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The Homelessness Marathon


The 19th Annual Homelessness

Marathon will broadcast live on

Jan. 19th, 2017 from 7-11pm EST.


This year WMPG in Portland, Maine is the host radio station.
The Homelessness marathon is America's only national broadcast focusing on homelessness and poverty.


There was a time when the struggle for social justice in America was inseparable from the fight against poverty. Is that still the case today?

The chart below was compiled by entering terms into the search engines of various media and then recording how many “hits” they generated. This provides an imprecise but nonetheless helpful measure of how much attention these media paid to various issues. The figures are all from searches performed on 1/9/07.

The Nation Democracy Now Common-dreams.org Truth-out.org Mother Jones NY Times Time
Abortion 1010 245 2910 2770 1466 20,221 3649
AIDS 971 222 2980 1620 1529 33,459 20,371
Christian Coalition 636 97 1180 807 1831 26,864 1219
Cuba 440 433 2900 2300 312 16,383 4586
Gaza 345 662 2290 1640 217 8821 1711
Haiti 181 369 934 932 131 8796 1257
Hamas 192 360 1330 1420 205 3716 853
Health care 1010 411 9040 5790 9496 45,714 9986
Human rights 3700 1709 48,000 10,500 9777 40,905 13,263
Homelessness 72 18 325 212 319 3573 163
Racism 1720 222 1720 736 280 10474 1599
Sadr City 667 138 785 1380 2504 681 161
Wind power 247 39 1510 759 8364 46,485 3147
World Trade Organization 511 200 3610 987 11,273 67,163 2843

As anyone can see, there isn’t much difference between the left media and the mainstream media in terms of priorities. At The Nation, there were 13.5 hits on “AIDS” for every one on “Homelessness,” at Democracy Now there were 12.3, and at the New York Times, there were 9.4. At Commondreams.org there were 4.1 hits on “Hamas” for every one on “Homelessness,” while at Truthout.org there were 6.7 and at Time there were 5.2 (only Mother Jones had more hits for “Homelessness” than for “Hamas.”).

On the surface, at least, the millions of Americans who become homeless every year would seem to be just as unimportant to the left as they are to the powerful corporate oligarchs who control most of our nation’s media. But what kind of social justice movement doesn’t care about the poorest of the poor? At the Homelessness Marathon, we think that’s a question worth asking.