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National Arts in Education Week: The Art of Oral History

September 14th, 2017|Categories: Arts, Education|Tags: , , , |

This week is National Arts in Education Week, the perfect time to celebrate the many forms of art that enrich student lives in and outside of the classroom. Students from Oakland Technical High School performing a theatrical adaptation of Voices from the Storm in November of 2015. At the core of [...]

Rohingya in Burma: Fatima’s Oral History

September 12th, 2017|Categories: Burma, Narrators, Refugees|Tags: |

The human rights crisis occurring right now in Burma is nothing new. When we published Nowhere to be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma's Military Regime in 2011, one narrator, Fatima, recounted her experience as a Rohingya refugee living in Bangladesh, and the hardship she faced as a Muslim in Burma.  We must continue to share these [...]

A Warm Welcome to Our New Managing Editor

June 15th, 2017|Categories: News|

Introducing Dao X. Tran (left), our new managing editor, and saying goodbye to Luke Gerwe (right) after four and a half years of amazing work. It’s a bittersweet time for the Voice of Witness team as we bid farewell to one of our amazing staff members (and welcome a fantastic new member [...]

Germanacos Fellows Unveil Final Projects

June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Education, Sharing History Initiative|Tags: , , |

In summer of 2016, the VOW Education Program launched the Germanacos Fellowship for Sharing History, which provides support for outstanding Sharing History Initiative participants to explore groundbreaking new oral history projects with their students. Thanks to the generosity of the Germanacos Foundation, we were able to support five fellows with funding for project materials [...]

Gabriel Thompson Discusses Chasing the Harvest at Copperfield’s Books 6/17

May 24th, 2017|Categories: Events, Immigration, Labor Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights|Tags: , |

EVENT Gabriel Thompson Discusses Chasing the Harvest at Copperfield's Books Saturday, June 17, 2017  |  7:00pm Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol Store (View map) 138 N. Main Street Sebastopol, CA 95472 Free RSVP on Facebook  |  RSVP on Eventbrite to receive 10% off the book at the event Gabriel Thompson will visit Copperfield’s Books to discuss [...]

Lavil at Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago 6/10

May 24th, 2017|Categories: Environmental Issues, Events, Poverty and Economic Rights|Tags: , , , |

EVENT Lavil / The City—Narrative and Oral History from Port-au-Prince with Evan Lyon, Audrey Petty, and Laura Lampton—2017 Printers Row Lit Fest Saturday, June 10, 2017  |  4:00pm – 4:45pm Jones College Prep/4th Floor/4030 (View map) 700 S State St Chicago, IL 60605 Free (Reserve your seat) Join us for [...]

Aesop LA Book Party 6/01—Chasing the Harvest, with Gabriel Thompson & Miriam Pawel

May 24th, 2017|Categories: Events, Immigration, Labor Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights|Tags: , |

EVENT Aesop LA Book Party—Chasing the Harvest, with Gabriel Thompson & Miriam Pawel Thursday, June 1, 2017  |  7:00pm – 9:00pm Aesop DTLA (View map) 862 S Broadway Los Angeles CA 90014 +1 213 265 7487 Free RSVP from Aesop's website Join us at Aesop DTLA to toast the launch of [...]

Chasing the Harvest Book Party 5/31—A Celebration of the Men, Women, & Children Who Work in California’s Fields

May 19th, 2017|Categories: Activism, Events, Immigration, Labor Issues, Narrators|Tags: , |

Rosario Pelayo, Jose Saldivar, and Beatriz Machiche. Illustrations by Jose Cruz. EVENT Chasing the Harvest Book Party: A Celebration of the Men, Women, & Children Who Work in California's Fields Wednesday May 31, 2017  |  5:00pm – 7:00pm 496 West McCabe Road El Centro, CA 92243 (Home of Mario Bustamante & [...]

[VIDEO] How VOW Editor Jimmie Briggs is Helping the People of Ferguson Take Back Their Stories

May 15th, 2017|Categories: Home and Belonging, Narrators, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , |

Dear Friends, Like many Americans, I spent much of late 2014 engulfed by the story of Ferguson, a small town in Missouri that emerged into the national spotlight after a young African-American man named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer. But as a journalist and a native of the [...]

[VIDEO] Meet Soledad, a Youth Migrant Determined to Take Back Her Story

May 10th, 2017|Categories: Immigration, Narrators, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , |

Dear Friends, A warm hello from VOW editors Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman! For over a year, we've been interviewing young people who are fleeing abuse, hunger, gangs, and corrupt authorities in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to seek a better life in the U.S. Teens risk life and limb clinging to Mexican [...]