This Invisible is hiding in an alley in Cambridge, MA, where this whole project began from my daily interactions with the homeless community. Each morning, homeless people lined the streets of Central Square as I walked to school, already out on the streets for hours by the time I was headed to school. One woman always called me “funky backpack” while another homeless man would always smile and wave, telling me to, “Have a wonderful morning, darling.” These are my people, my morning community, yet our lives are so very different.
It was heartbreaking for me to see, day after day, passersby completely ignore these people and their situation. Why do we ignore homeless people? Are we frightened of the homeless? Are we frightened by our differences, or our shocking similarities? What if there was a way to shine light on homeless people and their plight, without the fears associated with actually speaking to one, which cause people to shut down and ignore the problem, stifling social change?
Thus, my Invisibility Campaign was born.