Lately Mama has been picking up used needles around Providence. She is incensed that AIDS Care Ocean State's $65,000 legislative grant was not renewed. Last year, they said they kept 43,808 used needles off the streets.They helped stop the spread of Hepatitis and HIV/AIDS thoroughout the state. Now that help is gone.
Mama collects used syringes.
Mama received The Red Bandana Award in 2016 “for the tireless compassion, aid to and advocacy for the health and welfare of the homeless in Rhode Island. Humanity is measured by our care for the last, which she exhibits gladly, joyfully and continually on the streets of our communities. We are all better for her presence in our midst.” This award is a rare honor for which she is justifiably proud.
Artemis Moonhawk is the real deal, a true advocate for the homeless in Providence, Rhode Island.
Face Book post: “I have had the honor of knowing Mama Dreads for the past 2 years and there is no doubt that this woman loves helping people. Mama has a fabulous crew that goes out with her to do outreach on a daily basis. Mama takes her crew to all the city meetings. If there is a protest for a good cause, Mama is there. It is wonderful to see COMMUNITY being built from the ground up.” Bella Robinson
Face Book post: “This is the best example of grassroots community action I have ever seen. If you aren't helping Mama Dread Mission of Love by donating, volunteering or giving her free space to do this work - then - at the very least - get out of her damn way.” Alex Andrews