Moving forward in a post Uptown Tent City world

September 20, 2017 – What remained of Uptown Tent City 4’s possessions were stuffed into a truck. The residents scattered, their hopes to rebuild their community destroyed…

Pain & suffering are now more acute than ever

For weeks since the eviction of Uptown Tent City, I have tried to find a way to remove politics and politicians from the homelessness in Uptown equation. As much as I wanted to do it, it just can’t be done.

There are a lot of people, with and without homes, that are very angry at Alderman Cappleman, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department over the viaduct evictions, self included. It is completely understandable. That corrupt group causes death, pain and real observable suffering for thousands of people.

It is not about the viaduct construction, that needed to be done. It is about the way the viaduct evictions were handled, the wrong way.

The way that prioritizes concrete and asphalt over all human life. The way that says hate, indifference, dishonesty and inordinate force rules Chicago…

The resulting pain and suffering for homeless people in Uptown is happening every minute of every day. It may be conveniently swept out of sight and hidden from Alderman Cappleman’s purposely blinded eyes, but it is not hidden from my eyes nor is it hidden from God’s eyes.

Hebrews 4:13 NIV
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

As a follower of Jesus, I had to admit and pray to Him that I alone cannot fix this, I can’t even attend to it. With the residents of the tent cities shattered into a hundred pieces, spread near and far, now with ten times the amount of troubles, I can’t even do as much as I could before. It may seem ultra-obvious but I had to remind myself that before, during and after this moment, God’s help needs to be there.

At times I wanted to give up, but truth be told, Jesus’ instruction to love our neighbors, especially those in need, is never ending.

I strongly felt led to start this blog not as a replacement to the Uptown Tent City Organizers, but as a supplement.

Living through Chicago winters with tents for protection from the elements was already a tragedy for people experiencing homelessness outside. Now it can only be worse in the upcoming winter with no tents.

I’m going to start out this new blog with a series of posts on Alderman Cappleman. Stay tuned. Pray for me. Pray for Alderman Cappleman.

The Matrix, Neo
I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin.


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About the Author:

Member of the Jesus People USA Covenant Church. Founder and leader of Uptown Outside and Election 46. A founder and former leader of the Uptown Tent City Organizers. Resident of Uptown Chicago since 1978. Various corporate and consultant information technology positions since the mid 1980's