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Little Caesars Pizza Founder Paid Rosa Parks Rent for 11 Years

And if you buy a Trump Schlepping Papa Johns after this, I hope you kids pimp slap you all the way to Birmingham.

Little Caesars founder paid Rosa Parks' rent for 11 years

Little Caesars founder paid Rosa Parks’ rent for 11 years

The civil rights icon and fierce political activist was supported from an unlikely source

Less than a week ago, when the death of Little Caesars founder Mike Ilitch made news, his family shared stories of his vision, work ethic and love of the Detroit community. He was the son of immigrant parents. He opened his pizza franchise’s first location by the time he was 30. He owned two of the city’s major sports teams, the Red Wings and the Tigers.

He also paid the rent of civil rights icon Rosa Parks for 11 years.

“It’s important that people know what Mr. Mike Ilitch did for Ms. Rosa Parks because it’s symbolic of what he has always done for the people of our city,” federal appeals court Judge Damon Keith, a Detroit resident, told Sports Business Daily.

In 1994, a man broke into Rosa Parks’ residence in Detroit and assaulted and robbed Parks, who was 81 at the time. Following the attack, Keith put out an inquiry to find a safer home for Rosa Parks. Ilitch read about the plan in the newspaper and called to offer his support. Ilitch pledged to pay Parks’ rent indefinitely.

Mike Ilitch paid her rent until she died in 2005.

Rosa Parks was most known for launching the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, by refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. But Parks’ activism work began more than a decade prior. She joined the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP in 1943 and remained a fierce advocate for civil rights and against domestic violence and sexual assault until the end of her life.

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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Black History, The Post-Racial Life

 

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How Off the Charts is Real Estate in San Francisco?

Here is the story of a guy paying $400 a month to live in an 8′ x 3′ box…And you gotta wonder why they have a homeless problem.

San Francisco Newcomer Pays $400 Rent To Live In A Box In Friend’s Apartment

Amid the Bay Area’s red-hot real estate market, a newcomer to San Francisco is living in a small wooden box at his friend’s home.

Illustrator Peter Berkowitz recently moved into the box, which he described as a “pod.” The box is tucked away in a corner of the living room at his friend’s apartment, located a few blocks from the ocean.

On his blog, Berkowitz said the pod is the “coziest bedroom” he has ever had. Along with a bed, the box has a fold down desk, a cushioned backboard and LED lights for reading.

The pod, which measures 8 feet long, 3.5 feet wide and 4 feet tall, cost $1,300 to build.

Berkowitz also has access to the rest of his friend’s apartment.

“I built it largely myself, with the help of some friends who kind of knew what they were doing,” Berkowitz said in an interview on Live 105’s “Kevin Klein Live” Tuesday morning.

Berkowitz said he is paying $400 a month in rent, far lower than the $3,000 average rent for a one-bedroom San Francisco apartment.

“Yes, living in a pod is silly.  But the silliness is endemic to San Francisco’s absurdly high housing prices – the pod is just a solution that works for me,” Berkowitz said on his blog.

High real estate prices and rents have led to some creative ways to lower living costs. Last year, an employee at Google lived rent-free in a truck parked at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View. The employee slept in the truck, while he ate at the company cafeteria and showered at the company gym.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2016 in American Greed

 

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Foreclosing on the Dead in Spain

Damn…And you thought things were tough here in the US of A… In Spain there is going to be an upsurge in “homeless” dead people.

“Occupy” the Graveyard, anyone?

Spanish Cemetery Warns Of Evictions For Nonpayment

Pushed for space, a Spanish cemetery has begun placing stickers on thousands of burial sites with lapsed leases as a warning to relatives that their ancestors face possible eviction.

Jose Abadia, deputy urban planning manager for Zaragoza in Spain’s northeast, said Monday that the city’s Torrero graveyard had already removed remains from some 420 crypts, and reburied them in common ground.

He said the cases involved graves whose leases had not been renewed for 15 years or more. Torrero, like many Spanish cemeteries, no longer allows people to buy grave sites, instead leasing them out for periods of five or 49 years.

Abadia said 7,000 of Torrero’s 114,000 burial sites’ leases had run out, many of which occurred because relatives – or caretakers – had died themselves, or moved house and failed to renew the contract.

In other cases, family descendants no longer wanted to pay for relatives’ plots, he added.

Abadia said the cemetery began stepping up its search for defaulters around two years ago, with relatives or caretakers given six months to respond.

The stickering campaign was planned to coincide with the Nov. 1 Roman Catholic holiday, on which people customary visit graveyards.

He said that since then hundreds of people had rang to make inquiries about the status of their relatives’ burial sites.

It’s a case of cemetery management, “not to make money” as graveyards have limited space, he said.

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2011 in News

 

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In Riverside, Ca – Not Only do you Go To Jail… You have to Rent Your Own Cell.

Damn – now the prisoners have to rent their cells!

No Pool, No Pets, $140 a Night...

Riverside Charges Inmates for Stays In ‘Prison Hotels’

Should inmates have to pay the county back for taxpayer money spent on their jail time? This week, Riverside County supervisors unanimously voted yes.

As the Los Angeles Times reports, Supervisor Jeff Stone called jails “prison hotels,” costing an average of $142.42 a day.

According to the Press-Enterprise, he said “I think we’re blazing a new trail here. In these very challenging economic times, I believe this can be a source of revenue. I believe this can return 3 to 5 million (dollars) a year during these very challenging economic times.”

Supervisor Stone told the Huffington Post, “Inmates will be charged $140 for each day in jail and for drug testing, medical care and parol costs.” He explained that a defendent who uses a public defender will also be charged for the attorney fees if he is found to have equity, such as a property. “If the parolee does not have liquid funds to pay, the County will put a lien against the property to receive payment when the property is sold. The County will do the same on the parolee’s parents’ property if that’s the only way to get the money.”

County Counsel Pamela Walls, however, wrote in a memo to the supervisors that it will be hard to collect reimbursements because “those defendants who are convicted of crimes and incarcerated typically have limited funds.” Furthermore, she argues that because defendants will have to pay victim restitution, fines and penalties first, few will have money left to cover jail time costs.

And yet, Riverside County Superior Court Executive Officer Sherri Carter said the county has already successfully increased collections in 2009-2010 by $1 million. In a letter to the supervisors, Carter wrote, “I am confident this trend will continue, and look forward to future positive reports to the county.”…

You know things are screwed up in this country…

When you have to have money even to go to jail.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2011 in Nawwwwww!

 

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