Bud Nye’s Homelessness Presentation Video

Bud is a long-time activist in several movements who once played a critical role in Tent City Tacoma. Bud brought a new energy when he appeared on the scene. As the video presentation shows, he is still actively concerned about this issue and works in various venues.

This 18-minute video presentation explores various aspects of homelessness in Tacoma and across the nation. Bud explodes some misconceptions about the homeless and proposes some practical solutions to ameliorate the problem. Give this video a look-over and let us know what you think.

A Not So Mythical Fairy Tale

So this homeless woman was sleeping in a church doorway. It was about 3 AM in the morning, in the quietest, coldest pre-dawn imaginable somewhere near downtown Tacoma. A freezing damp wind kept poking icy blasts into the holes of her threadbare blanket as she lay sleeping on some scrappy pieces of damp and dirty cardboard to protect her from the cruel cement. Her cold feet, especially her big toes, ached and hurt. Her feet had not dried out in over two days. They had blisters from walking in ill-fitting, soggy shoes. She needed to pee really badly, to use the bathroom. But there was no safe private place to go for another 3 hours until the little store run by a nice immigrant fellow two blocks up the road opened. He sometimes gave her a small paper cup of really bad stale coffee, but at least it was hot. She was aware that she didn’t smell so good. Her clothes were filthy and she hadn’t had a shower in weeks.

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