18th Annual Homelessness Marathon from Washington DC

Air date: 
Wed, 02/17/2016 - 5:00pm - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 6:00am
Short Description: 
A look at the state of homelessness today through the voices of homeless people and organizers

KBOO is proud to broadcast the 18th Annual Homelessness Marathon, which will originate from Washington, DC this year. 

The hosts on the air will be Pacifica radio WPFW.  Hosts on the ground will be the Church Of the Epiphany, which reaches out to DC's homeless as part of its ministry, and also Street Sense, the homeless paper of DC, which is housed in the church. The program will include the voices of a diverse cross section of Washington's homeless.

The Marathon gathers homeless people, talks with them all night, while taking calls from around the country and talking to experts, advocates, and politicians.

Originating from our nation's capitol in an election year is a big deal for the Marathon.  Organizers want to do some special things in honor of the occasion.  One of these is this petition to HUD:


The petition calls upon HUD to withdraw ALL aid from any city that does not have a safe space for ALL its homeless residents, where their persons, property and rights will be fully protected. 
The Homelessness Marathon is primarily composed of short, pre-recorded reports and longer live discussions. Here is the current schedule for the broadcast.

5-6 p.m.


The Doug Seegers Story – reported by Tasha Lemly
Long There's No "I" in" Team" and No "You" In Public Housing" Guest host:  Parisa Norouzi of Empower DC.
6-7 p.m.

Street Poetry

Long The Second Hour of our Homeless Walk Around the White House, plus, from Philadelphia, Cheri Honkala, Director of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign.

7-8 p.m.

Finding A Home In Alaska – reported by Ann Hillman

Long You Don't Have To Be Crazy To Be Homeless, But It Helps: A look at  Mental Illness and Homelessness. plus a shout-out from Brad Lancaster in Shoreline, Washington, who has a homeless encampment in his back yard.  Guest host:  Chantal James, WPFW
8-9 p.m. Short

Street Poetry

Long If It Don't Feel Good, Why's It Illegal? – The Criminalization of Homelessness.  Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty; Paul Boden, Western Regional Advocacy Project, Kristin Matthews, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.  Then:  A talk with Red, a San Diego homeless man arrested for sleeping in a donated tiny house.  Guest host: Otis Maclay.
9 – 10 p.m. Short

Squatters in Venezuela – produced by Making Contact

Long Homeless Walk Around the White House

10–11 p.m.
Short Street Poetry

Guests:  JoJo Valdez, who was swept from her homeless encampment in Boise, Idaho and Jessica McCafferty of the ACLU; then a shout-out from Toby Nixon, a homeless man protesting for homeless rights in Santa Cruz.  Guest host:  Otis Maclay, Pacifica Radio.

11 p.m.-12 a.m. Short

Profiles – Perry, Olive Oil and Junior

Long Homeless Walk Around the White House plus a shout-out from Abbotsford, Canada, where they dumped chicken manure on a homeless encampment.
12-1 a.m. Short Street Poetry
Long What Becomes of Homeless Youth? plus, Nick Dicenzo, who heads Cannabis Can, a charity that distributes marijuana to homeless people in Denver, Colorado. Guest host:  Katea Stitt, WPFW.
1-2 a.m. Short

Working Homeless – reported by Anne Hillman

Long Homeless Walk Around the White House, plus a shout-out from Faygo, a homeless protester for homeless rights in Sacramento, California.
2-3  a.m. Short Street Poetry
Long Formerly homeless street musician Doug Seegers, from Sweden, and low-cost housing developer Sean Canonie, from Florida.  Guest host:  Katea Stitt, program director, WPFW.
3-4 a.m. Short

Profile:  Harley


Homeless Walk Around the White House, plus a shout-out from Jared Stewart who, when we last spoke with him, had just been rousted from his homeless camp in New Orleans and was living under a bridge while awaiting back surgery.

4-5 a.m. Short

Street Poetry


Is Anyone Anywhere Solving Homelessness? We'll take a look at some of the models being tried. 

Guest host:  Joni Eisenberg, WPFW.

5-6 a.m. Short

Homeless in Cape Cod – reported by Lucy Kang

Long The Homeless Walk Around the White House will come to an end at the White House, where housed and homeless people will gather, we'll announce the results of the "Homeless Primary," and everyone will sing the Star Spangled Banner.


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