Following their event in Aberdeen in May, local ministerial group Chaplains on the Harbor announced that they will be hosting a second “State of the Streets” on Thursday July 14th, from 6pm-8pm. This time, the event will be held in Westport at 281 W. Spokane Ave.
According to organizers, State of the Streets is “a space for poor and working people to tell their stories.”
Similar to the May event, multiple topics will be discussed through stories from members of the public directly impacted. These include homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, addiction, lack of health car, and discrimination. Only people who have direct experience with these issues will have a voice that night.
The event is family friendly and free and open to the public, with free dinner and music.
The idea for the events came after Chaplains on the Harbor say they have held several months of weekly meetings called “School of Hard Knocks,” where local people gather to talk about their hardships, and they determined there were “too many struggling people on the Harbor whose stories had gone unheard for too long, and that the first step in making change would be for those people to come together, speak out, and be heard.”
For more information about Chaplains on the Harbor, follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chaplainsontheharbor. For more info on the New Poor People’s Campaign, visit www.poorpeoplescampaign.org.
Chaplains on the Harbor stated that at the event, they will announce their endorsement of the nationwide New Poor People’s Campaign. “This campaign connects leaders living in poverty from Detroit to West Virginia and beyond, recognizing that no real and lasting changes can be made unless our communities are united. It aims to build on lessons from the original Poor People’s Campaign of 1968, the last campaign of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life.”