Homeless kids put on a play

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  1. leekohler macrumors G5

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    I saw something tonight that both broke my heart and inspired me. A local theater in conjunction with the Center on Halsted put on a show about homeless youth, gay and straight, performed by the youth themselves. I was asked to shoot the performance on video. It was called "The Other Side of Hurt" and it just made me cry.

    My god, what these kids have been through would be enough to make a regular person jump off a bridge. It was horrible hearing them telling their stories. Most of them are still homeless, living in shelters, walking the streets, or sleeping on friends' couches when they can.

    What was inspiring was hearing how they've dealt with it, and how they intend to improve themselves. And they still find a way to smile through all this and stay positive. It reminded me of my bouts with homelessness as well when I was that age, except these kids have been through far worse.

    You all know how close this issue is to me. I donate to help keep kids off the street. But tonight I was just inspired by what I saw. These kids have been through sexual and physical abuse, as well as neglect.

    I don't know what else to say except we all need to work much harder to end this. No child should be homeless, ever.

    Here is a link to the website for the performance. We have to end this. We have to stop youth homelessness from happening.

    http://www.linkshall.org/
     
  2. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    But remember, leekohler, homeless people are homeless because they are too lazy to work, right? Right?? :rolleyes:

    BACHMANN 2012
     
  3. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    Unfortunately, that isn't possible. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.
     
  4. MorphingDragon macrumors 603

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    Sure as hell can't do any worse. :rolleyes:
     
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    I have no opinion on how much or little the American society does with this problem, but if the general "welfare is for commies" is any direction, it's probably not good...
     
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    Idk about what bachmann says ( i leave in Denmark) however there are some people whom are too lazy however I do believe that the majority are simply in this position because of the way society treated them around them and the option to be homeless might have sounded more appealing to them, sad but probably not far from the truth.

    I agree we have to work harder and children should never be homeless.
     
  7. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    It's bad Heilage- really bad.
     
  8. MorphingDragon, Aug 21, 2011
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    Despite the resource black hole that is Social Welfare, it really shows in countries I've lived/visited in that doesn't have any or an aggressive stance towards social welfare.

    I thought NZ was bad in some areas, living in NY showed me otherwise. :eek:
     
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    Obviously, we need to lower the taxes and reduce social expenses to get these lazy, leeching bums to work!

    [​IMG]hint to the slow ones: this is irony!
     
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    Warning: Don't get too close.

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  11. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    No doubt that child labor laws are to blame. :rolleyes:
     
  12. mscriv, Aug 23, 2011
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    It looks like a very interesting program based on the description:

    Please excuse my ignorance, but what is "LBGTQA"? I'm familiar with LBGT, but not the QA part.

    Therapy utilizing "the arts" (art, literature, music, etc) has been around for a while, but creative people are continuing to find different ways to fuse the two. Expressing one's pain and being willing to work through it, regardless of the medium, is of vital importance to wholeness and health.
     
  13. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Allies
     
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    It's a good thing programs like this exist, or my former child porn/prostitution clients wouldn't know where to go to recruit. Yes, the creepy guy in the back row... he really was creepy.

    Ok, all joking aside, this is a really good cause.
     
  16. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Yes, it is. The sad thing is that it's needed at all.
     
  17. mcrain macrumors 68000

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    It shouldn't be needed. The GOP has called for shared sacrifice. Ok, I'm up for that. I'm willing for the goverment to take 1/2 of all my savings. Everyone should be willing to sacrifice 1/2 of our savings to save our country.

    1/2 is not much to save my country.

    Who else is willing to sign over 1/2 of your savings account? (Not voluntarily - make it law so everyone shares equally)
     
  18. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Sure- if we could get a guarantee it would be put to good use.
     
  19. mcrain macrumors 68000

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    OK, medicare, medicaid, social security, and all social programs in the US can be funded by this, and any funding for wars or foreign manipulation must be separately funded
     
  20. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    And if it's misspent, the entire government is fired and a special election is held. Sound good?
     
  21. mcrain macrumors 68000

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    sounds good to me. Where are the tea party supporters? This should be right up their alley.
     
  22. localoid macrumors 68020

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    Shamans and priests were using the arts as therapy 35,000-45,000 years ago; the earliest written account of drama therapy dates back to ~350 B.C.

     

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