VOF: Feedback request for Interview ideas
Here are my first ideas for interview subjects for the second part of this VOF writing assignment. My first part is to interview Arda and I am very much looking forward to learning more about her.
Here are my ideas for female activists in my community. Please share your thoughts...
1. My first choice is to interview a wonderful African American Muslim woman I met at a conference last year. She runs a program in Los Angeles that works with Latino and African American Youths in her community to eliminate gang related violence by teaching them about their shared heritage. I took her details last year in the hopes that I would one day have an opportunity to contact her again and learn some more about her great work. I emailed her to see if she would be interested in being interviewed by me for this program and she has already replied. She agreed!!!
However, she is in Los Angeles and not in the Bronx. Do you think this is a problem? Should I concentrate on people in my own immediate community? Or perhaps I could find a way to connect her work and the solutions it potentially poses to the gang violence and other cultural conflict in the Bronx?
2. There is an organization here called New Yorkers against gun violence. Many of the women involved with the organization had children or other relatives who have been shot. Some due to gang violence, others by stray bullets fired in the streets and playgrounds. However, there is not a specific woman I can find that I could approach for interview. The organization was founded by a group of people in response to a teacher getting shot in Brooklyn some years ago. There is however a chapter in the Bronx that may be able to point me in the direction of someone. Perhaps a mother who joined because of the gun violence in her own community?
3. Another possibility is Marjora Carter who founded Sustainable South Bronx, an organization dedicated to the environmental health and sustainability of the South Bronx. She has done great work but has been written about very frequently. It would be difficult, I think, to come up with an original angle on her as well as to find time for an interview. She appears to have many speaking engagements.
So what do you think? Looking forward to hearing your subject ideas.