We The Unhoused is a podcast that lifts the voices and struggles of the unhoused in LA and beyond. Host Theo Henderson is currently unhoused and resides in Chinatown, Los Angeles. He tackles issues such as police brutality, harassment, policy, and the survival challenges of unhoused people. Through a series of interviews, we will discuss issues that are germane to unhoused people like the cost of living, gentrification, health struggles, harm reduction, and trauma-informed care. The revolution will be heard on this podcast. Tune in each week to be a part of it.
Here's the Latest Episode from We The Unhoused:
Theo interviews unhoused Highland Park resident Cristy on the importance of organizing, building understanding, and building community power with the tenants movement. Theo also interviews Hawthorne resident Felipe about the injustices he endures, and organizers with Street Watch LA who set up a 'Power Up' phone charging table in Hawthorne.
A new Dante's Inferno for the unhoused in the form of Special Enforcement Zone sweeps expanding across Los Angeles, courtesy of City Hall, LAPD, and the NIMBYs. But the community coming together to stand up to this inhumanity, blockading sweeps and providing mutual aid, including serving breakfast and providing motel rooms. In this special two hour episode, Theo interviews unhoused Van Nuys residents Angela and Shane, and unhoused Hollywood residents Jessica, Angel, Jimmie, and Hal. (pictured: Unhoused and housed community members come together to block an encampment sweep in the Hollywood enforcement zone)
This is a follow up on the injustices done to Tiana Arata and the link to the past. We The Unhoused delves deeper into respectability politics used to silence the younger generation's efforts and bravery to bring that 'good trouble' that the late John Lewis talked about.
This investigation into the police kidnapping of Black Lives Matter Activist Tannia Arata uncovered corruption and intimidation tactics employed by the San Luis Obisbo Police and prosecutors
In a year of social movement for change, We The Unhoused covered the rally and fight for Mely Corado who was murdered by LAPD. Family and friends came together to remember Mely and keep the calls for justice and to #DefundThePolice.
The Services Not Sweeps coalition holds a rally for Black Unhoused Lives in rapidly gentrifying Venice. We hear from the family of Brendan Glenn, a Black Unhoused resident of Venice who was murdered by LAPD in 2015. Theo interviews residents of Venice, and Council member Mike Bonin. (photo: Grace gives testimony to the life of her cousin Brendan Glenn at the site where LAPD murdered him by the Venice boardwalk)
Theo interviews food justice advocate Melissa Acedera and Alex on how the Polo Pantry food operation has expanded. Theo also interviews LA CAN's General Dogon, Monique, and Todd about ecojustice and urban gardens. WTU is also live in Glendale to interview organizers Hayk Makhmuryan and Niko Shahbazian of the Glendale Tenants Union on the push to cancel rent.
Theo covers and speaks at the "Defund The Police: Rally For Black Unhoused Lives" in Echo Park. We hear powerful testimony from Unhoused Echo Park resident Lady Bliss, a musical performance from Unhoused EP resident Ayman Ahmed, a call to action from LA CAN's General Dogon, John Blackman, and EP resident Zach talks about a camp shower he built. Theo then interviews congressional candidate David Kim, a self professed "PHIMBY" aka Public Housing In My Back Yard. (Photo: A portrait of Charley "Africa" Keunang, an unhoused resident of Skid Row who was murdered by LAPD in 2015. Rest In Power)
The first in a five part series "Meeting In The Light Of Understanding" hosted by Theo. This forum is the place where hard conversations are had and no judgment is given. We examine the George Floyd uprisings and our feelings about it. (Photo: Theo leads a march of over a thousand people during the Rally and March for Black Unhoused Lives in Echo Park)
Amidst the uprising, Theo interviews Black Trans Organizer Chella Coleman, who experienced homelessness and currently sings in a band.
Covid 19 has left our unhoused community with no food, water or access to many other public health resources. Maxine Sealy and Kathy Huck are among many local heroes who have stepped in to help feed the community. Unhoused residents Kristey and Keith tell us how they are coping with the shelter in place order. (pictured: An unhoused resident receives a meal from a Street Watch LA volunteer)
What will it take to stop evictions, cancel rent, defund Police, and get unhoused people into unoccupied hotels and homes? Theo covers the die-in protest at Mayor Garcetti's home and a successful eviction blockade action by members of the LA Tenants Union. He interviews General Dogon, JJ, Stephanie Temix, and Jacob Woocher.
