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Grassroots Storytelling from Thailand’s Healthcare System

April 18th, 2018|Categories: Education, Environmental Issues, Indigenous Rights|Tags: , , , , |

A guest post by Praveena Fernes, VOW Education Advisory Board Member. Read Part I of her full piece here, and Part II here. Last spring, I studied in rural Northeast Thailand and worked closely with human rights activists and healthcare providers to strengthen my understanding of sustainability and development. I met many villagers who have [...]

3 Actions for Farmworkers on Cesar Chavez Day

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Activism, Immigration, Labor Issues, Narrators, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , |

Saturday, March 31st is Cesar Chavez Day, and we're honoring his legacy by supporting the farmworkers who are continuing his battle today. 25 years after the death of Cesar Chavez, the fight for farmworkers' rights is more urgent than ever, as threats of raids and mass deportations spread fear and uncertainty through migrant communities. [...]

Our Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement

March 8th, 2018|Categories: Activism, Civil Rights and Security, Education, Racial Inequality, Racial Justice|Tags: , , , , |

Our Education Associate Erin Vong just returned from a moving journey along the path of the Civil Rights Movement with Sojourn to the Past and 90 high school students. For almost 20 years, Sojourn has led thousands of students on life-changing educational trips through sites of the Civil Rights Movement, meeting veterans of the Freedom Struggle and connecting historic events [...]

History through Black Voices

February 15th, 2018|Categories: Civil Rights and Security, Cultural and Personal Identity, Narrators, New Orleans, Racial Inequality, Racial Justice|Tags: , , , , |

We're proud of the diversity of Black voices around the country featured in our oral history book series. From places like Chicago to New Orleans, these first-person narratives challenge stereotypes and misrepresentations of Black history and culture that are all too pervasive in mainstream media. To celebrate Black history today and everyday, here is a glimpse [...]

Eight Years After Haiti’s Earthquake, A Reflection on Life in Port-au-Prince

January 12th, 2018|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Home and Belonging, Narrators, Poverty and Economic Rights, VOW Book Series|

Eight years have passed since the devastating earthquake shook Haiti on January 12, 2010. Today, we're honoring the anniversary of Haiti's earthquake by sharing excerpts from our book Lavil: Life, Love, and Death in Port-au-Prince. The following stories give us a closer look at the life, culture, and incredible resiliance of the Haitian people. The current rhetoric around Haiti has [...]

Razan Hussin: An Immigrant Student Inspired to Change Her Community through Oral History

December 26th, 2017|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education, Immigration|Tags: , , , , , , |

“There are times that I feel uncomfortable because of how people look at me as I’m wearing my headscarf. I’ve experienced some racism on campus.”—Razan Hussin, 19 Razan is a native Arabic speaker from Jordan who came to the U.S. when she was twelve. Being an immigrant student at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, [...]

These prizes could be yours when you give to the Our Stories, Our Future Campaign…

December 14th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Make a gift to the Our Stories, Our Future Campaign for the VOW Education Program by December 31st and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of these prizes: Aesop Skin Care Geranium Leaf Duet A Bundle of VOW's Immigration-Themed Books, Including:  [...]

New Americans Museum: Changing the Narrative on Immigration

December 14th, 2017|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

The New Americans Museum (NAM) in San Diego, CA has embraced a critical responsibility in American history and culture: promoting understanding and interaction between immigrants and native-born Americans. In the era of Trump, this is no easy feat. Shortly after the 2016 election, the museum was vandalized with anti-immigrant graffiti declaring, “Too much [...]

Meet Our Amazing Volunteers!

December 7th, 2017|Categories: Volunteers, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , |

We are so grateful for all of our amazing volunteers who spend hours transcribing, translating, and editing the narratives for our books! Meet our volunteers Joe, Maryam, and Miguel as they tell us why they support VOW: Joe Stephens I began volunteering at a maximum-security prison outside Nashville when I was just eighteen. Once [...]

Oscar Ramos: Changing the Way Schools Support Immigrant Students

December 4th, 2017|Categories: Education, Immigration, Narrators, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , |

Photo: Oscar Ramos (right) with his student José, whose parents are migrant farm workers. Photo from PBS documentary East of Salinas, 2015. Oscar Ramos is a teacher at Sherwood Elementary School in East Salinas, California. His story appears in VOW's Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture. Oscar's students are often [...]