Homeless residents look on in shock as police raid Tent City just hours after Minister Steve was released on bail from the Ocean County jail. "I am being harassed because of my stance on civil rights. I need some relief, it's getting bad... they're starting to throw me in jail now because they want to squelch my voice." -Minister Steve in DESTINY'SBRIDGE www.DestinysBridge.com
If Rock and Roll 101: Rocking Hard is offered as a course any where, it may be in New Jersey. Top of the class would have to be Elevator Art with their new EP Tent City. Tent City is also a large camp in Lakewood, NJ where the homeless community has settled. The band drew inspiration from this for the title track, Tent City. They cite the camp as "an example of the complete abolishment of social and moral status.
On back-to-back days in June, the Rev. Steve Brigham was arrested at the tent city he runs in Lakewood, N.J. Charged with criminal mischief and witness tampering by Lakewood Township police, Brigham says the arrests are the latest incident in a “pattern of harassment” aimed at evicting the homeless encampment.
Inside his tepee in the woods outside Lakewood, NJ, at the homeless Tent City, the roosters wake early and the mornings are already cooler. A musician who lost his Florida home in the housing crisis, Hardman says he floats in and out of Tent City, that he's proud of his kids, and misses the life he no longer has.