The Safe House Project 2009 for Displaced & Homeless MSM/Transgender reviewed & more


In response to numerous requests for more information on the defunct Safe House Pilot Project that was to address the growing numbers of displaced and homeless LGBTQ Youth in New Kingston in 2007/8/9, a review of the relevance of the project as a solution, the possible avoidance of present issues with some of its previous residents if it were kept open.
Recorded June 12, 2013; also see from the former Executive Director named in the podcast more background on the project: HERE also see the beginning of the issues from the closure of the project: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009

Friday, July 5, 2013

Kingston’s Homeless MSM challenges scream for proper attention

Are the homeless young gay/bi men and transgender individuals in Kingston being deliberately ignored by the relevant LGBT advocacies to be used as bait to highlight their issues in a kind of involuntary martyrdom to a cause they may not necessarily subscribe to?

The last time I looked at this was the first anniversary of the double murder of two of the homeless brothers on June 13th 2013 via an audio entry where I looked at the defunct Safe House residency 2009; I feel so helpless in some sense watching this all unfold before me for so many years knowing that there are ways to address this and such avenues were attempted but the interest is just not there as hypocritical advocates and leaders in the LGBT lobby in particular are more interested in fulfilling their narcissistic quests to be in the spotlight via buggery law fights more so than working with the least amongst us or have their social issues on an equal plain as well so as to really make demonstrably clear the evidence of true tolerance and unity in our so called community; then there is a call to the public for them to be tolerant towards us!?

Really!?

Today’s Gleaner headline on a day as today the anniversary when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was entered into by several states as drafted by Thomas Jefferson and others and is also the United States’ Independence Day, I would presume Jamaica subscribes to the UDHR’s principle that all men are created equal but with sadness I have to say all that is sheer hypocrisy especially in the realm of LGBT advocacy when clearly this latest episode reflects the continued abandonment of a section of the displaced and homeless communities in terms of lack of real interest, proper psycho social programming to address the antecedence to anti social behaviours and lack of continuity of previously launched actions to address them, case in point the dubiously closed Safe House pilot residency in 2009; consequences of which the relevant agencies are still reaping namely their own eviction from their previous offices. Let us not forget this is ninth or tenth such eviction and subsequent demolition of squatted on property two of which received major attention the Cargill Avenue mess and the Trafalgar Park debacle how many more like these are to come in lieu of some proper answers and how many more choppings, chasings, beatings and internal conflicts must we witness, do we have to wait until more deaths come (albeit they be deceptively waved a homophobic killings as was attempted after the June 13 2012 double killings) before something is done? 


This is also bearing in mind that in May 17th of this year on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, IDAHOT, at a symposium done by JFLAG for to discuss homelessness the very men were not even invited to attend so that their voices could carry and to think that only six days prior to that a lengthy television interview spoke to homeless zooming in on teens and new displacements more so on the older populations on CVM TV where all kinds of spins were brought to deflect full responsibility yet no mention was made of the aforementioned symposium that was to come. The explain away statement that was issued by the Executive Director of JFLAG only sought to make more problems than it solved with a fallout between straight allied supporters, older activists including a former Programs Manager of JFLAG and other community members concerned about the growing problem.

The story reads as follows:

Gay Raid Police Evict Homeless Men






Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer

Members of a gay clan wept with despair late yesterday, after a large contingent of police booted them from a previously abandoned house in upscale Millsborough Avenue, St Andrew, in which they lived after fleeing from the Golden Triangle.

"If mi go back home, mi dead," wailed one young man, whose face was bleached white, not unlike other members of his group.

The team of lawmen, wearing dust masks and armed with high-powered weapons, encircled the men in spectacular fashion and herded them out into the yard as they attempted to make their escape.

"Mi a beg you a week to find somewhere else," pleaded another. "Why the picture (photographs)?" he protested, as a team of journalists and photographers accompanied the police party on the premises.

The police told The Gleaner the building would be demolished today, after residents complained that the men have been wreaking havoc in the usually quiet neighbourhood.

"This location will no longer be habitable because things will change," said Island Special Constabulary Force commander for the New Kingston Police Post, Christopher Murdoch.

But even as the talkative young men beseeched the police for a chance to remain on the premises for a while longer, they also vociferously sought to distance themselves from rampant perpetrators of a range of crimes, who lurked within their midst.

