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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Writing for the Street Spirit: My 17 Year Journey

Writing for Street Spirit has awakened in me a sense of responsibility toward others. Street Spirit is a way for people silenced by big money and big media to have a voice.

Animal Friends: A Saving Grace for Homeless People

“I wrapped her in my jacket and promised I’d never let anybody hurt her again. And that’s my promise to her for the rest of her life. In my mind she’s a little angel that saved me as much as I saved her.”

A Testament to Street Spirit’s Justice Journalism

The game was rigged against the poor, but I will always relish the fact that Street Spirit took on the Oakland mayor and city council for their perverse assault on homeless recyclers. For me, that was hallowed ground. I will never regret the fact that we did not surrender that ground.

Tragic Death of Oakland Tenant Mary Jesus

Being evicted felt like the end of her life. As a disabled woman, she saw nothing ahead but a destitute life on the streets. She told a friend, “If I’m evicted tomorrow, I have no choice but to kill myself. I have no resources, no savings, no money, and nowhere to go.”

They Left Him to Die Like a Tramp on the Street

Life is sacred. It is not just an economic statistic when someone suffers and dies on the streets of our nation. It is some mother’s son, or daughter. It is a human being made in the image of God. It is a desecration of the sacred when that life is torn down.

Joy in the Midst of Sorrow in Santa Maria Orphanage

This amazing priest not only housed 300 orphaned children from the streets of Mexico City, but he also took care of 20 homeless elders in his own house and started a home for children dying of AIDS. Father Norman also ran a soup kitchen that fed many people in the village.