San Jose State University sets up tent city

November 20, 2008 7:34:46 AM PST
San Jose State University students will set up camp and spend the night in 150 tents on campus today to urge the government to respond to an increase in homelessness and poverty in the country.

The students are responding to ongoing home foreclosures and unemployment rates by replicating tent cities that pop up all over the nation. They're trying to grab the attention of the federal government, paying particular attention to the Gulf Coast and New Orleans.

Each tent will be sponsored by a community or student organization and have a prepared statement describing their own definition of poverty and homelessness.

Students will start setting up the tents at 8 a.m. with speakers around 6 p.m. and break them down on Friday at 10 a.m.