"Mi willing to push out who a cause the problem," declared one young man, aged 20, who said he was kicked out of his home in Spanish Town, St Catherine. "Mi nah rob and mi nah tief and mi nah go no jail for nobody."

Another man, who said he lived with his family in Spanish Town, confessed that he had to flee from his community after a tape was shown of his admitted sexual escapades in the community.

"Some man shoot after mi and mi have to jump into bush," he said, as he sought to explain why he sought refuge in Millsborough.

The man, who appeared older than others in the group, said he was overpowered by other men after he sought to put an end to the criminality.

'Dem overthrow me," he declared.

Another young man told The Gleaner he was from central Kingston.

"Mi can't go back a Spanglers," he complained. "If mi go back, mi a go dead."

Yet another declared he was booted from Allman Town, and another claimed he lived at Maxfield and as far as Montego Bay, before they were forced out of their communities.

One of the men listed 'Batman', 'Tito', 'Pebbles', 'Goodas Andrew', 'Nicholas' and 'Blue' as some of the perpetrators of robberies and assault in the community.

"Dem causing di violence and when mi talk to dem about it, dem buy cutlass to chop mi up," the young man complained.

Murdoch confirmed the men named were persons of interest.

Batman, described by the police as one of the most notorious of the hoodlums, has been accused of holding up and robbing a Caucasian male of an undetermined sum of US dollars in New Kingston recently.

As they sat beside a white Nissan Tiida motor car, which was parked in the yard, the men said they were cooking when the lawmen arrived.

As they pleaded their case, they referenced a man who had been chopped by his crony and was released from hospital yesterday.

"Mi witness di chopping case," another young man declared. "And mi willing fi tell yuh who mash out di bank glass."

The men were also accused of vandalising and robbing business places.

"Mi never rob yet and mi nah go jail fi nobody … . Yuh have good cop and yuh have bad cop, is the same way yuh have good gays and bad gays," he argued.

When Murdoch asked for the location of the men who were accused of wreaking havoc in the community, he was told that they would return to the house after dark.

"Dem not coming until yuh gone. Dem only sleep here a night."

But even as they pleaded their case, they were ordered by Murdoch, under the watchful gaze of other policemen, to pack their bags and leave the premises.

The Gleaner was told that the group had first ventured to 9 Ruthven Road before drifting to Cargill Avenue, then Waterloo Road, into the vicinity of Seymour Avenue, then on to Hopefield Avenue and into Millsborough.

gary.spaulding@gleanerjm.com

ENDS

The other issues surrounding homeless and displaced MSM in other parts of the island are of concern as well those were never brought to bear in that TV appearance either as there have been some major challenges especially on Montego Bay and St Ann within the last few months. The classism and elitism is another matter as well and clearly shows themselves here, more affluent gays as it were turn their noses when this matter is mentioned but quickly take centre stage and spotlights when supposedly agitation for gay rights where even staff of the group JFLAG describe the men as “maladjusted miscreants.” The story of the police roundup and demolition of the house in Millsborough was carried on nearly all media outlets but the Gleaner chose to add some sensationalism to it with the use of the word “herded” in describing the security forces actions in accosting the men from the illegally occupied property. To think that only days before at a gay men’s workshop in St Ann we were discussing this very group, the challenges, forced evictions, their behaviour, the other populations and now this where there was a chopping incident with one of them in New Kingston. The house was demolished and carried in The Gleaner as well:


"They were notified two months ago, as we have been instructed by the owner to construct apartment complexes on the property."

Really? How can can property owner construct apartment complexes in a residential area? If I was one of the owners of a single family residential unit that abuts that property, I would want a multi-family units beside my property. Isn't that area zone for single family dwelling? I wonder if they got a demolition permit before demolishing that building? The things people get away with in Jamaica.



I agree with Naomi Francis in her tersely worded comments this morning on her show on nationwide radio where she pointed out the hypocrisy about all this where so called “monied homosexuals” are silent on this issue yet easily speak about rights and paraded themselves as if all is unified in the gay community. When these young homosexuals (perceived or real) are chased out from this house, are forced to relocate yet again (previously in the Golden Triangle) and their anger levels rise even higher than already is what do we think is going to happen? If not more violence and abuse of more privileged persons, I have been warning that this thing is a powder cake from as early as the ultimatum given on the original safe house answer and their eviction in 2009, from then to today some of those men who were resident have been on the frontline yet agencies tell us they have no money and use public relations stunts to bypass their responsibility by claiming they are advocacies and not social work groups forgetting that embedded in their core are crisis interventions departments that have intervened in homo-negative abuses over the many years, who do they think they are fooling?

