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When I started posting my weekly gardening articles here, along with a few other odds and ends, I reserved the right to occasionally post articles or information that is not directly related to horticulture. I do not do it often, but I will do it now, in order to briefly explain another blog that I started today.
Felton League
It will feature articles and insight about the distinguished small group of displaced or socially marginalized people and their friends in Felton in California. In other words, it will be about our homeless Community.
In about 2013, at a time when the homeless were more openly persecuted and assaulted, and evenly violently attacked, Felton League began as an informational forum on Facebook. We had been discouraged by the portrayal of the homeless in other so-called ‘community’ groups. Disparaging pictures, often contrived, were shared openly for the amusement of haters. This is common on the pages of our local law enforcement agencies.
Well, that seemed like a good idea. We started sharing pictures of those taking pictures of us, and describing how they stalked us for the sake of taking such pictures. They did not like that, and accused us of stalking, harassment, and all sorts of nonsense. They were also much more careful about how they stalked us.
In fact, the stalking subsided so much shortly after the establishment of Felton League, that the page was almost deleted. Instead, it remained as a Community forum for topics that were of interest to our segment of the Community. It was designed to appeal to less than one percent of the populace, most of whom do not use Facebook, but gained quite a following. There were nearly a hundred followers, but less than a dozen homeless.
That seemed rather odd, especially since a local hate group that specializes in the derision of the homeless, and claiming to represent ‘everyone’ in town, had only about three dozen followers when an associate checked in on them about a month ago. It became obvious that others beyond our Community appreciate the insight.
It is now time to expand Felton League. I hope that this blog makes it more available to a broader audience. I will not post daily. Nor will I discuss certain local events and news that are not directly related to our distinguished small group. As unpleasant as homelessness is, I hope that readers find Felton League to be insightful and perhaps, in some ways, encouraging.
The three men in the pictures above and below are three old friends and members of our Community who have passed away since the establishment of Felton League, and are three of the reasons why I continue to write.

Felton League can be found at feltonleague.com

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6 thoughts on “Felton League

    1. Thank you. I will miss the Facebook page. It was gratifying to share the insight. I hope to enjoy doing so with a larger audience, but will miss the direct interaction.

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  1. I’ve followed your new blog, and appreciate the effort you’re putting into it. I do have one question. In the header photo in the Felton League blog, is that Willow I see? Or just a pup who looks remarkably similar?

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    1. There are no real ideas. If we had ideas, we might be able to do something about homelessness. It is more insight into a culture that many are unfamiliar with.
      In fact, when the Facebook page was active, we sometimes refuted ideas that some thought would be good for our Community, such as ‘tiny houses’. Right now, the ‘needle exchange’ is a big topic. (It provides clean needles to heroin addicts.) People believe it to be an issue that is exclusive to the homeless, rather than an issue that is more relative to addicts. Meanwhile, while there is so much bickering about the good, the bad, and the ugly of it, no one bothered to ask heroin addicts about it. Seriously, everyone thinks they know what is right for others, but no one will ask those who are supposed to benefit from the service. Well, we did.

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