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I often say to people...

by jessie fox


You will see people just lying on the ground, you will see people who are inebriated, and you will see people who are mad and insane. You have real people with real problems just wondering around, yet they are given no attention.


To my daughters...

March 19, 2011


They feel as those maybe I haven’t fulfilled the potential I could’ve economically, given that I went to decent schools and all that. Hopefully they will begin to understand the kind of society we live in and why I have been so deeply alienated from some of what has occurred. I hope I can communicate that to them someday, that would be a beautiful thing.


To Alexandra and Sophia

March 19, 2011


Last time I saw my daughters in person was when I graduated Law School. I haven’t really had enough money to fly to where they are which is in Western Canada and I’m not proud of that. I get very depressed about that.


To all the homeless people in the world.

March 19, 2011


You have a lot of people out here who are in trouble, who are homeless, who have been in this country for 200 years and this is how far they have come‌ a bench for sleeping on the ground. I think this is all unacceptable when all of this wealth is on the table.


“With time and love goes forgiveness, wisdom and understanding.�

March 19, 2011


To sort of understand each other, we have to understand each other’s fears, each other’s concerns, and each other’s point of view. Once it becomes that way, once we see one another as part of ourselves, then we can embrace each other’s causes. I think the only thing that prevents that is when self interest overtakes the general interest.


How things came to be.

March 19, 2011


Maybe we got married too soon or too quickly, things happened too fast. But also, the thing was that there wasn’t a lot of money. I really was not… I never really had a great deal. I’ve never really been driven by that. I don’t think that she was driven by it either; it was just that it became a preoccupation. When you don’t have it, you become preoccupied with it, unless you just become like me. But the thing is it wasn’t something of a preoccupation and it could’ve been attributed to our youth, and it was sad.


Belongings kept safe despite the capricious quality of time.

February 19, 2011


I just want my daughters to be secure and I would like them to want to get to know me better. Then I would like to have the chance to redeem my absence in their lives with another child. I would like to have another family and I would like them to be a part of it if they wanted to be. That would be important to me.


One day at a time, a solid intention.

March 19, 2011


If I had a fortune, I would probably be like John Lennon initially. I always wanted to be in public service, I wanted to be in politics. I don’t know if that’s in the cards, I don’t know if I am comparable with the American view.


We aren’t much different.

March 19, 2011


This is the richest country on earth; there is enough to go around, so someone has too much because there are all these people who have way to little.


A story shared is one well listened to.

March 19, 2011


I’m not where I am supposed to be and I realize that.


Approaching shadows coexist within the same traveled spots.

February 19, 2011


Kennedy, Martin Luther King Junior, those guys are gone and they are iced. So what are the people who love those voices supposed to do?


A few things to carry along the way.

February 19, 2011


My family is really amazing, my grandfather I loved a great deal. He was a minister and he married my grandmother back on the 16th of January in South Carolina and they had 7 children together. My mother met my father at my grandfather’s church. My grandfather, as he got older‌ I use to look at him; he was such a dignified man. He didn’t really have a great deal of formal education, but he has a great deal of horse sense and he was a really progressive thinker.


Forget why for a tiny moment in time.

March 19, 2011


In the morning you will see people sleeping on the ground, you will see people sleeping on the floor of the station, you’ll see people sleeping on benches. I in fact, haven’t slept in a bed… I think its been about two years. What you learn is to appreciate certain things that you would normally take for granted.


A person like you and me.

March 19, 2011


I had a younger brother, 9 years younger than me. When he died, it threw me off. Then I had been in love and that didn’t work out. I was just in a really bad spot.


Everyone can use a break, a chance to look beyond.

March 19, 2011


When you deny people of any security, how can you expect families to form, how can you expect people to build bonds, how can you expect there to be any stability for families? People have the right to a family and to be authentically themselves; they have a right to have authentic ideas and to live those ideas, and defend those ideas.


“See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil.”

February 19, 2011


I then became a little bit more rebellious. I began to say that I think the values we have are wrong and that we are really the result. Our status quo is the result of crime. We are actually criminals and we don’t admit it. But we are, and that statement angered a lot of people. What it is, is that it exploits these delusions people have about themselves. You know, we just believe we are all that… you know what I’m saying?


Rolled up and wrinkled, but marked with ambition.

February 19, 2011


You can decide what kind of career, and ask, what kind of person do I want to be? And to what extent do I want to take responsibility for the kind of human being I am? What kind of responsibility do I want to take for the kind of humanity, the kind of human being that is going to require of me. It’s going to require that I look the other way about the suffering that goes on. It’s going to require that I take the benefit and ignore some of the oppression or repression that goes on here and around the world. You have to sort of turn a blind eye to the people who are the voices that are marginalized by the system and those that are invited into the center.


“I would love to be a teacher.”

March 19, 2011


There are a lot of people who are homeless for a lot of different reasons, and it’s worth exploring each person’s story.


A starting point, and a humble memory.

February 19, 2011


I will sometimes wash up in one of the stations, if you’re there early in the morning, around 6:00 a.m., there usually isn’t too much traffic.


A person with a story, and an honest heart.

February 26, 2011


The more deeply I think about it, there is no question that it is ever going to be a sure thing. There are always those things that you can’t anticipate, but I think if you really believe in them, you’ll go for it anyway.


A few words to define you and me.

March 19, 2011


People should be reaching for a society that values equality, maybe not perfect equality, but some variation of it. There is no such thing as prefect equality, but everybody deserves to have his or her set of issues given equal attention within a society before the law. Each person should be given equal weight, equal value‌ you know, you try to look at each person’s issues and concerns fairly.


I am with you, wherever you may be.

March 19, 2011


It’s always a break-up, I genuinely did love her. To this day I still wish that we could’ve worked things out, mainly for our daughters sakes.


