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Read me:
The Low Road by Marge Piercy

What can they do
to you? Whatever they want.
They can set you up, they can
bust you, they can break
your fingers, they can
burn your brain with electricity,
blur you with drugs till you
can’t walk, can’t remember, they can
take your child, wall up
your lover. They can do anything
you can’t blame them
from doing. How can you stop
them? Alone, you can fight,
you can refuse, you can
take what revenge you can
but they roll over you.

But two people fighting
back to back can cut through
a mob, a snake-dancing file
can break a cordon, an army
can meet an army.

Two people can keep each other
sane, can give support, conviction,
love, massage, hope, sex.
Three people are a delegation,
a committee, a wedge. With four
you can play bridge and start
an organisation. With six
you can rent a whole house,
eat pie for dinner with no
seconds, and hold a fund raising party.
A dozen make a demonstration.
A hundred fill a hall.
A thousand have solidarity and your own newsletter;
ten thousand, power and your own paper;
a hundred thousand, your own media;
ten million, your own country.

It goes on one at a time,
it starts when you care
to act, it starts when you do
it again after they said no,
it starts when you say We
and know who you mean, and each
day you mean one more.

Copyright 2006, Middlemarsh, Inc.

Views

Is there a "homeless conspiracy"?

Do homeless people choose homelessness and conspire to make others provide what they need to be comfortable?

Do social services providers conspire, willfully or unwittingly, to give homeless people just enough so they don't die on the street, but never enough to help them move out of homelessness permanently?

Does American society conspire to keep a small number of people homeless so they can remind the rest of us what happens if we refuse to bend to society's expectations about work, appearance, and discourse?

Is there a solution for homelessness or is it an inevitable part of life in the modern world?

Is there anything you and I can do to provide solutions?

Should we do anything?

These are some of the topics I address in the book I am writing about my experiences as a homeless person, a homeless services provider, case manager, executive director, researcher, and visitor to over 53 homeless organizations around the U.S.




KA Gross

Kimberly Gross is a jack of many trades and always ends up writing about something. As a Vietnam war protestor in the 1970's she became a believer that a few motivated people can and indeed must change the world for the better (to paraphrase anthropologist Margaret Mead).

As a grassroots organizer and activist for motorcyclist rights, she helped overturn federal anti-motorcycle legislation in the 1980's.

As a friend of many homeless people, she worked for seven years to provide resources to assist with their most pressing needs in the 1990's and 00's. With her new book, she hopes to break the stereotypes that most people have about homelessness in hopes of discovering new attitudes and ideas that will help make this country a better place for everyone.

"I'm glad you're here!"