Russia unstoppable at Homeless World Cup

Tony Gosling tony at
Wed Sep 22 21:02:56 BST 2010

Russia unstoppable at Homeless World Cup
Published 22 September, 2010, 17:48

Team Russia have shown a 100 per cent result in 
their group at the Homeless World Cup in Rio de 
Janeiro, Brazil, scoring 30 goals in four games.

Russia thrashed Switzerland 9-3 in their latest 
games, beating Greece (5-2), Lithuania (7-4) and 
the Czech Republic (9-4) in their previous clashes.

"In Rio de Janeiro, the Russian national team 
starts every match with a strong winning 
attitude. There are different ways of people 
getting into distress, but the thing that unites 
everybody who came here is the desire not to be a 
loser," Arkady Tyurin, Russian team’s leader, said.

Russia is known as a powerhouse of homeless 
football, having grabbed the World Championship 
title in 2006 and reaching the finals two years later.

The UEFA-backed tournament is aimed to represent 
a lifetime opportunity for homeless and excluded 
people from more than 60 nations from all around the globe.

According to the statistics, more than 70 per 
cent of the participants of previous homeless 
championships were subsequently able to normalize 
their social status, and one of the players – 
Bebe of Portugal – even signed a contract with Manchester United.

New York homeless demand bailed out bank fill empty properties
US homeless want bank to foot the bill
Published 20 March, 2010, 07:21

Protestors took to the streets of New York 
demanding that one of America's biggest banks 
start to repay its billion dollar bailout and 
provide help for some of the city's homeless.

Chase Manhattan bank is accused of letting 
hundreds of unused properties go to waste when 
many people don't even have a roof over their head.

What the homeless community is demanding is that 
Chase, after being bailed out by taxpayers to the 
tune of $25 billion, now reciprocate and 
essentially hand over some of its properties so 
the homeless can move into the buildings.

The homeless people were rallying out on the 
street earlier this week, sending their message 
to the bank. They say it’s not fair that the 
banks received a bailout while those who have 
nothing are now in worsening conditions due to the recession.

The streets of Washington: Politics by day, Poverty by night

During the day, the streets of Washington, DC are 
filled with the power brokers, lawmakers, and 
professionals who make the nation's capitol tick. 
But by night the city changes, and you might be surprised who takes over.

  To most of the world, Washington D.C. means 
government, U.S. history, even art. But for 
"Grate Patrol" driver Nick Douglas, who drives 
around feeding the homeless, the landmarks are 
his roadmap. At night monuments lead the way not 
to people in power, but to the people in poverty.

When the politicians have gone to bed, it's the 
faces of the homeless that emerge from the 
historic columns. And among these fancy 
buildings, they stake out the grates, where heat 
wafts up from the subway. Each has his own story.

"I took my bags and came down to International 
Square and met some people that showed me the 
ropes on the street, and I survived,"said Bill 
Whitner, a transient in the U.S. Capitol.

On the streets, these impoverished people don't 
count on their lawmakers for help.

“Too often government gives with the one hand and 
takes with the other hand,” said Paula Dyan, 
homeless outreach coordinator for the Salvation 
Army, who operate the "Grate Patrol."

But they take Nick and his crew up on what the 
"Grate Patrol" has to offer, a hot meal and hot chocolate.”

And they have their own ideas about Washington politics.

"Healthcare?! I don't care about healthcare," 
said a homeless man. "I don't care about Obama!"

“Other countries have it, it’s universal, this 
country doesn’t have it," said James Burton, a 
transient talking about government-run 
healthcare. Healthcare reform has been U.S. 
President Obama's push during his first year in 
office. "You have people like me, sleeping under 
the bridge. Now I get sick under that bridge, I’m dead”

Douglas doesn't care much for politics either. 
But he does care about the reality he's seen on 
the streets for the last 12 years, where faces 
keep coming, shelters are closing their doors and 
he sees government help going to other countries.

“I can understand [the government] trying to help 
Haiti and all that, but it’s happening right 
there in your city," Douglas said. "So why are 
you not trying to help the people in your city?"

By day on one street just blocks from the White 
House, the streets are filled with power brokers, 
lawmakers, professionals working in the nation’s 
capital. But by night this is where the homeless 
bed down, the city changes, and it becomes their 
turf. Regulars flock to this spot for the 
overhead shelter, and they abide by the rules of 
the street: down after 9 p.m., out by 5 a.m.

“The thing about D.C. is you have this vast 
richness but you also have this vast poverty,” said Dyan.

And they have their own relationship with the DC elite.

“Ya, the night belongs to us," said Whitner, 
chuckling. "The day belongs to them the night belongs to us.”

And in the U.S. Capitol where people clamor for power, that ain't bad.

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