Publicaciones por:Debra Gittler

Palabras de Inauguración Forrando Paz

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Dic 6, 2018
Buenas noches. Muy brevemente quisiéramos concluir esta inauguración con unas palabras de agradecimiento. Cuando Debra y yo nos conocimos hace dos años, quisimos demostrarle al país que las organizaciones pro paz podían ganar mucho uniendo sus esfuerzos y recursos. Nos parecía en aquel...

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Cook County Jail Authors Program Publication Celebration

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha May 29, 2018
Cook County Jail Authors Program Publishing Celebration May 30, 2018 Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Q&A with Authors: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.     Frequently Asked Questions What is the Cook County Jail Authors Program? The Cook County Jail...

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The End of Temporary Protective Status

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Ene 10, 2018
  I’ve been told, though I’m not completely sure it’s true, that: Salvadorans make up the largest minority demographic in the DC area. the staff that cleans the White House consists of a large number of Salvadorans. One of the wealthiest Salvadorans, located in the DC area...

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A piece of Chicago in El Salvador

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Oct 2, 2017
Two days ago, I attended a Publication Celebration in Apanteos prison in El Salvador. Ten days ago, I attended a Publication Celebration at Division 10 of Cook County Jail in Chicago (CCDOC). Wow! In both places, the writing process is the same. In each class session, Authors read together...

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31 stories in 10 weeks.

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Abr 18, 2017
It’s like walking through a dark tunnel with your arms out, reaching for the closest object to hold on to so that you don’t fall. Like being blindfolded from the moment that you get out of bed until it’s time to go back to sleep at night. … They don’t even know that I’m in...

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Ms. McCampbell Goes to Jail

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Mar 23, 2017
Yesterday, my high school English teacher came with me to Cook County Jail.   “No one else can write what you do, if the story comes filtered through your soul,” –Darlene McCampbell… but she said it better.   The Chicago environments we work in are laden with...

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Día de la mujer

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Mar 7, 2017
Today is International Women’s Day. I’m tempted to make jokes about the other 364 days of the year. And I want to write about the fact that in El Salvador, we let go a male Country Director to embrace a power-team of three women leaders. That we found a model of leadership—four women: myself,...

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Done Good. Done Bad. Both Successfully.

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Feb 13, 2017
I often talk about literature as a vehicle to develop empathy. And in class the other day, I really experienced it: the power of text-based-dialogue to change the way I see the world… The first day of class, “the guys” wrote six-word memoirs. We call the students “Authors.” “Our...

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The application process

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Ene 27, 2017
  Forty-five detainees completed the Soy Autor application today at Cook County Jail. Forty five out of the 60 who have been invited to apply (we finish the process tomorrow). These 60 were chosen via an imperfect filter based on age, infractions, incarceration time, court dates. From...

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ConTextos Comes Home.

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Ene 20, 2017
For the past six years, I’ve always felt torn. I had work that I loved with an incredible team in El Salvador. But my family and sense of home was always in Chicago. In the past 18 months, as my father declined and I was pregnant and I spent more and more time jumping back and forth between...

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