At the vigil downtown today four who died were remembered:
Jeffery Davis, 44 by suicide 1/4/2015
James Carlson, 56 outside, cause of death pending 1/7/2015
Kevin Guempel, 49 , cause of death pending 1/13/2015
Juri Skolin, 60, found on Third Ave., cause of death pending.
According to the Women in Black 45 homeless people died by violence or outdoors in 2014 and since then 5 more. The Women in Black leaflet calls on us to be a community and to support a basic social network including shelter. It calls on us to stand with them and to support the Homeless Remembrance Project. This project is tied to Wheel, a project to organize homeless women.
A Women in Black vigil 5 years ago:
To give witness, to hold a vigil, it to be a constant reminder of what is good as against an evil. It calls on all of use for better behavior, most especially on those with power and authority. It prevents us from forgetting a problem.
It is within the Christian tradition to give witness. Jesus said that he would divide households. This is what witness does. Before we can be united for what is good, some have to divide from something that it not good. In the case of the homeless, someone has to give witness to the fact that the homeless are being dehumanized, robbed of their dignity, and denied basic human needs. The homeless go not only without shelter, but without hygiene and personal security.
Information on the Homeless Remembrance Project can be found here:
Homeless Remembrance Project
Here is information on Wheel:
Women's Housing Equality and Enhancement League
Here is information on the movement worldwide:
Vigils Around the World