Mobile Voices

01 No poverty08 Decent work and economic growth
  • Year: 2010
  • Award: World Summit Award
  • Category: Inclusion & Empowerment
  • Producer: Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California - University of Southern California
  • Country: United States of America
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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.