Street Spirit and Dogtown Redemption (a film about Oakland’s shopping cart recyclers) are shaking up the media landscape. PLEASE, seek out your local Street Spirit vendor and take advantage of this special opportunity to a receive a DVD of the movie and a special Dogtown issue of Street Spirit for $10.

Dogtown Redemption, a documentary film about Oakland’s shopping cart recyclers,
is partnering with Street Spirit, the East Bay’s homeless newspaper, to create an
innovative model for telling, selling and distributing stories from the community.
Throughout the month of June, DVDs of Dogtown Redemption will be available
from vendors with an issue of Street Spirit for $10.00. All proceeds go directly to the
vendors. The project is intended to make the life and work of the poor visible through
their own voices and media.

Shot over seven years, Dogtown Redemption, a film by Amir Soltani and Chihiro
Wimbush, takes us on a journey through a landscape of love and loss, devotion and
addiction, prejudice and poverty. The story of the three recyclers—Jason, Landon
and Hayok—provides a rare glimpse into the conflicts over race, class and space
shaping Oakland and other American cities.

Rahdi Taylor, Film Fund Director for the Sundance Film Institute Documentary said,
“The collaboration between Dogtown Redemption and Street Spirit strikes a landmark
strategy for bringing this timely film to the audience it was made for. In the process,
Street Spirit is extending its micro-economic opportunities for its sellers.”
Please buy a DVD from a Street Spirit vendor this month, for yourself or as a gift.

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.