About McSweeney’s Publishing Announcement

Posted on October 16, 2014 |

McSweeney’s Publishing (which publishes our book series) announced today that they are now operating as a fiscally-sponsored nonprofit project. As such, McSweeney’s is now allowed to accept tax-deductible donations.

To clarify the relationship between the two organizations, Voice of Witness remains a separate nonprofit fiscally independent from McSweeney’s. We receive no portion of funds from donations to McSweeney’s. 100% of all donations to Voice of Witness will continue to go directly to support our book series and education program. Our books are still published by McSweeney’s, who cover distribution costs, but we fundraise for all other organizational costs, including interview missions for our books, staff time, and overhead costs.

We congratulate McSweeney’s on their announcement and thank you for your continued support. If you have any further questions about the relationship between Voice of Witness and McSweeney’s, please contact us at letters@voiceofwitness.org

Remembering how US policies changed after 9/11

Posted on September 11, 2014 |

Today we remember how so many lives changed after 9/11 by sharing Adama Bah’s story, which was first published in our book Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post 9/11 Injustice.


On March 24, 2005, Adama Bah, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl, awoke at dawn to discover nearly a dozen armed FBI agents inside her family’s apartment in East Harlem. They arrested her and her father, Mamadou Bah, and transported them to separate detention facilities. A government document leaked to the press claimed that Adama was a potential suicide bomber but failed to provide any evidence to support this claim. Released after six weeks in detention, Adama was forced to live under partial house arrest with an ankle bracelet, a government-enforced curfew, and a court-issued gag order that prohibited her from speaking about her case. In August of 2006, Adama’s father was deported back to Guinea, Africa. Adama, who had traveled to the United States with her parents from Guinea as a child, also found herself facing deportation. She would spend the next few years fighting for asylum and struggling to support her family in the United States and Guinea.

You can read Adama’s narrative on Alternet, by clicking here.

Additional information on the book, plus free curriculum for educators here: http://voiceofwitness.org/after-91

Our American Dream: Oral History Comes Alive

Posted on September 3, 2014 |


We wanted to take a moment to show you the impact of your support. 
Pictured above is a class of primarily first-generation college students at Manhattanville Community College in New York who used Voice of Witness curriculum to share and document their families’ oral histories. Their teacher, Christine Jacknick, curated their stories into a powerful project you can read by clicking here: Our American Dream.

“It was an incredibly rewarding experience for both me and for the students,” says Christine. “Every year I read Underground America (a Voice of Witness book) with my ESL class. This year, after receiving a copy of The Power of the Story, I added an oral history project for the students. I’m so proud of the work they did, and wanted to share it with the original inspiration. Thanks for all you do.”