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: