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Editor, Layout & Design: Terry Messman

Photographers: Lydia Gans and Carol Harvey

Site Web Design: Ariel Messman-Rucker

Web Producer 2014-16: Jess Clarke

Human Rights: Carol Denney

Vendor Coordinator: J.C. Orton


The Street Spirit Advisory Committee

Street Spirit is published by Youth Spirit Artworks, and its work is guided by an editorial committee of knowledgeable and highly dedicated advocates including: Janny Castillo, Jess Clarke, Ellen Danchik, Carol Denney, Michael Diehl, Lydia Gans, David Hartsough, Sister Eva Lumas, Daniel McMullan, The Suitcase Clinic, Pattie Wall, Susan Werner.

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.