Tallahassee's Voice of the People Debuts

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

A new voice in Tallahassee seeks to change how people look at homelessness in our community. It's called "Tallahassee's Voice of the People"--debuting with articles and poetry written by homeless individuals themselves. Those contributing to the Voice of the People say people with out homes are no less a part of the community than those with homes. And they hope this news letter will help end the isolation of people on the street.

Jacob Reiter, a leader with Americorps and the editor of Tallahassee's Voice of the People said, "Their perception of homeless is based on fear and ignorance perpetuated by our society, so by really reading these articles on what people are really going through, I mean, that's how you really get to know and learn how to help."

Anicia Zaporta, who is Homeless and a contributor to the Voice of the People said, "Please do not put us down. This is a voice screaming out--we are alive, you are our hope. Without hope, you're killing us basically."

The local publication is currently establishing its roots in Florida's capital city and organizers hope to increase the circulation with higher quality production. For information on how to hear the voice for yourself, you can email Tallahassee's Voice of the People at TallahasseeVOP@hotmail.com.

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  • by Jake Location: TLH on Nov 26, 2008 at 08:53 PM
    To Sal, Many Americans are ignorant; ‘it is a lifestyle they choose.’ Nobody wants to be homeless, have you ever spent a night at The Shelter? Did you know that the average American is two missed paychecks away from being homeless and women and children are the population that is growing the most? Those who experience homelessness are seen as the sources of their own misfortunes, and the socio-economic policies and practices that give rise to homelessness are then too easily ignored. The lack of interaction between people on either side of the socio-economic fence combined with impersonal or prejudicial descriptions of homelessness creates a gap that threatens to isolate the victims of homelessness in our community’s periphery. This results in homelessness being perceived as an abstract social problem. If you read a copy of VOP or volunteered at The Shelter you wouldn’t sound so uninformed.
  • by Sal Location: TLH on Nov 25, 2008 at 12:50 AM
    Many transients flock here because of the massive handouts. Its a lifestyle they choose. Im amazed at how the local media runs all the stories begging for sympathy etc
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