In this week's cover story, "Outlawing the Poor,"
Jeff Woods examines the plight of Nashville's homeless, who—at the behest of downtown residents and businesses—have become the target of a law enforcement crackdown for panhandling and “quality of life” violations.
From 7 p.m. tonight till 9 a.m. tomorrow, Nashville's homeless population will have a national platform to voice their frustrations as the 11th Annual Homeless Marathon
takes to the airwaves on over 100 radio stations across the country, including Radio Free Nashville, 98.9 FM. (If you can't get the signal, you can stream it online here
.) The Marathon broadcasts from a different city each year, and according to director Jeremy Weir Alderson, “We're hoping our broadcast can reach across class and color lines to help tip the balance towards treating homeless people like citizens instead of criminals, not just in Nashville but across America.”