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Category Archives: Poverty

Trump Visits Elijah Cummings

Donald Trump squeezes his Oval Office phone and calls secret service agents, ordering them to ready several black beasts for an executive motorcade to nearby Baltimore. After entering the city limits they begin passing old buildings marred by broken or boarded windows and piles of trash outside. “Look how they live,” says Trump. “Disgusting. Get […]

Also posted in Baltimore, Crime, Donald Trump, El Salvador, Elijah Cummings, Guatemala, Honduras, Immigration, Murder, Racism

Discussing the Homeless

I’m Jeff, a police officer and unit commander eating pot luck in the community room of a middle-class neighborhood where residents must be fifty-five and most are a lot older. After lunch, I walk in front and, speaking without a microphone, ask if everyone can hear me. They can. I’m sure they also notice my […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, Homeless, Police

Alive in the Cemetery

There aren’t any squatters among a million deceased residents in vast Manila North Cemetery. If my family doesn’t pay the lease every five years, someone living among the headstones and colorful tombs will earn three bucks to dig me up for cremation. That’s reasonable work. Six thousand poor people need a little food and shelter […]

Also posted in Drugs, Homeless, Manila, Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte

In Other Hands: Revised Edition – On Sale

IN OTHER HANDS: REVISED EDITION – eBooks on Sale – $0.99 Riveting stories about victims of human trafficking, prostitution, poverty, and homelessness. Amazon.com Barnes & Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo Books, and wherever books are sold

Also posted in George Thomas Clark, Homeless, Human Trafficking, In Other Hands: Revised Edition, Prostitution

Honduran Heat Revisited

Honduran money’s in few hands closed to rusty prison where every cell’s sealed and sole set of keys dropped by guard fleeing fire. Outside, guards blocked firefighters and shot at few prisoners not trapped in cells. Most screamed as fried or suffocated but quit carrying on when charred in stacks totaling three hundred fifty-five stinking […]

Also posted in Honduras, Immigration, Murder, Prisons

Gun Checklist

Most citizens have already formulated and memorized their gun checklists. I’m writing mine down. 1. No one under age twenty-one can buy any gun. Nikolas Cruz, the deranged school shooter in Parkland, Florida, was nineteen. End of discussion. If you can’t support this sane law, Senator Marco Rubio, resign your seat. 2. Establish a universal […]

Also posted in Crime, Donald Trump, Guns, Marco Rubio, Murder, NRA

In Other Hands – Free Amazon Kindle – Wednesday May 3

In Other Hands – Free Amazon Kindle – Wednesday May 3 In search of stimulating stories, George Thomas Clark interviewed prostitutes in Madrid, Mexico City, Havana, and Managua and on many boulevards in the United States, and talked to detectives and rode the rough roads of social workers who deal with human trafficking, which is […]

Also posted in George Thomas Clark, Homeless, Human Trafficking, In Other Hands, Prostitution

Thanksgiving Dinner

This story is from “In Other Hands,” a collection about poverty, prostitution, and human trafficking Trees are everywhere and seem greener here than in most places and the air is fresh and clean. It doesn’t matter Los Angeles has the dirtiest air in the nation. Fifteen miles north, in Pasadena, you can breathe as the […]

Also posted in Homeless, In Other Hands, Prostitution

In Other Hands – The First Review Arrives

In Other Hands Amazon.com – Top Customer Reviews 5.0 out of 5 stars Drugs – Homeless – Prostitutes- Human Trafficking and more By Charles Halter on September 23, 2016 I thought I knew all I wanted to know about drugs, the homeless, prostitutes, human trafficking and the poverty stricken. Well, I’ll tell you this —- […]

Also posted in George Thomas Clark, Human Trafficking, In Other Hands, Prostitution, Sex

In Other Hands – Published and Available

IN OTHER HANDS — In search of stimulating stories, George Thomas Clark interviewed prostitutes in Madrid, Mexico City, Havana, and Managua and on many boulevards in the United States, and talked to detectives and rode the rough roads of social workers who deal with human trafficking, which is contemporary slavery, and toured the tattered, handmade […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Drugs, Ecuador, Homeless, Human Trafficking, In Other Hands, Mexico, Prostitution, Spain

