3 Generations

3 Generations works to end injustice and fulfill humanity's potential through storytelling. As storytellers and witnesses we aim to shine a spotlight on our common humanity through a variety of cultural methods including documentary film, oral history, witness testimony and creative writing. We create change by curating the most compelling stories and most impactful change strategies to get people's attention and compel them to act.
Apr 14, 2015

Our Veterans Deserve More

Despite the scandal, despite the reform, despite the resignation of the Veterans Affairs Secretary, thousands of our nation’s heroes still find themselves waiting months on end for a doctor’s appointment. Countless more still find themselves on the streets, lacking any form of housing. To these veterans, the wounds of service go beyond the physical scars incurred on the battlefield. Even in 2015, many of our veterans return home to face even more daunting challenges; unemployment, homelessness, and the struggles of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).   

In Los Angeles, thousands of veteran patients in the VA Greater LA Healthcare System face egregious wait times for appointments. Recent findings in January by Los Angeles’ VA department shows new veteran patients wait an average of 48 days before receiving medical assistant. Furthermore, with PTSD becoming an ever growing concern, new mental health patients in Los Angeles are waiting over a month to get an appointment. Since January, the average wait time has decreased by 4 days.

The situation goes beyond health care. There are nearly 50,000 homeless veterans in the US. Los Angeles remains the city with the most homeless veterans where there are as many as 3,700 veterans on the street on any given night. And while the VA has pledge to end homeless among veterans by the end of 2015, the number has only decreased by 33% since 2010. As the days until December 31st countdown, one thing is certain: little has improved for our nation’s veterans.

For veterans, the burden of service should not remain once they return home. 3 Generations’ campaign to value our veterans aims to provide our servicemen venues to share their stories in communities where both the storyteller and listener can find relief. By conveying the stories of veterans who have found help and who continue to struggle alike, we look to examine ways to address the issues at hand and bring these solutions to the forefront. With your support, we can help ensure that our nation’s veterans receive the service they deserve for the service they have provided us.

Apr 14, 2015

Filming Fracking's Impact

This month, 3 Generations Executive Director Jane Wells and film director Simon Brook will travel to North Dakota to commence filming for the upcoming feature film, ‘The Dakota Project’.

The MHA Nation (comprised of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes) is situated in the middle of the Bakken Formation, the largest shale oil field in North America. Within the 1 million acre reservation there are 21 fracking rigs, 1400 active oil wells and 1992 potentially exploitable wells. The landscape is littered with oil wells, fracking towers and toxic waste dumps and the entire MHA will inevitably suffer the environmental impact of this oil exploitation. On top of this, the sudden economic influx has brought with it a myriad of social problems including violent crime, drugs and prostitution.

Native American women are feeling the negative effects particularly keenly. The influx of thousands of male workers to the area has led to unprecedented incidents of sexual assault and cases of sex trafficking.

‘The Dakota Project’ will shed light on both the environmental and social degradation caused by the oil industry. Raising awareness is the first step in social change and the film will provide a platform for those who are attempting to make positive steps amid the chaos.

Without your continued support we would be unable to shed light on the ways the fracking boom is affecting this marginalized community. This spring, help us share the voices of those demanding change.

Apr 14, 2015

Hear Their Stories

There are 3 million Syrian refugees in 5 host countries. The Syrian civil war is one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time, affecting not only internal affairs, but also the peace and stability of the surrounding countries. The Assad regime in Syria has killed 32,507 people, 75% of whom were civilians. The atrocities committed need recognition; this is our call to action. Just 4 donations of $25 will help support our film crew as we travel, film, and edit for our upcoming projects. Let’s not let the Syrian crisis pass by like another social media trend. Support 3 Generations as we share survivors’ stories of atrocity, and work to fulfill humanity’s potential through storytelling. You can make a difference!

We are excited to announce that the stories in our film “Three” are now available to stream online at 3generations.org. “Three” is a short and intimate account of three Syrian refugees’ stories that drives home the human scale of this crisis. Follow us on facebook and twitter for updates on our mission to spread awareness about the personal plight of atrocity.

We deeply appreciate your time and support. Help us record the voices that go unheard.

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