After reading the April 9 San Gabriel section, my fellow students and I were dismayed at the degree of negativity suggested in the article on our responses to spending a night with the homeless in Los Angeles. The headline, with the words "Never Again," was a source of concern. We feel that the article, through selective use of quotes and incorrect context, represented our organization (Students Organized for America's Homeless) as viewing the plight of the homeless in a futile light.
The situation is the total opposite. We are continuing our attempts to aid the homeless. A chapter of SOFAH is being started at Loyola Marymount University with our aid and encouragement. A hot lunch was provided for the homeless, using food obtained at the Claremont Colleges. Members of the homeless organization known as Justiceville spoke on our campus on April 27.
"Never Again" certainly fails to apply to our general view of joining the homeless overnight. David Callies, along with other students, continues to make visits to Skid Row, investigating the situation.
True, negative things were said about the sleep-over, but how many glowing words apply to Skid Row? What we saw shocked us. Not to be appalled at the conditions some of those people live in is to be inhuman.