Archive | July, 2017

Zahra’s Paradise: The Fate of the Disappeared

“Love is ultimately the force that conquers death. Love is where the resistance comes from. If we love one another, we will help one another.” — Amir Soltani

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Elisa Cooper: On Fire for Justice

When I learned that Elisa Cooper had passed away, I cried. I felt that I had lost a comrade, a colleague, a fellow advocate on the front lines.

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The System of Repression Is a Disaster

The depth of the love and resistance and solidarity and strength that keeps people going in the face of this horror is really incredible. Even with all the horrors and the violence that the state inflicts on people, still there is something about the human spirit that doesn’t surrender.

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My Art Makes My Life Matter

“I create art as a way to bring love and faith to people who face hardship. My art is offered to uplift people who strive to overcome oppression. My art is for people who find strength and unity in our community’s historic and endless struggle for justice.” — Leon Kennedy

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Trump’s Plan to Slash Affordable Housing

Trump plans massive cuts to HUD’s low-income housing, yet proposes billions more in federal subsidies that benefit banks, realtors and homeowners. All this pain and suffering so that HUD’s budget can be reduced to $40.7 billion while homeowner subsidies are expected to rise to $162.5 billion.

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Homeless in Santa Cruz Pushed Out of Public Spaces

These new restrictions have prompted many homeless residents and supporters to consider ways to push back as they desperately try to hold onto one of the last public gathering spots available to them since they were deemed persona non grata in San Lorenzo Park and the river levee area.

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San Jose Builds Walls to Keep Homeless People Out

San Jose is working with Caltrans to build an eight-foot wall to keep them out of their homeless encampment. Are we sure we want our children to live behind walls that force homeless people to walk through life as outcasts until they are nearly dead from fatigue?

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The Stranger Finds an Army of Outdoor Sleepers

They lay huddled under tarps, beneath store awnings, curled in alcoves, wrapped in old blankets in entrance ways, or at the top of church stairs. In bus shelters, they draped themselves over the steel arms of benches explicitly designed to prevent a human body from stretching out in any comfort.

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The University’s Prolonged War on People’s Park

The UC chancellor has spent decades trying to build support for another assault on the park and its status as a global symbol of freedom and resistance. If the UC tries to destroy our landmark, we’ll be there in resistance to the university’s strangely repetitious war on culture.

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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.