When Mental Illness is Environmental

By David Spero

Reprinted from The Inn by the Healing Path

Everyone knows about environmental illnesses, caused by pollution or unhealthy working conditions. But mental health problems can be environmental too, unavoidable reactions to difficult life situations. Changing the environment can change a person’s thoughts and emotions, as it has for my friend Jessie.

I’ve known Jessie since her 30s, when we played in a band together,

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All Bark and No Bite

The flaws and failures of Sen. Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 50

by Didi Miller

The U.S. Senate wasn’t the only legislature suffering from an inability to compromise — California had also felt the brunt of unyielding adversaries in the heat of its housing crisis. California State Senator Scott Wiener, San Francisco’s district representative, brought his wildly disputed transit rezoning Senate Bill 50 (SB 50) to the floor on January 6,

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What is Humanity?

by Gianni Jones

The fact that impoverishment could define one’s humanity 
Explains the state of mind our world is in, 
Homelessness is not some preconceived notion
It’s in fact a cold reality to a governmental system 
We make progress yet to only regress
The politics of this notion is that we all deserve the best
The best education, housing, and to live out our dreams
Impoverishment can’t be the only thing that defines me or we
It will take the homeless population, … READ MORE

La Bandera

by Kevin Madrigal

I park in the Mission
always looking out for “no parking” and “no stopping” signs
on my way to work.
Today I walk past the Centro Latino de San Francisco
and notice one sign, adorned.
In bright red letters on a white background it says “No Stopping”
and hanging just a couple feet down from its text

La Bandera Mexicana
El tri color
Mexicanos y latinos unidos
En la Misión

They put up signs that say we can’t stop here
we’re supposed to continue on our way. … READ MORE

doin the numbers

1.
no dignity in labor in twenty-nineteen
exhausted bodies drag themselves through traffic
for a pittance piecing together meagre sustenance
from 2 or 3 jobs with no benefits
the kids helpin out squweegeeing car windows
for crissake
and police dont allow such obstruction
who use tear gas and tasers on small bodies
resistance gets you 20 to life
in this cruel land of plenty for the few

2.
what is it in a picture that can turn the tide? … READ MORE

all the brothers are ghosts & all their ghosts are doves

by A. A. Vincent 

All the brothers are ghosts
One escaped into a prodigal son
The next lost his body, buried within him
& he? he misplaced his memories in a cage
That one? he can’t see the sun around him
& another slipped into the bloody pavement
& ‘bout him? he sleeps under the construction of dreams that aren’t his
I spoke to a 7th & his temporal lobe had a wheel lock on it

All the brothers are hollow names in the air
I’ve been offering peace to their sorrow-slips
& … READ MORE

A Question of Mine

by Lawrence Hollins

When you and I, are far apart.
Can sorrow break, my lonely heart.
I really love you, yes I do!
Sleep is sweet, when I’m dreaming of you.
All you are, is a blooming rose.
Night is here, so I must close.
With the first words, in each line.
You will find, a question of mine.
Again I say, I love you.
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A POEM FOR THE HOSTED

by Rory Talley

WHAT ABOUT WHAT 
WHAT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS, YES ARE BETTER SAID
WHAT HOPS IN?

“A MIND, A BRAIN; 
LOOKING NOT TO BE 
SUSTAINED, TO BE STAINED
UNTIL STRANGED BY THE STRANGLER
THE TRANGLING STRANGER.

“PURSUE REGAINING CONTROL
OVER THOSE THINGS THAT 
ARE AVAILABLE TO HAVE
SUCH A RELATIONSHIP AS THAT 
WITH IT’

ASSUAGEMENT SEEKING VALIDATION, AMELIORATED KIND

SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT
AND YOU WILL SAVE THE CHILDREN
LET EVERYTHING AROUND COLLAPSE
AROUND
AND YOU FIND BENEATH THE RUBBLE
RIGHT ALONGSIDE OF YOU
THE SOMEONE YOU DIDN’T EXPECT
TO SEE

HOLDING A CHILD THAT YOU LOVE, … READ MORE

GUNS AND GARBAGE TRUCKS LEAD WILLOW STREET SWEEP

By Brian Edwards

On December 4, at about 6:30 a.m., homeless advocates and allies from the Coalition on Homelessness, Faithful Fools, Tenderloin People’s Congress, the First Unitarian-Universalist Church and other community groups and service providers convened at the corner of Willow and Polk streets. They were there to witness and document the City’s planned encampment sweep of Willow Street between Franklin and Larkin streets, and they invited two attorneys and some reporters from the Chronicle and Examiner to join them.

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Tiny Home, Massive Impact

Explicating Youth Spirit Artworks’ Tiny Home Initiative

by Didi Miller

With homes scattered at over two-dozen congregations around the Bay, taking up a cumulative 1,040 square feet of prime Bay Area real estate, Youth Spirit Artworks’ affordable housing initiative has already yielded 16 tiny home units, with 10 more underway. YSA’s “100 homes for 100 homeless youth” community campaign, launched in 2017, is working towards getting a bed under,

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