Poetry by Domestic Workers

June 15 will bring a poetry workshop event for domestic workers to Governors’ Island, reports Mark Nowak, director of the MFA program atManhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. The event will be in collaboration with the  International Domestic Workers Federation, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Andolan, Justice for Domestic Workers (J4DW), and other groups.
The program will include a live Skype session with J4DW from their protest rally in London at 11am, a workshop with domestic workers from noon-1pm, writing/painting poetry on the walls of a building from participants as well as poems coming in from domestic workers in Chile, Costa Rica, Lebanon, and  elsewhere from 1-3pm, and a looped screening of Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel’s documentary film Claiming Our Voice (on Andolan, an organization founded and led by South Asian immigrant low-wage workers) from noon-4pm.

 

 

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