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.

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.”