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VOW Launches “Unheard Voices of the Pandemic” Storytelling Project

May 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Voice of Witness is currently working on a new, rapid-response oral history project called Unheard Voices of the Pandemic, which aims to—through critical, humanizing first-person narratives—illuminate how marginalized communities are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic. In the media, COVID-19 has been frequently described as a great equalizer, but the reality is that long-standing inequities have been further exacerbated. Voice of [...]

Perspectives on Connection and Care During the Pandemic

April 28th, 2020|Categories: Dispatches from the Field, Education, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a serious impact on teaching and learning in the US and around the world. Voice of Witness reached out to our Education Advisory Board for reflections on navigating this difficult moment. VOW asked the Education Advisory Board to share (a) methods of self-care and connection [...]

A List of COVID-19 Community Resources from the VOW Team

March 20th, 2020|Categories: Activism, Education|Tags: , , , , |

We all need as much hope and inspiration as we can get right now. At Voice of Witness, our narrator communities—educators, students, and activists from and/or supporting those impacted by the criminal justice and immigration systems, including individuals facing displacement, financial uncertainty, and more—have been hit particularly hard. We are here for you during this [...]

A Conversation with Indigenous Activist Gladys Radek

March 5th, 2020|Categories: Activism, Gender Inequality, Indigenous Rights, Narrators, Racial Justice, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Photo Credit: Rachel Aiello Gladys Radek (Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en First Nations) is a tireless grassroots advocate fighting for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) in Canada. Herself a survivor of sexual violence in the foster system, Gladys also lost her niece Tamara who went missing in 2005 at age [...]

Oral History in the Classroom Q&A: Creating a Community Cookbook

February 27th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Education, English Language Learners, Germanacos Fellows, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Voice of Witness has an ongoing consultancy with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), providing professional development to middle and high school teachers and librarians. VOW’s trainings offer oral history and personal narrative workshops centered around increasing student visibility and voice, as well as connecting oral history projects to district standards for writing and [...]

Introducing VOW’s New Curriculum Specialist for a Project on Voices From Indigenous North America

February 26th, 2020|Categories: Education, Indigenous Rights, Racial Inequality, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Voice of Witness is excited to introduce our new Curriculum Specialist, Suzanne Methot, for our oral history book project, How We Go Home: Voices From Indigenous North America. How We Go Home is a forthcoming collection of first-person Indigenous stories of the contemporary, ongoing effects of displacement and settler colonialism. Each book in the VOW oral history book series includes Common Core-aligned [...]

The VOW Story Lab: 2 New Projects!

February 15th, 2020|Categories: Civil Rights and Security, Criminal Justice, Poverty and Economic Rights, Racial Inequality, Uncategorized, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , |

We are thrilled to introduce two new oral history projects incubating in our Story Lab: The Digital Welfare State and From Incarceration to Reentry. The VOW Story Lab is a unique opportunity for storytellers working in human rights to receive holistic support for oral history projects that amplify the voices of people directly impacted [...]

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 [...]