Exploring Empathy, Homelessness in Los Angeles

Posted by Mary Hendra on September 26, 2016

An inspiring day considering empathy with Facing History partnership schools in Los Angeles!
Facing History was excited to showcase Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home at our September 24th LA Partnership Schools Summit. Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home puts a human face on homelessness in LA by chronicling the individual stories of eight Skid Row residents. The film illuminates issues such as mental illness and gentrification, and raises questions about our perceptions, understanding, stereotypes and judgments about the invisible communities among us.

After the film screening and a panel discussion featuring Luis J. Rodriguez, Los Angeles Poet Laureate and acclaimed author, Summit participants engaged in a series of workshops to deepen their understanding of the lessons we can take from the film to help shape school culture to emphasize empathy. The workshops facilitated cross-school engagement and gave space for each school to develop an action plan for deepening the exploration of empaty at their own campus.
  • Share your thoughts about the film or the day by commenting below.
  • Explore the future of empathy with Facing History by joining an online conversation in November
  • Learn more about the life and choices of our speaker, Luis Rodriguez, in this video. 

Topics: Film, Los Angeles, Community, Empathy

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