I am David Baum, a community activist providing services to people who are living homeless. Since the fall of 2016, my primary activity has been making and delivering meals, which I do periodically for several organized camps including: Licton Springs Village, Camp Second Chance, and Camp United We Stand. Also, I’m part of the Rainier Popup Kitchen, a neighborhood group that serves a sidewalk meal every Sunday in south Seattle. (See My Connections.)
I come from a background of privilege: I am a white man, well-educated, with access to money and the systems of society that make modern life possible. In this time of crisis, I work to deliver some of that privilege to others who do not have access to even the rudiments of civilized modern life – shelter, running water, basic healthcare. In the 18 months I have been pursuing this work, I have learned a lot about how poor people live and how we as a society respond to them. This site records my journey of service and learning, and my growing connections to other people doing the same work.
“Rumble, rumble, rumble, CRASH!” is the sound an earthquake makes. I worked on neighborhood emergency preparedness for quite a while, so earthquakes are on my mind. Also, we are in the midst of a political and spiritual earthquake all the world around! This project is my response to our impressively unprecedented circumstances.
My logo is a derivation of the Hindu icon Nataraja, which depicts the god Shiva dancing the creation and destruction of the world.