Archive | May, 2014

Seeking Peace in a World of Imprisoned Beauty

Kathy Kelly’s vision of a world of imprisoned beauty reveals the countless lives caged behind bars, cast off into refugee camps, banished in homeless shelters, or left to die on remote battlefields.

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Albany Demolishes Homeless Encampment

Stephanie’s house and her carefully laid out garden were destroyed. Dozens more homes were smashed to pieces by the bulldozers, and turned into rubble.

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The Street Spirit Interview with Kathy Kelly

“The people that threaten us are in the corporations and the well-appointed salons, and they really threaten us. They make alcohol, firearms and tobacco, and arms for the military. They steal from us, and they rob us. And who goes to jail? A woman who can’t get an economic stake in her community.”

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Global Day Against Militarism: Move the Money Home!

“More than 17,000 nuclear weapons, most held by the U.S. and Russia, continue to pose an intolerable threat to humanity. Our government should be working in good faith to eliminate all nuclear arms, not stealing more of our tax dollars to modernize these weapons of mass destruction.” — Jackie Cabasso

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Good Samaritan at Work on the Streets of Berkeley

It is an understatement to say that Night on the Streets has made a difference in Berkeley. JC Orton has actually created services for the homeless when they did not exist. He started out distributing food, then began visiting the sick, helping people find housing, and even helping with income taxes.

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Civilian Police Review in Santa Cruz Could Help Homeless People

A Civilian Police Review Board is of critical importance in Santa Cruz in light of the fact that the City Council has historically worked to criminalize homelessness and continues to enact ordinances that substantially abridge even the most basic human rights of our homeless residents.

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“On Our Way Home” — Photo Documentary by Homeless Elders

Homeless and formerly homeless elders used disposable cameras to bring to public awareness the conditions facing people on the street. “On Our Way Home” celebrates the wisdom of elders as they offer a personal look at life on the street and show what we can do to help create change.

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My Dream Is for All Animals to Have Rights

Animals are awesome. Animal rights groups believe “that every creature with a will to live has a right to live free from pain and suffering.” This is why we should help animals and give them a voice. I hope you agree. All we need to do is start.

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May Poetry of the Streets

Veterans may return home with medals for valor, but if they become homeless, they’re shunned by the same society that sent them to war. “Too many street sleepers, doubly wounded, earned the nation’s Purple Heart, even the Bronze Star. Now they don’t have a home, a job or a car.”

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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.