Today, May 20, 2020 marks my 33rd birthday during a time of drastic worldwide economic, social and societal changes. I just as many people I know, have faced loss of income, loss of jobs, and a lack of access to people and various property (such as parks and beaches) during the course of this pandemic. Currently the amount of unemployed Americans individuals stands at 30 million, twice the amount of unemployed individuals during the height of “The Great Depression”. Tough times are here and tough times are here to stay for the long haul.
Ruth Olga Sherman, a professional dancer and anthropologist, will be joining me in chronicling the plight of individuals in the states of California, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and in Flordia during the course of our cross country road trip.
I will continue to write articles about landmarks, parks and museums that I visit (regardless of whether they are opened or closed due to a state imposed lockdown). In addition, I’ll provide individual feedback from individuals that Ruth and I meet and how the government lockdown (according to rules imposed by their state, city or town) and the pandemic has effected their livelihood.
The stories will be vast and many, and indeed introspective of the year that truly changed the state of humanity as we know it and the multiplicity of governments that humanity succumbs itself too.
I ask that you as a reader of my website support our efforts to chronicle this part of current American life by donating to my Venmo page:
Checks may also be addressed to:
Philip Andrew Hamilton
Ruth Olga Sherman
Those checks may be mailed to:
444 Western Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
For those who are able to donate, thank you. I’ll be sure to provide a show of appreciation with a personal email or phone call.