Evicting the men now is only serving to have the problem relocate to somewhere else only to increase in size and scope as well not to mention the new displacees that have joined the ranks. Just yesterday I posted an entry on fresh evictions that were brought to my attention; not to mention the umpteen others that I and others do not hear about. It is heartbreaking to know that some of us tried for years to develop a solution at the time even as the problem exploded before our eyes and a temporary one was found and operationalized but the easy way out was chosen to close it thinking the men would go underground yet here we are four years plus later with an expanding mess.

Some community influentials have given up as they too have become frustrated by the antisocial behaviours from the men and the lack of proper interest, interventions and sustained programs to address this problem that in fact existed way before my time and even the formation of any advocacy structure, why we have to wait until almost on a monthly basis there is some news of the homeless groups to make headlines is disturbing? The personal attempts in trying to reach the few we can is certainly not enough, I cannot offer any shelter anymore at my home due to escalating costs while others are afraid to open their doors due to marked incidents experienced by some who do. Remote assistance via food purchases or gift packages have dwindled and the so called feeding program as allegedly done by JFLAG was folded according to them due to lack of funds and no space at the time to logistically operate such. The interventions has to be more than just food in a Styrofoam box and involving ignorant insensitive agencies

Are we seeing classism playing itself out at the LGBT advocacy levels?

Will there ever be the proper programs by GAY operated entities to begin to address this?

What’s next after this?



May 31 Clovis Cartoon on the matter prior to the eviction, this toon was pulled from the paper's online edition so I took the liberty of scanning this for reference.

More here in these videos

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As Mrs Barbara Gloudon host of the RJR’s Hotline talk show said in her opening remarks today she pointed to the hypocrisy of the churches marching yet will they take in some of these homeless men (I presume not to offer reparative therapy) to address some of the welfare concerns? Kind of hypocritical on her part too but a question worth asking dependent on who is voicing it; certainly such a critique would be most hypocritical if not downright dishonest if it came from any in the lobby who do not care or are opposed to the existence of the men in the first place; that would be the clearest form of bigotry from within. Other talk shows by a cursory scan had the issue as a main topic with many persons surprisingly questioning the whereabouts of JFLAG and why are they pleading the fifth on this matter?

Pardon my frustration readers but it is sad having posted nearly 60 entries in total about this problem with this group of men in particular I am left stunned yet again as to the happenings, frankly there is no credibility for the lobby to demand or ask for tolerance and unity as it were when it is not demonstrably clear to those we wish to convince that we are treating those on the fringes with any care.

Think on these things.

Peace and tolerance

H

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Steps to take when confronted by the police & your rights compromised:


a) Ask to see a lawyer or Duty Council

b) Only give name and address and no other information until a lawyer is present to assist

c) Try to be polite even if the scenario is tense

d) Don’t do anything to aggravate the situation

e) Every complaint lodged at a police station should be filed and a receipt produced, this is not a legal requirement but an administrative one for the police to track reports

f) Never sign to a statement other than the one produced by you in the presence of the officer(s)

g) Try to capture a recording of the exchange or incident or call someone so they can hear what occurs, place on speed dial important numbers or text someone as soon as possible

h) File a civil suit if you feel your rights have been violated

i) When making a statement to the police have all or most of the facts and details together for e.g. "a car" vs. "the car" represents two different descriptions

j) Avoid having the police writing the statement on your behalf except incases of injuries, make sure what you want to say is recorded carefully, ask for a copy if it means that you have to return for it

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What to Do .....




a. Make a phone call: to a lawyer or relative or anyone

b. Ask to see a lawyer immediately: if you don’t have the money ask for a Duty Council

c. A Duty Council is a lawyer provided by the state

d. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police

e. Tell your lawyer if anyone hits you and identify who did so by name and number

f. Give no explanations excuses or stories: you can make your defense later in court based on what you and your lawyer decided

g. Ask the sub officer in charge of the station to grant bail once you are charged with an offence

h. Ask to be taken before a justice of The Peace immediately if the sub officer refuses you bail

i. Demand to be brought before a Resident Magistrate and have your lawyer ask the judge for bail

j. Ask that any property taken from you be listed and sealed in your presence

Cases of Assault:An assault is an apprehension that someone is about to hit you

The following may apply:

1) Call 119 or go to the station or the police arrives depending on the severity of the injuries

2) The report must be about the incident as it happened, once the report is admitted as evidence it becomes the basis for the trial

3) Critical evidence must be gathered as to the injuries received which may include a Doctor’s report of the injuries.

