Many of you know I've been in Santa Monica for the past 6 weeks and will be for the next couple of months. It's been great fun getting to know a new place. One of the things I love is finding out about all the local events.
Last Saturday I popped into a concert at the Santa Monica Public Library. Billed as a "Homeless Choir", the San Diego based group put on a rockin' good show for a smattering of folks in the auditorium.
Not only do they sing as a group but they advocate for themselves any way they can. They have influenced the San Diego city council to adopt more helpful policies towards the homeless and they have helped find housing for several families. They are building support and community amongst themselves and spreading hope to the greater homeless community.
Not all of the group members were experiencing homelessness. At least three were organizers and advocates that have devoted their lives to making friends, finding solutions and promoting justice for those who are experiencing homelessness.
Whatever the details of their lives may be, they put on a really inspiring and rockin' good show.
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