As I was recently reading through the Chicago Tribune’s recent article regarding homelessness and political policy, I stumbled across an interesting article written by Jason McLure of Reuters. In his brief article, “Rhode Island passes bill to guarantee rights of homeless people”, McLure notes on the recent and unique “Homeless Bill of Rights” legislation that was passed by the Rhode Island Senate this past June. Through this new legislature, the rights of local persons who are experiencing homelessness to eat, sleep, and other activities will be legal in public places, and formally bans discrimination against people on the street in terms of securing equal access to jobs, housing, and services. Quite an amazing feat!
But then I began thinking about the roots of this bill, and how it could impact other large cities, such as Chicago, if all our communities, organizations, and politicians would take note of the effects of homelessness. Although I believe that a “Homeless Bill of Rights” should already be implied, I also see it as a step forward towards ending homelessness. In large cities such as Chicago, these actions to end homelessness are desperately needed: and that is where KNO comes into the story.
On September 22, 2012, KNO Clothing, along with The Prop, will be hosting its first ever Change of Pace 5K, a family-friendly race aimed at spreading awareness about homelessness as well as raising funds to help Chicago’s homeless population. Whether it’s running, walking, sponsoring, or volunteering for this event, you could help be the positive force in assisting the homeless in Chicago. Though we all can’t sign off on a “Homeless Bill of Rights”, we can all take part in events, such as the Change of Pace 5K, to ensure the health, dignity, and safety of America’s homeless population. These actions, no matter how big or small, prove that when there is passion, there is action; and where there is action, there will be leaders that help make a difference possible.
If you are in the Chicago area, please visit the links below to learn more about the Change of Pace 5K:
About the author: Amber is the KNO Marketing and Sales Associate for Summer 2012. She studies Business Law at Albion College.