U.S. World Meeting of Popular Movements

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I spent the past few days at the US World Meeting of Popular Movements. This was…

“An initiative of Pope Francis, the World Meeting of Popular Movements’ (WMPM) purpose is to create an “encounter” between Church leadership and grassroots organizations working to address the “economy of exclusion and inequality” (Joy of the Gospel, nos. 53-54) by working for structural changes that promote social, economic and racial justice.” Continue reading

Protected By Our Lady of Guadalupe

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May 23, 2016

I was out at the encampments today checking in with folks. Things down on Cesar Chavez looked pretty much the same as last week, but people reported SFPD came today and told them they are doing sweeps early tomorrow morning. The cops were threatening to arrest anyone who was still there in the morning, but they are threatened on a regular basis and never really know when sweeps will actually happen. There were no longer ‘notices to vacate’ posted. The thing that was out of the norm was that people reported Caltrain had engineers with them today scoping things out so they may be putting fences up.

 

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Cops Shot & Killed a Homeless Man Today…

This is a picture of Br. Damien walking in a vigil for Luis Demetrio Gongora Pat, the man who was experiencing homelessness and ended up getting shot and killed by the police this morning. Behind him is a line up of police on motorcycles who followed us while we marched. Continue reading

Seeking Refuge in Church Doorways

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If I was experiencing homelessness these days the place I would go to seek refuge from the elements and to get some sleep would be in the doorway of a church. The reason I would go to a Christian church to sleep is because of the parable in their teaching about the Rich Man and Lazarus. In case you don’t know it, I’ll provide an overview… Continue reading

“Move Along!” To Where?

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Outreach- January 19, 2016

Last night the storm kept waking me up… and I was sleeping inside my apartment. I kept thinking about all the folks without shelter. The City hasn’t been opening many of the El Niño emergency shelters… and when they do they haven’t been informing 311 which is the system established to inform folks about resources and shelters. It makes no sense.

Went on a rain soaked outreach shift today checking in with folks after the storm. Everyone and all of their belongings were drenched! I noticed a lot of people were barefoot or wearing soaked socks. Continue reading

Criminalization of Their Mere Existence

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Today has been a very wet and chilly day… I was drenched and walking around in wet shoes due to crosswalks being flooded.

I just called 311 and asked about getting an El Nino emergency shelter bed and they referred me to the Interfaith Winter Shelter… but it was after 8 PM when I called and they are limited to 100 beds so it’s probably already filled to capacity… especially in the rain. Continue reading

Refuge From the Storm

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Division Street, San Francisco- SFPD & DPW did “sweeps” of the encampment and erected a fence.

 

We went on a 5AM outreach shift this morning because folks in the encampments were told by SFPD that they were going to be doing sweeps and taking their tents and stuff. We didn’t see cops or DPW, but it looks like they’d already made the rounds, at least to this area.  Continue reading