a really cool idea

Bonnie Briggs (s248_1132@hotmail.com)
Wed, 20 Oct 1999 16:30:06 PDT

Hi gang,
  I just heard about something a couple of homeless friends are organizing, 
and I just had to tell you about it. (Of course, I got their permission 
first to reprint this.) Would this work in any of your communities? Is this 
a good way to bring the homeless and the people in power together?

                        "GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER!!!

  On October 28/99, the homeless people of downtown Toronto are inviting the 
business community (known as the "suits") to dinner at a local shelter.

  Our aim is to simply extend a bridge between two opposing cultures. By 
sharing a meal, we will have the opportunity to get to know each other on a 
personal level. The meal will be prepared and organized by the homeless. It 
is important that this gathering be at no cost to the "suits"; we are 
treating them. All we ask in return is that they do the dishes!

  The mingling of street people and "suits" at the film premiere of Letters 
To A Street Child has inspired this event." (Personal note; I didn't see 
this film, so I don't know what it's about. But, it sounds good.) "Following 
the premiere at the Royal Ontario Museum, the "suits", the film maker, and 
some of the street people went out for drinks. Both cultures had the 
opportunity to communicate on a social level for the first time. "We are not 
that different from each other."

  Now we would like to follow this up on our turf. This dinner will have no 
political agenda, no fundraising purpose, no agency endorsement and no 
request from either side. Our aim is simply to allow the "suits" to get to 
know us; to discover what we have in common.

  On October 21/99, the Provincial Government will launch its latest attack 
on the homeless. The homeless will be portrayed as delinquent sub humans who 
choose to embrace such a shameful existence. New laws will attempt to 
criminalize homelessness.

  Yet, instead of the awaited protests on the streets, street people will 
instead take to the kitchen.

For more information, contact our embassy liaison:
"Moose" at (416) 880-4490 or his assistant:
Andree Cazabon at (416) 420-7381."

  There it is. Cool, or what? I really like this idea. There's also going to 
be live music and I have been invited to read some of my poetry. Has anyone 
ever done anything like this? I'm looking forward to this event.

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