Archive | August, 2017

Police Utilize The Latest Unregulated Compliance Tool

As he screamed, already handcuffed, the officers bound him in leg restraints, and forced him into some kind of a white hood over his head. The hood rendered the captive completely anonymous, a hooded figure such as one might see in photographs of Guantanamo.

Read More Comments Off on Police Utilize The Latest Unregulated Compliance Tool

The Young Poets of Youth Spirit Artworks

“I remember living on earth. I hated it. People didn’t care about each other. It was hard living there. To tell the truth it wasn’t really living — it was surviving. People only thought about greed and what they did not have. I’m glad I moved to Mars. I just wish I wasn’t all alone.”

Read More Comments Off on The Young Poets of Youth Spirit Artworks

Historic State Fair Exhibit Recognizes Farmworkers

“We wouldn’t be here without the work of farmworkers,” said State Senator Ben Hueso. “The legislature now includes members who worked in the fields themselves, or have family who did, who know what it’s like to work in 100 degree heat, to suffer the hardest conditions and work the longest hours.”

Read More Comments Off on Historic State Fair Exhibit Recognizes Farmworkers

Berkeley shelter closes

The closure of the largest homeless shelter in Berkeley leaves many with nowhere to go

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.