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Eli


It’s really hard to explain the feeling of powerlessness I felt today. But I guarantee my feelings don’t even compare to the feelings of desperation our friends had while police were evicting them from their […]

Eli

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It’s really hard to explain the feeling of powerlessness I felt today. But I guarantee my feelings don’t even compare to the feelings of desperation our friends had while police were evicting them from their tents today. 

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Those of you who have been with me for a bit have heard me say this before, so it’s not new. Every now and then I will run into a homeless person that is so interesting to talk to, I could spend days just listening to them. Eli is one of them.

I met Eli about a week ago in a tent city in Sacramento, California. I also met Robert and shared his powerful video  about not having any place to go, and Jordan, 19 years-old going to college and living homeless, and a few others you will meet soon.

Eli had his own business doing building remodeling and was an associate minister at a church for over 20 years. Because of the economy he lost everything, and when he shares about losing his books and jazz records,  I can feel his pain. I hope you can, too!

“When we had jobs we were important. When we had homes we were important. When we had cars we were important. When we had bank accounts we were important” ~ Eli

Trust me, Eli’s interview is very powerful. Please watch it in it’s entirety. Near the end, when Eli talks about rest being his 3rd wish, and that police keep threatening the campers with arrests, know that Eli stood up for what he believes and went to jail today.

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Eli ends the interview with an emotional remembrance of the American Dream and what it would be like if he had a home.

 

Special thanks to Safe Ground 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1640807377 Penny Sherwood

    Awesome site. I just found it while posting on Google+….Wonderful coverage…Thank you..for Sharing

    Penny Sherwood, Activist
    http://www.abletimesalliance.org

  • Rachel

    I loved hearing Eli’s story! He has a wonderful optomistic outlook. He has clear visions of change. i understand one of his 3 wishes, “we could just rest for awhile”. My sister is ALWAYS exhausted trying to get from one place to another place to the next place.  Eli is intelligent, loves the arts, and seems like the kind of person who to change the world. One shot at a time. Thanks Mark, for sharing Eli’s story.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rocket73 Richard Clemens

    Eli, God Bless you my friend! lovesandrespects from B.C., Canada. Jan6/2012.’

  • frank thomas

    Eli is right! Give us a place to rest our head and somewhere to bathe and eat amongst people with similar values and we can have peace. Once again, what kind of a society ignores someone like Eli? It is a foolish oversight and such a small investment can give him some place to call his own. Government pays so much money to it’s workers for pensions and all and they allow public workers to retire 10 years before private workers…let’s equalize that situation and help the unfortunate with the difference. Eli’s coming!

  • Onyxena

    This is a very intelligent wise man! I wish the best for this generous old soul. He has some great thoughts. What a shame for our country this is happening…..