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“At approximately 12:30 pm (PST) on Oct. 8, as I was having some coffee, I witnessed a Starbucks employee physically assault a homeless man in the Portland, Ore. area in order to get him to leave the premises.
The man, who appeared to be in his late 30s, was simply sitting in his chair and this female Starbucks employee (Jeanne) came over to him several times between approx. 12:15 pm and 12:30 pm and asked him to leave. At the same time she also asked two other homeless people (a young man and woman) also seated in the same area to leave. When these three homeless people didn’t leave right away, this same employee (apparently angered) went over to the gentleman in his late 30s and kicked him at least a half a dozen times in the lower leg to rouse him to leave. It was sickening and if I am not mistaken this would be considered second-degree assault.

The location where this took place was at the Starbucks at 14620 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie, OR 97267 (Milwaukie is directly southeast of Portland, Ore.).

At the moment that this man was assaulted and subsequently these three people were asked to leave, this Starbucks was virtually empty, so it wasn’t like there were people standing around waiting for a seat.

Shortly after this kicking incident I left the Starbucks and located the two younger homeless people who were seated across from the gentleman who was assaulted by the Starbucks employee, and they corroborated the incident and said, “All we wanted to do was rest.” Sadly, at that moment they were lying on a sidewalk alongside an adjacent grocery store in full sun, obviously extremely uncomfortable and hurting with nowhere to go. They said the gentleman who was kicked by the Starbucks employee hangs around the area where the incident took place, but they didn’t know where he went after they were all ejected from the Starbucks. I have not been able to find him. I have driven up and down the adjacent streets and still have not seen him. The young couple has also not been seen in the area since then.

That same day, about an hour after the incident, I spoke directly with someone at KOIN News who expressed interest in this sickening display for a story, but without some comment by the gentleman kicked or video of him they said they were not ready to do a story. I emailed KATU News and am awaiting a reply. I have also been in contact with the Oregon Coalition on Housing & Homelessness, and spoke with someone from this organization (Carol) who said she “was extremely concerned that this incident is the status quo in terms of how Starbucks treats people perceived as homeless.”

What was really shocking about this incident was that the Starbucks employee (Jeanne) seemed proud of what she did. As I was leaving this Starbucks shortly after the kicking incident I mentioned to her that she had to get some homeless people to leave, and asked her if she kicked the one gentleman and she replied, “Well yes I did—he wouldn’t leave.”

The houseless community is up in arms about an alleged physical attack by a Milwaukee Starbucks employee against a houseless man inside a coffee shop on Saturday, October 8.
The KBOO Evening News received testimony from an alleged witness who wrote that a female employee approached a houseless man sitting at a table at a Starbucks on McLoughlin Boulevard and QUOTE “kicked him at least half a dozen times in the lower leg to rouse him to leave.”
A spokeswoman from Starbucks said that the corporation had spoken to its employees at the Milwaukee shop and that there is no evidence anyone did anything wrong.
Starbucks issued a statement to the KBOO News that said, Quote:
“The safety and well-being of our partners and our customers is our highest priority. We have further looked into this matter, and have found there is no evidence of any type of physical altercation involving any of our partners.”

There were two additional houseless people in the Starbucks at the time of the alleged incident and the witness says the same employee forced all of them out.
The witness alleges that when the Starbucks employee kicked the houseless man’s legs, the shop was QUOTE “virtually empty.”

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PLACE: ALFRED A. ARRAJ, U.S. FEDERAL COURTHOUSE, 901 19th  ST. DENVER, CO 40294 Courtroom A 402.

Denver, CO— Homeless people are going to U.S. federal court 8 a.m. Wednesday, October 12 to address the mass violations of their fundamental rights by the City of Denver. In spite of daily struggles, homeless and poor people here in America are standing up against powerful government and business interests.

“It’s exactly what Thomas Jefferson had in mind,” says their attorney, Jason Flores-Williams.

Since the passing of the Camping Ban in May 2012, the City of Denver has routinely seized and destroyed the property of thousands of homeless persons in Denver in a policy that has nation-wide come to be known as The Denver Homeless Sweeps.

“Defendants’ systematic policy of confiscating property from this class of citizens has profoundly deleterious effects on homeless persons’ legal standing, emotional well-being and medical health, while providing no demonstrable benefits to the City and County of Denver,” says University of Colorado Political Science Professor, Tony Robinson, an expert witness in this civil rights class action case.

