Why is this okay?  Why do so many people just shake their heads and do nothing? Too yucky to face?  Too scary to acknowledge?

foulmouthedliberty:

undercovernun:

The saddest part of this?  That the “read more” link goes to BBC News.  Why aren’t we outraged here in the US?

verbalresistance:

America’s homeless resort to tent cities

Panorama’s Hilary Andersson comes face to face with the reality of poverty in America and finds that, for some, the last resort has become life in a tented encampment.

Just off the side of a motorway on the fringes of the picturesque town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, a mismatched collection of 30 tents tucked in the woods has become home - home to those who are either unemployed, or whose wages are so low that they can no longer afford to pay rent.

Conditions are unhygienic. There are no toilets and electricity is only available in the one communal tent where the campers huddle around a wood stove for warmth in the heart of winter.

Ice weighs down the roofs of tents, and rain regularly drips onto the sleeping campers’ faces.

Tent cities have sprung up in and around at least 55 American cities - they represent the bleak reality of America’s poverty crisis

According to census data, 47 million Americans now live below the poverty line - the most in half a century - fuelled by several years of high unemployment.

One of the largest tented camps is in Florida and is now home to around 300 people. Others have sprung up in New Jersey and Portland.

In the Ann Arbor camp, Alana Gehringer, 23, has had a hacking cough for the last four months.

The black mould - it was on our pillows, it was on our blankets, we were literally rubbing our faces in it sleeping every night,” she said of wintering in a tent …

See Documentary Above / Read More: BBC News

This is devastating, and everybody should watch it immediately. If you’re not part of the 1%, you are a lot closer to living in these conditions then you can imagine. 

(via glitchthemachine)