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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.

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.