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{Salt Alumna Maisie Crow launches new project on The Atavist}

Salt Alumna Maisie Crow launches new project on The Atavist

The Last Clinic

By Maisie Crow and Alissa Quart

In Mississippi, a new law threatens to shut down the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last abortion provider in the state. Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Maisie Crow and writer Alissa Quart provide an intimate portrait of the lives at the center of this political maelstrom. From one of the clinic’s doctors, who feels duty-bound to travel there each week from out of state; to a leading protester, a doctor who once performed abortions herself; to the young women wrestling with a decision that will change the course of their lives, this unique multimedia story takes you beyond the slogans. The Last Clinic captures the humanity behind an incendiary issue.

“I’ve been involved with the movement for women’s reproductive rights for over 40 years, both as an activist and a writer, and this is by far the best reporting I have ever seen on the subject. Alissa Quart and Maisie Crow offer a view from the frontlines of the abortion conflict that is both intimate and bracingly challenging.”

—Barbara Ehrenreich, founding editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and bestselling author of Nickel and DimedBait and Switch, and other books.

About Maisie Crow and Alissa Quart

Maisie Crow is a photographer and multimedia producer based in Brooklyn. She has done work for The Boston Globe, Bread for the World, MediaStorm, The New York Times, the Robin Hood Foundation, Save the Children, and the Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. Maisie has taught as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and as a multimedia instructor at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

Alissa Quart is the author of two nonfiction books, Branded and Hothouse Kids. Her next book is forthcoming in 2013. She has written longform pieces for Mother Jones, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. She was a 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, is a contributing editor and author of the Reality Check column for the Columbia Journalism Review, and teaches in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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More than a rap sheet returns to Salt

Please join us Thursday, October 11 at 5:30pm in honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month next Thursday at Salt with a project by Family Crisis Services. For one night only, we will be bringing back one of our most talked about exhibits: More Than a Rap Sheet [ the real stories of incarcerated women in Maine ]. We are showcasing the raw and powerful poems by incarcerated women in Maine as well as their portraits by our very own alum Christine Heinz. We invite you to take in the images, read the poems and also to stick around for a short program of live poetry readings that will begin around 6pm. It only happens just this once, so don’t miss it!

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Producer and Salt alum launches Faith in the Five Boroughs

Check out Faith in the Five Boroughs — a new project produced by Salt alum Matt Ozug and his wife Julia Elliot, along with Scott Elliot [all of 590 Films]. The project, funded through a grant from the Knight Foundation, documents the role that faith and religious communities play in the lives of immigrants and their children in the five boroughs of NYC.

And you have another story in mind, Matt says “Over the next year, we will continue to add stories and grow the site. If you have an idea for a faith community, compelling individual, or religious festival, we’d love to hear it.”

Please support this project by evangelizing! LIKE Five Boroughs on Facebook!

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