Van Gogh In the Road

On an exotic summer Sunday I step into the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and head not toward a vision but a sound. “It’s the light or, rather, the lack of light in The Outskirts of Paris that makes this dirt road and the man in it faceless and gray and in need of southern […]

Also posted in Mental Health, Painters, Paris, Vincent Van Gogh

Must Sell

I’m just the old night watchman, now called security guard, making sure no one steals or vandalizes the cars. I’m not against Joe. I’ve often seen him pushing his grocery cart by the lot very late, and sometimes we said hello, but he always kept going, until tonight when he stops and brings wire-cutters out […]

Also posted in Boxing, Cars & Driving, Guns, Homeless, Mixed Martial Arts, Sales

The Ragpicker

“Sir, I’ve admired you for years,” I tell The Ragpicker. “People in Paris saw a man carrying a long stick, and usually crossed the street.” “They’re forgotten. You’re a masterpiece visited by thousands a week in the Norton Simon Museum.” “They also see a bum.” “It’s your suffering people appreciate when they gaze at your […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Edouard Manet, Homeless, Norton Simon, Painters, Paris, Pasadena

Pink Van on Union Avenue

This story is in “In Other Hands,” a collection of riveting stories about human trafficking, prostitution, poverty, and homelessness.

Also posted in Bakersfield, Pimps, Prostitution, Sex, Slavery

Gypsies in Madrid

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Cocaine, Drugs, English, George Thomas Clark, Gypsies, Heroin, Immigration, Madrid, Madrid Vacation, Marijuana, Racism, Spain, Theft

Homeless on the River

This story is in “In Other Hands,” a collection of riveting stories about human trafficking, prostitution, poverty, and homelessness.

Also posted in Alcohol, Bakersfield, Drugs, Economics, Health, Homeless, Kern River, Mental Health, Methamphetamine, Nicotine

Objective, Atherton

Don’t misunderstand, I love the plains of Atherton but even more the hills where I can gaze over the Silicon Valley and dream I’ll someday be part of this. I know I’m not now. I live in a Section 8 studio in Modesto and can only drive to the Bay Area once a month for […]

Also posted in Atherton, Baseball, Bay Area, Computers, Football, Joe Montana, Larry Ellison, Mental Health, Ty Cobb, Willie Mays

Guy Rose Paints a Peasant

“Pardon me, Madame,” I say in French to a lady framed in the Crocker Art Museum. “May I ask you a few questions?” “You can see I’m busy, I reckon.” “Yes, but you’ve been at this task a long time and I thought you could take a little break.” “I’ll keep working, go ahead and […]

Also posted in California, Claude Monet, Giverny, Guy Rose, Painters

Turkey Polls

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Campaign 2016, Donald Trump, Fox News, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Poetry - GTC

Delano Grape Strike

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Agriculture, Cesar Chavez, Delano, Larry Itliong, Philippines, Strikes, Unions, United Farm Workers

Homeless Bike Ride

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Homeless, Murder, San Diego, Teenagers

Poor House

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Economics, Manual Labor, Sex

Airport Taxi

Mark didn’t like late night arrivals at any airport especially in Mexico City where some people get hyper when they see a gringo. He should’ve been ready when a young man rushed up and in Spanish said, “Here, Señor, come with me.” “Where?” “To a place with no lines and low taxi fares.” “Taxis are […]

Also posted in Crime, Economics, Kidnapping, Mexico, Mexico City

Pimp Online

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Drugs, Incest, Prostitution, Slavery

East Aguascalientes

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Aguascalientes, Economics, Mexico

The Potato Eaters

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” The Potato Eaters

Also posted in Mental Health, Painters, The Potato Eaters, Vincent Van Gogh

The Final Round

I’m sick of being poor and living in a slum. I’m tired of being hungry. I want a nice house and car and good clothes and someday I want a family. I’m not going to get those things through school in Indonesia. There are too many students and I don’t like school much, anyway, and […]

