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One day while walking around Shinjuku, a major hub for government and business in Tokyo, Japan, I noticed a shelter built by a homeless man. It looked semi-permanent, but more importantly, had solar panels on it. I thought this was very different than the homeless I encountered in my former city of Vancouver, Canada, so I started to investigate homelessness in Japan.

I was lucky enough to interview Professor Tom Gill, who has researched homelessness and other societal issues in Japan for many years.

This is part 1 of a series of videos I’m making about the homeless in Japan. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave in the comments. Thanks for watching.

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Rachel Dolezal refuses to apologize for living her life as a black woman.

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The Rich Get Richer While The Poor Get Poorer (Anonymous)

In the next 30-plus years something drastic will take place: The minority population in America will switch sides with America’s white population. How will Black America handle this turn of power? How will America’s white population deal with this change?

Most of us have thought about it at one time or another. Will the African-American and Latino populations (now about 25-28%) be as unjustifiable in their treatments of Whites, as the white population has been for hundreds of years with the Black population?

It’s a war waiting to happen, as proved by past experiences in civil rights, in the rights of all humans, the right that “all men are created equal.”

If statistics are to believed, close to a million Iraqi civilians (men, women, and children) have been killed in the last four years, while America’s prejudicial attitude of “be like us, or else” threatens hundreds of thousands more innocents everyday. Many believe the number killed is much higher. It’s sad we will never know how many lives America has affected. Imagine how the Black person, or Latino, felt and still feels when he/she, in this modern-day of “anything’s acceptable,” is still treated as less a person because of their race. The word ‘equality’ is a relative word, and it is as much a pretense as it has always been in American society. We must always ask ourselves; Are we a nation of civility? Does everyone have equal civil rights? It’s a question that is unfortunately too easy to answer based on past and present history.

George Bush in his first term as President never visited the NAACP, the first president in modern times to avoid participating in a dialogue on Black/White relations, creating an even larger racial divide than before he took office. The Washington Times reported that before the 2004 presidential election, only about 20,000 American residents visited the Canadian immigration website. The day after Bush was declared president again, more than 115,000 visited the website.

Author Greg Palast noted that in 2000, George W. Bush won less than 10 percent of the black vote. To make matters worse, as the 2000 election debacle unfolded in Florida, it became clear that the election shenanigans, which included wiping 57,000 names, mostly Blacks, from the list of eligible voters, were not unintentional errors, but instead involved orchestrated and systematic efforts at disenfranchising African-American and immigrant voters.

The following statistics may shed some light on America’s racism:

o According to the Census Bureau, in 2001, 30 percent of both Black and Latino children lived in poverty.

o Unemployment in 2003 for young black men aged 16-19 topped out at more than 30 percent, double that of young white men in the same age category.

o Blacks make up 13 percent of the population, but represent 50 percent of the nation’s prison population. Black men are 6 percent of the population but are more than 40 percent of those on death row.

Despite significant changes in the legal context and sociological climate, neighborhood racial segregation remains pervasive within America today. In a number of recent studies, strong evidence has been offered linking this segregation to the social and economic problems of blacks. Black versus white disparities in unemployment, wage rates, labor market knowledge, test scores, unmarried motherhood, and high school graduation can all at least partly be attributed to housing segregation. It can be summed up in the following statistic: The medium net worth of today’s black household is $ 6000. The net worth of a white household is $ 88,000 – fourteen times the wealth. Is there any question as to why America’s youth of color have no dreams? Feel abandoned by today’s lawmakers and leaders? See no future?

Former Black slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass wrote in the late 19th century, “The hostility between the whites and Blacks of the South are easily explained . . . both are plundered by the same plunderers . . . and it (hostility) was incited on both sides by the poor whites and the Blacks by putting enmity between them. They divided both to conquer each. ” It is the same today, and it is leading us into another civil war, this one racial/class motivated.

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) warned in a presidential debate on June 5, 2007, that the Bush administration has done nothing to defuse a “quiet riot” among blacks that threatens to erupt just as riots in Los Angeles did 15 years ago after the Rodney King incident. Back then 55 people died and 2000 were injured in several days of riots in the city’s black neighborhoods. He said that with black people from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast still displaced 20 months after Hurricane Katrina, frustration and resentments are building explosively as they did before the 1992 riots. “These ‘quiet riots’ that take place every day are born from the same place as the fires and the destruction and the police decked out in riot gear and the deaths,” Obama said. “They happen when a sense of disconnect settles in and hope dissipates. Despair takes hold and young people all across this country look at the way the world is and believe that things are never going to get any better.”

