Pages in category "Homelessness activists"
The following 29 pages are in this category, out of 29 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 29 pages are in this category, out of 29 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Randall Amster – Randall Amster is an author, activist, and educator in areas including peace, ecology, homelessness, and anarchism. He is the director of the Program on Justice and Peace at Georgetown University, Amster has worked as an attorney, judicial clerk, professor, and academic administrator during his professional career. Amster earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics & Astronomy from the University of Rochester in 1988 and he then attended Brooklyn Law School, where he was a Law Review editor, and graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 1991. Following law school, Amster served as a law clerk to a Federal District Court Judge in Miami, FL, and worked for a brief period as an Associate in a large law firm in Manhattan, NY. After a two-year stint traveling through North America, Amster enrolled in a program in Justice Studies at Arizona State University. In 2001, Amster was hired to teach Peace Studies at Prescott College in Arizona, in 2008, he began serving as the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. He is the editor of the newsletter, The Peace Chronicle. During his time at Arizona State University, Amster was engaged in a number of well-reported, Amster organized sit-in demonstrations against the ordinance, which he argued was aimed primarily at the local homeless population. He also helped to spearhead a campaign to preserve one of the last remaining open spaces in downtown Tempe. Amster received the Dondrell Swanson Advocate of Social Justice award in 2001 for the campaigns he was involved in during his studies at ASU. He engaged in relief efforts in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, working with Food Not Bombs. From 2005 to 2007, he was part of a legal observer initiative on the U. S. -Mexico border that monitored the activities of the Minuteman Project. In 2008, he received an award for Entertainment Program of the Year for hosting and producing a television program on politics and culture. Following the passage of Arizonas immigration law, SB1070 in April 2010, in the ensuing months, he continued to write on related topics. Amsters writing covers a range of topics and themes, an earlier co-edited volume, with Pat Lauderdale, focusing on issues of injustice and inequality, was published in 1997. A later co-edited work, with Elavie Ndura, focused on the theme of building cultures of peace, the sole-authored book Anarchism Today was published by Praeger in 2012 and was described by the Philadelphia City Paper as a much-needed contemporary read. Amster is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters on various subjects. Social movements, critical pedagogy, eco-terrorism, border issues, post-Katrina New Orleans, and Peace EcologyRandall Amster – Randall Amster
2. Betty Kwan Chinn – Betty Kwan Chinn is a philanthropist who lives in Eureka, California. She has helped the homeless—including the mentally ill, disabled veterans, runaways and she won the 2008 Minerva Award. She used the $25,000 grant as seed money and worked with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul to establish the homeless a bathroom and kitchen. U. S. President Barack Obama awarded her and 12 others the Presidential Citizens Medal on August 4,2010 at the White House, the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center opened November 16,2013 offering a variety of services for the poor and homeless. BettyChinn. org Minerva-Award-Winner-Betty-Chinn Oprah. com, Minerva Award Winner—Betty ChinnBetty Kwan Chinn – Betty Kwan Chinn
3. Can Man Dan – Dan Johnstone, also known as Can Man Dan, is a Canadian anti-poverty activist, philanthropist, community organizer and social activist. His fundraising group, also called Can Man Dan, works to alleviate poverty and strengthen communities in Alberta, Canada by working with several non profit groups and charities. Can Man Dans campouts have proven to be successful, as Dan has raised several thousands of dollars. Johnstone also has created and hosted other events around Alberta aimed to help those less fortunate including his annual Were Here For Ya Day event. Can Man Dan, along with a hair salon offer free hair services. On top of the events he hosts, Johnstone is also a motivational speaker that travels to many schools and fundraising events around Alberta to share his story. Johnstone also leads an inner city feed program where he and his group of volunteers make and distribute lunches, care packages and backpacks filled with different items to the homeless community. In June 2013, Can Man Dan provided immediate assistance to Calgarys Food Bank, in December 2013 and 2014, local Edmonton chain restaurant - Delux Burger Bar featured Can Man Dan as their Celebrity Chef. Delux Burger Bar locations across Edmonton added the Can Man Dan burger to their menus, in June 2015, Johnstone was ranked fourth in WO Magazines