In July 2019, Rick Paulas generously donated hundreds of copies of his book, Eastern Span, for Street Spirit vendors to sell along with their papers. That experiment was a success—some vendors earned hundreds of extra dollars during the months they were selling his novel. Because of this success, he donated an additional 775 books for our vendors to sell in the coming months.
Justin had what he wanted. Natascha was a one-year-old, female, Russian Blue cat, in near-perfect health. He had bought a pet hospital months before to avoid answering the questions of an adoption agency or county shelter.
“Landless Not Voiceless” is an exhibition currently on display at Pro Arts Gallery and Commons in Downtown Oakland being curated by the Cardboard & Concrete Unhoused Artists Collective—a new collective of homeless artists from Berkeley and Oakland.
As an adult with mental illness and progressive values, my primary focus is not on national politics or getting Trump out of office. My main concern is about the treatment of people who live with mental illness and our lack of opportunities to better our conditions.
As the Tiny House Village edges closer to its long-awaited opening date, many community groups are hard at work helping different pieces of the Youth Empowerment Village vision come together, including the vibrant artwork that has been popping up around the site over the last few weeks.
What happens when social media is not just an addition to the cause—what happens when the majority of activism is taking place virtually? In the midst of a new surge of the Black Lives Matter movement, many are forced to evaluate the impact (or lack thereof) of their contribution.