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“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
“Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.” —Walter Cronkite
“[Censored] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps read aloud to a few publishers and television executives.” —Ralph Nader
“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
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Tiny House Movement as a Solution to Homelessness

Tiny House villages are being developed across the country to give homeless people a sense of safety and security. They are small, energy-efficient homes that include a bed, furniture, and bathroom. The homes can be placed on private properties, or in empty lots, and can be mobilized at any time. In addition, the affordable rent of a tiny home combats ever-growing gentrification.

In the course of one year, about 1.5 million people will experience homelessness in the US. According to the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authorities, approximately 58,000 people in Los Angeles are homeless and resort to living in cars, campers, tents, or on the streets. To help the city’s homeless population, tiny-house builder Elvis Summers, who has spent more than two years building tiny homes, recruited over 100 fourth- and fifth-grade children to aid his mission. Through a crowd-funding website GoFundMe, Summers raised $28,386 and has built around 42 houses so far. Around 135 children have been involved with the project, working in shifts over a year.

Villages have found support in other areas like Second Wind Cottages (New Fields, NY), Community First Village (Austin, TX), CASS Community Tiny Homes (Detroit, MI), and the founding location, Dignity Village (Portland, OR), and others. BLOCK Project is a new nonprofit that aims to house the homeless in high-quality cottages in the backyards of Seattle homes. Challenging the notion that homelessness equates with anti-social behavior or crime, they work closely with social service agencies matching tenants to homeowners and provide ongoing support after a tenant moves in.

Despite these successes, some communities have been critical of housing previously-homeless people in tiny homes. For example, in San Jose, California, the nation’s richest city, a public hearing last August turned contentious when hundreds of residents turned up to discuss tiny houses as solutions for as many as 3,000 homeless who live in cars or sleep on city streets because shelters can accommodate only about 1,000. The city was considering constructing 200 units, including 70-80 square foot homes for single persons, and 120 square foot homes for couples, spread across the city’s 180 square miles. The proposal was meant as a temporary measure until a long-term solution could be found. According to the Guardian, “One San Jose woman said she opposed the shelters because of possible negative impacts on owls and elk. One man made an obscure reference to A Modest Proposal, Jonathan Swift’s 18th-century satirical essay that advocated for poor Irish people to escape poverty by selling their children as food to the rich. The man suggested – probably also satirically – that San Jose consume its homeless population,” the Guardian reported.

Despite criticism and opposition, the tiny house movement continues to offer a small solution to the larger issue of homelessness and poverty across the country. By providing support for the homeless who are often excluded from society, the Tiny House Movement also gives rise to communities coming together and making a difference.

Most corporate media coverage was critical of the movement, citing health and safety problems. USA Today published a story on the plans to build a tiny house village for the homeless in Reno, Nevada. Tiny homes in Ashland, Oregon, were covered by NBC and ABC corporate subsidiaries at the local level. NBC News also covered the tiny house movement in Texas.

Sources:

Jane Ross, “California School Children Help Build Tiny Homes for LA’s Homeless,” Reuters, August 28, 2017, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-homeless-tinyhouses/california-school-children-help-build-tiny-homes-for-las-homeless-idUSKCN1B902Y.

Jenny Xie, “10 Tiny House Villages for The Homeless across the U.S.,” Curbed, July 18, 2017, https://www.curbed.com/maps/tiny-houses-for-the-homeless-villages.

Tess Sohngen, “LA Students Are Building Tiny Houses for People Experiencing Homelessness,” Global Citizen, September 1, 2018, https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/la-students-buildings-houses-for-homelessness/.

Valerie Schloredt, “Would You Put a Tiny House for a Homeless Person in your Backyard?” YES! Magazine, November 16, 2017, http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/solidarity/would-you-put-a-tiny-house-for-a-homeless-person-in-your-backyard-20171116.

Student Researcher: Nicholas J. Elias (San Francisco State University)
Faculty Evaluator: Kenn Burrows (San Francisco State University)

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