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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Merry Christmas: The Message From The Manger

It is a story that we can imagine transpiring in our own time, among the Central American migrants, homeless in a California border town, or among the Syrian refugees, freezing and hungry in northern Greece. The analogy is clearly lost on politicians like Trump, who not only assure us that we need not concern ourselves with their fate, but that we must coldly spurn small children for the sake of our own comfort and safety.

December 24, 2016

The Simple, Clear, And Still Radical Meaning Of The Christmas Story

It is the story of a child born to a carpenter and his wife, the working class of ancient Judea, who lived under the rule of a distant dictatorial regime and its local enforcers. Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were refugees.

December 24, 2015

The Urgent National Crisis That Presidential Candidates Aren’t Talking About

While some 2016 presidential candidates are talking about income inequality, few have directly addressed perhaps the most jarring manifestation of poverty.

September 5, 2015

Charity Versus Panhandling

Froma Harrop gives some tips on charitable giving this holiday season.

December 16, 2014

Short On Supporters, Fracking Group Turns To The Homeless

Some of the so-called fracking supporters didn’t even seem to know what fracking is.

September 17, 2014

For L.A. Skid Row Residents And Advocates, Mural Is A Sign Of Survival

By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times Skid Row is the place that dares not speak its name. The neighborhood of 10,000 people on the eastern end of downtown Los Angeles — with the largest concentration of homeless people in the country — is generally not listed on municipal signs or maps. The local firehouse was […]

August 26, 2014

Bank-Fraud Scheme Used Homeless People To Cash Checks

By Mark Morris, The Kansas City Star KANSAS CITY, Mo. –– Some Atlanta gang members had no clue in October 2011 that their future freedom rested on a routine chore performed by an convenience store employee in Olathe, Kan. Cleaning up his trash bins about 6 a.m., the QuikTrip manager noticed that someone had dumped […]

August 25, 2014

Calif. GOP Gubernatorial Hopeful Spends Week On Fresno Streets

By John Ellis, The Fresno Bee FRESNO, Calif. — On July 21, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari stepped off a bus in downtown Fresno with $40 in his pocket and planned to spend the next week job hunting while living on the streets. His campaign project went public Thursday, with a professional video of his […]

August 1, 2014

Freeway Incident Raises Questions On How Police Interact With Public

By Scott Gold, Joseph Serna, and Kate Mather Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Marlene Pinnock is a mother of two who once studied as a bookkeeper and accounting. But her life has not been simple. She was known as a sweet, friendly presence by some who lived in a homeless encampment beneath an overpass […]

July 8, 2014

Study Of Working Homeless Sheds Light On Financial Motivation

By Tim Grant, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A competition among working homeless people to see who could save the greatest percentage of their pay provided researchers with valuable insights that could be used to encourage middle class people to improve their financial circumstance. In what is believed to be the first detailed study of the savings behavior […]

February 17, 2014