Advocating to end the Criminalization of Homelessness

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Students advocate to end the Criminalization of Homelessness.

People are pushed from their homes and onto the streets for numerous reasons. As a result, individual’s who are homeless must seek out other ways to meet their basic human needs. From eating and sleeping in public places, to asking for money/resources, there’s a criminal penalty for it. Homeless individuals can quickly turn into criminals when their alternative ways to sustain their lives is illegal.

On Tuesday, November 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Mav Ave in the Centennial Student Union, students are hosting a tabling event to advocate to end the criminalization of homelessness. During the event,  students can write letters to their representatives about ending the criminalization of homelessness and learn more about how hunger and  homelessness are affecting people around the world.

“This is taking a step beyond awareness. It’s more than just awareness, it’s advocating for individuals experiencing homelessness,” said Kennedi Alstead.

There will be different representatives available at this table as well as a bake sale. The cookies will be pants, shirts and house cookies. Some will be plain and others will be frosted. Cookies will be sold for $1-$2. In addition to the tabling event, cookies will also be sold during the on-campus playing of, “The Homestretch.” All proceeds from the bake sale will go to a charity in Mankato.

If you’re interested in learning more about the criminalization of homelessness, contact Kennedi Alstead at or visit the Mav Ave on November 13th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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