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December 7, 2018

 *(Thomas Fire Fundraiser)

"Disaster doesn't sort us out by preferences; it drags us into emergencies that require we act, and altruistically, bravely, and with initiative in order to survive or save the neighbors, no matter how we vote or what we do for a living."

~Rebe...

August 31, 2018

“If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottages princes’ palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow...

[Published in the Ventura County Star May 22nd, 2018]

Growing up in a small farming town in New Jersey, Brian Galetto rarely saw homeless people.

That changed when he moved to downtown Ventura five years ago to take a teaching job at Ojai's Villanova Preparatory School....

May 7, 2018

An evening spent storytelling at the EP Foster Library.  Thank you to Askew Poetry and Phil Taggart for hosting the event.  It was a tight set surrounding mental health, compassion and understanding, and most importantly- social change.  Let's keep working towards a br...

April 22, 2018

[Originally appeared in the spring issue of the California English journal, 'Teachers Make a Difference']

Mr. G, what can we do to help the homeless?

After a lesson in which we broke down four stories surrounding those living in deep poverty, this small group of 9th grad...

March 24, 2018

I was nervous and anxious before standing up in front of packed house.  I only knew half the people.  I wondered what place poetry had in public.  A packed bar was about to hear this poet profess his Ph.D. on poverty.

At the release party for No...

March 16, 2018

Activists and community have long been conjoined being that activists are typically speaking up for change within their communities. 

Teaching is my favorite form of activism.  Mainly because I am able to shape the future leaders of the community.   With that said,...

February 24, 2018

It was three years in the making, but today is the day.  Not So Simple is here!

This project was built around homelessness, but it’s truly about people. 

It’s how we see each other. It’s about conscious communication and compassion. It’s about having empathy for peo...

February 24, 2018

Project Understanding has been helping the Ventura County community for over forty years. After meeting with this non-profit, I decided ALL proceeds from Not So Simple: Observations on Poverty and People will go to their 'Housing the Homeless' initiative. Which means w...

February 19, 2018

[Not So Simple: Observations on Poverty and People will be available for purchase through Amazon and local Ventura County bookstores (to be determined) in ONE WEEK 2/23.  Here is a preview of what you can expect.]

Stories stimulate and engage the brain.  Stories us...

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