James Worley drives the streets of LA filming the impact of homelessness. (Photo @ 2018 James Worley)
James Worley is on a mission.
He has been live streaming the unfolding tragedy of homelessness to YouTube from cities like New York and Los Angeles as well as his hometown of Tampa. Without a crew, equipment or funding, he captures footage on the streets with his smart phone and streams it live to his YouTube channel.
In and out of homelessness himself, Worley is acutely aware of how devastating it is to live on the streets and his voice over comments drive home that homelessness is not about to end anytime soon, mostly because the US, the richest country in the world, lacks the political will to end the epidemic.
Some excerpts from Worley’s on-the-streets-in-LA videos will be featured in “One Night in January: Counting the Cost of Homelessness.”
You can follow Worley’s live stream coverage of homelessness on FaceBook or his website homelesslivesmatter.org and watch new video on his YouTube channel.
A homeless woman camps out of sight, but not out of memory. (Photo, Roger Noe © 2018, )
For those of you who are wondering when “One Night in January” will be released, we have an answer of sorts. We had hoped to release the film in April 2018, but we missed our deadline due to circumstances beyond our control, and at this point can only say we hope to be finished this summer with a release in September/October.
We have a heartfelt obligation to everyone who helped us tell this important story. We will bring that story to the light, and in the process, make the film the best it can be.
Please light a candle for this project, and one everyday for the millions who are still living in darkness.
UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston tours a homeless area in Downtown LA with General Dogon (right) of the Los Angeles Community Action Network. Photo © 2017 Dan Tufts
Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights spent two weeks visiting the United States, at the invitation of the federal government, to look at whether the persistence of extreme poverty in America undermines the enjoyment of human rights by its citizens.
Alston’s visit coincides with a dramatic change of direction in US policies relating to inequality and extreme poverty. He believes that the proposed tax reform package stakes out America’s bid to become the most unequal society in the world, and will greatly increase the already high levels of wealth and income inequality between the richest 1% and the poorest 50% of Americans.
The dramatic cuts in welfare, foreshadowed by the President and Speaker Ryan, and already beginning to be implemented by the administration, will essentially shred crucial dimensions of a safety net that is already full of holes.
Read Alston’s statement here.