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Interesting response to an issue that has just been brought up.  That Bernie held a rally where homeless stay on cold nights...and on the coldest day of the year in Birmingham, it was closed due to "reasons"(a political rally for the Bern).


 


The morning after Birmingham's coldest night of winter thus far, the Bernie Sanders campaign deflected blame for the closure of the city's temporary homeless warming shelter.


On Monday night, a Sanders rally was held at Boutwell Auditorium, which is used as a warming station for the city's homeless when temperatures drop abnormally.


Kelvin Datcher, state director for the Sanders campaign, said Tuesday morning that the city of Birmingham never informed the campaign their Monday rally – which was planned in less than a week – would close the warming station.


"We had no clue. I don't think anybody can say the Sanders campaign impacted the warming station," Datcher said. "We had no contact with the city at all about the warming station beforehand. Not only did (Sanders) not know, I didn't even know."


Don Lupo, the Birmingham mayor's office of citizen's assistance director who facilitates the opening of the Boutwell warming station, said city officials take two factors into consideration when determining whether to open the Boutwell warming station. First, they check forecasts for consecutive nights of below-freezing temperatures. Second, they check the availability of the venue.


Last week, Lupo said the city learned of the venue's schedule, checked the forecast and determined not to open the auditorium this week.


The backup plan in place for the city's homeless when Boutwell is rented is to open the city's existing, permanent shelters to more people, Lupo said. Firehouse Shelter, First Light and the Birmingham Salvation Army were used as emergency shelters Monday night.


"The warming center is not a shelter, it's a stop-gap measure," Lupo said. "We do everything we can possibly do to take a little burden off the shelters. We open Boutwell when we can, and it wasn't available last night. People are pointing fingers at Bernie Sanders and the SCLC, but it could have been anything at Boutwell last night that could have caused this."


Lupo said that to his knowledge, no homeless person in the city was injured or killed Monday night or Tuesday morning because of cold weather exposure. 


Firehouse Shelter Executive Director Anne Wright said Tuesday morning that volunteers from multiple shelters drove around the city Monday afternoon and evening, passing out jackets and blankets for those who needed them. Volunteers did not see any homeless in any city parks or on the streets Monday night, Wright said.


Firehouse Shelter, which regularly sleeps 50 homeless people, slept 83 people Monday night to compensate for the Boutwell warming station's closure.


Two events were held Monday at Boutwell Auditorium: the Sanders rally at 7 p.m. and a Southern Christian Leadership Conference banquet at 3 p.m. The Sanders rally was held in the main auditorium downstairs and ended around 9 p.m. The SCLC banquet was held in the upstairs room and ended at 6 p.m.


Odom, the city spokeswoman, said the city regularly uses both floors for the warming station, depending on the venue's availability.


Datcher, who is from Birmingham and said he has volunteered at the Boutwell warming station, said the upstairs room has been used for the warming station for the past few months.


"I knew last week that the city used the warming station upstairs, but not downstairs," Datcher said. "We had no idea that the warming station would be closed. We were downstairs, they would be upstairs. That's what we knew."


In the interview with AL.com on Tuesday afternoon and on his Facebook page Monday night, Lupo discussed the need for more resources citywide and year-round to deal with homelessness.


"There is no one to be mad at," Lupo wrote. "SCLC had (an) event there in the late afternoon and there was a Bernie Sanders rally there tonight -- so Boutwell was not available on the coldest night we've had in a few years -- being mad with the SCLC or Senator Sanders doesn't get us anywhere."


Three speakers introduced Sanders at the rally Monday night: Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin, Birmingham city councilman Steven Hoyt and Kim Meadows Clark, who is a full-time employee at Firehouse Shelter.


Datcher said he wishes the campaign had been contacted by the city, and the campaign would have ensured the city's homeless were taken care of Monday night. 


"We're obviously committed to these issues," Datcher said. "We could've rallied 200-300 folks to run upstairs to put up cots after the banquet upstairs. We would've asked our supporters to bring supplies for the upstairs. It could have been a great partnership to help folks who are struggling a bit, and now it's just frustrating."


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Can't blame Bernie for that mess.  Had he known, he could have made more political hay by cancelling his speaking engagment to give up the space to use as a warming center.  If he didn't know, people can't blame him.  You would have thought a supporter would have let him know.

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Mike Munn    :th:

 

Poor homeless, used as pawns in a battle against a campaign of a money grabber. 

