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Viper


I have mixed feelings about today. On one hand, I’m excited. Today- Wednesday, July 15th, 2009- marks the beginning of the InvisibePeople.tv Road Trip, U.S.A. Today my journey to tent cities, shelters, and motels in […]

Viper

I have mixed feelings about today.

On one hand, I’m excited. Today- Wednesday, July 15th, 2009- marks the beginning of the InvisibePeople.tv Road Trip, U.S.A.

Today my journey to tent cities, shelters, and motels in over 20 cities across the country commences.

Today I set out to start capturing raw, unedited stories of people without a home, to bring their faces, their history, and their hopes to people around the world.

Originally, I had intended to get in my car and set out for Las Vegas; I didn’t plan on including stories from LA on the tour. After all, much of my content comes from the streets of Los Angeles.

But then, something about that didn’t feel right. I couldn’t start my journey without going back to the streets where I was homeless many years ago. Returning to Hollywood Boulevard is a good reminder of where I came from, where I’m going, and – most important – why I’m doing this.

So yesterday, on the streets of Hollywood Boulevard, I ran into Viper, a woman I met and interviewed last January. Six months ago, I cautioned that her story is tough to watch. Today, I must again heed the same warning. Viper is still homeless. She still sleeps on the streets each night. Sharing her story with the world six months ago has not changed the pain and struggles she deals with every day.

Hence the mixed feelings.

The Road Trip is both exciting and somber. I look forward to bringing you stories from people across the country who may otherwise be forgotten, shunned, and unknown. I look forward to bypassing the mainstream media spin and dispelling myths and stereotypes about homelessness in America. I look forward to meeting people who are no different than you and me. People with hopes and plans for a better tomorrow.

But at the same time, without action, this effort to share stories is futile. Change will not come without collective action.

So as the Road Trip kicks off today, I hope these stories spark something inside of you.

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  • Sandyand801

    Mark.

    Today you are starting out on the ministry that God has in store for you. This ministry is based on Micah 6:8 So relax God has your back… and all your needs will be met. So enjoy the Flex and the ride and go out an ddo what God has asked you to do.. If you ever wonder why He chose you it is simple… YOu have been EXACTLY where they are and you know both the reasons and the insults that goes with the homelessness and that NOT all of it is for selfish reasons. Go and be brave in the knowledge that God and others are supporting you on this your job. I think this will be more of a blessing to you than you think. God bless, Love ya man.. Can not wait till u arrive in Phx area..

  • Terrance Newton

    The fact that we as a species would create and perpetuate a concept such as “homelessness” demonstrate the deprivity that our species have evolved to. Why should anyone be homeless on such an enormous universe?

    Humans boast about how spiritual we are. We boast about how technological we are. We boast about how more civilized we are than other animals. Yet, have you ever noticed any wandering birds, fish, or other animals without a place to sleep?

    Human have created and perpetuate environments of hunger, war, economic greed, inprisonment, genocide, and homelessness. Yet we rationalize that some God have choosen us to rule.

    Everytime I witness a severe hurricane, a shark attack, an animal mauling a camper, or some other natural disaster; I have to regretfully admit that sometimes in me feels, right on, that’s for people like Viper! Thanks, invisible people.

  • http://selfishmom.com Selfish Mom

    Seriously Terrance? Other innocent people’s suffering makes you feel that way? Well, at least you’re regretful about it. Totally not understanding your POV.