both counts. Most occupiers were already politically active in a range of campaigns. What the occupations did was bring them together in one place and refract their disparate messages through the broader lens of inequality. The occupations were less an isolated outpouring of discontent than a decisive, dynamic moment in an evolving process.

Over the last decade in the US there has been an itinerant quality to the progressive left. Activists have sought shelter in the anti-war movement, Howard Dean's primary campaign, gay rights, immigrants' rights or the Obama campaign. Each more powerful and hopeful than the last; each too narrowly focused and lacking the social or economic base to sustain it. In the occupations, these political vagrants found a home.

The trouble is (as London's St Paul's protesters, whose appeal against eviction was denied last week, can testify) that while this home offered space for debate and organisation, it was no less precarious than the house of Valencia Williams in Queens. Vulnerable to harassment and eviction by the state, it was only a matter of time before they were moved on.

But while taking over public land to advocate for the public good has had an important practical and symbolic function, it was never the sole or even primary aim of the occupations. The dismantling of many encampments has not prevented the activists who were drawn to it from continuing with the work they were doing before.

Indeed, the occupations have left them re-energised and reinvigorated, with new recruits and a broader template within which to work. Accusations that they were too vague, too white and too elitist to engage with the needs of ordinary working people have been contradicted by the many concrete actions they spawned or to which they are connected.

"The occupation was always about values,"explains Michael Premo, who was one of the founding organisers of OWS and involved in the action to block the auction in Queens. "It was about reconfiguring the relationship between people and profit so that people are privileged instead of profit. There's a natural affinity between those values and struggles over housing and land."

The radical Brazilian educator Paulo Freire once asked, "What can we do today so that tomorrow we can do what we are unable to do today?" The occupations have been central to creating new possibilities.

Organising for Occupation (O4O), which executed the protest in Queens, was working on issues of housing justice months before OWS emerged. "The campaigns are separate but there is some crossover," explains Karen Gargamelli of O4O. All those I spoke to in Queens had been involved in OWS in some fashion.

In Nashville, Occupy Our Homes, which came directly out of the Occupy Nashville movement, forced JP Morgan to back off the foreclosure on Helen Bailey, a 78-year-old veteran civil rights activist. Roughly half those involved in the campaign were housing activists before, explains one activist, the others came to it through the occupation.

In Portland, Oregon, WeAreOregon has been working against foreclosures for some time, and is now concentrating on persuading people to stay in their homes and not be intimidated by the banks. It has been joined by Unsettle Portland, which came out of the occupation. Earlier this month they packed an auction and helped delay the eviction of a single mother while she challenges the banks.

Polls have shown almost twice as many Americans agreed with OWS than disagreed with it. Far from alienating middle America, the movement has captured the public and political imagination. It has shifted the national debate from debt to inequality and the focus of the problem from victims of the crisis (the poor) to its perpetrators (the financial institutions). A Pew poll released in December revealed 77% of Americans believe there is too much power in the hands of a few rich people and corporations, while those who believed "most people who want to get ahead can make it if they are willing to work hard" was at its lowest point since the question was first put in 1994.

It also has the Republicans rattled. In his address to the Republican Governors Association in December, rightwing pollster Frank Luntz said: "The public … still prefers capitalism to socialism, but they think capitalism is immoral. And if we're seen as defenders of quote, Wall Street, end quote, we've got a problem."

The relationship between the physical space that the occupation movement has held and its political efficacy has not been settled – and perhaps never will be. Its importance doesn't lie in what it means, but in what it does. It started by changing how people think about the world they live in; now it's strengthening their confidence to change it. ee/2012/feb/26/us-left-home-occupy-middle-america
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 vio
lent 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 our money 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 f
or 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, pl
ease convince Robert Huckins to stop this torture and return the building fund he stole from us so we too, can have a home.

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Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.~E. Hemingway