For the fifteenth consecutive year, a day of radio programing on homelessness and poverty in America will air this Sunday, October 21st, on public and community radio stations across the country. In Santa Barbara, KCSB (FM 91.9) will air the eight-hour long call in show. People listening online or on the radio can participate by calling one the following two numbers: If you are homeless, formerly homeless or afraid you’re about to be homeless, call 866-LEFTOUT(866-533-8688). If you are housed, and homelessness is not a personal issue, you are invited to call 877-NOBODY8 (877-662-6398).
According to Monica Lopez of KCSB, “We set the stage for the broadcast, but it is homeless people themselves, and those who care about them, who create the show.”
Below is a description of the broadcast from its producers:
What is the Homelessness Marathon?
(A message for homeless people and those who work with them.)
In some ways, the Homelessness Marathon is best defined by what it is not.
We are not do-gooders promoting charity. Charity will not solve the problem of homelessness in America. And caring about poverty should not be the exclusive province of people who are “good.” Poverty is everybody’s problem. We are not experts promoting our research or ideologues pushing an agenda. We don’t think you have to be so smart to know that people shouldn’t be sleeping on the streets of America. And our “agenda” is simply that the hungry should be fed, the sick should be healed, and the homeless should be housed.
We are not speaking to America or for homeless people. Our mission is to let homeless people speak for themselves and to promote a national dialog on the poverty in our midst.
For our first fourteen years, we went to a different city each year and gathered homeless people at a central site under the auspices of a street newspaper, a day shelter, an overnight shelter, or sometimes under no auspices at all. And then, for the fourteen hours of our broadcast, we would interview experts on this or that topic pertaining to homelessness, take calls from around the country, and give homeless people a microphone so they could address the nation directly.
This year, we will be doing something different. This year, our broadcast will run for only eight hours, and it will not originate from a central location. Each of the first seven hours will be presented by different affiliates in different cities. The eighth hour of the broadcast will originate from the Homelessness Marathon’s home studio. For this hour, we invited the major vice-presidential candidates to come on the air, outline their plans for addressing poverty, and take questions from homeless people. Judge Jim Gray (Libertarian) and Cheri Honkala (Green Party) have accepted.
HOMELESSNESS RADIO MARATHON SCHEDULE – SUN., OCT. 21
Fifteenth Annual Homelessness Marathon Schedule (all times PST)
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. - Dropping the “F” Bombs: “Food” and Foreclosure” Originating from WEFT, Champaign, IL
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. - The Changing Face of Homelessness Originating from WMPG, Portland, ME
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. - Shelters, Stipulations and Freezing to Death Originating from WFHB, Bloomington, Indiana
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - Poverty and Public Health Originating from KUNM, Albuquerque, NM
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - When You Are Forced To Leave Home Originating from WGDR, Plainfield, Vermont
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. - The Myth of the Cardboard Box. Originating from WSCA, Portsmouth, NH
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. - Homeless Families in a Homeless Camp Aren’t Exactly Camping Originating from KBOO, Portland, OR
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Vice-Presidential Forum Originating from the Homelessness Marathon studio
–Cheri Honkala Green Party VP candidate, and –Judge Jim Gray Libertarian VP candidate