Our first series is about housing justice — what it is, why we need it, and how we win it

Did you know we launched a podcast this spring? It’s called While I Breathe, which is a reference to the state motto, “While I Breathe, I Hope.” You can listen to it on any podcast platform or via the landing page on our site:


When I pitched the idea of a podcast to our executive director, Jace, he had one request: He wanted to start with a series about housing justice issues. (He also wanted to be the cohost, and it turns out he’s a natural at that.)

At the ACLU-SC, we’re committed to reducing evictions and addressing the civil-liberties issues at the core of the ongoing housing crisis. We push for better public policies like Eviction Right to Counsel, we fight through the courts when we need to, and we support the work of coalition partners like the South Carolina NAACP and South Carolina Housing Justice Network. But recording a podcast on the topic felt daunting at first.

For one thing, people are understandably hesitant to open up about their stories involving housing insecurity, eviction, and homelessness. For another, it’s easy to get bogged down in jargon and statistics.

Fortunately, I found myself surrounded by brilliant and courageous people who patiently explained both their personal struggles and the better world they are fighting for. Thanks to their guidance, I was able to distill emotionally difficult and technically complicated stories into (I hope) engaging, infuriating, and even inspiring moments of audio storytelling.

The first three episodes are out now. Please give them a listen, leave a review, and tell all your friends.




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