Archive | July, 2015

Arresting Hate Throughout Our Culture

The horrific attack targeted a church that has a long legacy in the struggle for African-American liberation and civil rights. Acknowledging the effects of generations of racism and violence is a first step. Taking concrete actions to transform our society to end racism and violence is the next.

Read More Comments Off on Arresting Hate Throughout Our Culture

Removal of Bus Shelter Harms East Oakland Residents

Many believe that the removal of the bus shelter and bench was a punishment against the community because homeless people sometimes use the bus shelter. Many elderly and disabled persons depend on the bench as a place to rest and keep their groceries safe while waiting for the next bus.

Read More Comments Off on Removal of Bus Shelter Harms East Oakland Residents

Y-M-C-A: How Do You Spell Anti-Homeless Hypocrisy?

The Berkeley City Council was given the strong impression that not only the YMCA leadership, but the YMCA membership as well, supports new anti-homeless laws. Yet these laws are opposed by the ACLU, scores of religious leaders and civil rights groups as likely to be used in a discriminatory fashion.

Read More Comments Off on Y-M-C-A: How Do You Spell Anti-Homeless Hypocrisy?

Mental Health: Investing in Compassion and Empathy

The Suitcase Clinic has come to realize that people want to be treated with respect and dignity. Instead of more citations and arrests, Berkeley officials should invest in supportive housing and increase the outreach workers who can help homeless persons find physical and mental stability off the streets.

Read More Comments Off on Mental Health: Investing in Compassion and Empathy

Youth on the Street in Light of the Supreme Court Ruling

The Supreme Court recognized dignity in all when it announced that LGBT couples have the right to marry. Let us hope that governments everywhere will someday address the issues of poverty in the same spirit. A disproportionate number of young people who end up on the streets identify as LGBT.

Read More Comments Off on Youth on the Street in Light of the Supreme Court Ruling

Airbnb Aggravates Housing Crisis in Berkeley

Berkeley homeowners have figured out that hitching a ride on Airbnb, although illegal, can make lots of money. People literally sleeping on the street cannot seem to move the hearts of City Council members, but homeowners looking to monetize their million-dollar asset seem to have no trouble getting through.

Read More Comments Off on Airbnb Aggravates Housing Crisis in Berkeley

Protest Harassment of Poor and Homeless People in San Francisco – Defend our Right to Rest

Join us for a march on the Union Square Business Improvement District office on July 31st @ 3 PM and be a part of building our movement towards the elimination of poverty and homelessness and the fight for our #Right2Rest.

Rally for our rights at the Powell Street BART station in San Francisco and march in protest to the Union Square Business Improvement District offices on Friday, July 31 at 3 pm.

Read More Comments Off on Protest Harassment of Poor and Homeless People in San Francisco – Defend our Right to Rest

An Anthem for Those Who Are Homeless

Sometimes at night, you recall who you once were. You were a kid and played with other kids. You had a mother and a father. You wanted to be a firefighter or an astronaut. You were loved. And in your darkest imaginings, you could never have seen yourself come to this place.

Read More Comments Off on An Anthem for Those Who Are Homeless

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.