The I4E Digital Library to Support Local Advocacy and Community Outreach for Ending Homelessness in the OC

The Irvine4Everyone Digital Library <https://i4e.omeka.net&gt; is one of the creative outcomes from an I4E meeting with Mayor Wagner and City staff, on April 15, 2018.   I4E is  a growing group of residents who have come together in the wake of horrific protests against siting a temporary emergency shelter on county-owned land across from the … Continue reading The I4E Digital Library to Support Local Advocacy and Community Outreach for Ending Homelessness in the OC

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Solution to homelessness lies within all of us, not as individuals but as a community

Sister Mary Scullion, CEO of Project HOME (Housing, Opportunities for Employment, Medical Care, and Education) and The Nun Eradicating Homelessness in Philadelphia, in response to the question of how to help, says, “I would encourage everyone to try to directly encounter people who are poor and suffering. Look them in the eye and treat them … Continue reading Solution to homelessness lies within all of us, not as individuals but as a community

The Vicious Circle of Homelessness

Yesterday (05/30/2018) we were privileged to see our community engage in an informative and thought-provoking event: Homelessness Forum with UCI Sociology Professors. Thanks to Jing Sun who organized the forum (see his invite at end) and he reminded the audience "we read to change our life." Dr. Su (social movements researcher at UCI) moderated; Dr. … Continue reading The Vicious Circle of Homelessness

A Pacifist Honor For Memorial Day 2018

Stars and Stripes provoke burning memories Pussycat and Owl welcome pauseful reveries Queen’s Tears fall fresh, pink, moving me beyond The lush green mimics of the beau mond! Beauty is mine, the happy picture seems to promise But like sunscreen against the squamous Healing the wounds of war Is a never-ending chore, and during most … Continue reading A Pacifist Honor For Memorial Day 2018

I4E Meeting with Mayor Don Wagner

Marjorie Rooney, Tim Johnson, Yuichi Suda, Beryl Smith and I as representatives from Irvine For Everyone met yesterday with Mayor Wagner and some Irvine City staff. We shared the I4E SOS responses (confidential list), comments (19 pages — clearly Irvine cares!), and ideas for solutions. The Mayor was generous, and actively engaged. Clearly, homelessness in the OC … Continue reading I4E Meeting with Mayor Don Wagner

In CA 45th There Is Only One Progressive Congressional Candidate and Leader: Kia Hamadanchy

https://youtu.be/vJB3xLZW7sY Recently, I engaged the Congressional candidates in the 45th who live in Irvine. I used the current and most conflicted public dilemma of homelessness (see also Notes). Only one progressive leader emerged: Kia Hamadanchy. Here's that story. On Tuesday, March 20th I, like many residents of Irvine, listened to the public comments, Irvine City … Continue reading In CA 45th There Is Only One Progressive Congressional Candidate and Leader: Kia Hamadanchy

What does an E-shelter look like? Meet SafePlace at WISEPlace

Today, I visited WISEPlace, “which transforms the lives of approximately 90 women per year, by providing safe, affordable transitional housing, healthy meals, financial-empowerment curriculum and employment assistance, to help women move from homelessness and hopelessness to self-reliance.” I visited them because I was curious about SAFEPlace. the new emergency shelter that this small transitional housing … Continue reading What does an E-shelter look like? Meet SafePlace at WISEPlace