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Pat Raphael

Staying Alive To Create A Better World: A Trans-National Alliance Invitation

By Pat Raphael 20 We have made it! We’ve arrived at the end of another year and none of us were taken out by our heart giving up and stopping to beat, or falling to that big C cancer, or going to the doctor and having a well meaning medical professional make a fatal mistake...

THREE YEARS LATER A Trans-National Alliance Response To the Homeless Killings of 2015

by Pat Raphael No,no, no, no, NO! This will just not do in Venice. To come into our community and murder one of our young men, then spend the next few years successfully navigating sham courts in a tilted legal system, and totally escape punishment or meaningful consequence for that killing? No! We do not...

The Hack: Living In Your Car

Pat Raphael : 420wPat@gmail.com You are here. You’ve arrived at the beautiful seaside paradise of Venice, California. Only you didn’t get here by buying one of these million-dollar beach pads, in LA’s hippest zip code. You are here because you want to be nowhere else, and not letting the inaccessibility of supply and demand economics...

A View From The Bottom

By  Pat Raphael It is easy to fall, fall, fall — but climbing out? that takes work and strength. The view from the bottom always present a path out, but that out is usually directly proportional to the viewer’s ambition and willingness to hard work. In recent weeks change is coming, and my view seems...

A View From The Bottom

by Pat Raphael One great benefit to the unscheduled life of a Street Person is the hours and hours available to do whatever we choose. It seems that only a person with much time to waste, has time to direct any attention to the clown college audition that some call the presidential race. Many of...

A VIEW FROM THE BOTTOM

by Pat Raphael When cooking up a bum stew, you quickly learn there has to be at least three rocks around your fire — saves your teetering meal from ending up all over the ground right before it’s done. The experience to learn such lessons grants the Street Person a clarity on fundamental truths that...