list of the Top 5 Anti-Poverty Activists. In the summer of 2015, Johnstone was voted in by Edmontons general public to serve as an honorary parade marshal for their annual K-Days festival parade. Johnstone, along 5 other community heroes and various departments of Edmontons first responders were made honorary parade marshals, johnstones Tour of Alberta raised 25 tonnes of food and thousands of dollars for various food banks throughout Alberta to distribute to people in need. Johnstones campaign consisted of completing six extreme and wacky stunts around Edmonton which were intended to raise awareness, in December 2016, Johnstone embarked on his Feed Alberta Tour hoping to raise food and funds for various food banks across Alberta that were hit hard due to the ongoing recession. Johnstone travelled to the cities that were hit the hardest by the stagnant economy, johnstones Feed Alberta Tour raised more than 50000 pounds of food and close to $20000 in cash donations. Daniel Lee Johnstone, was born in Edmonton, Alberta on July 31,1987 during the notorious Edmonton tornado that claimed 27 lives and is the eldest son of Pamela Johnstone, Dan is an avid professional wrestling fan and board game enthusiast. He is also a reality television fan and has said that he one day hopes to compete on Big Brother Canada. In the spring of 2015, Johnstone started a new community project aimed to help struggling locally owned businesses attain new customers called Localive, in June 2013, Dan Johnstone announced that he would be running in the Edmonton municipal election,2013. Johnstone declared that he would be running for the seat in Edmontons Ward 10 which was vacated by Mayoral hopeful. Johnstone, a declared fiscal conservative was the youngest candidate running for any position in the 2013 Edmonton electionCan Man Dan – Dan Johnstone AKA Can Man Dan poses for a picture at Edmonton's City Hall during the 2013 civic election.
4. Diana, Princess of Wales – Diana, Princess of Wales, was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana was born into a family of British nobility with royal ancestry and was the child and third daughter of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp. She grew up in Park House, situated on the Sandringham estate, in 1975, after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer, she became known as Lady Diana Spencer. She came to prominence in February 1981 when her engagement to Prince Charles was announced and her wedding to the Prince of Wales on 29 July 1981, held at St Pauls Cathedral, reached a global television audience of over 750 million people. While married, Diana bore the titles Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, the marriage produced two sons, the princes William and Harry, who were then respectively second and third in the line of succession to the British throne. As Princess of Wales, Diana undertook royal duties on behalf of the Queen and she was celebrated for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. She was involved with dozens of charities including Londons Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, Diana remained the object of worldwide media scrutiny during and after her marriage, which ended in divorce on 28 August 1996. Media attention and public mourning were extensive after her death in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997, Diana was born on 1 July 1961, in Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk. She was the fourth of five children of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, the Spencer family has been closely allied with the British Royal Family for several generations. Both of Dianas grandmothers had served as ladies-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, on 30 August 1961, Diana was baptised at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, with wealthy commoners as godparents. Diana had three siblings, Sarah, Jane, and Charles and her infant brother, John, died shortly after his birth one year before Diana was born. The desire for an added strain to the Spencers marriage. Diana grew up in Park House, situated on the Sandringham estate, the Spencers leased the house from its owner, Queen Elizabeth II. The Royal Family frequently holidayed at the neighbouring Sandringham House, and Diana played with Princes Andrew, Diana was seven years old when her parents divorced. Her mother later had an affair with Peter Shand Kydd and married him in 1969, Diana lived with her mother in London during her parents separation in 1967, but during that years Christmas holidays, Lord Althorp refused to let Diana return to London with Lady Althorp. Shortly afterwards he won custody of Diana with support from his former mother-in-law, Ruth Roche, in 1972, Lord Althorp began a relationship with Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, the only daughter of Alexander McCorquodale and Dame Barbara Cartland. They married at Caxton Hall, London in 1976, as an upper-class child at the time, Diana was first educated under the supervision of her governess, Gertrude Allen. She began her education at Silfield Private School in Gayton, Norfolk, and moved to Riddlesworth Hall School, an all-girls boarding school near DissDiana, Princess of Wales – The Princess of Wales raising money for cancer research in Chicago, Illinois, June 1996
