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The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

    The issue of homelessness

    Reading the Laney Tower for the first time has given me an appreciation which I had not expected to find. 
    I would like to thank the Tower for its approach to the issue of homelessness. 
    I’ve spent many nights on the streets even when I had a roof to hide under. 
    Like many of your staff, I was once in a state of poverty and on the edge of being without “proper shelter” for longer than a few nights at a time. 
    Luckily for myself, I found a supportive family through an old neighborhood friend. The family that took me in had given me time and support to get myself back on track. 
    I knew I was lucky in this situation so I decided to try and give back what I could while earning my keep. 
    I decided to work as a Personal Client Advisor for high-functioning adults with special needs. Most of them were born with disabilities. Other clients had acquired mental illness through traumatic experience or drug abuse. 
    When I worked with my clients I saw that all they needed was honest support. The only thing that kept them out of jail or on the streets was our program. 
    Years after I left the company, I heard that the program was dissolved and I had no way to find out what happened to my old friends. 
    I really respected Alice Feller’s story (“From Pipe City to Tent City”) which taught me the history I had never learned. 
    The misdirected “progress” of economic policies towards the current state of our country’s mental health system is something that I know the population needs to see. 
    I was also drawn to KR Nava’s story (“A tale of two newsrooms”). 
    If I can give my answer to his last question: I believe large newspapers are not capable of actually getting a proper message to their readers.
    I am a firm believer that true journalism is the last thing the media giants will ever again do. 
    To myself, reading the major papers feels very plastic. 
    I don’t blame the writers or the editors: they are only working to keep their jobs and stay as far away as possible from a descent into real poverty or homelessness. 
    I do, however, believe in never giving up on hoping that someday papers like the Laney Tower will be read by the masses.
    I look forward to reading this paper: both its past and future issues.

    Christopher Morin is a student at Laney College. E-mail him at 
    christophermorin88(at)gmail.com
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    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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