The class action law suit challenging the Denver Homeless Sweeps was filed in U.S. Federal Court August 27, 2016. Wednesday October 12, 2016 marks the first hearing in the matter. There will be a press conference 8:15 a.m. on the public sidewalk on 20th and Champa followed by a hearing in Magistrate Judge Shaffer’s Courtroom at 9:00 a.m. The press conference, as well as the hearing, will be attended by many homeless people including those whose rights and property have been seized by the City.

Plaintiff Jerry Burton explains the reality saying, “Wherever I try to rest, the Denver Police Department comes down on me hard. They always tell me: “If you people would just leave Denver, then all of this would stop.” I have lived here 26 years. This is my home.”

The sweeps must end. You cannot sweep away homelessness. Denver is for all people.


Law office of Jason Flores-Williams


Denver Homeless Out Loud

720-940-5291 or 415-517-5603

*reposted from Denver Homeless Out Loud

Press Release
January 16, 2013

“God knows these are out of the box times.  When are we going to rise to the occasion and start thinking out of the box?  Old ideas created the problems we’re in.  They sure as *….* aren’t going to solve them.”  (SLEEPS activist)

The Trude Kaufman house, a former senior center, has lain dormant for two years now and the city plans to let it continue to do so until the generous Kaufman Trust fund runs out in 2015. Why not put seniors to work there instead, volunteering to help those who are unhoused?

The City has referenced expensive maintenance needed and a scant budget.  In a community with over 18% REAL unemployment and 1500 people on the streets there are many licensed plumbers, electricians and other construction workers who are sitting idle and who would be thrilled to be able to do anything useful.  People want to be productive and they would be eager to put their skills to use and help provide shelter day or night for those who are suffering on the streets.  BRING and other recycle opportunities have ample supplies at very low cost so both materials and labor are readily available. Seniors have time and talents.
In an era in which capital resources are scant and need rampant, it would behoove the community to tap into an evolving “gift economy” and explore the innovative service cooperatives.  It will be at least a decade, if ever, for job recovery.  We as a community need to develop other ways of utilizing each others’ talents and supporting each other…our current system is failing.
The Kaufman house is but one example of buildings that are racking up costs but lying unused in Eugene.  And buildings are just one issue where we’re stuck in a rut policy wise.  Just as we need to rethink building use, we need to rethink other policies that waste resources and hurt people.  Our anti-sleeping laws are another such issue.  We’re using outdated theories to address current era problems, a recipe for disaster.

Contact:, Jean Stacey 541-653-7589

Here is the story from SLEEPS:


Hedon Face

HEDIN BRUGH is a tough survivor and relentless activist who lives on the streets of Eugene.  He’s fought for the trees and environment for much of his life.  More recently, he’s fought against illegal foreclosures, fought for first amendment rights and now he is fighting for those who are unhoused.   Instead of resting secure in the knowledge that he can take care of himself on the streets, he constantly worries and works for those for whom he knows life on the streets is pure  hell.  “I worry most about families.  Especially women with children.  And men with children, there is no place they can go.”

Though the Mission recently accepted its first father and child family, their family space and that of First Place has long been full.  And lots of folks can’t manage the Mission environment or living in the basement of a church, with no privacy.  They might WANT to manage it but just not be able.

Hedin has been watching the shuttered Trude Kaufman House at 10th and Jefferson for two years now.  And for the third time in recent weeks he and other SLEEPS activists are pitching tents at 1PM at the site to bring the community’s attention to the fact that this resource is sitting empty while the unhoused suffer in the cold.

“This is a generous community, “ says Hedin.  “If the city would lease this place to a not for profit, there are many unemployed and licensed carpenters, electricians, plumbers who would much rather being doing something useful than sitting around.”  He also says that the former senior center is a place where  many seniors who want to help but have no place do so could come and volunteer.  “The Trude Kaufman House is just eating up the fund the Kaufmans left.  The city should make it possible for volunteers to help there and bring unhoused families out of the cold.”

Hedin is not only a tough activist, he is also a poet and playwright and is currently developing street theater for SLEEPS and writing a play that deals with issues around the unhoused.

Published by jeanstac on January 17, 2013 (use the link below to connect to the article and leave a comment for SLEEPS)

Posted by Ruthie Benjamin

This coming week is a busy week in
Detriot.  Below is info on five important events:

1) Monday, March 28, 7 PM, Special Moratorium
Now / MECAWI Meeting with reports from Wisconsin and on the upcoming student
actions against education funding cuts.
2) Tueday, March 1, 2 PM, Defend Vanessa
Fluker - Pack the Courtroom, Wayne County Circuit Court – 11th Floor –
Judge Robert Colombo’s courtroom

3) Wednesday, March 2, 12 Noon, WSU rally and march
against cuts.

