Homeless victim of the system dies, and portland tribune blames the victim!
one of our elders, George Grigorieff, was found dead camping in one of the few places left for homeless people; a cemetery. a few hundred years ago this would be common, many people died of pneumonia and illnesses due to the weather. This is not the case for Mr.Grigorieff, he had been homeless for twenty years and had adapted to the weather. At one of his camps, which he was kicked out of years ago by the police, he started a garden, and fed the rats (from his hand). These are the actions of someone who is peaceful with his environment. His recent neighbors lacked the compassion to adequately tolerate someone like him. They complained of urine and alcohol smells. This author wonders if anybody offered to let him use their bathroom to relieve himself or take a shower. The portland tribune showed him disrespect by stating in their front page article "The police took him downtown to the justice center jail. Four days later george grigorieff - homeless for 20 years - was dead, through nobody's fault but his own. Nobody did anything wrong. Nobody had reason to feel guilty when grigorieff's body was found dead dec.22 in lone fir cemetary in south east portland." The picture, of him, in the paper is his mugshot. His eyes refuse to meet the camera lens. His time in jail was obviously not time well spent. This author wonders, when it came to responsibility, who was asked? Many people come to mind when. Normally when homeless people are taken to jail their belongings are left behind. Mr grigorieff was found without a sleeping bag. Furthermore, he was a frequent resident of south west, where was he released? As a veteran he found it too difficult to jump through the government's hoops to claim his benefits, therefore he had no income. From a societal viewpoint it is obvious to see why an independent man comfortable with nature would refuse going to a cramped shelter full of complaining people. He also drank, and probably would have been refused entrance. Three or four hundred years ago the police would not have arrested him for sleeping in a park, it would have been allowed, so would have public intoxication. Nowadays our society victimizes alienated people (and by the twentieth century coins the term "crazy"), sends them off to war to kill women and children, and then doesnt care to be responsible when they come home depressed. In the past, and especially within traditional cultures, our elders are cared for. Today they are expected to produce pollution as are the rest of us. Consumerism is mandatory, even if you are jobless and homeless, regardless of the fact that business and the military are polluters and responsible for inflation and the national debt. No, there are some of us who know who is guilty, and are rising up. Mr. Grigorieff is resting in peace, but his spirit is calling for change. Let us honor our fallen by protesting inhumane conditions, lack of concern by the government and their agencies, and build community to destroy the class warfare. Dont allow anyone to blame the poor for the suffering imposed on them. There are more than enough structures and green spaces to house the homeless, but greed is preventing it. the time is now to strengthen and promote solidarity movements. this is not an honorable thing to do to anyone, especially an elder. its time to call for a rally!