One of my colleagues suggested yesterday (mostly in jest) that we invite Miley Cyrus to our next fundraiser, now that she’s promoting housing for homeless youth. So I guess it's time to 'fess up before the National Enquirer gets the story: Miley Cyrus and Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative share a great passion. Well, no, not that kind of passion.
In case you didn’t catch the Video Music Awards, aka the VMAs, Miley pulled a Marlon (Brando) and instead of making a predictable thank-you speech she invited a homeless young man up to accept her award; they used the spot to promote My Friend’s Place, a homeless center for young people in Hollywood.
If I were a cynic I might assume she wanted not only to call attention to the problem but sell a few more tickets or t-shirts or albums or song downloads. Yet I don’t care too much about the purity of her intent if the outcome is that fans and others take action.
Whatever Miley’s motivation to use her podium time to promote a social cause, I appreciate that she is raising her voice to make an impact.
The thing is, it’s not just famous entertainers like Miley who have this power. As a collaborative of congregations and individuals and citizens, WE HAVE THE SAME POWER to call attention to our cause. WE calling for an end to homelessness, WE are creating solutions in the form of housing with supportive services, such as 66 West and Prior Crossing. We don’t have the splashy forum of a nationally televised entertainment award show, nor the flashy persona of the mercurial singer, but WE are claiming the same power to stand for something good.
Want to see us in action? Come to the Edina City Council meeting next Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. We’ll be the ones at the mic wearing green. We hope to take home our own “award”—not a statuette to put on a shelf, but the council’s approval of our 66 West proposal. Email Allison Johnson for more info.