[Hpn] National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day Thursday, December 21, 2000

William Tinker wtinker@fcgnetworks.net
Sat, 2 Dec 2000 09:52:05 -0500

 at State House Plaza in Concord N.H. by the christmas tree area  on
 21,at 4:00 PM ...Any one whom can attend please do!There will be an
 opportunity for homeless and others to speak also, invite as many friends
 you know.
 Thank you!
 A Brother In The Struggle
 25 Granite Street
 Northfield,N.H. 03276

  Please pass along to all who might be interested this year.

  National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day

  Thursday, December 21, 2000

  Since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has
  sponsored National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day on or near the first
  day of winter to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness, and
  to remember our homeless friends who have paid the ultimate price for
  our nation's failure to address the issue.

  In an effort to maximize the impact of the day, the NCH has encouraged
  state and local groups to join in the effort. Hence, each year since
  its inception, NCH has been joined by state and local groups across
  the nation in holding special events to honor those who have died, and
  to recommit ourselves to the task of ending homelessness.

  Last year, over 70 cities across the nation sponsored events which
 included candlelight marches and vigils, graveside services, plays and
 other performances, and special religious services.

  2000 Homeless Persons' Memorial Day - Thursday, December 21
  NCH is encouraging groups in every city to plan a special event

  What Can YOU Do?

  1) Work with your local health department and/or health care for the
  homeless program to identify the number of people who have died in
  your community without an address. Try also to get people's names and
  ages. Homeless advocates in San Francisco have developed a systematic
  method for tracking the deaths of homeless persons. The results of
  their 1996 project are described in The San Francisco Homeless Death
  Review: Revised Preliminary Report 1996. This would be an excellent
  project to replicate.

  2) Plan a special event to honor those who have died. If there is a
  health care for the homeless program in your community, we encourage
  you to jointly develop the event.

  3) Invite the media to your event if you feel comfortable doing so. If
  not, hold a news conference or release a press statement giving
  information on deaths and the needs in your community, as well as
  highlighting the NCH report.

  As you know, media coverage of homelessness is at its *highest* as
  winter begins and during the holidays. National Homeless Persons'
  Memorial Day provides a great opportunity to underscore how government
  policies, or lack thereof, can cause harm to poor and homeless people.

  What NCH Needs From You

  1) Let us know ASAP if you are planning an event, even if it will not
  be exactly on December 21.

  2) Let us know if you want to release the NCH report in your
  community, so we can make sure you get the press release, executive
  summary or full report in time for your event.

  3) Let us know the number of homeless people who have died in your
  [NCH would like that information, even if you are not planning an

  For more information:
  Please call Michael Stoops at NCH (202) 737-6444, ext. 311
  or email him at micstoops@aol.com.

  For a copy of the National Homeless Memorial Day - Organizing Manual
   go to: http://nch.ari.net/2000manual.html  with your browser.

  National Coalition for the Homeless
  1012 Fourteenth Street, NW, #600,
  Washington, DC 20005-3410
  Phone: 202.737.6444 | Fax: 202.737.6445
  Send us e-mail: nch@ari.net