Also posted in Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, Indonesia, Tubagas Sakti

Employment Agent

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in India, Prostitution, Slavery

Night Court

This story is from the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Art, Crime, Economics, Great Depression, Painters, Phil Paradise

Elegant Quito Home of Maria Augusta Urrutia

I tell the taxi driver I’m looking for a splendid residence in downtown Quito, and he drives me into the historical center and to the home of Maria Augusta Urrutia. From outside, the house, though two tall stories, looks rather small and narrow, cramped by contiguous buildings, but upon entering I see a courtyard and […]

Also posted in Art, Charity, Ecuador, Maria Augusta Urrutia, Marriage, Painters, Quito, Victor Mideros

Quito Hills

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Brazil, Caracas, Crime, Drugs, Ecuador, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Venezuela

Enforcement

money men who rage against crime appreciate stylish new gallows on wall street

Also posted in Capital Punishment, Crime, Economics, Employment, Poetry - GTC, Wall Street

Honduran Heat

Honduran money’s in few hands closed to rusty prison where every cell’s sealed and sole set of keys dropped by guard fleeing fire. Outside, guards blocked firefighters and shot at few prisoners not trapped in cells. Most screamed as fried or suffocated but quit carrying on when charred in stacks totaling three hundred fifty-five stinking […]

Also posted in Central America, Crime, Fires, Honduras, Prisons, Short Pieces - GTC

Romney Cares

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Campaign 2012, Economics, Mitt Romney, Poetry - GTC, Politics

Martin Luther King: “Beyond Vietnam”

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Communism, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Iran, Iraq, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Racism, Religion, Richard Nixon, Terrorism, Vietnam, War

Amiri Baraka Clears Mind

decades ago when poet amiri baraka’s surname jones rebuked for obscenity by langston hughes in essay “that boy leroi” boy now almost eighty on stage with fiftyish daughter at hammer museum and can’t remember abstract impressionist painter who dripped jackson pollock she said and the mexican muralist my man diego rivera she said baraka generally […]

Also posted in Amiri Baraka, Art, Charles White, Diego Rivera, Duke Ellington, Economics, Hammer Museum, Jackson Pollock, Music, Painters, Poetry, Poetry - GTC

Concerned Citizen

eli constantly rails online denouncing greedy bemoaning hungry as shoves more food into belly

Also posted in Economics, Food, Internet, Poetry - GTC

Sign Holder

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Economics, Homeless, Iraq, Mental Health, Poetry - GTC, War

Haiti Mauled Again

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Christopher Columbus, Earthquakes, Haiti, Papa Doc Duvalier

Harvest of Shame

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Agriculture, Documentaries, Edward R. Murrow, Homeless, Humphrey Bogart, Media, Movies, Radio, Television

Obama Activists Target Graffiti

The afternoon before President Barack Obama raised his right hand and strode into history, a few thousand action groups, summoned by an email Obama transmitted through his website, gathered in communities across the nation for the spiritual purpose of expressing unity and the utilitarian one of helping to rebuild a crumbling infrastructure.  In Bakersfield, California […]

Also posted in Barack Obama, George Thomas Clark, Internet, Politics

Cycle of Abuse

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Bakersfield, Drugs, Homeless, Mental Health

New Year’s Eve

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Bakersfield, Drugs, George Thomas Clark, Homeless, Mental Health

Christmas Eve

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Bakersfield, Depression, Drugs, George Thomas Clark, Homeless, Mental Health

Thanksgiving Dinner

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands” Trees are everywhere and seem greener here than in most places and the air is fresh and clean. It doesn’t matter Los Angeles has the dirtiest air in the nation. Fifteen miles north, in Pasadena, you can breathe as the trees caress you. This is indeed […]

Also posted in Drugs, George Thomas Clark, Homeless, Mental Health, Pasadena, Thanksgiving