Global Protest Against Salvation Army from Australia to Los Angeles to England
Salvation Army Confiscates Second African-American Protesters After International Protest
Following Protests Against Salvation Army In Australia, England, USA & Beyond... Salvation Army Breaks into Second Locker of African·American Protester
International Protest Against Salvation Army Bell Shelter in LA in April 2016
International Protest Against Salvation Army Bell Shelter in LA in April 2016
PORTLAND, OREGON AND LOS ANGELES, CA - April 18, 2016 - Former Street Roots Writer, and former member of Sisters of the Road Crossroads group and Sisters of the Road Visioning Committee was hospitalized on Monday, April 18th, 2016 due to the illness ravaging his body and spine. While in the hospital Salvation Army, who gave him a fraudulently backdated Three Day Notice to Quit days earlier, cut his lock, took all of his belongings and confiscated all of his belongings and refused to allow him to sleep in his bed, bed 268, which he has prepaid 1/3 of his income for the month of April 2016.
This is the second African-American Protester to have the lock on his locker cut within a span of less than 13 days and items confiscated after he took part in the first international day of protest against the Salvation Army on April 6th, 2016.
The Salvation Army has about $1.4 billion in security assets on deposit at the Bank of New York and allows those securities to be lent out.
Many of the current and former clients around the world such as Rodney contend that "for the Salvation Army to argue, as it does, that it is not required to manage the donations of the community and the client's rental fees to provide indoor, working bathrooms and indoor showers in good faith under the terms of their federal funding guidelines flies in the face of New York law, Oregon law, Los Angeles law and beyond" read a joint statement by Southern California ADAPT, the Internal Client Association (ICA) and Disabled Veterans of Los Angeles Network." It is also required to provide ADA accessible, printed copies of program rules, guidelines and the full appeal process for the non-veteran citizens and for veterans in Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP) and the Supplemental Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) when they are threatened with exit/eviction from those programs."
Mass evictions from Salvation Army were first featured in an article by the New York Times titled, "Twist in Eviction Fight: Charity as Landlord"
On Friday, April 15th, 2016 the front desk staff tried to force a backdated refund check for Rodney's April 2016 monthly fees onto him.
"Pilar, [from Salvation Army Western Divisional Headquarters] offered to pay me three weeks of hotel room vouchers if I left by Friday [April 15, 2016]. I refused. Then things really got bad. They want the protesters gone by any means necessary. Advocates told me not to accept their offers to leave without representation. Each and everyday for many days now they have tried to give me backdated notices or refund checks so I give up my housing rights. I won't do it. Today, while I was in the hospital, they cut my lock. They did that to J [Another African-American resident of Salvation Army] too while we were at the protest. J could not handle the harassment and left the next day [April 7, 2016]. They took all my things. Everyday it gets worse for protesters in Salvation Army."
Rodney and J are heard in the video 'Elevation of Human Rights' found here: https://youtu.be/6RLZzJGk7W4
Another scandal of Bell city located in Los Angeles County is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Bell_scandal
The issues that Salvation Army is facing is not limited to Salvation Army. For example a recent article titled, "VALUE VILLAGE PROTESTS GO VIRAL" detailed how their biggest competitors, such as The Salvation Army, also have financial struggles.
The issues that Salvation Army face become complicated in a unique manner in that documents state that The Salvation Army has about $1.4 billion and Salvation Army clients feel that these funds should be used to improve basic living conditions in the Salvation Army Bell Shelter such as eliminate outdoor toilets to replace them with indoor toilets and repair the indoor toilet and eliminate outdoor showers and have indoor showers for example.
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"I'm Not Sure I Want To." These were the words said on April 15th, 2016 to an Honorably Discharged, Disabled, Marine Corps Veteran by Salvation Army officer Lt. Colonel Kyle Smith, Divisional Commander from the Salvation Army Western Territory Office in reply to the veteran's request to stop the backdated three day notices to quit which are also referred to by HUD as an eviction.
HUD fought against four of these illegal evictions when the Salvation Army illegally evicted four pregnant women, as reported by the Washington Times.
link to m.washingtontimes.com
April 6, 2016 was the most historic protest against Salvation Army ever because it was the first time that various protests against Salvation Army in multiple countries for the same cause took place on the same day. A common cause for justice united.
