Oct 09

Hollywood Food Coalition Volunteers Get Gifts From WordCamp

Word Camp Sends T-Shirts to Charity Volunteers and Homeless

Los Angeles Word Camp 2018 send a gift of brand new Word Press T-Shirts in various sizes to the great folks at the West Hollywood Food Coalition, which operates out of the Salvation Army kitchen on Hollywood Boulevard.  The volunteers and homeless folks were thrilled to get new colorful shirts.  The Coalition feeds 100 to 200 folks each week night.

How did this come about?  Uncle Paulie, webmaster of GypsyCool.com and his partner Julie Webster went to Word Camp 2018 to learn some of the latest improvements in the world of Word Press.  This took place on the campus of Cal State College in East L.A. on September 22-23,  2018.  When the event was over Julie spotted a box of brand new T-Shirts that weren’t given out to the attendees, so she asked the organizers of the event tor the shirts to give to our friends at the West Hollywood Food Coalition and the Salvation Army in Hollywood.  Uncle Paulie collects food from local markets and delivers to the Coalition to help feed those in need of a good hot meal.  “We can’t do enough to help the great folks there,” he said.  “They are working every day of the week to prepare good meals for those who need it, it’s on the scale of feeding an Army Company.”

The good people of Word Camp where more than happy to oblige Julie’s request and you can see by some of the smiling folks in the photo, it was a happy moment.

May 25

Feeding 100-200 Folks Every Night at Salvation Army Food Kitchen

Getting Trader Joe’s Food Donation to the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition in Hollywood – Uncle Paulie Has Been Delivering Truck Loads for 5 Years

Joe, Head Chef, and Uncle Paulie at the Salvation Army Kitchen

For the last 5 years Gypsy Cool’s Uncle Paulie has been taking van loads of food to the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition operating out of the Salvation Army Kitchen in Hollywood.  They feed up to 200 people every night Monday through Friday.  On weekends they are back at the corner of Romain and Sycamore in Hollywood around 5pm serving dinner.. Paulie makes the long trek from the West Valley at least once a week to deliver much-needed food to Hollywood’s Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition at the Salvation Army.  “Being retired I love helping to feed people who are hungry and need food.  We also distribute food directly almost every night of the week, and help many other groups grappling with the suffering of seniors, homeless folks, students, and other poor folks who need some extra help and love,” said Paulie.  The volunteer delivery crew, including Uncle Paulie, Bob, Wendy, Chuck, Chris, Julie, Judith,  John, Judy, Kathleen and others, are all from the charity Earth Harmony Foundation.

Boxes of food donation from Trader Joe’s in Sherman Oaks.

Volunteers sort through the donations from Trader Joe’s Market in Sherman Oaks.  Chef Joe will use this food with other donations and some purchased food to make enough meals to feed 100 to 200 folks per night.  A great crew of volunteers help to sort, prepare, cook, and serve the meals.  Help is always needed, show up in the afternoon to the Salvation Army on Hollywood Blvd. (near Gower).  For more information, call Sheri at 213-703-9513.

Nov 09

Free Dinner in Hollywood

Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition

Salvation Army

 

Dinner is Served Monday –  Friday

at 6:30 -7:30pm at 5941 Hollywood Blvd.  This is a nice indoor facility, a sit down dinner.

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Saturday and Sunday

Dinner served on the corner of Sycamore & Romaine, 6:30-7:30

1 Block South of Santa Monica Blvd and 1 Block East of La Brea

Instructions

Get in the line that forms.  It gets dark early so bring a flashlight.  There are no tables or chairs allowed, per the City of Los Angeles, who always has plenty of cops around to watch your every move.  You will have to sit on a curb or sidewalk to eat.  Clean up after yourself and pick up your trash.  Bring some wet wipes with you in your back pack.  If you ride your bike, watch it closely.  You can park on La Brea I think after 7pm,  but watch all the parking signs, many of the side streets have no parking after 6pm without a permit.