Americans – White, Black, and Latino are scared today. What is to become of America’s people of color? Will this daily ‘quiet riot’ turn into a ‘loud riot’ and thrust our country into this impending civil war? With they take up arms and fight those who for so many years oppressed them into their subservient lifestyle?

Nothing has changed in the last 150 years. It is still rich versus poor, love versus hate, right versus wrong, help versus hinder, good versus bad.

We must stop the ‘versus’ and be our brother’s keeper if we are to survive.

Bruce Schwartz is a lifelong political activist, teacher, and author of the #1 bestselling novel THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, the story of a nationwide attack on America’s urban cities, which ignites a race war seven days before the presidential election. The book can be ordered at http://www.thetwentyfirstcentury.com

Why should a good education be exclusive to rich kids? Schools in low-income neighborhoods across the US, specifically in communities of color, lack resources that are standard at wealthier schools — things like musical instruments, new books, healthy school lunches and soccer fields — and this has a real impact on the potential of students. Kandice Sumner sees the disparity every day in her classroom in Boston. In this inspiring talk, she asks us to face facts — and change them.

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Searching America's Historical Newspapers

Locating historical newspaper articles using America’s Historical Newspapers

Demonstrates how to locate consecutive issues of one paper and search for articles on an event using keywords in the database America’s Historical Newspapers.
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Unemployment is the highest it’s been in three decades. The housing mortgage fiasco has contributed to the dramatic growth of homelessness. Tent cities across the United States are growing and are populated not only by the chronically homeless but also with educated and middle class citizens who have lost their jobs and/or lost their homes.

The number of homeless veterans is growing, too, with 200,000 currently “on the streets.” As the incidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is growing in recognition, treatment is not keeping up with the need. When these walking wounded return home from Iraq and Afghanistan, the stigma associated with PTSD as well as the lack of compassionate and therapeutic care abandons them to find their own way down a hopeless street. Many commit suicide. Others join the chronically homeless.

Reminiscent of the Great Depression and the era following the Vietnam War, the stories of America’s middle and working class and its returning veterans are resurfacing as exercises in frustration and defeat although the heart of America still beats with hope.

Like John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath and Travels with Charlie, and more recently like the stories of Charles Kerault, there are stories to be told about the American people who are daily struggling to live and re-establish their dreams. They are important stories to be told, not only to re-ignite compassion and understanding but, like post 911, to inspire America’s heart as a nation to work together in assuring a quick recovery to a state of greater strength, mutual support and decreased greed.

Books about the general concept of homelessness have been written such as the three-volume Homelessness in America, by Robert Hartmann McNamara, published in 2008. However, to my knowledge, no books have yet been published focusing on individual stories, especially from 2009. The dramatic increase in homelessness as a result of the economic recession is still too new.

You-Tube holds a great number of videos about tent cities and the subject of homelessness but does not chronicle the depth of each individual story. Print articles may appear in local papers, however only the result of homelessness is typically covered rather than the individual stories. When written with a constructive objective rather than simply reporting, these stories could help rebuild lives.

With regard to homeless veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes the issue but cannot keep up with the influx. According to National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson, “We saw thousands of Vietnam veterans who ultimately became homeless, and we may be facing a new national crisis with the veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.” In 2006, one in four homeless were veterans. That number has climbed.

As the trend in increased unemployment and homelessness lags the projected economic recovery, there are many stories to be discovered and told in 2009. As this trend continues, the number of people who know or who have a degree of connection to the issue is dramatically increasing.

The current coverage of the issue of homelessness in connection with the economy takes national attention. Good Morning America has it AmeriCAN series to highlight people who are taking action to help others. Each day, snippets of stories are seen in the media. However, few are in depth.

The publication and distribution of a series of books can take an important step. It can record, in greater depth, these unseen and unheard stories of individuals who have experienced the worst and who survive. It can provide a written history giving their plight a sense of purpose by calling the nation together to help one another. In the end, hopefully, it will provide future generations inspiration and pride in their heritage rather than shame.

As a source of inspiration for future generations as well as a sobering history to ground the nation’s leaders in the reality experienced daily by the people, this book series is important. These stories can generate a timeless image of our nation by having not only the heart but also the courage to take action by finding and telling these stories.

There is a need for the nation to unite in a national movement to Employ The Unemployed. With the American people addressing the issue of unemployment head on, without waiting for legislation and political process, the economy will immediately improve.

160,000 children stay home from school out of fear of being bullied.
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Renewable energy is gaining steam in the oil-thirsty U.S. market, but green tech has hurdles to clear before it can take a bigger slice of the pie.

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