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Imagine... a movement inspired by the arts to open the eyes of Americans to the plight of their own people. Imagine, through art, music and poetry, we are shining a much needed light on our own crisis: HOMELESSNESS

Art4TheHomeless was once a blog called Colors of Ink with Blogcharm, which closed down. Nutang, became the new home of Colors of Ink and was renamed Art4TheHomeless, by a really good friend, Samantha Medd. She is now the Co-Founder of Art4TH.

Now Art4TH is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization that unites artists of all venues to promote homeless awareness in the US.

Art4TH does this through the Art4TH Webzine, a monthly online magazine that features a musician whose music plays throughout the website, a feature artist, and a feature writer while also featuring a homeless relief organization. All artists featured retain their copyrights and all of it is free. If you would like to be a featured artist, musician, or writer contact me at johnnacrider@att.net



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~One more dance~
Tuesday. 9.1.09 9:15 pm
Darkness parts with the grace of fog~
Revealing depths of your being~
As our eyes lock~
Moments are frozen and forgotten~
Only to be remembered after the passing~
Of millennia~
Candlelight flickers in the damp air~
You smile~
Forever painting your image~
In my memory~
Déjà vu takes my hand again~
A trip through time~
Accompanied by distance voices of~
Saxophone and Shehnai~
For one more dance~
With you~


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Another shooting--this time I was outside and saw it.
Monday. 8.31.09 3:22 am
There was another shooting tonight and this time I was outside and witnessed part of it. I didn't stick around to see the rest I ran inside and hit the floor.

The area I live in is part of Downtown Atlanta. We live right across the street from the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. Courtland avenue between Pine and North Avenues is the home of several homeless drug dealers who use the bathroom on the sidewalks and shoot each other.

The police do nothing about it. I called 911 not once, but twice. No police were sent.

Why?

Because the Atlanta PD don't give a fuck as to what goes on here.

The majority of the homeless here are crack addicts and the drug dealers.

And I am asked why I help the homeless. Because not EVERY homeless person is a crack addict who will knife you for a piece of rock or a homeless drug dealer. If that were the case then you may as well call me a crack addict since I was homeless at the ages of 9, 10, 11 & some of my adult years.

I also saw the guy who grabbed my ass a couple weeks ago. His face is jacked up. He didn't mess with me but he gave me a dirty look.

Why don't we move? Because we can't afford to. Our apartment complex is really a hotel where we pay rent by the month and all the utilities are included. It's 5 minutes away from the ER that my mother goes to and a short walk to my job. We do have 24 hour security but safety isn't guaranteed once we leave the
premises.

I carry a corkscrew with a wicked little blade that I keep really sharp. I haven't had the opportunity to use it, but I am not afraid to if I have to. I will fight and take as many down with me as I can.

When I get the money, I may buy a taser gun and some mace.

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Ugh, I am NEVER going back to Quiznos after the way they treated us
Thursday. 8.27.09 12:13 am
Coming in from Grady Hospital, we went to the Quiznos on 138 Peachtree Street NW right across the street from the GA Pacific building. It's store number #2689

Mom is in a wheel chair and we thought we would try the deal they had going on with the buy one get one for $1.00

NO One offered to help us when we struggled in the door. No one welcomed and as I pulled Mom in I notice the woman behind the counter scowling at us as if she were like " Ugh, a disabled person"

When she took our order, she was hostile and acted as if she didn't want to fix our sandwiches. I asked her about the deal and tried to engage in conversation with her but her responses were gruff as if she didn't want to talk.

She gave my mother a really nasty look and I felt as if we weren't welcome in the store because she was in a wheelchair.

Mom said she felt discriminated against and didn't want leave because she was hungry so we stayed.

No one helped us make space for her to sit at one of the tables and no one thanked us when we left. NO one opened the door and the food tasted shitty.

I am never going to Quiznos again and have filed a complaint and I want my $11.20 back.

We got the combos for the sandwiches which is why it's so high.

Ugh..

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the art center in my hometown was destroyed
Tuesday. 8.25.09 5:34 pm


I used to go down to SRAC all the time to either paint with the Peter Pan project they have for the Christmas in the Sky event (2004??) and I was a member of the Literary Panel. I remember the smell of paint in that building and drinking the free wine and painting my heart out. It was fun. All was in the name of art and helping the Shreveport-Bossier City artists find their niche.

That building is gone.

