Sorry for the late notice; this is an inspiring annual radio event–well worth listening to (part of it, anyhow).
The 14th Annual Homelessness Marathon radio (and television) broadcast will originate from Kansas City, Missouri this Wednesday, the 23rd, starting at 7 p.m., Eastern time, and ending 14 hours later, at 9 a.m., Eastern time on Thursday.
For those unfamiliar with the broadcast, it is not a “radiothon,” designed to raise money for charity. It is a consciousness raising broadcast with the aim of fostering a national dialog about the growing poverty in our midst. The most important thing we do is put homeless people on the air directly, so America can learn who they are and hear about the obstacles they face. Each hour also has a topic. Our broadcast schedule may be found here:
There are going to be a couple of new wrinkles to this year’s broadcast. First, the entire broadcast will be televised by Free Speech Television, which has channel 9415 on the Dish Network and channel 348 on DirecTV. FSTV’s video will also appear on the web at http://www.freespeech.org and on the Marathon’s own website at http://www.homelessnessmarathon.org.
Second, we have had better-than-usual support and cooperation in Kansas City, both from our official sponsors (Hope faith Ministries, COPP Inc. and KKFI) as well as from private individuals. We are told that we should expect a very large turnout of homeless people. Corinna West, a former member of the U.S. Olympic Team, even bicycled around KC telling homeless people about the broadcast. Her press release may be found here: http://corinnawest.com/homelessness-marathon-press-release/
Additionally, as the director of the Marathon, I addressed Kansas City’s official Task Force on Homelessness and, upon request, I prepared a White paper, outlining my recommendations for the city. Of course, not everyone will agree with my ideas, but I am hoping that my proposals will help to spark discussion. A copy of the White Paper will be found at:
To find out if a radio station in your area is carrying the broadcast
(check local listings for exact times of carriage) look here:
The simple fact is that America has made no significant progress in solving its homelessness crisis. After 30 years, we still have hundreds of thousands of people on our streets. Between the Great Recession and the looming budget cuts, we can only expect matters to get worse, but can we really afford to leave so many Americans in desperate circumstances? At the Homelessness Marathon, we believe the answer is no. Whatever your opinion may be, we hope you will be listening. Homelessness is a topic that should be discussed and debated, not swept under the rug.
Jeremy Weir Alderson
Director, Homelessness Marathon