Contributing Editor Susan Cameron has participated in the twice-monthly Parnell Park peace breakfasts, a project of Everyone In, First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, Social Justice Healing, Sustainable City, and more, since November 2019.
The purpose of these breakfasts is to experience shared humanity, break bread together, invite conversation, and build relationships.
As a result of the relationships built between Cameron and residents of Parnell Park, she was permitted by several of those unhoused residents to hear and retell their stories. And because of her press credentials, law enforcement permitted Cameron to witness the closing of Parnell Park on Monday, January 27, 2020.
This is the story of the last man standing at Parnell Park.
Johnny’s videotaped statement on his decision to stay until Parnell Park’s closure and to allow himself to be arrested can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/-bpx_CuBzwk