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Strike Against Homelessness Once Again

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Mike Cerano

A Vendor’s Voice

By Mike Cerano

My name is Mike Cerano. I sell Article 25 for a living. Article 25 is a newspaper that keeps people from becoming homeless and provides jobs for the homeless who want a better life.

Sept. 16, 12:30 p.m.: I was standing at the corner of Main Street and Central Parkway selling papers when a woman walked up. I said, “Good afternoon. This is the paper that gives people jobs. One dollar.” She gave me a dollar. There was three men and four women that was walking down the left side of the woman who gave me a dollar.

“Good afternoon. This is the paper that gives people jobs. One dollar.”

All seven of them started to shake their heads. One of the women stopped and said, “Stop panhandling and get a real job.” The rest of them said, “Right.”

An hour later the same woman that made her little remark walked by. I said, “Excuse me. I remember that remark that you made to me. I will take it you don’t understand what Article 25 stands for, so I will explain it to you. To start off with, Article 25 is the paper that gives people jobs to keep people from becoming homeless. And it’s the one that helps people that are homeless who want a job to become un-homeless. Furthermore, thanks to Article 25 and our supporters, I am no longer homeless. Look at that man over there. He is holding a sign.”

You know what his sign said? It said, “I’m homeless. Please help me.”

I said to the lady, “Now, between the two of us, which one of us would you help – me, who is selling papers to make a living or him, who is a panhandler?”

“Neither one of you,” she said.

In return, I said, “Ma’am, have a nice day.”

Now, for you that feel the same way and was never homeless in your life, I will explain what it is like to be homeless. When you are homeless, you are placed in a shelter if they have a bed. If they don’t, you’re left out in the heat to fend for yourself. Again, if it is winter, it’s the same. Then you try to find a warm place to sleep and hope and pray you don’t get murdered in your sleep. Where am I going to eat? How am I going to keep my body clean? How am I going to wash my clothes?

You who feel the same way that this woman I talked to don’t have to help if you don’t want to, but that doesn’t give you the right to talk against homeless people. Why not have a change of heart and help them?