LIVE via Zoom:
Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 PM
Lauren Sandler presents This Is All I Got: A New Mother's Search for Home
In conversation with Nikita Stewart
Co-presented by the Brooklyn Public Library
Free with RSVP
When award-winning journalist Lauren Sandler moved to New York City in 1992, homelessness was already considered a national crisis. The night she unpacked her bags, 23,482 people slept in the city’s public shelters. By the 2015 evening she met Camila, a twenty-two-year old homeless soon-to-be single mother, that number had ballooned to more than 60,000 people. A master class in immersive reporting, This Is All I Got begins as Camila goes into labor in a shelter in Brooklyn, and follows her to the overcrowded Bronx apartment where she lands after an untimely eviction. Sandler shadows Camila as she navigates welfare benefits, housing vouchers, child support, and what she must endure to stay in college and stay sane. As Camila’s life pulled Sandler in deeper, and she became the primary relationship in her subject’s life, she became keenly aware that she was a white woman of privilege telling the story of a poor woman of color, and was compelled to answer the question: How does one remain a dispassionate observer while watching another’s spirit being crushed? Joining Sandler in conversation is Nikita Stewart, who covers social services and poverty for The New York Times. Tonight's event is co-presented by the Brooklyn Public Library.