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    NYPIRG examines homelessness and hunger in NYC

    The New York Public Interest Research Group emphasized homelessness and hunger in an event on March 26, featuring a short documentary and discussion in Powdermaker Hall. The group elaborated on the significance of the two issues in New York while students discussed their own view on homelessness and food insecurity, after the documentary. The documentary, produced by Russia Today, was titled “Big City Life” and examined the lives of New Yorkers around homelessness, including those displaced. More than 6,000 people are homeless in New York City, according to the Coalition of the Homeless. This was cited as the “the highest level ever recorded.” The number of homeless people in shelters…

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    Sleep Now in the Fire

    Watching “Big City Life” reminded me of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless man killed by police officers in Fullerton, Calif. three years ago. Thomas had been looking at customers of a restaurant through a window when officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were called by the owners. Both officers attempted to talk with Thomas, who could not understand and therefore comply with them. Growing increasingly frustrated, both officers began to beat Thomas aggressively with their batons. Officer Cicinelli used his taser on Thomas as he cried out for help from his father. Thomas died as a result of his injuries. Both officers were found not guilty of murder last January.…