Beneath the surface of our wealthy, middle-class society, people live in poverty, isolation, and despair. Some heroic individuals in this underground world choose to serve their fellow humans, fashioning of their own pain and trauma a way to live, and a message of hope. We talk to people who live and work in homeless camps, on the street, and at the edges of society to hear their stories and understand their ideas.
David Baum – Editor
I am a privileged white guy: Ivy League education, access to money, entitled by default to participate in all the systems that make modern life possible and enjoyable. I was a liberal; I thought people deserve “help.” Now I understand that liberalism is not enough. People don’t need “help,” they need fair access to the systems of power that control the wealth of our society. People know what to do; they need the power to do it.
Andrew Constantino – Correspondent
Andrew Constantino, 43, has lived in Seattle for 21 years. He has been homeless for the past five years. He currently lives in a tiny-house village in south Seattle. Andrew has been drug-free for 10 years, after using heroin for 11 years. He is an informal but widely recognized leader in the homeless-encampment community.
“Rumble, rumble, rumble, CRASH!” is the sound of an earthquake. We are now experiencing a spiritual and political earthquake all the world around. Our logo is a derivation of the Hindu icon Nataraja, which depicts the god Shiva dancing the creation and destruction of the world.
This blog started in 2016 as a journal of the politics of housing. We learned that territory was occupied by powerful and malevolent forces, and turned instead to direct service, providing meals to homeless people in fields and camps (which activity continues). In this podcast, we seek the voices of those who have the wisdom of the street, so that all humanity may grow in wisdom.