We'll be down at the tent city on Franklin doing problem solving whenever we can.
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Black Elk's Prayer
All over the earth the faces of living things are all alike.
With tenderness have these come up out of the ground. Look upon these faces of children without number with children in their arms, that they may face the wind and walk the good road to the day of quiet. This is my prayer; hear me now!"
Everything we can!
Our way of life has been celebrated all over the world as one of freedom and opportunity, but what about freedom from want? The Lakota way of life provided for the needs of everyone. Have we? How is the freedom and opportunity of some better than meeting the needs of all?
Continuing to Heal and Empower Minneapolis
When I was asked to build a site to empower vulnerable adults and children, I began by focusing on the Local Missions, and Food Shelves. There we found sound counseling and good food to rely upon for our basic needs, but today, we're facing a crisis that can't always be addressed by appealing to social services, local agencies, or even the Missions themselves. For many of our clients, services are no longer available to them for various reasons.
For example: after advocating for patients in the health care system, obtaining health care has become nearly impossible, and when working for others sympathetic to my needs, my product and reputation was corrupted by malware and malice. I've only recently been able to rely upon my product again. So, we're allying in small groups of 4 or 5 like minded individuals to solve our living problems together. Please see: Cell Groups
I've written everyone who might know how to confront, or challenge human trafficking, and those who intentionally disturb the peace for whatever reason. I've worked to reframe marginal activities to include more disenfranchised people.
Problem solving the Housing Crisis
When we're confronted by whaling children outside our homes, in food shelves and supper clubs, and members of our community are living in tent cities to avoid drug use and trauma in public housing, foreign nationals are writing emails and making international telephone calls at all hours of the day and night seeking to transfer their money to the United States. What do you think the motivation for that kind of transaction really is? Police can't confront drug use in our buildings that's so offensive, its hard to stay sober while breathing the air because landlords have allied with Public Housing officials by using a 'code of silence' to keep housing options available for low income families, but if we allow this to continue the whaling children and missing persons might end up becoming our trade, not because we don't want them, but because we're considered to be inept, and unable to comfort and secure them.
As alternatives to public housing, we've considered river boats on the Mississipi, living in RV's, shipping container homes and urban camping, but it is the condemnation of our adaptations to the harassment that leads to the ongoing theft of our children, and an endless migration to new places of avoidance.