 

 

If this would assure defeat, the homeless would be left alone.      :dismay: 

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Can't blame Bernie for that mess.  Had he known, he could have made more political hay by cancelling his speaking engagment to give up the space to use as a warming center.  If he didn't know, people can't blame him.  You would have thought a supporter would have let him know.

 

At the end of the day, Bernie's campaign is Bernie's campaign.  The buck stops with him.  

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At the end of the day, Bernie's campaign is Bernie's campaign.  The buck stops with him.  

True, but then he needs to have words with whoever coordinated his campaign stop in Birmingham.  Nobody know everything, well except maybe Hillary.   :laugh:

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True, but then he needs to have words with whoever coordinated his campaign stop in Birmingham.  Nobody know everything, well except maybe Hillary.   :laugh:

 

And that's doubly true for ole Bernie.  

 

Gonna send him a few bucks this week too, help him kick HRC in the nuts.

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If Bernie becomes president this will be the first of many unintended consequences.

 

It's going to be hillarious.

 

The woosh of small buis retiring early and exodus of US co's heading overseas will make our heads spin.   

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Typical lib: spout all sorts of compassion BS and then push the poor into the cold so you can use their space to prattle on about yourself.  

 

  You progs must be so proud.  

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Isn't Bernie the same clown that denied that he's a career politician?  Just another hungry mouth on the public teat.  A real class act...he wouldn't do nothing wrong!  

 

"Bernie Sanders and his wife have on numerous occasions steered money from organizations under their control to friends and family members, public records show.

The payments benefitted the wife of the Democratic presidential candidate, his stepdaughter, and the son of a former colleague in city government whom Sanders has described as a close friend.

Sanders, a self-described socialist, is now running for the presidency on an anti-corruption platform, decrying public officials’ attempts to use their positions for personal financial gain.

Following 16 years as a member of the House, Sanders was elected to the Senate in 2006. His political campaigns were an early vehicle for payments to his family members.

According to Jane O’Meara Sanders, the senator’s wife, Sanders’ House campaigns paid her more than $90,000 for consulting and ad placement services from 2002 to 2004. She pocketed about $30,000 of that money.

Her daughter Carina Driscoll, Sanders’ stepdaughter, also drew a salary from the campaign. She was paid more than $65,000 between 2000 and 2004, according to her mother.

After working for the campaign, the senator’s wife would come under scrutiny for expenditures at Burlington College, where she was hired as president in 2004. While she led the school, it paid six-figure sums to her daughter and the son of a family friend.

Burlington College offered its students a study abroad program in the Caribbean, according to tax filings. It reported spending about $47,000 on that program in the tax year beginning in mid-2008.

Around that time, the son of Jonathan Leopold, a Burlington College board member, purchased a small resort in the Bahamas called Andro’s Beach Club and an accompanying hotel, Nathan’s Lodge.

Leopold served with Sanders in the Burlington city government—as mayor, Sanders appointedLeopold city treasurer—before becoming embroiled in scandal involving millions of dollars in payments to a Burlington telecommunications company.

Sen. Sanders has described Leopold as so close a friend as to be considered “family.” He reportedly discouraged Sanders’ socialist impulses early in their careers. Efforts to reach Leopold were unsuccessful.

Shortly after Leopold’s son, also named Jonathan, purchased the resort, Burlington College began writing it large checks for all-inclusive stays for its study abroad students.

The younger Leopold later said during a deposition related to a lawsuit filed by a student who was injured at the rest that he conducted boat tours and snorkeling trips “on behalf of Burlington College.”

From 2009 through 2011, when O’Meara Sanders stepped down as president of the school, it paid the resort about $68,000, according to annual tax filings. The payments stopped the year after she left the position.

Her departure was a source of controversy. She reportedly overstated pledged contributions to the school in order to secure a loan from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington. The diocese lost between $1.5 million and $2 million on the deal, according to local reports.

By that time, the school had paid huge sums to the Vermont Woodworking School, which is run by Driscoll. The college eventually paid the school more than $500,000 for classes at its Fairfax, Vt., campus, about 30 miles from Burlington.

Burlington College even established a Master of Fine Arts program in woodworking with leased space at the school as its major facility.

Tax filings show that the college continued paying the woodworking school in the year after O’Meara Sanders left, but stopped doing so the year after that.

The Sanders campaign did not respond to a request for comment."

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