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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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.