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Madison civil rights panel looks at making homelessness a protected class
madison dot com ^ | 11-27-12 | PAT SCHNEIDER

Posted on 11/28/2012 2:33:39 PM PST by TurboZamboni

Should homelessness be a protected trait — like sex, race, age and many others — in the city of Madison? The city’s advisory Equal Opportunities Commission is beginning to look into adding homelessness to the list of characteristics which may not be considered in housing, employment and public accommodation under Madison’s Equal Opportunities Ordinance. Interest in exploring whether homeless people should be designated a protected class to ensure their civil rights goes back to a controversy early this year about efforts to dissuade the homeless from hanging out in the lobby of the City-County Building, committee Chairman Brian Benford told me.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: beggars; bums; homeless; madison; madistan
4 more years of Obama and we'll all be in a protected class
1 posted on 11/28/2012 2:33:49 PM PST by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni

How bout paying them minimum wage and put them to work for the city.


2 posted on 11/28/2012 2:35:20 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Hey, whatever breaks up Americans into more Balkanized Voting blocs the better.


3 posted on 11/28/2012 2:37:00 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: TurboZamboni

It follow suit that being left handed will be next, no?


4 posted on 11/28/2012 2:38:23 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature
It follow suit that being left handed will be next, no?

Man, I hope so.

5 posted on 11/28/2012 2:41:47 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: TurboZamboni

So... attempting to raise them out of homelessness is to be a hate crime?


6 posted on 11/28/2012 2:46:29 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: TurboZamboni

Will I be required to give some money to anybody standing at an intersection holding a sign saying veteran broke trying to get out of town but will work for food God bless you?


7 posted on 11/28/2012 2:46:59 PM PST by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: TurboZamboni

not all of us....conservatives (and particularly outspoken conservatives) will be in the locked up (or dead) class....hardly protected by the government at all.


8 posted on 11/28/2012 2:51:09 PM PST by Nifster
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To: TurboZamboni

Homeless - just the liberal name for hobo’s, bums, etc. They couldn’t do anything about that so they just gave them a pretty name. They’re not homeless. Everybody has a home. You just need a house (or cardboard box) to put it in. I’d like them to name one, just one liberal volunteer group that helps them as “The Gospel Mission” or “The Salvation Army” ... where’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “House Of Soup And Nuts”? or places like that. You’d be hard pressed to find a liberal soup kitchen. All Libtards can do is go spend a night on a heated subway grill then go and have a steak dinner to show how in touch they are with them.


9 posted on 11/28/2012 3:01:43 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral)
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To: SkyDancer

Hobo > Tramp > Bum

Most of what we know as city homeless today = Bum


10 posted on 11/28/2012 3:06:25 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
my sign: Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

11 posted on 11/28/2012 3:07:31 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yep, that. But we have to be more sensitive nowadays.


12 posted on 11/28/2012 3:18:49 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral)
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To: TurboZamboni

If you want to be practical about it, there is a big problem with homeless people being unable to integrate because of some administrative “catch-22” problems, that could fairly easily and cheaply be overcome.

For example, a big problem for homeless people is that they cannot get ID unless they *have* ID. Oddly enough, for some, arrest records that prove identity, paid for by the police, can help people without ID get ID. But in many cities, police are now charging a hefty fee, like $25, to confirm identity.

Another example is that even if you have cash in hand for rent and deposits, you cannot rent an apartment unless you have a current address. Some cities allow people to use “General Post Office, attn: (a particular homeless person)” as an acceptable current address. A similar problem applies to employment, not being able to get a job unless you already have a job.

But cities could address both of these situations in a “quid pro quo”, that the homeless person provides a current photo, fingerprints, family contacts if any, in exchange for identification and the ability to rent if they can afford to.

And truthfully, *if* just minimal employment is needed to get a job, a city could easily generate some real temp jobs, doing minimum wage labor, just to get the ball rolling. No big problem there, as the city would have paid for that labor anyway.

Yet all of this will only address part of the homeless problem, because many homeless are homeless because they *want* to be homeless. But reducing some of the homelessness does a lot to make the homeless less obnoxious.


13 posted on 11/28/2012 4:01:38 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: TurboZamboni

Well, I don’t like these special “protected class” laws one bit. Still, it’s kind of funny, if you think about it. If we DID routinely discriminate against the homeless in housing, employment, and public accommodation, then we’d pretty much be ensuring they’d be perpetually homeless. What else can they do if they can’t get jobs, can’t rent a place to stay, or even get a hotel room? Seems like a really foolish way to deal with homeless people, if you view them as a nuisance.


14 posted on 11/28/2012 5:57:05 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

I believe that midgets, ugly people, and gingers are in line before the lefties. Sorry.


15 posted on 11/28/2012 5:58:12 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: TurboZamboni

Homeless shelter = absentee voter fraud center.


16 posted on 11/28/2012 5:59:17 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: TurboZamboni

If you changed it to:

“Hit me with a quarter! Only 25 cents.”

You could double your profits.


17 posted on 11/28/2012 5:59:38 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: showme_the_Glory

I’m sure the “O” would go for that, as he’s a lefty in all ways, handed included.


18 posted on 11/28/2012 7:13:44 PM PST by bog trotter
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To: Boogieman

then I’d be a homeless one percenter


19 posted on 11/28/2012 7:28:23 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

Yes, but you’d have nothing for the other 99% to occupy, so I think you’d be alright.


20 posted on 11/28/2012 7:35:28 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: SkyDancer

That’s “SIR Bum” to you!


21 posted on 11/28/2012 9:39:54 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Well - in Australia where I work (just home for the Christmas hollidaze) you calling yourself SIR Bum - well Bum is lingo for arse. So, Yessir Sir Arse .... LOL


22 posted on 11/29/2012 7:20:22 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral)
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To: cripplecreek

Remember the WPA?


23 posted on 12/02/2012 8:30:07 PM PST by nataliciat (Hammock Meet Surface Tablet)
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To: Boogieman
Here is the list the protected list for Madison. One has me a bit confused though.

The city’s Equal Opportunities Ordinance already specifies a long list of characteristics that may not be considered in considering someone for housing, employment, public accommodations or the use of city-owned facilities: sex, race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, handicap/disability, marital status, source of income, arrest record, conviction record, less-than-honorable discharge, physical appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, political beliefs, familial status, student status, domestic partnership status, and status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking.

Can someone please explain to me what genetic identity is?

24 posted on 12/02/2012 8:47:03 PM PST by SledgeCS (Good Men Died. Obama Lied. Impeach the LYING COWARD!!!)
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To: SledgeCS

I guess genetic identity is like gender identity.... if you say you are an XX and not an XY then you are. How dare those DNA tests say otherwise!


25 posted on 12/02/2012 8:51:54 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SledgeCS

“Can someone please explain to me what genetic identity is?”

Well, if “gender identity disorder” means that you believe, say, that you are a man trapped in a woman’s body, then maybe “genetic identity disorder” is when you think you are like a cat trapped in a man’s body?

My dog used to love people food and hated dog food, maybe he had that disorder and thought he was a human?


26 posted on 12/03/2012 7:04:03 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: TurboZamboni

It must be hilariously funny to actually live in Madison.

Just imagine bumping into a member of this ‘civil rights panel’ at Starbucks!

Right there in front of you, in living color, an ambassador from another planet - I think it would be the highlight of an evening.

Otoh, living with drooling leftist morons always has its downside; so, have a laugh while you can Madisonians!


27 posted on 12/03/2012 7:20:07 PM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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