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Women Surviving Homelessness

This two-part program covers the moving book release event for "No Room of Her Own: Women's Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death and Resistance." Speakers include the book's author, Desiree Hellegers, associate professor of English and a founding co-director of the Center for Social and Environmental Justice at Washington State University Vancouver, and six narrator-activists whose stories are featured in the book.

The narrators Arnette Adams, Anitra Freeman, Debra Martinson, Jessie Pedro and Delores Loann Winston, all formerly homeless, are involved in various efforts for social change in Seattle. For example, Seattle's Women in Black has stood vigil for more than four hundred people who have died homeless in one of the most "livable" cities in the United States. The women read from the book at the April, 2012 event held at the St. Francis Dining Hall in Portland, coordinated by the Center for Social and Environmental Justice.

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Part 1 (25:56):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 1:

  1. Opening Credits (0:00)
  2. Desiree Hellegers on writing No Room of Her Own (1:15)
  3. Desiree Hellegers on Anitra Freeman: PTSD, bipolar disorder and insufficient social services led to homelessness (10:04)
  4. Delores Winston: Unwanted as a child, experiencing physical abuse and racism in schools, her faith sustained her (15:23)
  5. Arnette Adams: The support from her church helped her get straightened out (21:06)
  6. Arnette final thoughts and End Credits (27:20)You can use these times to find a particular section if you want to jump to a certain portion of the show.

    Part 2 (26:57):

    Part 2:

    1. Opening Credits (0:00)
    2. Debra Martinson: The pain of losing everything after being hospitalized and losing her job (1:15)
    3. Jessie Pedro: It hurts to be treated like garbage and to be expected to be grateful for a shelter bed (6:02)
    4. Anitra Freeman: Poetry and community (9:28)
    5. Poetry readings: Debra, Jessie, Delores, Anitra (10:43)
    6. How we survived homelessness (22:22)
    7. Anitra: Story of her mother's escape and End Credits (25:03)

    The whole talk (VB #84.12&13) is available for a donation of $11 (DVD/VHS) plus $4 postage and is streaming on line additionally at Archive.org--
    Part 1 on Archive.org
    Part 2 on Archive.org

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