People come together to speak their truths, and know they are not alone. They feel the love and compassion from their brothers and sisters, and experience beloved community.
In GLIDE’s Freedom Hall, this happens every Wednesday at 5:00pm, people are welcomed by Janice Mirikitani and Rev. Cecil Williams to come up to a single microphone and share their stories, songs, poetry, music, and whatever moves you. This is the SpeakOut, a weekly open mic series, followed by a community dinner prepared by the Daily Free Meals Program.
Those who attend and participate in SpeakOuts include addicts, people in recovery, people re-entering society from prison or jail, homeless people, GLIDE staff and those who come to GLIDE for services including meals, health care, women’s services and shelter reservations. The SpeakOut is an open door to the GLIDE family.
"This poem is about my past experience of almost 30 years out in the street."
- Angela, SpeakOut poet