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Active Movements to bring Awareness to the Homeless situation
Active Members of Project Hearts of Fire met in Ojai for their first inspirational meeting of the season. It ended with voices joining together in song and hearts joining in purpose.
Members left last year on September 30 from their home base in Ojai, CA. Their arrival at their destination on October 4, a few days before the occupation began on October 6 began their communication concerning their journey and experiences in Washington, D.C as they occupied Freedom Plaza. A division of Project Hearts of Fire will be based in Maryland, outside D.C., until the tour begins..
In addition to participating in the occupation, they will be empowering and organizing homeless people in Washington D.C. Their intention, as always, is to bring their voice and their contribution forth for the benefit of all. Artists such as Bob Ballard will be performing the End Of Fear and other songs on Freedom Plaza which were inspired by experiences with the Hearts Of Fire Project.
Your support is important to them; it will really help these courageous people to know that you are with them. If you feel so inclined, this organization could also use any monetary support you can provide. They can also use lots of reinforcements, volunteers are going to be there for the duration. So everyone is welcome at any time. There are also occupations springing in LA and other cities around the U.S. which you can support.
"The change you wish to see in the world begins with YOU. There is no one who will do it for us; there is only you and me. We are the leaders we have been looking for."
See the Hearts of Fire Project at Ventura County Fair, Ventura, CA. July 31st through August 11, 2013.
How can we Help these situations?
Recent Progress in Support of the Homeless Movement
A bill currently under consideration in California was introduced in December 2012 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), known for his work as a gay rights activist, and it has caught the attention of advocates across the country. The California bill—dubbed AB 5—would give the homeless “the right to engage in life sustaining activities” on public property, including sleeping, panhandling and salvaging recyclables. If passed, the bill will effectively prune back municipal anti-vagrancy laws like San Francisco’s “Civil Sidewalks” ordinance, passed by referendum in 2010, that forbids sitting or sleeping on sidewalks in the daytime. The bill also includes an estimated $300 million budget that would establish hygiene centers and provide legal aid to challenge non-traffic citations, the category under which many vagrancy offenses fall.
In April, AB 5 passed the judiciary committee by a 7-2 vote. However, the bill didn’t make it out of the Appropriations Committee before the session’s end, and it will be held up until January 2014 due to concerns about the cost of enforcing the new bill.
The proposed legislation faces a large and organized opposition, including the business interests of California’s large cities. A Los Angeles Times editorial criticized the bill for sanctioning “a way of life that society generally agrees should be ended” and claimed that it would “turn the homeless into a protected class.” This criticism, however, doesn’t hold water for the bill’s advocates. Both Boden and Ammiano like to recite Anatole France’s wry observation that “the law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”
In Gowan’s opinion, whatever the outcome, homeless bills of rights from California to Rhode Island represent a shift in the conversation away from the notion that homelessness is a “side effect” of an individual pathology— and a return to the idea that society has a responsibility to provide full employment, affordable housing and mental healthcare.
From Nothing to Great Hope to Progress!
Someone looked at them and Actually Saw Them!
Hearts of Fire Project - Bob Ballard - A Voice for the Movement
Yes you have the power to help!
"Hearts Of Fire Project"
Standing for the greatness of homeless people and the huge contribution they hold for the world. Their purpose and ability to contribute has significance.
Generating a new and radical interpretaion of who they are:
- the vanguard of a new culture based on the dignity and inherent value of human beings.
- people who have voluntarily or involuntarily stepped outside our consumer culture.
Building a platform that empowers homeless people to show the world who they are.
Providing love, acceptance and connection.
It isn't wise to give homeless people or the needy in your neighborhood cash, it will not be spent on the kind of help they need, like phamaceudical medications or shelter or food. You know in your hearts where that money will go. So what you can do to positively enrich and improve the lives of homeless people is to join and organization that will put the money into what these people need and help them come out of their depression and stagnation. If you volunteer ionce a month or contribute the price of a hamburger and coffee once a week, and when you come into an amount of extra cash or income tax refund, give 10% to and organization like Hearts of Fire...this my friends is real help, real help in a positive direction. The government realizes that if everyone gives $1.00 a year at income tax time to a charity it's a significant amount of money to make a difference, that is why at income tax time you are asked for $1.00 and most people say yes. What if everyone you know gave $1.00 or $5.00 a month to Hearts of Fire....do you get the point? The right organization will make a significant difference! So Your Best Investment is in Other Human Beings, improving their lives will greatly improve your own!
