Forced Removal: How the People and the Media fight for their "right to return" to the Gulf Region and NYC
Submitted by Pacebelle on Tue, 01/22/2008 - 1:42pm
Mainstream media casts a shadow over the housing crisis in the United States, while grassroots media attempts to reveal what we do not see: the struggle communities confront nationally. Who is responsible for the housing crisis in the U.S.? What is causing the forced and unjust removal of people from their homes? Our workshop examines the fundamental differences in the ways that mainstream and grassroots media portray forced removal in the Gulf Region and New York City. The people designing this workshop represent various communities including Sarah Lawrence College and the New York Solidarity Coalition for Katrina/Rita Survivors. Workshop attendees will discuss the housing crisis through an ‘interactive media map’ featuring short film viewings, photo slides, and audio recordings from both corporate and local media sources. With these samples as guides we will investigate themes and discrepancies in media, and the cultural filters that shape our impressions.