Mobile Voices is a platform for immigrant and non-immigrant low-wage workers in Los Angeles to create stories about their lives and communities directly from cell phones, thus allowing greater participation in the digital public sphere.
Workers send images, text, audio, and video, to tell their own stories and write their own history. Mobile Voices provides an alternative media channel that empowers workers to be heard.
In the mainstream media’s representation of reality, the lives and struggles of low-wage immigrant workers are often left out altogether, or, even worse, completely misrepresented.
Mobile Voices help to counter-balance this discriminatory tendency. The multi-media messages that workers create to tell their stories, help reflect the lived experiences of the immigrant community.
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There is no greater injustice for a community than to be rendered invisible by political, legal, cultural or economic pressures or conditions which are beyond the community’s control. Precisely this predicament is the plight of much of the Latino immigrant community living in southern California.
Mobile Voices is a simple, low-cost and high-impact service which makes this community visible by making it vocal. Citizens can simply call into the service and record their story, thus ¬creating a personal, communal & searchable archive of the joys, sufferings, triumphs and tragedies of a thriving Latino community living in a land where, all too often, Latinos become powerless and disenfranchised. All people matter.
Mobile Voices makes this previously invisible community matter in real-time, empowering and enabling its members in a simple and enduring way.