At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
I have always considered all humans equal. My mother instilled this in me at an early age.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
Rebecca Branch, Author
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
I converse with homeless people and write their stories. I have learned that women who are on the street are there because of abuse, mostly by men: fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, neighbors and strangers. They have not had the advantage of a complete education, many of them having run away from home at an early age.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
I respect women in all ways, and defend their rights at every opportunity.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
We are all the same, we seek happiness and and end to suffering. Globally, girls and women should have the same access to education, employment and independence as men.
How I Define Feminism:
A woman has the choice over her own body, equal pay, equal representation, equal rights. I would like to see an equal balance of women leaders of cities, provinces, countries and at the United Nations.
Can you find a secure shelter for the night? Have you experienced intense hunger? Are you a regular victim of verbal, emotional or physical abuse? Read the conversations I have had with people who are hungry, homeless and at risk. All author proceeds from the sale of books will be used to support those forced onto the streets and to the Ottawa Innercity Ministries, Street Outreach Program.
Dennis Cardiff has been involved with street people since 2010, when he began to reach out, on his own, to some of the people without homes who he encountered in his daily life. In his new book, he documents conversations he's had with them over the past 4 years and, in the process, gives those who are often robbed of their humanity a human face. Written in diary form by month, and including some of Cardiff's own poetry, the author chronicles the lives of people who are often ignored, feared or reviled. About this project, Cardiff says,
"Writing about the homeless and helping the homeless, has given my life a purpose that it didn't have before. Documenting their stories will, I hope, introduce them to the public in a non-threatening way. Some panhandlers look intimidating, but that disappears when one sees them laugh."
by Diane Walters
Dennis Cardiff lives with his wife in Ottawa, Canada. They each have two grown sons from previous marriages. An artist of many talents, Cardiff has been a professional portrait painter since 1972. He studied art at the Ontario College of Art, University of Saskatchewan and the University of Ottawa. As a writer, his poetry has been published in the Sheaf, the University of Saskatchewan's newspaper, the Writing.com Anthology and an online poetry magazine, Shadowlands Express. His recent book "Gotta Find a Home: Conversations with Street People" (book 1 of 4) was published by Karenzo Media 5 June 2014, where it received 65 - 4.5 star reviews. it was revised and self published 10 December 2014.
Gotta Find a Home 2: More Conversations with Street People was self published 5 April 2016. Books 3 and 4 will be released in the near future. As with Book 1, all proceeds from sales go directly to those forced onto the street.