An arsonist took it upon himself to annihilate our community's art center. Why? I have no clue. there was another building besides SRAC that was hit. Why do people seek to destroy?

Everything was burned down to the ground and everything was lost.

I don't get paid until September 4th~my next check~ but I will give SRAC some $$ from my own pocket. It won't be much but it will be something.

It totally depends on how much Art4TH fundraiser raises but the majority of that money will be going to Art4TH and paying the costs of starting a non profit organization.

SRAC is having a thing today @ 5 Louisiana time, I would love to go, but I am here in Atlanta, so I will be there in spirit and here on my end, I will support them. After all, SRAC supported me when I first started out as an artist

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Pedal Power
Monday. 8.24.09 10:03 pm
From: The Homeless Resource Center

Description: The goal of Pedal Power is to put a bicycle in the yard of every person transitioning out of homelessness. Through an innovative community partnership in Chattanooga, TN, Pedal Power empowers people with bicycles, a low-cost form of transportation that promotes health, independence, and a sense of ownership.
Content: The bicycle is a beautiful and simple mode of transportation. There is likely one in your backyard or your garage, gathering dust. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, people are donating bikes for repair and refurbishment so that people who are transitioning out of homelessness can pedal on their own power to work. A green mode of transportation is also helping to sustain employment, health, and housing.

In partnership with Outdoor Chattanooga and funding from Art for Change, the Chattanooga Community Kitchen is launching a program called Pedal Power. The Chattanooga Community Kitchen is an independent social services agency that works to reduce poverty and despair among people who are homeless in Chattanooga. Their mission is to restore dignity and self-reliance to the people they serve. The Chattanooga Community Kitchen provides shelter services, transitional housing services, case management, domestic violence assistance for women and children, meals, job training and employment, clothing, health care, and medical respite care.

Pedal Power is a small town way of solving a common sense problem. The objective is to make sure that everyone in transition from homelessness will have access to a low-cost and sustainable method of transportation.

“People love the idea,” says Jens Christensen, Director of Marking at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen, “and we will be giving out bicycles very soon.” All bicycles have been donated by the community and restored so that they are ready for the road. The organization has collected over 100 bicycles and twenty are ready to be given away.

Chattanooga is a bike friendly city. A bicycle provides a simple and sustainable solution for people who cannot afford a car, or have no license. It is a healthy way to get around town and a viable option for transportation to work.

A local bike mechanic from Outdoor Chattanooga is restoring the donated bikes. The group hopes to extend Pedal Power to encourage people to learn how to fix their own bikes. They hope that being able to fix one’s own bike under the guidance of a mechanic will establish a sense of ownership.

Included alongside the bike is a street safety class, a helmet, a lock and a bell or a horn for the bike. In order to receive a bike, recipients will be asked to participate in the street safety class.

Funding for this project came from private donations and seed money from Art of Change. Art of Change was formed to transform old parking meters into works of art when digital meters replaced them. Local businesses sponsor the meters and citizens are encouraged to place spare change in the meters. All money collected goes to fund programs like Pedal Power. By promoting mobility and sustainability, Pedal Power is empowering people to develop independence.

http://www.homelesscoalition.org/

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Art4TH Fundraiser
Thursday. 8.20.09 2:29 pm
Art4TheHomeless wants to become a legal nonprofit organization and needs the money to pay the filing fees of the article of incorporation with the GA Secretary of State and also getting the business lisence.

On August, 28th, 2009 Art4TH will kick off a two week long online fundraiser to raise the money one dollar at a time.

That simply means were accepting donations of $1.00 only!!!! If 100 people donate $1.00 then Art4TH will have enough to take that first step into becoming Non Profit

Incentives including CDs from a musician in Shreveport, LA and art prints from artists in the UK and the US will be given to random donors. Winners will be announced September 15th in the Art4TH Zine, Art4TH Blog, and Art4TH Website!!

This is going to be a FUN way to raise money for Art4TH and unite artists together in a cause for helping the homeless.

To learn more about Art4TH and the Fundraiser go to

http://www.art4thehomeless.org

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Art4TH Needs YOUR help
Saturday. 8.15.09 2:28 pm



Will you spread the word by adding this code to your blogs, websites, and social networks??

Email me for the code artstoreartist@yahoo.com

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www.art4thehomeless.org is now up!
Tuesday. 8.11.09 6:00 pm
Art4TH now has it's own website with the domain name .org!!

http://www.art4thehomeless.org be sure to stop by!

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