The Voice of Homeless People in Nevada


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Forgotten Voice - The voice of homeless people, formerly homeless people, and homeless advocates in Nevada.
About Us
Forgotten Voice was originally formed in 2006 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We offer a street paper in which homeless and formerly homeless people, as well as homeless advocates, write and produce.  The goal is to empower the homeless people and let their voices be heard.  They may write anything they would like to, including opinions on political issues, poetry, fiction stories, or anything else they desire to write.  We would also love to print any artwork homeless people produce.

The cost of producing the newspaper is covered by donations and sponsorships.

Board Members
Amanda Haymond
Founder/Past President |

Amanda Haymond is dedicated and passionate about promoting the empowerment of homeless people. She was a member of UASWS (University Association of Social Work Students) and SNAHP (Southern Nevada Advocates for Homeless People).  She has written previously for the Community College of Southern Nevada newspaper, Coyote Press, as a staff writer.  She has also been a contributing writer for the UNLV newspaper, The Rebel Yell. Amanda is currently traveling abroad.

Gail Sacco
President/Editor | e-mail

Gail Sacco is a tireless advocate for the homeless, who believes that all people deserve the right to food, water, clothing, and safe affordable housing.  She is a retired restaurant owner and has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1988.  Almost everyday she shares hot vegetarian and vegan meals to homeless, the working poor, those in poverty, and anyone who is hungry at local parks, side streets, empty lots, and wherever she is needed.  She also helps them apply for jobs, birth certificates, identification, health cards, and housing.  In 2006, Gail faced a year and a half in jail and three thousand dollars in fines for sharing food with indigent people in a city "public" park without a permit that is unattainable. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada filed a lawsuit, Sacco v. City of Las Vegas, and subsequently, in 2010 a non-monetary settlement was reached with the City of Las Vegas passing new rules about the treatment of homeless people in city parks.
Jim Hyder
Member | e-mail

I was born in Carlin, Nevada January 8, 1940. I have been a farmer, soldier, bartender, day laborer, apartment handyman, and apartment manager. I am a anti-war, liberal, Coffee Party leader, and co-founder of the Bungalow Club. I am a 70 year old veteran of Viet Nam (65-67). I have been in Vegas for 38 years and am a retired apartment manager. I want to help the homeless as much as I have been helped my years as a homeless alcoholic. I am now sober over 20 years and believe that we all can do better. I am a an activist for equal rights of all people and believe our homeless are deserving of respect It matters not what their outward appearance is, it matters what is in their soul. We must be willing to work on their inner person as they work on their outward person. --Jim Hyder

Bill Cole
Member | e-mail

William Cole Sr. has recently received his BA in political science from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  He is currently a graduate student at UNLV, major undecided.  William has been written about twice in local newspapers for being homeless and going to college at the same time, and he is a strong homeless advocate.

Joe Sacco
Member | e-mail

Joe Sacco has lived in Las Vegas since 1994. He attended UNLV and earned his BA in Criminal Justice in 2003. Joe has been an active participant in the community for many years. He has helped organize social justice protests in solidarity with the homeless and the working poor. Joe has served free vegetarian meals with the international organization Food Not Bombs in Las Vegas and around the country, including People's Park in Berkeley, CA and Boston Common in Massachusetts. Joe has been a union member with IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Local 720 since 2003 and continues his work as a stage tech.

Leroy Pelton
Member | e-mail

Leroy H. Pelton is a professor in and former director of the School of Social Work, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  He is also a professor emeritus of the School of Social Work at Salem State College in Massachusetts.  Dr. Pelton received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1966 from Wayne State University in Detroit. He also holds an M.A. in psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York, and an MSW from the Rutgers University School of Social Work. He received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College.  Dr. Pelton has written numerous journal articles and other publications on psychology, social work, child welfare, and social policy.  He also edited the book, The Social Context of Child Abuse and Neglect (Human Sciences Press, 1981; re-issued in paperback, 1985), and authored four others: The Psychology of Nonviolence (Pergamon Press, 1974); For Reasons of Poverty: A Critical Analysis of the Public Child Welfare System in the United States (Praeger, 1989); Doing Justice: Liberalism, Group Constructs, and Individual Realities (State University of New York Press, 1999); and Frames of Justice: Implications for Social Policy (Transaction Publishers, 2005).

Linda Lera-Randle El
1950 - 2014
Champion of the Homeless in Las Vegas

Honored as a Point of Light by President George W. Bush in 2004; Recipient of the Hope Award for Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health in 2007; Recipient of the Social Equity in Action award from the American Society for Public Administration in 2011.

Linda Lera-Randle El has been working with homeless people for over 20 years.  She is a renowned homeless advocate and activist in Southern Nevada.  Lera-Randle El organizes annual vigils in honor of homeless people who have died, and she is the founder and executive director of Straight from the Streets, a homeless outreach organization.  Since November of 2005, Straight from the Streets has been a part of O.U.T.R.E.A.C.H., a unified effort of a group of social service providers working together to help homeless people.

Forgotten Voice Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
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