The 2014 Homelessness Marathon: Featuring Cheri Honkala

The 16th Homelessness Marathon will originate from Brattleboro, VT on the night of Wednesday, February 19th featuring our very own, Cheri Honkala at 12am (Midnight). 

About the Homelessness Marathon

“I (Jeremy Weir Alderson) founded The Homelessness Marathon in 1998 as an offshoot of, “The Nobody Show,” which I then broadcast weekly on WEOS, an NPR and Pacifica affiliate in Geneva, NY. That first year, I was thinking of it purely as a matter of conscience. I was born and raised in New York City. There was no problem with homelessness there when I was growing up, and I was heartsick to see what was happening. So I basically just wanted to get on the air and say, “This isn’t right, and I want no part of it.” 

As the Marathon has grown, its philosophy has evolved. When I started, I thought I had to scold people and tell them why they ought to care, but now I know that Americans really do care, and that no matter how grave the failings of our society may be, homeless people aren’t on the streets because that’s where we, as a people, want them to be. So I’ve backed off a lot. I now mostly look at the Marathon as giving people the reasons for what they already know in their hearts.” 

Make sure to tune in Feb. 19th at the Midnight Forum: “Where Do We Go From Here?” A conversation about how do we get our country to actually address the problems of the poor and do something about them.

Participants include: Cheri Honkala, 2012 Green Party vice-presidential candidate, founder of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and board member of the Homelessness Marathon; Christopher Curtis, staff attorney at Vermont Legal Aid and co-chair of the Governor’s Council on Pathways Out of Poverty.

 A list of stations carrying the broadcast may be found at:

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