“Why does God let the homeless starve?” – why you should film the police.

MARIETTA, GA — “Why does God let the homeless starve?”  The sign, written simply on old cardboard, was the subject of a call to the police.  Free speech was not truly free for one homeless man in historic Marietta Square several years ago.

I happened to be standing by, bored and looking for action on  the Square.  It was a Sunday, and I had the day off from work.  An opportunity to step in, and govern, presented itself.

Almost no one will step up for an elderly homeless man, much less for his right to free speech.  But, this core civil right is what makes the difference between society and tyranny.  So I struck a pose on one knee, to balance my camera and focus in, and shouted…

“‘Homeless man arrested for free speech on Marietta Square!’  I can see the headline, and the ACLU lawsuit, right now!”

Two Marietta PD officers glanced back, saw a camera being aimed their way, then quickly put away the handcuffs, and left the scene.  The officers were so fast that a picture could not be taken of them with the cuffs out.  My only goal was to free that man, immediately.  Jail is not the proper place for the homeless.

The homeless man recounted his brief story: the sign, held aloft on a Sunday had prompted children at a nearby lunch spot to start repeating the question to their parents. None of these offended (and very well-heeled) customers wanted to be asked about the poor not being able to eat, especially while eating at a trendy little outdoor table at an expensive cafe, and especially after leaving church. Hence, the calls to the police.  The man who was starving for a meal was eventually given a free lunch.

The man did not want any pictures taken; he simply wanted to eat and then leave as fast as he could make happen.

By flexing media rights, one person with a camera can preserve the freedoms of many other people. 

#FlexYourRights #MediaRights #FilmThePolice

– Amy Barnes, political activist and civil rights advocate

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#ATLFerguson protest – pics, video (11-25-2014)

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ATLANTA, GA — 11/25/2014 — Protesters took to the streets and to Underground Atlanta to protest the Ferguson grand jury verdict.  Pictures and video are courtesy of Amy Barnes of Marietta, GA. ### Like this:Like Loading…

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Is Cobb County’s Poll finder hacked?

MARIETTA, GA — Nov. 4, 2014 — Cobb County’s poll locator and personalized ballot application is down (it’s now 10:17am).  With accusations of voter suppression flying across this country, the question is – is this a hack, a mistake, or something else?


Welcome to Cobb County, Georgia – “Expect the best!” … in mistakes.

Now, where do I go vote?  I guess I’d better check my paper record.

Good luck and happy voting day!


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Squatter, desperate against homelessness, claims her “boyfriend said she can,” gets to live in a house for free.

DETROIT, Mich. — Oct. 27, 2014 — Unless the courts act, a mother, desperate to avoid homelessness, gets to live in a free house in the meantime.  Lyn Williams openly admitted to squatting and claimed that she has a right to live there because her “boyfriend told her she could squat in, and take, a home.”

Williams raised an complaint against the homeowner of record, Sarah Hamilton, alleging that Hamilton tried to run her over with a vehicle.  Hamilton, however, has a different story to tell:

“I had permission from the bank and I also had permission from the police,” Hamilton said. “The police told me there is no more squatters rights, you have the right to take back your property.

“You don’t have the right to physically touch anyone in the home. But once you come in and say you have to get out, this is my house you are not welcome here, you are trespassing. If they don’t leave you can call the police. But police were already there.”

Hamilton says police left before she could finish giving Williams the boot.

“(Williams) came from down the street with a knife and tried to stab me,” Hamilton said. “We had to hop in the car, drove forward and drove in reverse, we were on the grass.”

“When she skirted off, words were exchanged,” Burger said.

“He proceeded to say that I would end up in a lake,” Hamilton said. “He proceeded to say if her belongings were taken out, the house would be fire-bombed.”

“She tried to run me move with her vehicle,” Williams said.

“I never hit anybody,” Hamilton said.

This is NOT related in any way to Occupy Our Homes, the movement where people try to demand alternatives to foreclosures.

Here is where you can see the story:  http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/27053684/homeowner

Welcome to the entitlement mentality stemming from desperation.  In other words, “I stole it fair and square.”

This is what happens when bankers are above the law and the citizenry is left in abject poverty as a result.  People are left with literally no other choice than to fight each other like rats to survive.

The proper solution for the homeowner is in the courts, but, why should the homeowner pay with the use of her home when she is not the one responsible for the squatter’s situation? On the other side of the fence – this will continue if the bankers are not held responsible for their crimes.  

Bankers reaped profits when homeowners lost their homes to the recessions caused by jobs relocated overseas as a result of laws that reward the outsourcing of jobs with tax breaks.

For every single foreclosure, the banks actually profit four times the value of the home foreclosed upon.  When a home is foreclosed upon, the banks get the insured amount of the loan covered by Private Mortgage Insurance.  Then the bank gets the actual home itself.  Then the banks get to keep whatever was paid on the note’s principle.  Then, on top of that, the bank gets to sell the house again for yet another round of profiteering.

Fox Chicago News posted their story on FaceBook as well:


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