Friday, July 24, 2009
Thank you for your patience...
Jill and I have been honestly overwhelmed with our experience on this walk, which began in May. We have almost 3 months worth of footage, photos, and stories that we are searching through - to give you the best posts, that will paint a very clear picture of what the homeless youth in America are going through. We have been living primarily out of our backpacks while we gather these experiences and have had no genuine down time to update our website or even process internally the trauma we have witnessed and experienced on our journey thus far.
It is our intention to raise awareness with the best of our ability and we appreciate your patience and compassion. For the next 3 weeks we will be staying in Utah (our hometown), setting up the Salt Lake City Shine, updating the website, preparing Washington for their Shine, and getting ready to begin our walk to D.C.
We appreciate all of the support we are receiving all over the nation in getting the message out: YOUTH HOMELESSNESS IN AMERICA IS A GROWING EPIDEMIC AND DESERVES IMMEDIATE AND NATIONAL ATTENTION! And over 40% of these youth are kicked out of their homes because they are QUEER!
On our journey across America we are meeting brilliant intense activists who share our passion for the Social Justice Movement. More importantly, these activists are everyday people with families, dreams, hopes, and fears. We are all making a difference. And we have learned that even the smallest acts of kindness create ripples of love and hope that will last a lifetime.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
So let's keep pushing forward. We will be getting posts of our walk up soon. We also will be posting some positive examples of direct action being taken for homeless youth all over the nation - direct action that has been inspired by our walk and by all of your efforts in joining this movement with us.