Colorado Springs

Community remembers outspoken homeless advocate

Community remembers outspoken...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Springs community came together Sunday evening to remember  homeless advocate Raven Canon, who died March 3. 

Many described Canon as tenacious, loving, strong, and passionate. 

"She was there to make it known that the homeless are not non-human," Cindy Clement said. 

Homeless herself, Canon is known for starting the street newspaper "The Springs Echo," which is just one way she was vocal about the homelessness. 

"While she had nothing and had every excuse not to act, she acted every day," Trig Bundgaard said.

After a memorial at First Congregational United Church of Christ, the group walked over to city hall where they taped a paper declaration titled "The Raven Declaration" in her honor and symbolizing that the work Canon started doesn't end with her passing. 

"It really was one last act of guerilla theater and guerilla activism to pay homage to the most influential voices for this fight in our city," Bundgaard said. 

But beyond her fight, Canon will be missed by many. 

"She had an incredibly easy intelligence that could just sum up a situation," Bundgaard said. 

"She was a great friend... my personal hero," Drew Hausfeld said. 

The group says it will stick together to continue her work. 

"If she can do what she did being on the streets with all opposition against her, anybody can do it," Hausfeld said. 

 


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