How The Hearts of Fire Project found Me!
As I was roaming around a lovely little beach town called Ventura, just north of Los Angeles County, in California, and I was taken by surprise by a quiet little group of people sitting at a booth. The booth was at the exit of the Ventura County Fair and this group looked care worn, tired even out of place, but they had a purpose. They would sit at their table reservedly until someone approached them, and if asked any questions, shyly answered but something would light up in their eyes and it had an impact I can't find words for. These people were obviously homeless, or living in a shelter, and even though I could easily see the message they wanted to share was very important to them, they were all very unassuming and kept a distance from me and my family. I stood and listened to their stories and they explained to me what Hearts of Fire was about and how it was helping their situations. Someone saw these people, they didn't just look at them, hand them a few dollars and walk away feeling sad for them. Someone saw them and thought about them and felt for them, and decided to give them some real, lasting help. From that beginning consciencious thought was birthed the idea that became "Hearts of Fire" Project.
"Empowering homeless people through artistic self-expression.....I am learning that Hearts of Fire Project is a Social Non-Profit, 501(c)(3) Organization.
The HEARTS OF FIRE PROJECT is a non-profit organization committed to empowering homeless people through through their individual and collective expression of art and music. This organization allows homeless people to express their humanity to the world in this way.
While participating in this venue, the homeless people have a voice and to be actually seen and heard is a matter these people live with every day. nothing brings people down and depresses individual more than having to deal with being invisible.
The Hearts of Fire Project utilizes a mobile recording studio and art workshops at the site of homeless peoples' habitats to facilitate, capture and publisize the vast pool of artistic talent hidden in the culture of these homeless people. Through this organization the world is being educaed, inspired and moved to become involved in supporting the valuable talents and potential lost in the homeless until now.
Artistic works of the Homeless that are generated by this project are displayed at major events. Homeless organizations, participating art galleries and museums exhibit exhibit these Works of Art. Music CD's and art prints are also sold to raise funds for the perpetuation of the project. Films are submitted to Festivals and independant distribution outlets for exhibition at appropriate venues. In reference to the philosophy of "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, but teach a man to fish and he is able to feed himself for a lifetime"...Artists and agencies share in the proceeds, shelters use these funds to develop and present art and music programs base on the Hearts o Fire Model and Artists receive commissions based on the sale of their work.
Below is the Organizational Statement of Vision:
Quote from the Assistant Director of Project Hearts of Fire:
"Besides having the honor and privilege of being the Hearts of Fire Assistant Director, I am employed as a Case Manager and Homeless Outreach Worker in Santa Barbara with two distinct programs assisting individuals who are without homes, at least in the traditional sense we are normally accustomed to. New Beginnings Counseling Center’s Safe Parking Program assists people who dwell in their vehicles. We currently have 22 lots with 120 spaces that serve approximately 150 men, women and children. The other program I work for is WillBridge of Santa Barbara, Inc., where I help individuals referred with drug/alcohol addictions, mental and/or physical disabilites. I have been involved in this type of work since the 1980’s when I began people-to-people initiatives to take care of our own. Given that there are more individuals becoming homeless daily in our nation and the numbers are growing still, shouldn’t we be looking more at the root causes of homelessness rather than just dealing with the effects of it? That is why I have been such a staunch supporter of the Hearts of Fire Project since its inception. This project is about valuing human beings, loving people for who they are, and caring enough to bring out the best in them. One of the women who we recorded at a shelter in Santa Barbara almost four years ago recently contacted me. She has turned her life around and now helps other struggling musicians produce their music. Helping other people succeed in living productive, prosperous and fulfilling lives by expressing their passions and talents is one of our greatest results as a social-profit organization"
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