GLOBAL CONNECTION THROUGH PAIN? PEOPLE IN THE
STREET
SAY:


NAME: MANUEL AGE: 29 HOME: FAYETTE ST, SYRACUSE SELF-ID:PUERTO RICAN MAN

Is the grief and despair of the world connected to the grief and despair in your life? Yes. My grief and despair is mostly about the safety of our streets. It's dangerous to walk on the street. If you are walking with your children, you are even more endangered. This is destruction of the world. This is violence. Lurking around the corner is nothing but trouble.

What do you do that brings positive change to this destruction? An action I take upon myself is to confront people doing this, tell them to find something else to do, so the street can be safer for everyone. I was real scared at first, but not anymore. I know I'm doing this for everyone, so I'm less sad and scared about it.

NAME: JULIE AGE: 42 HOME: TOUMEY ABBOT TOWERS SELF-ID: AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN

I have a mental disorder. I am a paranoid schizophrenic, I saw the doctors this past week, they gave me new meds to control my voices. This is the pain of the world. How does the destruction of the natural world affect you? It makes me very sad for everybody's situation. They should redistribute land and give everybody some, equally. What uplifts you in times of sadness? I pray. You gotta keep your spirit up the whole day long. DON'T GIVE UP, you gotta keep going.

NAME: JAMIE WRIGHT AGE: 27   SELF-ID: AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAN IN CULINARY ARTS, NURSING

My connection to the planet's grief and despair comes from the destruction of the natural rainforest. It is very important to preserve all of life on this planet. Abusing life constricts us to perceive differences between cultures. My spiritual vitality is deprived by all this. They are cutting into my own body - a part of us they are taking away from us. I'm obligated to do something… plant more trees, that's the least we can do. The first step to get something done as a culture, as a people, is to acknowledge this destruction is hurting us all. One way to do this is through Music - the universal language!

NAME: ISAIAH WRIGHT AGE: 1 HOME: FAYETTE ST, SYRACUSE SELF-ID: AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAN

The local election troubles me. So many electoral candidates make policy without talking to The People first. We can only voice our opinion through voting. I have despair in the issue of homelessness. They tell us "produce a better life - own a business" and stuff, when they need to focus on us having homes. When I get real sad, I stay positive; get the word out about people like me and you. We tryin' to change the world, make a difference. When I feel hopeless and powerless, I try my best to help others. When I do, I've achieved something, so I don't get stressed about the world. Stay positive!

NAME: SEAN   HOME: THIS "SEWER" (SYRACUSE) FOR OVER 40 YEARS SELF-ID: CANADIAN WHITE MAN

How do I deal? Well, I can't do anything about the war, that's somebody else's thing. I play hockey. If we got a game that night, hopefully we take our frustrations out on the other guys; hopefully we bang them harder than they bang us. I can't control what Bush and his buddies do to the rest of us, so we just go out, bang bodies. The first time I lost a part of the natural world was when I saw an animal I loved get killed; somebody drove over it and left it in my friend's yard. I was six years old. I wish I knew who did it. I would stick him in the street and run him over. What can I do about it now? (Very sad. Tears in his distant eyes). Allow yourself to imagine right now "I could make this world a better place." What would you do? Impeach Bush. Be part of a jury doing that. Like a Ref - time's up, GOODBYE GEORGE.


"People on the Street Say" is a city-wide Listening Project. This month's segment is inspired by systems theory in Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects (tWTR). Hannah Cass, the listener, identifies as a 24-yr old Queer Anarchist, Korea/USA Womyn who is very curious about the workings of other people's minds and hearts. A young sprout in the local tWTR group, she has grown roots in Syracuse for the last three years and is on the path to midwifery.