[Hpn] Homeless have connections; Cleveland, Ohio; 7/8/02
Tue, 16 Jul 2002 02:20:27 -0700
Thank you for passing this news along- I find it inspiring. I also tried to
post the link to this article on Jamilah Zand to my Digital Divide mailing list,
but it was not "approved" for some reason.
Monday, July 8, 2002
Plain Dealer <http://www.cleveland.com/plaindealer>
Business News section
Homeless have connections
Plain Dealer Reporter
Jamilah Zand's book of poetry would never have hit the Cleveland Public
Library's bookshelves without e-mail.
How was she supposed to send a review copy?
"I didn't have any money for stamps," Zand said.
Zand is homeless. Last year she set up an e-mail address to apply for jobs,
schedule poetry readings and promote her book "Lines I've Lived & Other Snippets
of Life," seven copies of which are scattered throughout the library's area
"A year ago, I didn't know there was such a thing as free e-mail," said a laughing
Zand, who also has a Web site and voice mail. "Back when I [had a home], I had
to pay for e-mail."
Homeless people are turning to free e-mail and voice mail services to pinch
pennies, mask their vagabond status and give employers contact information that
they say makes it easier to get a job."
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