I went to an open book discussion and met author Jean-Louis Lamboray, and he sent me an e-mail with the link to Constellation's website.
My dream is to make the world a better place for all people, particularly groups that are widely effected by poverty, discrimination, intolerance, or oppression.
The focus that I have, specifically, is on groups that are effected by issues pertaining to gender, sexuality, gender identity, race, nationality, immigration status, refugee status, physical or mental disability, injury, or illness, homelessness, poverty, hunger, disease, violations of rights including domestic, financial, criminal, or legal injustice, or oppression/fascism of culture or spiritual values.
For quite a while, I was struggling on the streets of the Seattle Area in Washington. You would think that, as a developed and politically progressive area, that you would not find such things as oppression, police harassment, social injustice, discrimination, and lack of resources and support available to the homeless, especially with King County's supposed policy of "one time, and non-traumatic experiences of homelessness," and their supposed safe-place policies. The extent that it does occur in this area is surprising, if not appalling.
People belonging to my generation, the millennials, in the Seattle Area often grow up without a stable foundation in life, both mentally and emotionally, financially, and without dreams or direction. The youth homelessness crisis in King County is immense, and young people are exposed to and begin exhibiting behaviors that are dangerous to themselves or others, and compromise their values, dreams, and integrity. This isn't simply a fault of their own.
However, there is no compassion in the eyes of the community, business, law enforcement, the criminal justice system, in government, or in the mental health system. Here, there is a culture of blame, hatred, discrimination, blindness, or intolerance for homeless people, whether they are young adults, whether they have lost their house, have children, have nowhere to go, are sleeping in the rain or cold at night without a blanket, whether they're elderly, ill, or even veterans of the army.
It doesn't resonate with me that this is a county named after Martin Luther King, with his face decorating the county logo. He was one of the greatest social leaders and activists of all time, and it's a shame that the people and government system here don't take inspiration or respect for the dream that he put into reality for all people.
What do I want to do to spread Community Life Competence?
Facilitate Community Life Competence in my community, Launch a facilitation team, Share about Community Life Competence with potential partners; friends; colleagues, I want to apply SALT in my own life (S: Stimulate; Support; A: Appreciate; L: Listen; Learn; Link; T: Transfer; Team)
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