"When they were strapping me in, I was freaking out and I’m telling them – I’ve got PTSD, don’t do this to me, don’t hold me down..."
Knoxville's Homeless Street Newspaper
A LOOK INTO ISSUE 46
"... but when it comes to us, they ain’t a Christian organization."
Sidewalk Interviews with those banned from our Emergency Shelter and why...
In 2010 Knoxville was in the process of electing a new mayor and several new city council members. The city's Ten Year Plan To End Chronic Homelessness had been 'shelved' and the new mayor would lead the way in determining it's fate.
But what about those who are experiencing homelessness? Do they not get to speak in to the process?
The Amplifier was launched in concert with hosting mayoral and city council candidate forums with members of the homeless community asking the questions. Once we were able to determine the positions of the candidates, we launched a homeless registration drive to vote. We registered over 100 people from the homeless community and participated in the democratic process of voting for the candidates that we believed were most committed to the issue of homelessness from the perspective of the homeless themselves.
It was within this context that The Amplifier was launched.
EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE TO ONE OF OUR VENDORS,
"...so I told them I’d rather keep my job. So I basically either quit my job and take LauchPoint or my services are cut off."
"But this is what really made me mad, he literally reached inside my bra and grabbed the bottle out. Inside my boob, everything!"