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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