Plan to end homelessness in Sarasota; What is it like to live in the Holy City of Bethlehem?

12/23/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Coming up today we’ll hear about a new plan to end homelessness in Sarasota. And we’ll also go to Bethlehem -- one of the holiest places in Christianity -— where we’ll talk about what the situation is like there just two days before Christmas.

But first a listener comment about yesterday’s interview with Iranian American scholar Trita Parsi about the prospects for war with Iran.

First up today — five years ago The National Coalition for the Homeless named the city of Sarasota the meanest city in the United States toward the homeless. That was because the city bans sleeping outside on either public or private property.

There have also been crackdowns on charities and college students that feed the homeless in Selby Five Points Park.

But this week the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness unveiled a new plan to end homelessness on the Suncoast in ten years. We’re joined now by Richard Martin, Executive Director, Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness.

Next up, the Bible says that Jesus was born in a stable on Christmas Day in the town of Bethlehem. Bethlehem is also in occupied territory - controlled by Israel but populated by stateless Palestinians Arabs. Our next guest is Dr. Mazin Qumsyiheh, a director in the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People (PCR).

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