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Update on Oprah Show Next Week re Sac'to Homeless

Lisa Ling on the "Oprah Winfrey Show."

Sac News Blogger provides some updated information about "The Oprah Winfrey Show" about homelessness that will include scenes filmed in Sacramento.

The blogger of Sac News Blogger is a community college student who hopes to pursue a career in journalism. He tells us that Lisa Ling came with the Oprah film crew that was reported to have been in our town on Feb. 11 through Feb 13.

The page that gives information about upcoming shows at now tells us that the Wednesday show is entitled "Tent Cities in America: A Lisa Ling Special Report."

A blurb at the Oprah website about the episode says this:

The spiraling economy and the foreclosure crisis are causing an increasing number of middle-class Americans to suffer. On [the Feb. 25] show, Lisa Ling investigates the emergence of tent cities—makeshift temporary shelters set up by people who simply have nowhere else to go. Our cameras follow a family that went from living in a condo and driving a Lincoln Navigator a year ago to sleeping in homeless shelters and carrying all their possessions in garbage bags. Then, hear from a woman who was making $70,000 a year and is facing eviction. Get an inside look at how more and more families are struggling every day just to get by.
Sac News Blogger tells us the Oprah Winfrey Show that will include the Sacramento segments will be broadcast on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 4 PM on KCRA, channel 3.

We shall see, but it will be disappointing if the focus of the Oprah show, and other news-related organizations, continues to be over-much about prosperous people who have been brought down many pegs at the expense of reporting on the continual suffering of long-term homeless people. But, based mostly on the episode title, it is likely to be a valuable report, informing citizens of the general circumstance of growing homelessness in our area and in our country.

UPDATE 2/23: The episode will also be broadcast on Feb 25 at 9PM on KQCA, chan. 58. Based on a report about the show at the VOA website: "The impact the faltering U.S. economy has had on the once-prosperous middle class [oxymoron?] will be brought home to local 'Oprah Winfrey Show' viewers when Sacramento-area native and 'Oprah' correspondent Lisa Ling interviews Favor Whitesides, who unexpectedly found herself and her three young children in temporary residence at Volunteers of America's Winter Shelter."


Anonymous said…
Huge April Homeless Rally.. Sacramento California State Capital Protest !

We believe everyone deserves SAFE GROUND!

There are over 1200 people sleeping outside every night in Sacramento and the numbers are growing!

Shelters are full, so for many the options are few: sleep in a car, if you have one, or break the law and sleep illegally on the streets.

Criminalize homelessness in this economy ? - This is unfair and unjust! - PROTEST !

Families, Children, Everyone should have a safe place where they can go at night and sleep without fear. That’s why we need a "safe ground". Sacramento California needs a safe “legalized” campground where homeless folks can have clean water, bathrooms, and trash services until our City, County and State are willing and able to provide adequate shelters and affordable housing for the growing numbers of homeless folks.

We need you to join us on April 21, Tuesday at 2pm on the Capital Steps for the RALLY !

Safe Ground Rally
April 21, 2009, Tuesday, 2 pm
Sacramento California State Capital

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Redding Loaves and Fishes has also seen an increase here in Shasta County, so we are pleased to promote the Sacramento Loaves and Fishes April Homeless Protest Rally at the State Capital in Sacramento California. We are also against practices and laws that unfairly single out homeless people, violate their constitutional rights, and criminalize them for everyday living and life-sustaining activites in Redding and Shasta County as well.
Tom said…
Thanks, Anon. I wouldn't miss it.

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