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Gimme Shelter: A Homeless Couple Better Adjusted Than You

GIMME SHELTER Though Kit’s body was removed promptly from Harlem’s Morningside Park after he hanged himself from a tree, no one bothered for about four years to take down the neon-orange rope he used to make the noose. Not many in the neighborhood noticed the rope over those years. Two did. They were a typical … Continue reading

Where’s That Great Society?

On this day in 1965, President Johnson outlined the goals of his ”Great Society” – intended to eliminate poverty and racial injustice. “Freedom,” he said, “is not enough.” The Great Society was designed to bring: Civil Rights A War on Poverty Promotion of Education Health Care Welfare Art and Cultural Institutions Infrastructure Consumer Protection Environmental … Continue reading

Meet Wilson and Maria, Homeless People Who Will Give You Hope

Wilson and Maria have been living under a vestibule of the Church of St. John The Divine — the largest Gothic cathedral in the world by most accounts, located near Columbia University in New York City — for 5 years. They ended up there when their apartment building was closed after the City discovered that … Continue reading

The Smörgåsbord

“The rich would have to eat money if the poor did not provide food.” ~Russian Proverb That pretty much summarizes where the world seems to be going. It might, for those of you with a few moments to spare, be worth it to read this: A MODEST PROPOSAL For preventing the children of poor people … Continue reading

Freedom is Not Enough

51 years ago this week, President Johnson signed a $1 billion anti-poverty bill called the Economic Opportunity Act. “Freedom,” he said, “is not enough.” The Act initiated a range of programs including: Basic education, training and jobs for young people and work-study programs for economically challenged college students; Adult literacy and work training programs; Funding … Continue reading