5. B. G. Dyess – Bernice G. Dyess, known as B. G. From 1964 to 1988, Dyess was the Rapides Parish Registrar of Voters, the registrars position brought Dyess ex officio membership on the Louisiana State Board of Election Supervisors. He was succeeded as registrar by Joanell Luke Wilson, ms. Wilson retired in 2015 and was succeeded by Linda Lin Dyess Stewart, daughter of B. G. Dyess. Dyess was born in the Valentine Creek/Gardner community of western Rapides Parish to Josie B, Dyess, subsequently a Ward 5 constable, and the former Sarah Matilda Smith. His paternal grandparents were Edmond D. Dyess and the former Margaret Mathis and he graduated from Oak Hill High School in the Oak Hill community of western Rapides Parish and later attended Louisiana College, a Baptist-affiliated institution in Pineville. On his nineteenth birthday, Dyess married his former Oak Hill classmate, Ava Brister, Ava was the third child of Wiley E. Brister, a farmer, and the former Nancy Ada Hudson. Dyess married on August 16,1941, four days after her eighteenth birthday. Because both of her parents had died by the time that Ava was only ten years of age, she was reared thereafter by her siblings, including, her brother, Houston Brister. B. G. and Ava Dyess had seven children, Madeline Faye Dyess, Reverend Dyess subsequently married the former Billie Whittington, who survives him. Dyess outlived all of his siblings and his three older brothers were the Elbert James Dyess, the Reverend Oscar Carl Dyess, and the Reverend Ted Dyess. His other brothers were Lloyd Dyess, former superintendent of grounds and the dairy at Pinecrest State Institution in Pineville and his sisters were Jodie Dyess Marler of Hineston, Louisiana, Bertha Dyess Marler, and Jessie Dyess Dubois. B. G. Dyess was among the ministers officiating at the funeral of his brother Oscar Dyess, another brother, Ted Dyess, was also a Pentecostal minister pastoring in the western United States, primarily in California. Dyess led in the blanket primary by 313 votes over fellow Democrat Jack Bennett Dewitt. The raw vote was 9,512 to 9,188, Republican Lindsey H. Torbett of Alexandria finished in a strong third place with 7,975 ballots. Three other Democratic candidates trailed, Larry M. Paige,2,163 votes, former State Senator Cecil R. Blair of Lecompte in south Rapides Parish,2,113, and Jerry M. Guillory,753 votes. In the ensuing general election between two Democrats as permitted in Louisiana, Dyess defeated Dewitt,18,777 to 15,294. Dyess ran on the platform of honesty and integrity with emphasis on fighting gambling both statewide and within Rapides Parish, where voters rejected a gambling proposal. It is often said by both his friends and political foes that he was hard to campaign against because he had married or buried someone in every family in Rapides Parish over so many yearsB. G. Dyess – B.G. Dyess
6. Jennifer Ho – Jennifer Ho is Senior Advisor for Housing and Services at the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, with a history of working to fight homelessness in America. Ho was born and raised in Minnesota and she graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1987, earning her bachelors in philosophy. From 1999 to 2010, Ho was executive director of Hearth Connection, during her time at USICH, she also incorporated programs to address poverty and homelessness for Native Americans living on tribal land and also in urban United States areas. In 2013, she was appointed to Senior Advisor for Housing and Services at the Department of Housing, hos work has focused on preventing and ending homelessness for families, and the impact homelessness has on health. She has been involved in rapid rehousing, a method of helping families leave homeless shelters. Under her administration, HUD has spent nearly $1.5 billion on this initiative, making it a key tool for reducing homelessness for hundreds and thousands of familiesJennifer Ho – Jennifer Ho
7. Cheri Honkala – Cheri Lynn Honkala is an American anti-poverty advocate, co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and co-founder and National Coordinator of the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign. She has been an advocate for human rights in the United States. She is the mother of actor Mark Webber and she was featured prominently in the 1997 book Myth of the Welfare Queen by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Zucchino. In 2011, Honkala was the Green Party candidate for Sheriff of Philadelphia and she is best known for being the Green Partys nominee for vice-president in the 2012 U. S. presidential election. On January 31,2017 Honkala announced she is running for Representative of Pennsylvania House District 197 in the March 21 special election to replace Leslie Acosta and she is considered to have more name recognition than her Republican opponent. Honkala is ran as a candidate against Republican Lucinda Little. Honkala