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Homeless appeal

Homeless dispairOperation Shine Spotlights Homeless Youth in America.

In shelters across our state, in doorways, in abandoned buildings, makeshift camps and squats, homeless youth try to find a safe place to sleep at night. For hundreds of homeless youth in New Jersey, safety does not come easy and sometimes not at all. On May 14th you can shine a spotlight too say organizers of Operation Shine.

Homeless youth often endure harassment, discrimination, assault, lack of access to basic resources, and more say organizers. Core causes of youth homelessness include poverty, a break down in our systems of care, racism, homophobia, residential instability, and violence and neglect in the home.

Operation Shine America – a national advocacy, education, and outreach organization celebrating the courage and authenticity of homeless youth in America is sponsoring National Shine Night on May 14 with rallies across America. The theme of the national event is, “SHINE with whatever you got!”

In over 25 cities nationwide, there will be events that spotlight homeless youth. Youth activists here in New Jersey are participating by organizing a Shine event on May 14, from 7-9 pm, at Brower Commons on Rutgers University New Brunswick. This event, open to the public, will spotlight the plight and strength of homeless youth, and give the community an opportunity to hear their courageous and empowering stories. Other speakers and artists are also slated for the evening.

David Mixner 2010

“The homeless are simply amazing in their use of limited resources to create change,” says author, political strategist, and civil rights activist David Mixner.

The evening will conclude in candlelight. It will light up America. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/ShineNJ or call 862-234-5428.

“In one of the richest countries in the world, it is unacceptable for homeless youth to have to endure the intense discrimination and dehumanization they experience everyday!” according to Chloe Noble, founder and director of OSA. “Homeless youth are an integral part of our community. We are demanding that they be treated with dignity. The courage and authenticity of homeless youth deserve to be honored and celebrated.”

Shine Night NJ is being sponsored by the Delta Lambda Phi Fraternity and Center for Social Justice Education & LGBT Communities at Rutgers University.

“With creativity and endless energy Operation Shine America is forcing America to open up their doors for our young. They are simply amazing in their use of limited resources to create change,” says author, political strategist, and civil rights activist David Mixner.

 

Homeless dispairOperation Shine Spotlights Homeless Youth in America.

In shelters across our state, in doorways, in abandoned buildings, makeshift camps and squats, homeless youth try to find a safe place to sleep at night. For hundreds of homeless youth in New Jersey, safety does not come easy and sometimes not at all. On May 14th you can shine a spotlight too say organizers of Operation Shine.