News about the Homeless News
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Oprah Winfrey ’s film crew has been filming in Sacramento recently. They are doing a show that focuses on home foreclosures and the results for families and homelessness. They did quite a bit of filming out at the “Wasteland” (an area where many homeless people live in tents south of the American River). The show should air within the first couple weeks of March.
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Also, in the news has been some great support from our local mass print media for tent cities. The Sacramento Bee printed a front page article on Sunday, December 10, 2008, called “Sacramento Seeks Solutions for its Wandering
Army of Homeless”, by Cynthia Hubert. On their website page of that story, they had a link to a forum page where they asked what readers thought about tent cities, and if the Sacramento Bee should endorse the idea. Very soon afterwards (December 14), the Sacramento Bee published an editorial by their editorial board, titled “Give the homeless legal places to sleep” which endorsed legal camping areas for homeless people. Then on December 22 they printed an op-ed by Mark Merin, attorney with the homeless civil rights lawsuit, titled “Tent Cities can offer answer to homelessness”. Bee reporter Cynthia Hubert wrote another great article that appeared in the Bee January 23, titled “ Homeless/Tent communities possible, Cycle of Frustration Spurs a Plan for action, Locations studied for legal campsites”. Then yet another endorsement by the Sacramento Bee Editorial “Give tent city a try” appeared in the Bee on January 25, 2009.
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And not to be left out, our most popular weekly publication Sacramento News & Review printed an endorsement for tent cities on February 5, 2009, titled, “A legal tent town”. This is not too late to be a tent city hero because they had endorsed tent cities many years ago when SHOC was organizing for a tent city. “It takes a different village” was their previous editorial printed in the Sacramento News & Review on January 16, 2008.
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There has been a great deal of other news about homelessness covered in the Bee and on local TV stations. Many missed covering the big Safe Ground March and Rally because the Grant High School Celebration March and Rally was the same day and almost the same place (across the street from the Safe Ground Rally). But Homeward Street Journal, your local homeless news source, was on the scene and did a great front page article about the event.