ultimately lost to Democratic write-in Emilio Vasquez, Cheri Honkala was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1963. Her father, Maynard Duane Honkala, was of Finnish ancestry and she grew up watching her mother suffer from domestic violence. Honkalas mother quietly endured this abuse for fear of losing her kids, Honkala was removed from the household and spent most of her youth incarcerated in a total of nine youth detention facilities. When Honkala was 17, her 19-year-old brother Mark, who suffered mental health issues. Because he was uninsured, he could not afford to get the help he needed. At the time of Marks suicide, Honkala was already a mother, living out of her car, despite her difficult upbringing, she managed to graduate. After living in an apartment in Minnesota, Honkala and her son were forced to move out. She and her son became homeless after the Camaro was demolished by a drunk driver, Honkala could not find a shelter that would allow them to remain together that winter. To stay together and keep from freezing, Honkala decided to move into an abandoned Housing and she would later comment, I chose to live, and I chose to keep my son alive. She called a conference, in which she said, This is me, this is my nine-year-old son. For the past 25 years, Honkala has been an advocate for the poor. While still living in Minnesota, she formed the Twin Cities anti-poverty groups Women, Work and Welfare and Up, in Philadelphia, she co-founded the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights CampaignCheri Honkala – Cheri Honkala, social justice organizer and Vice-Presidential candidate
8. Bruce Kenrick – Rev Bruce Kenrick was an English social activist and Minister in the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland. He is best known for writing Come out the Wilderness and as the founder of British housing organisation Shelter. Bruce Kenrick was born in Liverpool and initially trained as an accountant, having practiced medicine during the war he decided to pursue a career as a doctor. He attended the University of Edinburgh where he switched to divinity having engaged in missionary work and he met his wife Isabel Witte, an historian, while at Edinburgh. Kenrick went to work in the East Harlem Protestant parish project, on his return to the UK he was ordained and went to work in Notting Hill, London - then an area marked by racial tension and bad landlords like Peter Rachman. In response to the housing conditions, Kenrick set up the Notting Hill Housing Trust, which maintained the fabric of the area. The early days were not easy and it was out of the desire to put national pressure on local government to improve housing that Shelter was born at St Martin in the Fields in 1966. After a dispute over the leadership of the organisation with Des Wilson, Kenrick left ShelterBruce Kenrick – Bruce Kenrick in the 1960s.
9. Edward C. Lawson – He was arrested several times pursuant to California Penal Code §647, but prosecuted only twice, with one conviction. The U. S. District Court ruled in Lawsons favor, Kolender appealed the ruling the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the ruling in Lawson v. Kolender,658 F. 2d 1362 upheld the District Court, voiding §647. Kolender appealed the ruling to the U. S. Supreme Court, Lawson received political support at the time from prominent Black leaders including Jesse Jackson, activist/comedian Dick Gregory, U. S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters D-Los Angeles, U. S. Congressman John Conyers D-Detroit, and others, Lawsons Supreme Court brief was accompanied by amici curiae briefs from the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and others. In 1983, Carl Stern, the CBS Evening News U. S. Supreme Court reporter commented that this case was the most reported U. S. Supreme Court case that year. And additionally Lawson made repeated appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Phil Donahue Show, Larry King Live, Crossfire, The Ricki Lake Show, The Today Show, California Penal Code §647 was repealed by the California Legislature in 2008. By way of his grandmother, Lundy Bohanan, Edward C. Lawson is a descendant of a survivor of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. On May 12,2011, Edward C. Lawson died, This is reported by John Longenecker of Pro Per Inc. a longtime business partner, to date, there has been no obituary. A report from a man with a name as Edwards relates that he died of pancreatic cancer. Lawson—official website U. S. Supreme Court video story Kolender v. Lawson,461 U. S.352 Jon Shane, author 1921 Tulsa Race Riot -- CNN1921 Tulsa Race Riot -- OSU Library 2009-2011 Newark NJEdward C. Lawson – Edward C. Lawson