4) The description must be clearly stated; describing injuries directly and identifying them clearly, show the doctor the injuries clearly upon the visit it must be able to stand up under cross examination in court.

5) Misguided evidence threatens the credibility of the witness during a trial; avoid the questioning of the witnesses credibility, the tribunal of fact must be able to rely on the witness’s word in presenting evidence

6) The court is guided by credible evidence on which it will make it’s finding of facts

7) Bolster the credibility of a case by a report from an independent disinterested party.

Notes on Bail & Court Appearance issues


If in doubt speak to your attorney

Bail and its importance -

If one is locked up then the following may apply:
Locked up over a weekend - Arrested pursuant to being charged or detained There must be reasonable suspicion i.e. about to commit a crime, committing a crime or have committed a crime.

There are two standards that must be met:

1). Subjective standard: what the officer(s) believed to have happened

2). Objective standard: proper and diligent collection of evidence that implicates the accused To remove or restrain a citizen’s liberty it cannot be done on mere suspicion and must have the above two standards

 Police officers can offer bail with exceptions for murder, treason and alleged gun offences, under the Justice of the Peace Act a JP can also come to the police station and bail a person, this provision as incorporated into the bail act in the late nineties

 Once a citizen is arrested bail must be considered within twelve hours of entering the station – the agents of the state must give consideration as to whether or not the circumstances of the case requires that bail be given

 The accused can ask that a Justice of the Peace be brought to the station any time of the day. By virtue of taking the office excluding health and age they are obliged to assist in securing bail

"Bail is not a matter for daylight

Locked up and appearing in court

 Bail is offered at the courts office provided it was extended by the court; it is the court that has the jurisdiction over the police with persons in custody is concerned.

 Bail can still be offered if you were arrested and charged without being taken to court a JP can still intervene and assist with the bail process.

Other Points of Interest

 The accused has a right to know of the exact allegation

 The detainee could protect himself, he must be careful not to be exposed to any potential witness

 Avoid being viewed as police may deliberately expose detainees

 Bail is not offered to persons allegedly with gun charges

 Persons who allegedly interfere with minors do not get bail

 If over a long period without charge a writ of habeas corpus however be careful of the police doing last minute charges so as to avoid an error

 Every instance that a matter is brought before the court and bail was refused before the accused can apply for bail as it is set out in the bail act as every court appearance is a chance to ask for bail

 Each case is determined by its own merit – questions to be considered for bail:

a) Is the accused a flight risk?

b) Are there any other charges that the police may place against the accused?

c) Is the accused likely to interfere with any witnesses?

d) What is the strength of the crown’s/prosecution’s case?

 Poor performing judges can be dealt with at the Judicial Review Court level or a letter to the Chief Justice can start the process

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Battle Lines Javed Jaghai versus the state & the Jamaica Buggery Law



Originally aired on CVM TV December 8th 2013, apologies for some of the glitches as the source feed was not so hot and it kept dropping from source or via the ISP, NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED and is solely for educational and not for profit use and review. The issue of the pending legal challenge in the Constitutional Court in Jamaica as filed by Javed Jaghai an outspoken activist who happens also to be openly aetheist.

The opposing sides are covered as well such as
The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society
The Love March
Movement Jamaica

The feature seems destined for persons who are just catching up to the issues and repositioning JFLAG in particular in the public domain as their image has taken a beating in some respects especially on the matter of the homeless MSM front. They need to be careful that an elitist perception is not held after this after some comments above simplistic discourse, the use of public agitation as beneath some folks and the obvious overlooking of the ordinary citizen who are realy the ones who need convincing to effect the mindset change needed and the national psyche's responses to homosexuality in general.


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