Several days earlier, pn April 6, 2016 during the Civil Disobedience protest in front of the Salvation Army event hosted by Mrs Lucy Turnbull, a former chair of the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal and the Autralian Prime Minister's wife, as reported by Australia News, Perth News, Yahoo News and more news wires, she stated to the Red Shield Appeal launch: "The Salvation Army has acknowledged that many children entrusted to its care in decades past suffered horrific abuse and that this abuse is the greatest failure in its history."
The disabled veteran suffers from legal blindness, Acute Ankylosing spondylitis arthritis, Scoliosis and frozen atrophied shoulder and cannot fight this on his own. He takes IV medication from the hospital regularly just to prevent full blindness. This letter is intended to reach out to any one that can assist this veteran in protecting his rights. Your help would protect his right to stay in HVRP snd SSVF.
Shelter manager Steve Lytle has made group members feel extremely unsafe when he threatened them with verbal and printed threat letters as the group worked to stop an eviction against Mary, a mentally challenged elderly woman with a service dog. At the very start of the video 'Elevation of Human Rights' you can hear Mary scream in anguish at Steve Lytle yelling 'I'm Not Going In!'
She was forced to go in their offices without ICA, her chosen advocates, and evicted the same day with less than 24 hours eviction notice.
What would suddenly change to make the staff desire to evict Rodney? Perhaps the answer is that he used his first amendment rights to participate in the Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 Los Angeles, California peaceful protest against the Salvation Army Bell Shelter and in solidarity with other protests against Salvation Army worldwide on April 6, 2016. The protest was also to bring awareness to Mary's inhumane eviction as well as the the inhumane fraudulent evictions of many other residents. Even though the protest took place far away from the Salvation Army Bell Shelter property these brave homeless protesters, over fifty percent of whom were disabled women of all races and members of Black Lives Matter, NAACP, Mindfreedom, Southern California ADAPT and several Homeless Veterans groups, they were stalked, harassed and retaliated against by the Shelter Director. Steve Lytle left Salvation Army Bell Shelter property, got in his car and stalked the residents to the protest during his work day which means that Salvation Army paid the director while he harassed these brave protesters off Salvation Army property. When the Veteran Administration Liaison Toni White inquired as to the nature of the event Steve Lytle told a room full of witnesses on April 13th, 2016 that he was just there to make sure the protesters (who were protesting against the inhumane abuse which he directs) were "safe." The protesters felt unsafe because they felt he was there to identify residents which would enable him to retaliate and quickly evict residents. This concern proved true when just seven 7 days later Steve Lytle, Alma Martinez and Amber Amann told him verbally for the first time he had to leave. This concern proved even more true when less than 13 days after the April 6 protest, Salvation Army cut his lock, took all of his belongings and confiscated all of his belongings and refused to allow him access to his belongings, refused to allow him to sleep in his bed, bed 268, which he has prepaid 1/3 of his income for the entire month of April 2016.
He also was an advocate for many residents who fought against illegal evictions and also protested in Los Angeles with a large group in solidarity with the Boycott Workfare movement (see BoycottWorkFare.org) against Salvation Army's unpaid forced labor in England and the April 6, 2016 protest in Australia. More seen here:
UNPAID LABOR WORKFARE DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE THE SALVATION ARMY CHARITY SHOP ASHTON UNDER LYNE.
So what are the customers saying on Consumer Reports about Salvation Army? See for yourself at the below link:
A statement released by Care Leavers Australia Network: "Care Leavers Australia Network wants a national commitment to a National Independent Redress Scheme that requires financial input from... the Salvation Army."
"The Salvation Army needs to make [a] public commitment to Redress.
"There are many Care Leavers whose childhoods became a living hell in Salvation Army Children's Homes. For example, the Gill Memorial Boys' Home in NSW that housed thousands of boys from the 1930's has been described as a 'template for inhumanity'.
"The Salvation Army now asks the public to give generously but there has been little generosity from them towards those people whose childhoods they destroyed."
They are also destroying the health of all citizens.
See video of outdoor bathrooms: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=558I8vIPcdM
IMPORTANT: See the video 'Elevation of Human Rights' here: See video here: https://youtu.be/6RLZzJGk7W4
Please download the video if possible and share far and wide.
The fight for justice and equality rages on.
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Southern California ADAPT. Join the fight!
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