Parks and Rivers
Soup Kitchens and Shelters are not necessarily safe places. Circumstances I've encountered include attempts to blackmail, or extort damages, sexual harassment, physical assaults of various kinds, and confrontation about reporting crimes - or efforts to silence me. In order to survive these kinds of threat we need to be able and ready to move. Had I not been able to sleep lightly, and move my cardboard several times a night, I would not have survived in New York at all. A week long stay seemed like a month during a cold spring. I had to be able to get to my feet in seconds when woke by police in train stations, and able to move on at a moments notice. When I used shelters, comments such as: "they told me you were trouble", or folks that showed up with weapons would say: "I represent someone you owe", etc., encouraged me to stay on my own - not to avoid accountability, but to survive long enough to make amends to the people I know I owe, and be able to defend myself from their accomplices.
So returning to a defendable cliff 60 feet above the river, or a quite spot by a brook in the Mississippi river valley was a huge relief to me, and knowing your surroundings is almost essential. Its probably far better to take refuge where you live, than it is to try to survive in an unknown area. If you can, build a network of allies and support each other. Don't be shy, there are some really serious knights out there and radical charity can be found in the most sordid places on earth. Please see: Aspirations.
What good can we do under the dominion of the rulers that can travel through our space to take our children? The fortunes at play are so alluring that entire communities are moved by just one Despot. Even the military can be bought by the people we are dealing with. The problem cannot be solved by application of money, or even this kind of education. We need to be prepared function adeptly during crisis, suffer humiliation, tolerate conflict, and be ready to respond at a moments notice. If you have a well defined space that people are using for dubious reasons, find a way to keep the perimeter. Charge people passing through your space for the time they're in it. Charge them for passage through it. Don't allow predation to go unchecked. Tax every move, every violation, and every trespass. Gather and keep evidence, and make them pay! Please see: Self Advocacy for more information.
Don't be afraid! Pray to be rid of fear! Exploitation is accomplished by use of terror, disinformation, confusion, doubt and dismay. Some of the typical thoughts we have are: "This can't really be happening to me!" "Why isn't anybody doing anything about this?" "How can this be possible?" "You've got to be kidding?" I've provided tools for the management of anger and fear, and you'll find the majority of them here: The Core Teaching. Don't be afraid to use them. We have to leave when we can't tolerate the abuse, and at one point or another, you'll realize that what we're doing is creating a better place. If we were to stay, we would jeopardize the safety of the people involved. Many of us have no choice but to leave.
We're living in a kind of microwave soup. Surrounded by microwave radiation vibrating molecules within us. The friction and heat generated by those motions literally cook us where we lay, day in and day out. Some of us live in apartments literally a few feet away from microwave generators with a signal so intense you can taste the fillings in your teeth as the signal breaks out the metal from your fillings into your bodily fluids. If not for the modern adaptations we've described here: Nutrition... we're not long for this world.