Your Voice: Your Stories
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‘paul’ (name changed for privacy), Hackney, London
After a difficult early start in life, including living in a family struggling to make ends meet and being expelled from school, 19-year-old ‘Paul’ is working with the charity, Shoreditch Trust to acquire new skills. His goal is to run his own business. ‘Paul’ talks to Project Twist-It about how stereotypes around people in poverty can hurt and he explains why increasing understanding and empathy should be a priority for us all
Christine Riccionne: Charleston, South Carolina
After working multiple low-income jobs in South Carolina Christine Riccionne reflects on what its like to live hand-to-mouth in precarious work. In this short piece of audio she explains how quickly destitution can befall a family who are working hard but for whom just a couple of unforeseen difficulties can see them living on the streets. Listen as she talks about what it feels like to be marginalised and why we need to wake up to working poverty rather than accept it as normal. (Please note: the interview with Christine was carried out in her home with slight Aircon noise in the background).
Killymuck tells the story of Niamh, a girl growing up on a council estate in Northern Ireland navigating a life of challenging economic and social circumstances. Played by Aoife Lennon, the play is a wonderful, witty example of storytelling that captures the core of what it is to experience poverty.
Listen as Kat and Aoife talk about the play, its inspiration and how we can shift perceptions around poverty. They tell Project Twist-It about the reality of being a working class artist today as they try to make ends meet while pursuing their art.
ACTOR AND PLAYWRIGHT KIETON SAUNDERS-BROWNE, LONDON
In this short audio extract Kieton, who at just 20 years-old has already written and produced his own plays and co-founded a theatre and film production company, Wooden Arrow Productions outlines the inspiration behind his play, Socks about the 1% and explains why the theatre is so important.
The REverend Dr WIlliam Barber
The Poor People's Campaign, which has been building up steam across the US during 2018 with non-violent protests and other activity, has placed changing the narrative around poverty as part of its core mission. Project Twist-It met with a number of those involved. "We have to shift the narrative. But you can't do that without shifting the narrators". Rev Dr William Barber.
POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN
Chicago-based grassroots organisers with the Poor People's Campaign: Joyce Brody, Sheilah Garland and Lenny Brody. They talk to Project Twist-It about the movement to end poverty and to change the narrative in the US, and also how the Poor People’s Campaign and its volunteers are working across the country to help achieve it.
Listen to June tell her story of becoming homeless while seriously ill, of how the right support helped her back on her feet, and why empathy is key. "You never know where a person comes from until you walk a mile in their shoes". June Cigar May 2018.
A powerful storyteller and coming from a place of living in a society where low-wage workers battle each day just to get by, Linda's unparalleled voice shines a brilliant spotlight on the reality of life in Bootstrap America.