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.

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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 |

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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.” 


August Newsletter

Posted on August 20, 2014 |

Excerpt from Palestine Speaks in Guernica Magazine
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We are excited to share an early excerpt from our next book release Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation that Guernica ran this month. READ IT HERE. To read more about Palestine Speaks and pre-order the book from Powell’s Books, click here. We also encourage you to pre-order copies through your local bookseller or request through your library.
READ THE FULL NEWSLETTER HERE.