Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Freedom Square

 A Tent City has been created over two weeks ago by some neighbors, some activists and some homeless people. The protest is next to a Police Station on S. Homan Ave where people have claimed torture and some people being "disappeared". The rumors and allegations have been circulating the city for over 20 years says Stagg.
 We took over some supplies. It's not unusual for me to have a cooler in my car and collect donations and distribute them or be ready to pick up donations. In Freedom Square they serve food between 6-8 p.m. for about 20 people. Friends of the protesters and the public donate food and supplies.
 I picked up some healthy options of cereal and fruit for breakfast the other day.
 They have several engagement or services in tents including a library, a first aid station and an outdoor kitchen.





Some related links...


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-homan-square-protest-chicago-20160725-story.html

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160720/north-lawndale/protesters-turn-homan-square-police-black-site-into-freedom-square

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/29/chicago-protestors-occupy-homan-square-police-black-lives-matter

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

50th Anniversary Of Martin Luther King Walk In Marquette Park

 An Alderman in Chicago is trying to designate crimes against police as "hate crimes." On the anniversary of MLK walking in Marquette Park neighborhood of Chicago protesters had a press conference and march. Ten days earlier another man was murdered by the Chicago Police. We met at 6700 South Western Ave, not too far away from our house.









Thursday, July 28, 2016

Going Out To The Viaducts This Week

 A bunch of us prepare responsibly-sourced food and take it out to several Tent Cities around Chicago at least once a week. We also distribute dated supplies like tents, socks, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes and tooth paste. This week we made 40 salads with tuna, organic mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, radishes and home made unpasteurized apple cider vinegar dressing. The recipe for the dressing comes from Tricia's grandmother and it's got olive oil, unpasteurized apple cider, garlic and honey and fresh herbs.



Protesters Give Me Hope For Humanity

 Thank you to the protesters! The DNC email scandals and the casualties will not be forgotten.









Friday, July 15, 2016

Community Outreach May Have Inspired Chicago Mayor To Take Similar Action



I sent Mayor Emanuel two emails . See above one I wrote him 3 days ago about an independently produced PSA plea for landlords to rent to unhoused persons in Chicago. Yesterday the Mayor sent out a letter to landlords. I'd like to believe I kicked his butt a little to take some action.


An interview with Arturo V. Bendixen from The Center For Housing And Health in Chicago requesting citizens to rent housing to homeless people. 

Why consider being a landlord who offers to rent an apartment to the homeless?

-guaranteed rent 

-case manager always available to help the client

-a way to serve the community

-house people who are now living in tents

If you are a landlord, or want to become a landlord, and want to serve our community and help people living outside, please call 
Arturo v. Bendixen

Center for Housing & Health

312-922-2322

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Cook It Forward....One Year Later

 We have started going to the closed Stewart School Tent City now first on Wednesdays. Every Wednesday a few of us meet and prepare meals or bagged lunches. This week we made egg salad sandwiches, cookies, yogurt and fruit lunch bags with Mint-infused Arnold Palmers. Yep, we have a big cooler with beverages. Below is Sandra, Stagg, Daryl and Mary.
 On the way home driving on Western Ave. no one honked when I missed a green light to take this picture of a double rainbow!

LOOKING FOR LANDLORDS





An interview with Arturo V. Bendixen from The Center For Housing And Health in Chicago requesting landlords to rent housing to homeless people.

Why consider being a landlord who offers to rent an apartment to the homeless?

-guaranteed rent 

-case manager always available to help the client

-a way to give serve the community the community

-house people who are now living in tents

If you are a landlord and want to see our community and help people living outside, please call 
Arturo Bendixen

Center for Housing & Health

312-922-2322