Tag Archives: Hate Crimes

All in their head: Traumatic brain injuries often go undiagnosed, especially on the streets

By Kate Cox, Contributing Writer

Readers note: This article is the first part in an investigative series by Street Roots on Traumatic Brain Injury and homelessness. Pick up the June 10, edition for the next in-depth article on the topic. Read Part II here.

You might say Nick Patton was born to fish.

Literally born on a boat, Nick spent his earliest years living in orphanages along the Alaskan coastline.  He ran away at the age of eight and quickly learned how to take care of himself and to rely on others — traveling in groups around the Pacific Northwest, picking apples and doing day labor.

He was only 11 years old when he started working the boats and canneries of the Alaskan fishing industry. With a community of other fisherman, Nick followed the seasonal work, living on boats and in tents, even during the cold Anchorage winters.

It all ended with the smack of a crowbar. Continue reading

New Seattle law highlights crimes against homeless

By Cydney Gillis, Real Change News

David Ballenger lived under a freeway overpass. For that reason alone, three young men kicked, beat and stabbed him to death near Green Lake in August 1999.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer quoted one of the men saying there’s “one less bum on the face of the earth.”

The murder of Ballenger was one of more than 60 attacks on homeless people nationwide. By 2009, the annual number of attacks had nearly doubled, to 106, and there were more than twice as many murders, 27, according to a 2009 report from the National Coalition for the Homeless. Continue reading