Discrimination Against The Homeless Because They Don't Meet Society's Standards

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John Russell

Portland, ME

#1 Oct 28, 2009
Hello,

My name is John Russell and up until yesterday I was a frequent visitor to the Family Public Library on the USM campus. Where I educate myself and bother no one.
I do suffer from slight mental illness, but am a threat to no one. I've been homeless for almost 5 years, and coming to the library has kept my mind active and has kept be off medicine design to turn you into a zombie.
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I was served with a criminal trespass notice yesterday by campus police that says I cannot be anywhere on campus for 3 years or I'll be arrested. This was in response to the Administration and the library staff who have labeled me a Bigot, a Thief and a Nut.
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I am neither of those characterizations.
And so I have been discriminated against simply because they don't want me there because I don't meet society's standard or I'm a bad image for the school.
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There is allot more to this story.
Can anyone help me regain my right to visit the library ?
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Thank you
John Russell
kylecrsn@Gmail.com
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I would also like to add, other then my regular size back pack you would never know I was a homeless cuckoo-bird, I bathe regularly and wash my clothes. I know all my ABC's and I can count to 100 forwards and backwards. I can't read so well, but I have my own net-book computer and I know how to operate it. I sometimes don't always word things politically correct.
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Thank you
John Russell
Dear John

Providence, RI

#2 Jan 25, 2010
recently moved here and we only know about the main library and it's various brances. I am writing from the (small) library In Olney- but there are 5-6 others spread around town.

You may well have a case.

I went into a local CVS yesterday was was looking at the varieties of makeup, in what I call the "mall maze." My friend was going to buy some items but changed his mind. I put the candy "Twizzlers" back on the shelf and proceeded to TRy to walk out.

The manager- I believe Paki or Indian, yelled "thief" at me as I was heading to the door with my friend. The manager then tried to say I had gotten underneath the class shelves near the register. He pointed in there and kept saying I stole and wanted me to open mu purse.

I was SO embarrassed. There were quite a few people in line watching how the interaction would end up. I told the guy to call the cops as I stole NOthing. I said " fine, they will find nothing, but it is not legal for you to dig through my belongings and I want a witness.

He stopped threatening and said to "never come back to his store." I asked him- why would I want to? Another friend told me I should sue the pants off of the owner for his degrading and insulting actions..........

If I were you I would ask to speak to the police depts." victim witess services and consider filing a small claims or other action againt the perps.
People can be so ingorant and rude. Especially yo anyone who appears "different" in a significant manner.

You were mistreated; you suffered blatant defamation of your character; haven't the perps been educated on how to treat people, including those with disabilities.

One of my Best friends is psych "disabled" andf he has to put on armor to face each day. Best of luck to you!
8th grader

Malone, TX

#3 Dec 15, 2011
completely agree with both you...
8th grader

Malone, TX

#4 Dec 15, 2011
Completely agree with both of you...
james hilliard

Arlington Heights, IL

#5 Feb 11, 2012
what part of the federal goverment can help the homeless would it be the department of justice. local law where i am are discrimination the homeless here as well. i think something has to be done about it to protect the homeless it has gone to far. pygmynations@yahoo.com
james hilliard

Arlington Heights, IL

#6 Feb 11, 2012
it is not the the blame of the homeless that they can't pay to keep there homes and because they lost there jobs it is because of our countrys money problem. but yet there are more and more homeless every day. from day one i was not homeless it was the fault of a police department. i had a apartment that was not ready yet but i put money on it so no one would take it and i put a large amount for a few months. but did i move into it no i did not. the police have a bad chip on there shoulder and threw me out of a motel with out asking me why i was there. " do not assume any thing allways ask questions" they did not... i feel they owe me. thank you pygmynations@yahoo.com
summer

Buffalo, NY

#7 May 30, 2012
wow thats sadd i love hoeboes! no offence johnn!
THE PROPHET

Farmington, MI

#8 May 30, 2013
To Anyone Who Judges And Acts In Any Ill Form Against Anybody Who Even Looks Homeless Are Wicked Evil Human Sinners And Should Be Punished Respectfully Being Homeless Is Not A Sin!Nor Immoral Etc.
Jesus Who Is The Truth And Spoke The Truth Did Teach And Spoke Do Not Judge By Outward Appearance
Read The Rest Especially Anyone Has To Repent Change There Minds And Hearts And Get THERE LIFES RIGHT WITH GOD THE CREATOR OF ALL LIFE GET WITH IT YOU CAPITALIST QUIT BUYING AND PAYING THE SYSTEM TO CREATE A CONTINIOUS CLASS SYSTEM WHICH CREATES A CLASS SYSTEM WHICH WILL CREATE POOR PEOPLE
REPENT!REPENT!
THE PROPHET

Farmington, MI

#9 May 30, 2013
YOU IMMORRAL POLITICANS WHO TAKE BRIBES FROM THE RICH THE CAPITILIST
YOU IMMORRAL ENFORCEMENT POLICE OFFICERS WHO ENFORCE CORRUPT LAWS THAT ARE NOT FROM ME WHO ALSO TAKE UNRIGHTIOUS MAMMON THEN ARREST THE POOR WHO WALK ON MY FREE PLANET THAT I OWN CREATED FOR ALL HUMAMINTY THINK NO MAN OWNS THE MOON NOR ANY STAR OR PLANET THAT I CREATED!WAKE UP LISTEN TO GOD AND MY SON AND PROTECT THE POOR NOT ABUSE THE POOR!
Robert

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Jul 23, 2013
Be live it or not I tried to ask a legal office about what can be done about discrimination on homeless people and was kick out. That shows you just how awesome our legal system is. Its not OK if people discriminate against men and women and if you are black or Mexican but its OK to treat the homeless like trash. Its just not with companies its with people they think homeless people are lazy or drug users.That's not true It sickens me to no end to see this happens because we wouldn't have this problem if our government and the people who discrimate agaist a homeless guy did their job and did their part and actually cared about one another instead of our selfs we wouldnt have this problem.

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