Archive | October, 2013

Artist Rodney Bell Inspires Homeless Seniors at St. Mary’s Center

Bell’s artworks grace the walls of St. Mary’s and his music fills the air, brightening the day for homeless seniors who have lived unimaginably difficult lives.

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Young Artists Create a Vision of Beauty and Social Justice

Youth Spirit Artworks is expanding their arts studio for the growing number of homeless and at-risk youth on the streets and in local high schools.

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Albany Officials Plan a Mass Eviction of Homeless Campers at the Albany Bulb

Albany’s decision to cast the campers out would be a practical disaster and a moral outrage. Albany officials have failed to create a single shelter bed or develop a single unit of affordable housing in the past 20 years of dealing with a large homeless encampment at the Albany Bulb.

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Downtown Berkeley Association CEO John Caner Investigated for Campaign Violations

The Fair Campaign Practices Commission will investigate the Yes On S campaign “because John Caner admitted to paying 52 homeless people in cash on election day to campaign against themselves.” Caner handed out more than $5,530 in $100 and $50 cash payments to homeless and formerly homeless “poll workers.”

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Is It Illegal to Sit on the Street and Watch Clouds Go By?

News that someone was getting a ticket for sitting on a chair playing the fiddle traveled fast up and down Telegraph. A reporter snapped pictures for the paper. A Channel Two news crew began filming. Officer Cole kept insisting that other people had no right to be on the sidewalk, either.

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The Soldier’s Box of Memories

Miles and I had a strange bond: I was a conscientious objector and he was a Special Forces guy. He took some shrapnel in Vietnam and walked with a limp. After the war, Miles became a wandering man for years on end, spending time in homeless shelters up and down the East Coast.

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Resurrection of the Poor People’s Campaign

Rev. Barber told the activists gathered in the nation’s capital that by demonstrating in solidarity with poor people, they had become a link in the long history of people who fought for justice.

Hate Crime Laws Needed to Protect the Homeless

As homelessness becomes more visible, people living on the streets are targeted for bullying, assaults, harassment and even murders.

Life Is A Precious Gift: Mother Teresa’s House in Washington

We will never know how many huge pots of soup Jacob lifted with the sisters into trucks, to take to the homeless in the park. We will never know how many diseased bodies he fed, held and bathed, and the number of tears he dried in the early morning hours.

Mother Teresa’s Gift of Love in San Francisco

She took home with her the men who had only a few days left to live and were suffering the most, and tenderly cared for them around the clock. I am certain some of the people I was meeting were angels, whose job was to make certain no soul died alone and unloved.

My Back Pages: A Song for Miss Kay

She softly sings the soul anthem “Stand By Me.” It is a song for Miss Kay, a song for all of us. Her life, with its music and joy, followed by a downward slide into homelessness and death, tells us something deeper than words about the human condition.

My Back Pages: Kerry’s Kids, An Undying Dream

Oakland pediatrician Dr. Karen Kruger said, “Kerry’s death was so sudden and seemingly purposeless and shocking that I think there was a need for people that loved her to carry on her memory in a way that she would look down on from her cloud and be happy about.”