|Forgotten Voice - The voice of homeless people, formerly
homeless people, and homeless advocates in Nevada.
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.
of producing the newspaper is covered by donations and sponsorships.
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 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.
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
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
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 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
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