For Immediate Release
April 25, 2014
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BROCKPORT, NY—Students at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, will be taking part in initiatives to raise awareness of the homeless and impoverished. From 10 a.m. on April 28 until 2:30 p.m. on April 29, students will participate in the Housing Rights Project. Those involved will spend the night sleeping outside on the campus mall in tents and other makeshift shelters, creating a tent city.
The emphasis of the Housing Rights Project is to give a voice to those without a voice. The event will include tables that educate on the causes of homelessness, discussion panels and a documentary screening entitled “Tent City U.S.A.,” which is about a homeless encampment in Nashville, TN. Students will also have the opportunity to sign a petition in support of the Women’s Equality Act in New York State.
The Project will include a raffle, a clothing and food drive and can and bottle donations with proceeds going to the House of Mercy, a homeless shelter in Rochester. On May 1, from 4-6 p.m., students from Brockport will carpool to downtown Rochester to participate in the Rochester Homelessness Awareness Project, a march dedicated to raising awareness about the issue of homelessness in Rochester.
The march will start at St. Mary’s Church and go past the Civic Center Garage, where there has been debate over the number of homeless people who seek shelter there each night. After the march, there will be a session where personal testimonies will be shared and people can speak out about issues of homelessness.
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive * Brockport, New York 14420-2931
(585) 395-2754 * FAX (585) 395-2723 * www.brockport.edu
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