Dispatches from the War Zone


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This book is currently available online at Amazon or directly from the author. If you want a signed copy, send $20 to: Mike Rhodes, P.O. Box 5706, Fresno Ca 93755. The $20 will cover the cost of the book, tax, postage and handling. I can accept PayPal and credit cards – contact me for details.

Dispatches from the War Zone is also available at:

The Book Barn (in stock)
640 Clovis Ave in Clovis

Barnes and Noble (only available through their warehouse)
7849 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno

About the author and book:

Mike Rhodes is the author of Dispatches from the War Zone, homelessness in Fresno from 2002 – 2015. His extensive coverage of this issue, as editor of the Community Alliance newspaper, defended homeless people’s human rights and led to significant changes in public policy.

Rhodes was a key organizer in a 2006 class action lawsuit by the homeless against the City of Fresno. The $2.3 million settlement forced the city to stop bulldozing homeless encampments and compensated the homeless for their losses.

The ongoing coverage has exposed public corruption, identified the homeless issue as a vital concern in the community and highlighted alternative projects that provide the homeless with the dignity and respect they deserve.

After leaving the Community Alliance newspaper, Rhodes wrote Dispatches from the War Zone. For more information, see www.mikerhodes.us

Standing in Solidarity with the Homeless

The homeless No Camping ordinance in Fresno will be implemented on Friday, September 29, 2017. At that time Fresno Police officers will be authorized to arrest homeless people who sleep on public or private property, effectively criminalizing homelessness. After arrest, homeless people will face a $1,000 fine and 6 months in jail.

I believe this is a pivotal moment in Fresno’s approach to homelessness. How we respond when the authorities come after the homeless and drag them to jail one at a time will say a lot about who we are and what we do when confronted with injustice, intolerance and a city government engaged in immoral conduct that violates basic human rights.

We must not be silent as homeless people (our brothers and sisters) are punished for the crime of being too poor to afford a home.

This is the time for everyone who believes in social and economic justice to draw a line in the sand and City Hall is where we need to focus. If 100 people committed Civil Disobedience by protesting this morally bankrupt law it would make an important statement. If 1,000 people committed themselves to camping out at City Hall that night it might force the city to ignore the law (rather than arrest us all).

if you want to stop the City of Fresno from implementing this ordinance, help us get 1,000 people to attend this event. We need people who are willing to bring their tent and sleeping bag to City Hall on Friday, September 29 starting at 9 p.m.

Your participation in this event will directly impact the city’s homeless policy and how the homeless are treated in this community.

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One thought on “Dispatches from the War Zone”

  1. Really nice site, Mike! Visuals and text are grabbers, excellent intros to this compelling muck-raking book…may the ripples become waves.

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