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.

Resurrection of the Poor People’s Campaign

Rev. Barber told the activists gathered in the nation’s capital that by demonstrating in solidarity with poor people, they had become a link in the long history of people who fought for justice.

Hate Crime Laws Needed to Protect the Homeless

As homelessness becomes more visible, people living on the streets are targeted for bullying, assaults, harassment and even murders.

Life Is A Precious Gift: Mother Teresa’s House in Washington

We will never know how many huge pots of soup Jacob lifted with the sisters into trucks, to take to the homeless in the park. We will never know how many diseased bodies he fed, held and bathed, and the number of tears he dried in the early morning hours.

Mother Teresa’s Gift of Love in San Francisco

She took home with her the men who had only a few days left to live and were suffering the most, and tenderly cared for them around the clock. I am certain some of the people I was meeting were angels, whose job was to make certain no soul died alone and unloved.

My Back Pages: A Song for Miss Kay

She softly sings the soul anthem “Stand By Me.” It is a song for Miss Kay, a song for all of us. Her life, with its music and joy, followed by a downward slide into homelessness and death, tells us something deeper than words about the human condition.

My Back Pages: Kerry’s Kids, An Undying Dream

Oakland pediatrician Dr. Karen Kruger said, “Kerry’s death was so sudden and seemingly purposeless and shocking that I think there was a need for people that loved her to carry on her memory in a way that she would look down on from her cloud and be happy about.”