Welp, today is the 3rd Annual World Homeless Day/World Homeless Action Day, and the internet is blowing up:
I’ll try to compile a list of media coverage and post it here in the next day or so. It’s still so surreal to see your brainchild expand like this out of such tiny grassroot beginnings! There’s a lot of talk about making it “World Homeless Action Month”, which I would love to see happen – October is also “World Mental Health Day”, and as you might imagine, there’s obviously a lot of tie-in potential there.
In any event, no rest for the wicked – now that 10/10/12 has come, tomorrow our steering group will turn around and start gearing up for 10/10/13. Looking forward to another awesome year with you guys – all the gratitude in the world to our amazing steering group and the advocates and organizations around the world who participate and help make this come together by putting their time and energy into organizing events, in addition to their round-the-clock work on behalf of the homeless population. And a special shout out to my WHD/WHAD co-founder and head organizer extraordinaire Jon Glackin (aka “Beat on the Streets”) who works ceaselessly and tirelessly all year long and practically never sleeps because he’s too busy thinking of new ways to promote and spread World Homeless Day – all on a voluntary, unpaid basis, as has been the case since its inception. I love ya, doll. *hug*
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As for me, I’ve been pretty quiet, because I’ve been moving. I’d lived at my last apartment for a year and was about to renew my lease, then the owner ended up dropping the bombshell that he was selling the property. Like, right away. (Turns out, it wasn’t what you’d call “up to code”. Sigh.) The closing date on the property meant that I had a week and a half to find a new place, but it ended up working out, as I requested and was given rental abatement and relocation assistance to make up for the last-second rush (*phew*). I actually love the new apartment; it’s got a lot more room for Fez and I and is significantly more affordable for the amenities that it includes, though my commute to work is further. To make up for it, I’m selling Kermit and getting a more reliable car. So, you know, constantly trying to work my way towards the stability that I crave, but all signs are looking good at the moment :-P
So that’s where I’ve been if you were wondering. I’ve got a couple of events coming up in November, also, so as soon as I have exact dates and addresses nailed down, I’ll let you know which cities I’ll be dropping into ;)
Oh, and I was on HuffPost Live on Monday! The conversation was about homeless voting and how many of the new voter ID laws popping up across the nation are disenfranchising the homeless/poor/ethnic/veteran population. It was an awesome group and a lovely, civil discussion. I feel privileged to have been a part of a panel of such wonderful and hardworking advocates!
Along those lines…the U.S. Presidential Election is less than a month away. If you’re qualified, get out there and VOTE. This will be my first year voting (I registered last month and I’m super proud and excited to finally take part and have a say in the outcome of this election).