10. Jack Tafari – Jack Tafari, was a sometimes homeless Rastafari activist who advocated for himself and other homeless people, in the USA and the UK. He was best known for promoting sanctioned tent cities as transitional housing for people, including himself, in Portland, Oregon. In February 2000, Tafari moved from Salem, Oregon to Portland and he was homeless, and he, with others, created Dignity Village in 2000, as a sanctioned tent city in Portland, Oregon. In December 2000, Tafari was sleeping rough under bridges and in doorways in Portland, Oregon, there weren’t enough shelter spaces for all of Portlands homeless, and Tafari found himself sharing the streets with others. With seven others, Tafari began occupying city properties and pitching tents, while living on Portlands streets, Tafari had become the protector of a sixteen-year-old boy who went by the ‘street name’ of Field Mouse. Field Mouse had been evicted from a hostel for runaways for violating curfew, as his ‘street father’, Tafari helped him to forage for food and protected him from ‘chicken hawks’, or sexual predators. At a Portland public library, Field Mouse taught Tafari how to use computers, in early confrontations with the Portland police, Tafari used his newfound technological prowess to advance his cause by combining Internet communications and traditional public relations techniques. To ‘sweep’ Camp Dignity, the police were required to serve twenty-four hours notice, Tafari started writing press releases and distributing them by email, using the Internet facilities of the Independent Publishing Resource Center. His group put their things in shopping carts and, led by their wheelchair cases, john Reese was appointed as ‘Grand Marshal’, and as a result of extensive media coverage, their ‘shopping cart parades’ became internationally celebrated. It attracted nationwide media coverage, and the spectacle of armed policemen herding a group of the indigent made for compelling viewing, as a consequence of the Martin Luther King Day Parade, Camp Dignity lasted for a space of about six months underneath Portlands Fremont Bridge. The Mayor and Council granted the camp the status of a city pilot project, as a negotiating tactic, Tafari distributed another press release headlined Were Having a Big Parade. Faced with the prospect of another highly publicized parade of the indigent, Portland backed down, calling off the planned parade, Tafari sent out another press release. After protracted negotiations, Camp Dignity accepted Portlands offered site at the Sunderland Recycling Yard, the following passage, from an article in the December 2000 issue, is an example of the language Tafari used in his articles to rally Portlands homeless to his cause. Tafari was chairman of Dignity Village Inc. from 2002 until 2005, the community has generated considerable international interest as a possible means of ameliorating the problem of developed world homelessness. In 2004, Tafari was invited to London to address the Crisis Innovations Fair on the subject of homelessness and he shared the podium with Dr. Michael Woolcock, senior social scientist with the World Bank. Dignity Village has been featured in articles in Londons The Guardian, in The New York Times, the LA Times captured Tafaris vision for Dignity Village in a whimsical, idyllic quotation. Essentially, we will create housing for ourselves. The housing will be solar-powered, well eat from our garden, on our own table, and rest under our own fig trees when our labors are done. Dignity Village, founded in 2001, today serves as a widely emulated prototype for the tiny houses for the homeless movement, as an exampleJack Tafari – Jack Tafari; photo by Kevin Brown
11. Mark Webber (actor) – Mark Allen Webber is an American actor, screenwriter, and director known for his roles in the films Snow Day, Weapons and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Webber was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he spent his early years and his mother, Cheri Lynn Honkala, is a noted advocate for the homeless in Philadelphia, and was the vice-presidential nominee of the Green Party in the 2012 presidential election. He was raised by his mother in North Philadelphia. There they spent time homeless, living in cars and abandoned buildings, webbers life was subsequently the subject of a major news magazine story. He and his mother have been for years and still are outspoken homeless advocates. They organize walk in protests, help to educate voters, and volunteer to provide food and shelter to the urban poor in Philadelphia. Cheri Honkala ran for Sheriff of Philadelphia in 2011 with the Green Party on a no evictions platform, Webber began his acting career in 1998. He favors offbeat independent productions and challenging roles that involve intense characterization, Webber was formerly in a relationship with actress Frankie Shaw. The end of his relationship with Shaw inspired Webber to create his film The End of Love, Webber and Shaw share joint custody of their son. In September 2012, Webber began dating Australian actress Teresa Palmer after she contacted him via Twitter and they became engaged in August 2013, and married on December 21,2013 in Mexico. They welcomed their first child, a son, born in February 2014), Webber and Palmer reside in the Beachwood Canyon community of Los Angeles. Their second son was born in December 2016, explicit Ills The End of Love The Ever After Mark Webber at the Internet Movie Database Mark Webber at AllMovieMark Webber (actor) – Webber in June 2014