Second Sunday Book Group: Skid Road

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SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 1 P.M., Cathedral House 210 or via Zoom

We've chosen Josephine Ensign's, "Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in an American City (2021), for our March 13 discussion. Ensign, a professor in the School of Nursing, University of Washington, informs us that Seattle has the third highest homeless population in the United States and per capita probably the highest.

How can we reconcile Seattle as a progressive city with a city where homelessness is such a large, growing, and deeply entrenched problem? Ensign traces the history of how Seattle has dealt with the homeless by focusing on mostly unknown, forgotten people in different eras in its history, starting with Angeline, Chief Seattle's daughter, made homeless by colonialism and white supremacy. It's a fact-filled, no nonsense book that explores the intersection between homeless and ill-health and public policy. Finding solutions, Ensign shows, is not easy. Neither, she hopes, is it impossible.

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