Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

On Sunday, September 25, 2016, we will remember the forgotten victims of America’s gun violence epidemic as part of the Concert Across America, a series of live music events of all sizes from coast to coast. Please join us in at St. Francis Center at 5 p.m., to be a part of this national event.
LIVE MUSIC by: Dorian WoodSimone White; Niko Antonucci
SPOKEN WORD by Jeanette Austin
ART with Sarah Boehmke
BAD POETRY with Roberta Morris
Drinks and food available by donation. Information about important initiatives will be available also. For more information, see the event’s national website. If you’d like to volunteer to help with our event, contact Roberta Morris.

In Mollie’s Memory

Photo: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

(See http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-lopez-lowery-20160725-snap-story.html)

Mollie Lowery, a friend of homeless people across Los Angeles, founder of LAMP Community, and Ocean Park Community, died Monday July 25th (http://www.lampcommunity.org/). LAMP is featured in Steven Lopez’s book and the film, The Soloist (2009) that tells the story of one journalist who befriends one homeless person, and how both their lives are changed. We can all do this.

Mollie showed us how.  She started out as a Catholic nun, became  Episcopalian and remained a tireless advocate for the homeless, working on their behalf even in her last days. Now, in Mollie’s memory, let’s make each other’s acquaintance. If every housed resident in LA made the acquaintance of one homeless person in our neighborhood or where we work, every homeless person would have more than 80 friends, if only every housed Catholic in LA befriended one homeless person each would have about 30 friends, and if only every Episcopalian made the acquaintance of one homeless person, every homeless person would have one or two housed friends. What difference would that make? Maybe it would soon change everything.

See the video honoring Mollie Lowery, founder of Lamp Community

For years, Mollie Lowery, who worked tirelessly on Los Angeles’ skid row, also led the homeless mentally ill on treks through the Sierra Nevada mountains in the belief that nature can help people heal. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Steve Lopez

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mollie-lowery-obit-20160725-snap-story.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/us/los-angeles-homelessness-veterans-families.html?_r=0

Population of Los Angeles, 3,806,777

Population of Los Angeles-Long Beach  18,679,763

Number of homeless in LA: 47,000

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-count-20160504-story.html

Number of Episcopalians in Los Angeles:  70,000 members

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/diocese/los-angeles

State of emergency for homelessness? No quick fixes but we can do this

So now it’s official:  Homelessness is a state of emergency in LA.  It’s been a state of emergency for each person who has gone homeless for some time, so these folks are already the experts.  Artwalk intends to ask homeless people about what might be done, and we’ll post their responses.

We’re also working with the Renters Day coalition, LA Tenants Union/SILA, Coalition for Economic Survival and … there are faith-based groups working on this.  If you ever work in or near a church you know this is one place homeless folks congregate, seek help, and sometimes sleep.  Let’s ask these fellow parishioners: What will help to end homelessness or at least alleviate this crisis?  If you want to work, or work more vigorously on an artful response, let me know your thoughts and ideas.

Homeless is not hopeless.

Roberta Morris

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-funding-proposals-los-angeles-20150921-story.html

PAINT-A-THON; Artwalk participates in Portrait of Hope

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You want to join us in a Paint-a-thon and paint some giant spheres that will fill MacArthur Park later this summer?

Contact Roberta Morris at rmorris.artwalk@gmail.com or Sarah Boehmke at sarahboehmke@gmail.com for more information or to sign up and join us.  It will be a blast!

http://www.portraitsofhope.org/projects/spheres/