4) Thursday, March 3, 4 PM, Rally Against Education
Cuts, at Wayne State

5) Friday, March 4, 7 PM-1 PM, Bradley Manning

Plus Michigan tour schedule for Larry Hales,
National Defend Public Education Leader.


Monday, February 28, 2011, 7:00
Moratorium  Now / MECAWI Meeting

5920 Second Ave., Detroit MI 48202 (at Antoinette –
just north of Wayne State University)

Hear Larry Hales, National Organizer of Fight
Imperialism Stand Together (FIST)

Larry will report on plans for the upcoming month
of Student protests scheduled for March against the massive cuts in education
funding and racist attacks on education at all levels 

Also Hear Brian Pfeiffer – staff organizer for the
Union of Part-Time Faculty at WSU

Brian just spent a week and a half in Madison,
Wisconsin, and will report on the tremendous struggle against union-busting
being waged in Wisconsin and growing across the US


Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 2:00 pm

Wayne County Circuit Court – 11th Floor – Judge
Robert Colombo’s courtroom
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward
Ave., Detroit Mi 48226


Judge Colombo is threatening to sanction people’s
lawyer Vanessa Fluker for her determined advocacy on behalf of homeowners
against the banks.  Vanessa Fluker, who tirelessly fights on behalf of the
people, now needs your support.  Be there March 1 at 2:00 pm to show your

Rally to Defend Public Education & in
solidarity with WI students-workers
Gullen Mall, Wayne State
12 NOON, Wednesday, March 2, 2011
– Followed by
march at 1 p.m. toward downtown –

Rally Against Education Cuts
Thursday, March 3, 4 p.m.
Mall at Wayne State University

A group of students at Wayne State will protest education cuts and other
attacks upon students and their loved ones Thursday, March 3 beginning at 4 p.m.
at Gullen Mall. The flier to promote the rally reads:

“Education is not a budget item to be cut or removed. Education is not a
business. Education is a right. You cannot repossess our education. We will not
spend a life in debt for four years in college. We will not pay more for jobs
that pay less. We will not sit down while our tuition goes up. Education is a
right not a privilege!”

The students and their supporters will also have messages of support for
their sisters and brothers, students and workers, in Madison, Wisconsin who have
been rising up in the tens of thousands to oppose union-busting and other
attacks on working families in that state.

Fundraiser for Whistle Blower Bradley Manning 

Friday, March 4 at 7:00pm - March 5 at 1:00am

Trumbullplex,4210 Trumbull Ave
Detroit, MI
Created By
More Info
Bradley Manning is currently in prison for an
indefinite amount of time for the documents he leaked to WikiLeaks. Along with
video footage (Collateral Murder)of innocent Iraqi Civilians and Journalists
being killed by American soldiers. This fundraiser is to raise consciousness and
legal defense funds for Bradley Manning. Read more about Bradley Manning's story
at the bottom of the event page.

Along with music there will be a gallery of enlarged WikiLeaks Cables for
people to read and review first hand.

This is NOT a B.Y.O.B event, There will be beer/liquor available for a
requested donation for those that are 21+

Event hosted by: Organization for a Free Society (OFS)
Co-sponsored by: Courage to Resist and Iraq
Veterans Against the War

more info:


National Defend Public Education Leader Mr. Larry Hales in Michigan Feb. 28
to March 1

**Sunday, Feb. 27:
5 p.m., Snyder-Phillips Hall, C203, Michigan State
University, East Lansing
Info: 616-589-4302

**Monday, Feb. 28:
7 p.m. 5920 Second Avenue (near WSU), Detroit / Info:

**Mr. Hales will be at WSU to meet students Feb. 28 and March 1 as
Info: 313-559-7074
For more information email:

The Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions, and Utility Shutoffs,
is a coalition of grassroots activists and organizations, union and religious
leaders, farmers, politicians, and concerned people from across Michigan that formed
in the spring of 2007 to fight for the passage of a Michigan Senate bill, which
would stop all mortgage foreclosures and evictions for two years.  Some of our most
committed activists have themselves been foreclosed and evicted from their homes and


The coalition is open to all those who want to fight for the passage of a moratorium
on foreclosures, evictions, layoffs, and utility shutoffs.  We meet every Monday, 7
PM, at 5920 Second Ave., Detroit.

Anyone can subscribe.
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