On May Day in LA, unhoused resident Davon Brown took over a hotel room to demand Garcetti commandeer all vacant hotels for the unhoused, while tenants continue to escalate protests at Garcetti's home to demand No Rent, No Evictions, and No Vacancy. Theo interviews protesters at each action.
Why are people protesting Mayor Eric Garcetti?
What do you get when you have 60k unhoused people and 100k vacant hotel rooms in LA during a pandemic? Mass death, thats what. Theo investigates a vacant luxury hotel in the heart of Downtown LA, reporting live from a hotel room. He interviews unhoused residents Keith, Joshua, Thomas, Justin, and Earl. Theo also talks with Street Watch LA organizer Jed about the statewide No Vacancy campaign. Learn more about the campaign here: novacancyca.org
Week three of shelter in place has Theo interviewing unhoused community members Dennis Peck, Lady Bliss, Keith Hall, Joey Mills and Bobby T on surviving the covid 19 pandemic. Returning advocate Melissa Acedara tells us how feeding the Unhoused community has changed. (Photo: Lady Bliss)
In this episode take in various opinions from the unhoused community on covid 19 and Garcetti's covid shelters vs hotels. Theo interviews Allison, Todd, Osvaldo, Davon, and James. Theo then narrates over an audio recording of a recent incident where sanitation and police attempt to displace Theo from his spot at Alpine Park. (pictured: Police and Sanitation intimidate Theo at Alpine Park)
Covid 19 and Garcetti's Shelter in place order has caused a ripple effect on everyone. For the unhoused community, it has presented new and unique challenges. Theo talks with Harvey, Sara, Raymond and Victoria about how the city is treating unhoused people during the pandemic. (Artwork: Poster Syndicate/WRAP)
Amidst the Covid-19 outbreak, Theo talks with Martha, Ruby, and Benito who are unhoused reclaimers of vacant homes in El Sereno that are owned by the state of California. Theo also talks with NLG observer Jordan and Street Watch LA organizer Joanna. (Photo: Ruby and community supporters reclaim a vacant home in El Sereno on Wednesday, March 18)
March is Women's history month. Join us as we continue to celebrate powerful and inspiring women in our struggle for housing and human rights, as Theo interviews Michelle Liu, Laura Fighter, Charisse, Khinn Kim, and Melissa Acedera.
Continuing our recognition of Women's history month, we hear from extraordinary women pushing forward to be seen and heard in an indifferent and callous society. Cindy Justice, Kaalyaa Mendoza, Lydia Nichols, Jane Nguyen, and Joanna Swan join us for this week's episode. (Pictured: Cindy Justice)
For the unhoused community, voting rights are paramount. Council members John Lee and Nury Martinez are up for re election, and we will hear from candidates who wish to unseat them, including unhoused resident Mark Kline (vs Nury) and Dr. Lorraine Lundquist (vs Lee). Theo also talks with unhoused Chatsworth residents Lauren, Laura and Rob as well as Executive Director Kathy Huck of About My Father's Business. Don't forget to cast your ballot and let your voice be heard. (Photo: police evict an encampment in Chatsworth in January 2020)
Hollywood is the center of fame, greed and success in the film industry. Many travel from far and wide to make their dreams into a reality. But the reality of Hollywood for the guests of this episode is the stuff of nightmares. Facing hostile harassment from police, sanitation, housed neighbors, and vigilantes, Theo talks with unhoused Hollywood residents Hal, Jay, Black Lily, Papa Smurf, Lezzie, and Maddog. (Photo: Horseback Police approach a tent on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood)
We hear from unhoused residents and housed supporters during a direct action to stop the city from evicting the unhoused from Echo Park Lake. The unhoused community continues to demand a meeting with their Council Member, Mitch O'Farrell. Theo interviews Pete White of LA CAN, Unhoused resident Lloyd Edward, Ground Game LA organizer Ashley Bennett, Bishop John Taylor, Catholic Worker activist Bobby Peppey, and more. (Photo: The direct action moves to Mitch OFarrell's office, where tents are put up)
This episode discusses how the voting rights of the unhoused community are crucial but in jeopardy, and how many current local candidates in LA support criminalization. Theo interviews Joseph Mohammed on the challenges of being transgender, disabled, outspoken and unhoused. Theo also talks with Charlie Winters, a transgender socialist candidate for congress in Colorado who wants to encourage more trans community members to run for office.
