Today I went to the grocery store and inside in front of the UPS store I saw this. I am sure this is everything this person owns and now he is out on the street the in rain and I am warm and dry.
Ironically it is the tech boom that has made housing unaffordable for so many. "Many of the homeless work regular jobs, in some cases serving the very people whose sky-high net worth is the reason housing has become unaffordable for so many." AP
In one school in the heart of Silicon Valley, 44% of the students identify as homeless.
Here are the National Statistics about the impact of homelessness on students.
I am honored to have been asked to do a Master Class for teachers on the topic of Art and Activism at this years California Art Education Association conference in San Francisco.
It will be offered twice. Once on Friday and again on Saturday November 10 and 11.
The overarching concepts of this master class will be “Visual Journalism,” “Art and Activism,” and “Social Justice.” The discussion will be about how to incorporate these themes in the art classroom and how to use our skills and social media to promote Social Justice and a spirit of giving back. Related topics will be street photography and copyright. The class will create a group project as well as individual pen and pencil drawings.
I did a workshop today about my work at Drew High School in San Francisco.
The topic was Art and Activism. Part of it was a collaborative work in which each student created a piece that included a word about being homeless. The students were thoughtful and creative - a pleasure to work with and this is the finished work.
Despite the lack of affordable housing and increasing gentrification and displacement, U.S. cities have continued to attack homeless people through criminalization. More concerned about keeping homeless people from the public gaze rather than providing housing to women, children, adults, people with disabilities, and elderly people, there has been an increase in anti-homeless laws across the nation. ...More from the Street Sheet