“No more than half a block away is the CNN’s Washington bureau building. Many of its employees walk right by these tent encampments on their way to and from work on a daily basis.”
By Robert Garrison, The Seeing Servant, Guest Columnist
Greetings once again fellow readers! As my moniker, The Seeing Servant, suggests I like to shine the spotlight on issues or people that others might not see.
Union Station is one of the biggest transit hubs on the East Coast. Thousands of people travel through this hub on a daily basis either by taking the Greyhound, Amtrak, or the subway. Not only is it a travel hub it is also a place where homeless people hang around to pass the day, panhandle, or to get out of the elements. It is also where some sleep when they can’t find a shelter to stay at.
The two pictures below is that of a mini tent encampment that people who are homeless sleep in. As you can see these tents aren’t anywhere near woods or a campsite where you would expect to find tents. They are right outside Union Station in Washington, D.C.
Those living in the tents are left alone for a couple of weeks until the police or Union Station security comes around and makes them break up the camp by confiscating their tents. Not many people even know that these mini tent encampments exist! Why? This brings me to the heart of this article.
No more than half a block away is the CNN’s Washington bureau building. Many of its employees walk right by these tent encampments on their way to and from work on a daily basis. Even though they see these people living in tents you very rarely ever see a story about homelessness in the Nation’s capital. Why? Well its people refusing to see the unseen. It doesn’t bring in ratings or ad dollars. Who the hell cares about that when you have people living in tents! DO A STORY ON IT CNN!
I would like all my readers to do me a favor. Can you join me to make this issue more seen by those that haven’t seen it? Will you join me and take a few minutes to write an email or letter to CNN to force them to talk about these tent encampments? Maybe together we can make this story big enough where the presidential candidates can see the unseen? How awesome would that be?
Union Station isn’t the only place where tent encampments exist. There are a couple of encampments in Baltimore which I hope to visit in the near future. Maybe you have seen these in your city and you don’t know what you can do about it.
May I suggest that you take just a few minutes to write a letter or email to your local and state representatives asking them to address this issue (Contact information below)? Help others see the unseen so we together can make a difference and help those that don’t have a voice, give them that voice!
I want to end this article with two quotes by Jesus, whether or not you believe that He is Lord and savior doesn’t change the weight of His words
Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
- Luke 6:31 NASB
The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.
- Matthew. 25:40 NASB
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For further exploration into the world of The Seeing Servant, see Time Out of Mind and The Bureaucracies of Government and The Seeing Servant and the Unseen.
Robert J. Garrison is a political and religious writer for The Systems Scientist. You can connect with him directly in the comments section, follow him on Twitter or on Facebook, or catch up on his articles in the Archives.
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