Theo speaks with Unhoused Echo Park residents Ayman and Lloyd, who have been fighting criminalization and eviction from Echo Park Lake by organizing and building community power. Theo also talks to K-Town For All organizer Sabrina Johnson about standing together with the unhoused community in the face of oppression. (Photo: Group photo from Feb 1st "Community Power Potluck" at Echo Park Lake)
Part 1 of a two-part series focusing on unhoused residents struggling to survive in the San Fernando Valley. Council President Nury Martinez and City hall continue to use City resources and duplicitous messaging to harm and eject unhoused residents from parks and sidewalks with heavily armed police. Theo interviews Unhoused North Hollywood residents Merlene and Raymond Liges who share their stuggles under siege by the city. Theo also sits down with SELAH founder Nityha Raman, who is currently running for city council district 4. (photo: LAPD officers armed with shotguns present for an eviction of unhoused residents at Sepulveda Basin on January 9, 2020. photo credit: @disruptobserve)
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In our sixth episode we discuss how our unhoused neighbors deal with mental health challenges, and how the community can be better educated on this subject. Theo talks with formerly unhoused resident Merideth Spriggs about taking a holistic and organic approach to mental health treatment, while Tando Goduka explores the concept of Trauma Informed care for the unhoused community. Unhoused residents Cerriah Jackson, Black Wolf, and Black Lily join Theo to discuss their mental health challenges while living on the streets.
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In the first of a multi-part Know Your Rights! series, Theo talks with Kath Rogers and Tarek Shawky of The National Lawyers Guild - Los Angeles about unhoused people's right to rest in public space and how best to respond to police encounters. Theo also interviews unhoused residents James and Mona in the aftermath of a park ranger sweep, and presents another edition of unhoused news. And always remember: You have the right to monitor, document, and film any police or sanitation worker interactions, as long as you don't interfere with what they are doing and obey their lawful police orders. We strongly advise you to exercise this right!
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Theo interviews Adrian Riskin of the blog michaelkohlhaas.org about Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). They talk about how BIDs facilitate gentrification, their violent private security forces, why Adrian started monitoring and exposing BID activity in Los Angeles, and how we can fight back. Theo also shares his personal experiences with the Chinatown BID. Plus, an edition of unhoused news.
In this episode of "We The Unhoused," host Theo Henderson talks to a unhoused residents who endured a recent sweep at Echo Park Lake, including Terrance, Iman, Cerriah, Alison, DeVon, Guillermo, and a concerned housed resident named Constance. Themes in this episode include personal accounts of the sweeps, how they affected residents, being an unhoused youth, the struggles of living in a van and more. Plus, a new edition of Unhoused News and an original poem by Theo.
In this episode of "We The Unhoused," host Theo Henderson explores how vigilantism affects the unhoused through conversations with several people who have experienced violence and harassment firsthand. Theo first interviews Freddy G, an unhoused resident living in Echo Park, who had an explosive device thrown at his tent and narrowly missed being hit. He also has a roundtable conversation with several people living at Echo Park Lake and interviews Harvey, an unhoused resident of the El Pueblo Chinatown neighborhood. Finally, we wrap with another edition of Unhoused News and Theo's thoughts on how hatred against the unhoused spreads on social media and what allies can do to stop it.
In the first episode of “We The Unhoused,” host Theo Henderson interviews Human Rights Organizer with the Los Angeles Community Action Network General Dogon about the long fight for unhoused rights in LA. Plus, a conversation with writer and friend Sara Chisholm. Finally, we wrap with Unhoused News, including Theo's take on a recent Steve Lopez LA Times article.