Pushing Limits

Homeless Activist Lawyer, ‘Shaman Woman’

Shaman Woman                         Photo by Kathleen Finigan

Shaman Woman is an activist.  Shaman Woman is a person living with diabetes.   Shaman Woman is a homeless person.   And, Shaman Woman is a lawyer.


Although she herself has no home, this remarkable woman practices civil rights law and defends homeless people in Santa Rosa, California.  From driving the streets yelling, “¡Viva la revolución!” to taking statements in the local parks, Shaman Woman organizes, agitates and takes it to the court.


She talks to Adrienne Lauby, her comrade in the local grassroots group, Homeless Action!, about her childhood in the apricot cutting barns, her years in the movement and her human failings.  Listen as she talks about the role of the movement in both healing and social change.

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