WHO ARE THE EXPERTS?
Did you know that eviction is a human rights violation? Here are some of the incredible individuals who spoke with us.
In the course of making this movie, it was apparent that we needed to interview people who knew about housing, not only nationally but internationally, so that we could draw comparisons with what happened to the Broken Angel building and the Woods family. The excuse given for the forced eviction of the Woods was one of safety, but was it a valid reason? Who deems the validity of such actions? Who profits from evictions? What happens to the people who are thrown in the street? What about their safety in the streets as homeless?
Human Rights Award Winner, Shulamith Koenig, founder of Peoples Movement for Human Rights Learning, is one of only five people since 1967 (Eleanor R. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jimmy Carter, James Grant, and Nelson Mandela) to have received the UN Prize in the field of Human rights in 2003. In 2011 she received a Women of the 21st Century gold medal for her contribution to humanity from Mikhail Gorbachev. Shula's organization PDHRE is important to the establishment of Human Rights learning all over the world. Shula endorsed our film and says it is very important. The video is on our THANK YOU page. Photo by aka MARIELLE
Mindy Fullilove, M.D.
From her research, she has published Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, and The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place. She is co-author of Ernest Thompson's Homeboy Came to Orange: A Story of People's Power (1976) and Rodrick Wallace's Collective Consciousness and Its Discontents (2008). Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences Co-Director, Community Research Group,
NYSPI, Director of Organization, University of Orange, Orange, NJ.
How can eviction effect the health and ecology of a nation?
Cathy Albisa is a constitutional and human rights lawyer with a background on the right to health. Ms. Albisa also has significant experience working in partnership with community organizers in the use of human rights standards to strengthen advocacy in the United States. She co-founded NESRI along with Sharda Sekaran and Liz Sullivan in order to build legitimacy for human rights in general, and economic and social rights in particular, in the United States. She is committed to a community-centered, participatory human rights approach that is locally anchored, but universal and global in its vision. Ms. Albisa clerked for the Honorable Mitchell Cohen in the District of New Jersey. She received a BA from the University of Miami and is a graduate of Columbia Law School.
Did preemptive forced eviction have it's beginnings with Hurricane Katrina?
Tiffany M. Gardner has a background in international human rights advocacy and domestic public interest. She has worked on human rights issues and grassroots organizing throughout Africa, Southeast Asia and the United States. She has had professional experiences at the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the United Nations International Law Commission and Human Rights Watch. In her most recent position she was the founder and director of the Human Right to Housing Program at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, where she created, designed and implemented the program that sought to address the serial displacement facing New Orleans survivors of Hurricane Katrina and unite poor peoples movements globally. Mrs. Gardner has published several articles on issues of social justice and global inclusion, including "Radio Jamming: The Disarmament of Radio Propaganda" (regarding the Rwandan genocide) in Small Wars and Insurgencies, "Race and Federal Recognition in Native New England" in Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country, "The Commodification of Women's Work: Theorizing the Advancement of African Women" in Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, and "Human Rights Approaches in State Development Programming" published by Columbia University Teachers College. Her most recent publication is an article entitled "No Shelter from the storm: Reclaiming the right to housing and protecting the health of vulnerable communities in post-Katrina New Orleans" that was published by Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a former associate at the New York law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. She received a B.A. from Yale University, a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a LL.M. in human rights law from Columbia University Law School.