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[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 [...]

Book Launch 5/23: Chasing the Harvest at Green Apple

May 1st, 2017|Categories: Events, Immigration, Labor Issues|Tags: , |

EVENT Book Launch with Gabriel Thompson, Editor of Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture Tuesday, May 23, 2017  |  7:30pm – 10:30pm Green Apple Books on the Park (View map) 1231 9th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94122 Free Join us in celebrating the launch of one of our newest books! [...]

From Our Cofounder: Help Us #TakeBackTheStory This May

May 1st, 2017|Categories: VOW Story Lab|Tags: , |

Dear Friends, We live in a time when stereotypes and dehumanizing labels like “criminal” or “illegal alien” are having devastating consequences for communities across the country. But in the face of injustice, the most marginalized among us are coming forward to say: Our voices will be heard. Today we launch the Take Back the [...]

Alia Malek at Green Apple Books on the Park

April 27th, 2017|Categories: Events, Home and Belonging|Tags: , , |

EVENT Alia Malek on The Home That Was Our Country Monday, May 8, 2017  |  7:30pm – 9:00pm Green Apple Books on the Park (View map) 1231 9th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94122 Free Alia Malek, editor of the VOW title Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice, discusses her new book, [...]

In Deep with Angie Coiro: Immigration—Real Politics, Real People

April 21st, 2017|Categories: Events, Immigration, Labor Issues|Tags: , |

Immigration expert Terri Givens (left) and labor journalist and VOW editor Gabriel Thompson (right) EVENT In Deep with Angie Coiro: Immigration—Real Politics, Real People Wednesday, May 3, 2017  |  12:00pm – 1:00pm Kepler's Books (View map) 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA, 94025 Free Event details and ticket info [...]

LA Times Festival of Books: Lost Stories of the West

April 19th, 2017|Categories: Events, Immigration, Labor Issues|Tags: , |

EVENT Lost Stories of the West Sunday, April 23  |  12:00pm - 1:00pm LA Times Festival of Books University of Southern California University Park Campus Los Angeles, CA 90089 Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1 Free VOW editor Gabriel Thompson will be at the 2017 LA Times Festival of Books discussing [...]

Projects Featured in VOW’s Upcoming Oral History Handbook Are Taking Off

April 15th, 2017|Categories: Education, News|Tags: , |

VOW Education Program Director Cliff Mayotte, Pendarvis Harshaw, and VOW Education Associate Erin Vong at a reading and book-signing for OG Told Me at Oaklandish in Oakland, California on April 2, 2017. The VOW education team has been developing a new book called The Voice of Witness Oral History Handbook: Approaches, Methodologies, and Practices (formerly titled [...]

Q&A: Alia Malek on Syria, Narrative Journalism, and the Power of Making It Personal

April 14th, 2017|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Home and Belonging, VOW Editor Interviews|Tags: , , |

Photo: Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos In her new book The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria, journalist Alia Malek (editor of Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice) recounts her journey to reclaim and restore her grandmother's apartment in Damascus at the start of the Arab Spring. We recently had the chance to [...]

Webinar: Media Options for Sharing Out Your Oral Histories

March 18th, 2017|Categories: Education, Events, Webinar|

Listen Up: Media Options for Sharing Out Your Oral Histories Online Webinar Monday, April 24, 2017  |  3:30 – 4:10pm PST What's the best type of media for your oral history project? The third webinar from the VOW Education Program will explore the various types of digital and traditional media used [...]