Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July 14, 2014: Stories from Chicago Public Housing

First up: Grief in Palestine

The death toll in Gaza climbs daily. More than 200 Palestinians have died; 1 in 4 are children. The US gives Israel $14 million a day most of which is spent by the military. One can be assured that every kid that has been killed has been with weapons we paid for. Call or write your Congress people. To find out what is currently happening the following websites are excellent sources: Arab Resource and Organizing CenterUS Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and The Electronic Intifada.

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Global Val Ibarra of Mutiny Radio speaks with Mimi Lok and Audrey Petty of Voice of Witness about their book, High-Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing.

Voice of Witness is a San Francisco-based nonprofit using oral history to illuminate human rights crises of our time. Voice of Witness was started in 2004 by author Dave Eggers and physician/human rights scholar Lola Vollen. In 2008 Mimi Lok came on board as Executive Director and Editor. The Voice of Witness Book Series depicts human rights injustices through the stories of the men and women who experience them. The Voice of Witness Education Program connects thousands of students and educators each year with these stories and issues through common core-aligned, oral history-based curricula and holistic educator support. All of the teaching tools are free or at a very low price.

In High-Rise Stories, they use the stories of people displaced by the destruction of Chicago's high-rise public housing to illustrate the consequences of gentrification, redlining, privatization, and new approaches to urban policy. This Chicago specific book resonates on a national level.

Listen now or get MP3. 32:09 min.

Hear the entire program in the KPFA archives. 59:49 min.

Also on today's show:
Tomboy, the Art of Nancy Cato

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