Heiwa Salovitz: Why oral history matters, an interview by Erica Suprenant and Shannon Elizondo

“What brings me to oral history? Well as a person with a disability — I’ve had my disability all my life — people with disabilities tend to be seen as the invisible people. We tend not to document their stories; we tend not to listen to them; we tend not to think their lives are interesting. So that’s what brings me to oral history, ’cause I want people to learn about my story. I want to learn about theirs, and so we can see the commonality in the struggle, because we all have struggle. We all have things we can learn from each other, things we can contribute to society, and hopefully change society for the better.

“And it’s just interesting to hear different people’s perspectives on their life and their world experiences.”

– Heiwa Salovitz, October 11, 2011. Mr. Salovitz is a member of ADAPT of Texas

Copyright 2011 Heiwa Salovitz Used with permission

Read the entire Heiwa Salovitz interview here

Scott Medlock of the Texas Civil Rights Project explains it all for you….

Forgive your correspondent for not bringing you any news in the last couple of weeks. Let me call your attention to a useful guide by Scott Medlock of the Texas Civil Rights Project, in which he explains how to request public information in Texas.

Mr. Medlock is a lawyer who works on behalf of incarcerated people in Texas — prisoners’ rights, in other words. Gabriel Solis and Kimberly Ambrosini-Bacon of the Texas After Violence Project interviewed Mr. Medlock in 2010.

Read the entire Scott Medlock interview here.