Presenting the film "Life is Mandatory" by Former Sierra College Student, Ryan Frew
Life is Mandatory-Homelessness in Auburn and Sacramento. Rocklin Campus, room D-12, Thursday, October 31 from 12:30 to 1:50 pm
This program centers on concern for the homeless living in our midst that we see every day, or try not to see. These people, who for many different reasons, have no place to call their own, try to make a safe space for themselves outside, in the corners and at the recesses of our communities.
The program begins with the presentation of a film titled: “Life is Mandatory”. This film was written and produced by Ryan Frew who was a Sierra College student at the time and consists of interviews with homeless people in Auburn and Sacramento. After the film, there will be a discussion of the issue of homelessness by Robert Litchfield and Suzi DeFossett. Robert is an attorney, a Sierra College Instructor and author who specializes in business law. Suzi DeFossett is a specialist in addictions, and the Director of The Gathering Inn’ which is a faith based program in Placer County that shelters homeless men, women, and families in churches in the Roseville to Auburn area each evening.
When Ryan Frew asked Robert Litchfield to help with publicity for his film, Robert began interviewing homeless people in his home town of Auburn. These interviews grew in number until he had 110 interviews of homeless people, and his book, titled: "Until They Have Faces" was written. Robert will discuss his book during this event. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. Robert is donating the profits from the book sales to homeless programs in the area.
On the following Thursday, Nov. 7, there will be a sequel program Titled: The Law and the Homeless. This program will consist of a panel discussion by John Ruffcorn, Chief of Police of Auburn, Herb Whitaker, Director of the MotherLode Region of the Legal Aid Society of Northern California, Kate Carlson. Deputy Public Defender of Sacramento County who represents the homeless in a special court and Ron Blubaugh who is an attorney who has done law suits on behalf of the homeless. The program on Nov. 7 will be held on the Rocklin Campus, in room D-112 from 12:30pm to 1:50pm.