Louis "Kengi" Carr is ranked #27 of 69
I'm a activist/photojournalist for homelessness, poverty, fair housing, HIV&AIDS
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My political story
My political story is pretty straight forward. I fight for issues for populations with no voice and I support candidates who are willing to do the same.
Why I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship
I've always been pretty active with politics and social issues, but in 2007 I found myself homeless while battling cancer with no medical and in 2008 (still homeless) I was diagnosed with HIV. I created Project KengiKat and Do Something Saturday outreaches to address the basic needs of people living on the streets. My battling for housing ended 29 months after it began and my battle for medical care in ongoing. Project KengiKat and Do Something Saturday is now celebrating over 8 years of grass roots community service.
What first inspired me to get involved
I've always had a blog for as long as i can remember, but it wasn't until 2007 when I found myself homeless that my camera and blog became my only voice. I created Project KengiKat and Do Something Saturday outreaches to address basic needs of the homeless population in Santa Monica and Venice. Today, over 8 years later the small grass roots organization provides a wide range of services to the homeless population throughout Los Angeles County and with the support of friends and supporters, Do Something Saturday outreaches have taken in different countries and 7 different states. In addition to serving the homeless population, Project KengiKat and Do Something Saturday also provides support services to low income families, children, seniors and people living with HIV or AIDS.
The blog post I am most proud of
I'm most proud of my volunteers throughout California, the country and even abroad who have answered the call to support Do Something Saturday outreaches for over 8 years. My organization represents a true grass roots effort to be of service to people in need without fail. I like to call this connection without bureaucracy.
More about my political involvement
I attended Netroots Nation in San Jose and I feel that my daily community work and public speaking here in Los Angeles and beyond is the best way to create positive change in the world and educate others on the real life issues facing millions of Americans which often go unmentioned or addressed in the mainstream.
How I've gotten others involved
Do Something Saturday outreaches encourages people to get involved with creating positive change in the life of someone in need immediately. Either through our distribution of Do Something Kits (hygiene kits) to homeless individuals, providing Trader Joe's gift cards to low income individuals and families. Our Easter Baskets of Love with provides educational Easter Baskets to low income children, including a pizza party and Easter Egg Hunt, Back to School Backpacks, HIV peer support and education, our Keep it Fresh meal program and our Keep in Touch cell phone program. Project KengiKat and Do Something Saturday provides services that allows people to help individuals and families TODAY. They even have the opportunity of meeting the people they help through our outreaches.
Why I think participation in the netroots is important
It's important because Netroots Nation provides an opportunity to meet with and network with like minded individuals providing and performing amazing services in their communities. it also provides an opportunity to share ideas on how to make our world a better place for everyone
My Twitter manifesto on online activism
When done correctly online activism identifies an issues and provides a positive, effective way to create real change.
If I could design a bumper sticker it would say:
Homelessness ends when we stop blaming homeless people
My wild idea for a cool new action
It would be a petition to address homelessness, HIV and AIDS in populations that bare the heaviest burden.
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