 

 

 

Nov 09

Remembering New York’s Hero Squatter, Creator of the Garden of Eden, Adam Purple

Adam Purple Created Magnificent Garden in the Rubble of a Decayed City.  Despite a Court Order, NY Tore it Up for Greedy Developers.  It  was Providing Free Food for Thousands

Adam Purple’s Garden of Eden

In the crazy history of New York City, this story is one that stands out:  it proves that politicians have no class and are only interested in their own greed.  It started in 1975, with Adam and his wife Eve were living in a run down Lower East Side apartment.  Purple was the Superintendent of the old buildinng he was in, and the owner soon disappeared, leaving Adam and others as “squatters”.  Purple saw that a space had been created behind his building when another building was demolished, and he decided to create a garden to grow food for the neighborhood.

Adam Purple

Purple planted the garden as concentric circles, with a yin/yang in the center.  This configuration allowed the garden to grow as more buildings were razed in a frenzy of so-called Urban Renewal.  The garden grew and grew, with over 40 trees and many kinds of vegatables.  It soon became famous as thousands of folks visited the garden, many getting much needed food.

From Wikipedia:  The process of clearing the lot took some time since the couple would only use hand tools. Modern machinery was considered “counter-revolutionary.” He would haul manure from the horse-drawn carriages around Central Park and created a highly fertile topsoil. The garden was ready to be planted in the spring of 1975. The garden was designed around concentric circles with a yin-yang symbol in the center. As buildings were torn down on either side, Purple would add new rings to the garden, allowing it to grow.[4] By the end, it was 15,000 square feet featuring a wide range of produce, including corn, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, black raspberries, strawberries, and 45 trees including eight black walnuts. He regularly bicycled to Central Park to collect horse manure to use as fertilizer.

For about 10 years the garden was a tourist spot and also attracted volunteers to help grow food for poor folks,  The City had other ideas, however, and wanted the land for development.  They refused to include the garden in their plans, and on January 6, 1985 tore it down.

Things have actually gotten worse since then.  Although there has been a huge increase in the homeless population, the various States, Counties, and Cities across the land have tried to criminalize folks for being homeless.  We have seen the brutality of this all around us.  A barber in Ohio arrested for giving haircuts to homeless folks for free in a park, Food Banks and church groups being threatened with arrest for feeding the poor, the gestapo-like raids in San Diego recently, called “Encampment Sweeps”, where police seal off the streets where homeless folks are sleeping and then bring in garbage trucks and take all the belongings, tents, food and bicycles from the poor souls and throw them into the waiting refuse trucks to be hauled to the dump.  They take the backpacks and personal items containing ID and medications, anything they can get their hands on, to throw away.  We’ve seen this before in old film footage from the 1930s and 1940s of the Nazi Stormtroopers descending on Jewish areas in Germany.  I guess San Diego is a time-traveled sister city to the Berlin, or Warsaw of the last century. Maybe the final solution will be coming for the homeless, just like the Jews, forced Labor Camps and then extermination.  Don’t think it can’t happen.  In Columbia, as reported here earlier, homeless were rounded up and sent out of town into a concentration camp to live, with police guarding the road so they couldn’t sneak back into town.  We are only a few steps away from the activities in the Third Reich.

Purple died on September 14, 2015, from a heart attack, aged 84, while bicycling across the Williamsburg Bridge.  His Garden of Eden had died some thirty years before. But he showed us that big things can be accomplished, a little at time.  Getting land in or near big cities is not easy these days, so we have to look for alternative situations.

There’s a lot of really great stuff about Adam Purple, a world-travelling philosopher, trying to stop nuclear war, seeking truth, trying to get his book published, and starting the Garden of Eden in New York.  Check out the links and video about him:

Check out this wonderful story, Adam Purple and his Guerilla Garden of Eden by Derick Dirmaier at the website Narritive.ly

Wonderful illustration of Adam Purple by artist Sam von Mayrhauser on the same website.

Adam Purple by Sam von Mayrhauser