There is a distinction between being Homeless and having a Nomadic Life

The United States Supreme Court will soon to make a decision whether to overturn Martin v. Boise, No. 15-35845 (9th Cir. 2018). Martin v. Boise says a person cannot be cited or arrested for sleeping on a public space when said person does not have “access to adequate temporary shelter.”

If Martin v. Boise is overturned the Mules will be subject to arrest and their property confiscated by any police officer that would find them resting for the night.

The Mules and their ages old nomadic way of life is about the art of moving and traveling under their own power and their own speed how they choose, when they choose. When we stop for the night in a vacant lot in a park or on the side of the road where there’s a very wide shoulder easement, the Mules stay is always less than 24 hours.

The Mules are a threat to nobody. We are quiet and peaceful. Our only purpose for stopping on public space is to rest for the night and then leave early in the morning and continue our journey and our life of motion. This country needs a Three Mule Journey. With rules and structure that will define its purpose and give every citizen the opportunity to step in and step up and make a contribution to the freedom of movement for us all. Using the unique spiritual energy that flows thur every soul.

In the past many people from all over the world have lived the nomadic way of life which the Mules live today. Some modern examples of nomads which the Mules have crossed paths include:

Davide Travelli and the 3 Mules [December 2015]

In December 2015, a gentleman that we met in California outside of Camp Pendleton named Davide Travelli, has traveled all over the world on his bicycle stopping for the night, pitching his tent, and gone in the morning. His journey still continues. You can see follow his endless journey on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Chen Guan Ming nomad
Chen Guan Ming nomad

Mr. Chen Guan Ming, the gentleman from China, rode his tricycle/ rickshaw all over the world, including California. Mr. Chen was honored and welcomed all over the world for the way that he lived. Peacefully, respectfully, in harmony and balance with all that surrounded him. When Mr. Chen was done traveling for the day, he pulled off the road and slept in his tricycle/rickshaw.

Across the pond, an 82-year old woman completed an annual seven-week trek from England to the Scottish Highlands with her pack pony and pet dog. Jane Dotchin has been making the epic 600-mile trek journey every year since 1972. Heading north, Jane and her pack travel between 15 to 20 miles a day and camps outside to rest for the night. Just like the Mules, she carries everything she needs including her tent, food, a few belongings.

Davide Travelli, Mr.Chen Guan Ming, Jane Dotchin, the Three Mule Journey, and all those others who practice this life of non-motorized motion, whether all their lives or a segment of their life, will be subject to arrest and property confiscation.

The Mules and the other nomadic travelers do we create the problem and mess that the homeless encampments show above in the photos. The nomadic way of life which we practice must be separated out from the issues homelessness creates. We pack up and leave no trace as we demonstrated in the photos and video below.

Homeless are people that lose the financial resources to afford housing, and construct shanty towns with no garbage pickup, no toilet facilities, and no water. In the law, there needs to be clear rules distinguishing Nomads from Homeless that cities find causing the blight.

Those of us who practice the art of traveling under our own power and own speed should not be arrested for stopping less than 24 hrs to spend the night. A necessary act of living. Sleeping is common to all humans and living creatures, including those who are passing these laws.

The mayors of Grants Pass, Sausalito, and San Francisco, who want to overturn Martin v. Boise, offer no solution to the shanty town/people being unhoused problem, nor do they care about the consequences of them overturning Martin v. Boise. They just want to cross their fingers and make a wish, “please bring back Disneyland for me and my friends.” The rest of you can go to jail.

A clear distinction needs to be made in any proposed law between what the mayors of Sausalito, Grants Pass, and San Francisco complain about homeless encampment shanty towns that remain in one location for months versus the nomadic traveler who stops to rest for the night, packing up, leaving no trace, and continuing their journey the next morning. Sleep is necessary for all living beings. It is inhumane and criminal for lawmakers to create laws which make it a crime for nomadic travelers to stop and rest after walking or cycling all day.

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