We've come out as supporters of Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
We've seen a number of web sites post on his campaign focusing on the unfortunate time that a rally for his campaign used a homeless shelter and the homeless had to go elsewhere. These posts, dwelling on this time, are for the most part very conservative, focusing on anything to bring Sanders down, to repeats of the same story. Yes it happened. There are also stories circulating from a year or so back about his personal generosity towards individual homeless.
What a lot of people don't get is that homeless are NEVER guaranteed a spot for the night at shelters that are part of the United States government military, the very popular NATIONAL ARMORIES for the National Guard.
Here in Southern California, even in the coldest and rainiest weather, if it's a training weekend, that shelter is closed, and people who stay there must stay outdoors, perhaps up all night at bus shelters, or if real lucky, a tolerant all night diner. Homeless people who try to shelter in cold weather shelters who have nowhere to go may also find these weekends to be when they are subject to local police forces harassing them. Women are more vulnerable to rape. Yet, with no other place to rent from, various charities and governmental agencies do use these locations for the COLD WEATHER SHELTERS. Then, usually between the 15th and 31st of March, the homeless who have not been taken into a YEAR ROUND SHELTER are on their own, outdoors, or if they are lucky, in a vehicle.
So, though it's unfortunate that Bernie's campaign people did use the shelter for a Bernie Rally, we think this is forgivable.
REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN VOTE even if on the street, in a program, without a permanent address.
THE PRIMARY IN CALIFORNIA IS JUNE 7 2016.
And if you do not vote in the primary, and Bernie is still a candidate, you can vote for him in the actual presidential election, either as a representative of the Democratic Party, or BY WRITING IN HIS NAME.
SECRETARY OF STATE- CALIFORNIA - PRIMARY ELECTIONS
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