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10 Dynamic Resources for Black History Month

February 4th, 2020|Categories: Activism, Education, Racial Inequality, Racial Justice, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

For Black History Month, Voice of Witness put together a list of 10 key resources for deepening understanding of black history and racial justice. The list includes a mix of organizations, resources, and nonfiction books (including oral history!), in no particular order: 1. Book: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson 2. Film: [...]

Humanizing Oral Histories: Student Podcasts on Identity, Learning, and Resistance

January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Consultancy, Education, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Through a consultancy with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Teacher-Librarians Department, the VOW Education Program has been working with several middle and high schools around the city to develop oral history projects for their classrooms. At the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, VOW collaborated with teacher Bruna Lee to create a podcast [...]

Looking Back at 2019 and Forward at 2020

December 15th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Puerto Rico, Say It Forward, Uncategorized, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , |

In 2019, Voice of Witness had a lot to celebrate. We released Say it Forward: A Guide to Social Justice Storytelling – our DIY guide that outlines our critical oral history methodology – and Solito, Solita: Crossing the Border With Youth Refugees From Central America, bringing VOW’s total books published to 20.  We also celebrated VOW’s 10 year [...]

From the Archives: Sanjay’s Story of Activism After the Bhopal Chemical Disaster

December 4th, 2019|Categories: Environmental Issues, Labor Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights, Uncategorized, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , |

2019 marks 10 years for Voice of Witness as a nonprofit, and in celebration of this exciting milestone, we are resurfacing powerful stories from every oral history book in our series. Though time has passed since these stories were first published, many of the themes and issues they address are as relevant and important as ever. [...]

Voice of Witness at the Howard Zinn Book Fair

November 14th, 2019|Categories: Events, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Labor Issues, Refugees, Uncategorized, VOW Book Series, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , |

On December 8, 2019, the Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco will feature speakers from two Voice of Witness books: Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America and Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture.  The Howard Zinn Book Fair is an annual celebration of people’s history – past, present and future. The event brings together authors, activists, [...]

From the Archives: Rosario’s Story of Farmworker Strikes in Chasing the Harvest

November 11th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Immigration, Labor Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

2019 marks 10 years for Voice of Witness as a nonprofit, and in celebration of this exciting milestone, we are resurfacing powerful stories from every oral history book in our series. Though time has passed since these stories were first published, many of the themes and issues they address are as relevant and important as ever. [...]

City Blossoms: Changing Narratives Around Green Spaces

November 4th, 2019|Categories: Environmental Issues, Public Health, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Guest Blog by Praveena Fernes  Praveena Fernes is a member of Voice of Witness’s education advisory board, which assists the education program with strategic goals, assessment, new initiatives, and outreach. Praveena’s long involvement with Voice of Witness began when she was a student at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. Praveena is a current [...]

Solito, Solita Shortlisted for Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America

October 25th, 2019|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Immigration, News, Refugees, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , |

Voice of Witness’s latest oral history book, Solito, Solita, has been shortlisted for the Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. Solito, Solita (“Alone, Alone”) is an urgent collection of oral histories that tells – in their own words – the stories of young refugees fleeing countries in Central America and [...]

“Growing Up, I Never Saw Ambulances.” Eddie’s Story of Chicago Public Housing

October 21st, 2019|Categories: Criminal Justice, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Narrators, Racial Inequality, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , , , , |

2019 marks 10 years for Voice of Witness as a nonprofit, and in celebration of this exciting milestone, we’re resurfacing powerful stories from every oral history book in our series. Though time has passed since these stories were first published, many of the themes and issues they address are as relevant and important as ever. High [...]

Voice of Witness Celebrates 10 Years of Social Justice Storytelling at Anniversary Event

October 18th, 2019|Categories: Bold Movements, Brave Stories, Events, News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Ten years ago, Voice of Witness began its journey as a nonprofit organization, with the vision to bring the critical oral histories of marginalized communities to audiences nationwide. On September 18, 2019, we brought these stories to the stage at Brave Stories, Bold Movements, a celebration of this milestone year for Voice of [...]