Archive | December, 2013

A Place of Freedom Where the Sea Meets the Sky

People who could not find anywhere else to live, lived in this beautiful place. They had the solace of living in nature, and loved the landfill for its wildness, for the fact that it wasn’t controlled and tamed.

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Immigrant Activists Fight Government’s Firings and Deportations

Tucson police, implementing the hated immigrant profiling law, stopped a car for a faulty light, and the Border Patrol detained the passengers. People surrounded the car to stop the deportation, but 40 Border Patrol agents and more police set at them with pepper spray, rubber bullets and dogs.

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Yet Another Attack on Homeless People in San Francisco

The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club held a sleep-in at Dolores Park to protest the anti-homeless ordinance. “This is yet another attack on the homeless, on queer people, poor people and people of color, and our right to exist in public space in our society,” said Harvey Milk Club president Tom Temprano.

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Fast Food Workers Face Silent Raids and Firings

Since the Golden Arches rose above the first Southern California drive-ins, workers have labored for the lowest legal wage a boss can pay. Jack in the Box in Oakland recently fired two immigrant women without warning. Did the corporate office decide that the time had come to give workers a good scare?

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Multi-Millionaire CEOs Try to Cut Social Security While Compiling Massive Nest Eggs of Their Own

The loudest calls for cutting, and ultimately, gutting Social Security are coming from two lobby groups led by CEOs who will never have to worry about their own retirement security. The retirement accounts of these Business Roundtable CEOs average $14.5 million, more than 1,200 times larger than typical U.S. workers.

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Why I Support Immigration Reform

It’s time to bring immigrant workers out of the shadows. It’s time to treat them like human beings and offer a path to citizenship. It’s time to take care of our laborers and their families, not throw them in jail and let their kids suffer and die.

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Philip Rosheger: The Miracle of Music Among Us

Philip Rosheger, one of the most distinguished classical players and composers of our time, was immersed in music and composition, but loved to talk about injustice and poverty. I hope those who read this will consider being generous with the next street musician you see in his honor. He would love that.

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A Life Consecrated to Compassion and Justice

On the bleak streets of the Tenderloin, a sister took a stand against inhumanity. Her solidarity was inspired by the beatitudes and consecrated to the poor.

The Invisible Natural Cathedral of People’s Park

Builders, please go away. Allow the beauty of an Invisible Natural Cathedral to remain, a living shrine of open space that gives refuge to all people.

Street Spirit Interview with Sister Bernie Galvin

This atrocity was happening in a very wealthy city. It was happening right under our noses. It was very visible. And there was not the united voice of the faith community speaking out. That was the spark of Religious Witness. From that moment, I knew what I had to do.

Interview with Sister Bernie Galvin, Part Two

“What’s forming in my mind is Jesus in the temple when he became angry at the unjust and very exclusive systems of society. That is the very reason that there are the poor and the marginalized. It is not enough just to provide food, clothing and housing.”

‘Such Is the Magic and Spirit of People’s Park’

The mayor has no understanding of the awful defeat the loss of People’s Park would be. No comprehension of the cost in lives and the sacrifices people have made for the Park’s ideals. So many still find it a refuge in a country needing a political and spiritual overhaul.

I Remember Who I Am

“And Now Where?” Lithograph by Rockwell Kent

By and by, I calm down. I meditate. I pray. It is a beautiful day. The sun is setting. I weave my way toward the spot where I sleep, where nobody knows where to find me. I look to the stars, and say my prayers to the God who believes in Me.