“As long as they know that I love them, I can deal with them being mad at me.�

March 19, 2011


My family, I have two daughters…who a very, very beautiful. The lack of economic security got in the way of their growing up. Their mother and I… I was madly in love with her- it just didn’t work out. Maybe we got married too soon or too quickly, things happened too fast.


A smile; a perpetual notion.

March 19, 2011


I have my mother, my father and my stepfather, they are all still around, thank god. My father and my mother remarried, they divorced when I was about 6. I lost contact with my father for a few years and then we reconnected, now we are daily in contact.


“I did a commercial for Nike once, pretty ironic.�

March 19, 2011


I went to law school in New York City and I put in a lot of time in there. I started at Temple and I transferred to New York. I had a lot of good courses, like legal process. I liked Temple, I really did, and then I had to withdrawal and re-emerged later when I moved to New York City. A lot of stuff had happened in the mean time, my brother passed away.


Jason and intangible journey.

February 19, 2011


I am a little bit controversial, or too wild. I don’t know how this worked out the way it did.


The time of life may sometimes fall between the cracks.

March 19, 2011


When you don’t have something for a while, when you’ve been deprived of it, you begin to think about it differently. You don’t take it for granted at all. I can’t explain it… I guess if you haven’t had a drink or if you haven’t had water and then all of the sudden you have that first sip, you appreciate it that much more.


A long walk through the city; forgotten corners and ablated sidewalks.

February 19, 2011


I hope I can communicate again with them someday, that would be a beautiful thing. I hope they know that I love them very much.


Simple words and a yearning explanation.

February 19, 2011


Often, if you stand up in a society as one ought, in terms of affecting your dignity and so forth, you might find yourself on the street.


Words that need a place.

March 19, 2011


What I really would like to do‌ I’m not a person who is really only thinking about himself, but I think you need to start somewhere. You can look at or approach universal things from a very specific place; my specific place is my experience. My concern is that my real passion is a universal thing. I have compassion for anyone who suffers, any one who is at a disadvantage, anyone who is facing obstruction or pain or persecution, and we should all be that way. Even to some extent if it means that we have to come to terms with our own advantages.


Warmer weather and a change of shoes.

March 19, 2011


My brother did a Final Touch commercial and he worked with Bill Cosby in a jell-o pudding spot. I was so envious. That’s one guy that I would’ve really loved to work with. He’s awesome. I met him, but I never worked with him that way. I think he helped me get a job though on the television show Law and Order. I found his office when I was living in Philadelphia and I was actually trying to get work. I put a picture and a note on his desk and about two days later I got a call from the casting people from the show. I got to audition and I got the part. I also met Dick Wolf at the audition. I got that one part and that was it; one role, and my gig was up.


Through pain, laughter resides.

March 19, 2011


I was born in 1961, I’m 167 years old... no, not really. My birthday is in October. A guy named Seidel Page was once asked how old he was. When he answered he said, “Well, how old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were and that’s how old I am.” I love that…


Time well spent is time within words.

February 19, 2011


I mean, I made some choices myself, but I think the values that are prevailing are also why I’m homeless as well. I’ve tried not to be homeless. I’ve tried a lot of different things not to be homeless and not all of them have panned out. I guess we’ll see, I’m not sure exactly where I will be in a couple years. I would like to secure. I would like… the things that I would like really are to have the chance to be a parent again, and to be a husband again.


A fair heart consoles the mind.

February 19, 2011


There are a lot of people who are homeless for a lot of different reasons, and it’s worth exploring each person’s story.


“When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state.”

March 19, 2011


I am a free man, you know what I’m saying?


What about you, what makes you happy?

March 19, 2011


It shouldn’t be a matter of trading your dignity for living. Your living should be a source of your dignity.


A stance and a direction.

March 19, 2011


I admired my grandfather, I had a lot of regard for him, not because he was rich, not because he was so well important, but because of the person that he was. I think that is what I admire, its not the money, its not he position, its really the person. I think he was really inclined not to harm people; he wasn’t the type of person who would hurt another person for ambition or things like that. He became a minister, so he was really trying to help and save people. He was trying to give them a sense of hope, happiness, peace and love, and I think that is the noblest thing you can do in hindsight.


Important thoughts and a chance to share.

February 19, 2011


The thing is, even if you are unemployable, if you are an artist, if you’re eccentric, if your crazy, you still need an income.


Pen and paper, a physical transformation.

February 19, 2011


If people want to be billionaires, that’s fine if they have the skill and so forth to make that sort of money. But I wouldn’t want a lot of billionaires at the expense of certain other Americans who are maybe trapped at the bottom of the economy, not making any money, living on the streets, sleeping on grates, or whatever. There could be a lot of reasons, maybe they are discouraged or depressed; they deserve attention and care just like anyone else.


From the past to the present, all within a thought.

February 19, 2011


It’s probably because I am a little bit outspoken and I am a little bit upset about the way things turned out, maybe this is what has driven me a little bit outside the system.


From the past to the present, all within a thought.

February 19, 2011


You start to get to know people in the community, I think they start to know and trust each other; you see a lot of the same faces. More or less, I will go and read to begin the day and if I can afford a sandwich I will go and grab one. Or sometimes I have stuff leftover from the week. You begin to accumulate stuff from churches and other organizations. I like to start off everyday by reading the Bible and then I started to read a book on the 1960 campaign. Before that I was reading a couple of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois’ books, and before that I read a play by Lorraine Hansberry. I like that stuff because it reminds me of where we’ve been.


A new friend to understand.

March 19, 2011


What I do think is important is the idea of intervention. Life is a gift, and life gives us the ability to do something with these conditions rather than just to coexist with them.


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