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“Are You Colombian? Sorry.” Danny’s Story in Throwing Stones at the Moon

September 9th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Colombia, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Narrators, 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. For [...]

“Happiness.” Student Stories from Impact Academy

September 6th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Education, English Language Learners, Germanacos Fellows|Tags: , , , , , |

By Stephanie He | Based on an interview conducted with Caroline Le Stephanie He is a student at Impact Academy of Art and Technology in Hayward, CA. This story was written as part of a classroom project led by our Germanacos Fellow, Maria Bucon-Scales. After reading oral histories and The Things They Carried, Maria's students interviewed a [...]

Creating a Brave and Safe Space for Storytelling

August 15th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Brave Stories, Narrators, Say It Forward, VOW Book Series, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

by VOW Staff We at Voice of Witness know well that the process of story sharing can be transformational and life-changing for both audience and storyteller. But behind the simple act of asking others to share their stories, there are nuanced and always-changing uncertainties related to story ownership, trust, retraumatization, and sometimes the very [...]

Meet Our Summer Interns Margaret and Eliana

August 8th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Education, Say It Forward|Tags: , , , , , |

This summer, we have been fortunate to have four wonderful interns join us to support our work. In this post, two of our interns Margaret O'Hare from Haverford College and Eliana Swerdlow from Yale reflect on their summer at VOW. Margaret O’Hare My internship at Voice of Witness this summer has been an incredible learning experience and [...]

Meet Our Summer Interns Molly and Ari

August 8th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Education|Tags: , , , |

This summer, we have been fortunate to have four wonderful interns join us to support our work. In this post, two of our interns Molly Hawkins and Ari Kim from Haverford College reflect on their summer at VOW. Molly Hawkins In mid-July, Ari, Margaret, and I were able to attend an oral history workshop [...]

Reader to Witness: Stories of Undocumented Lives

August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Activism, Borders and Boundaries, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees, VOW Book Series, Witness|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

by Eliana Swerdlow The human rights crisis at the United States and Mexican border sits at the forefront of my consciousness. As I go about my daily life, I think of the stories of many individuals who are suffering at the hands of the American government. As the media reports, we’re at a dangerous moment [...]

From the Archives: Irma’s Story in Inside this Place, Not of It

July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Brave Stories, Criminal Justice, Gender Inequality, Narrators, VOW Book Series, Women in Prison|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. Today, [...]

EDU Spotlight: Oral History with SFUSD

July 19th, 2019|Categories: Consultancy, Education|Tags: , , , , , , |

A Q&A with our Education Associate Erin Vong & Teacher Sam Aguirre from O'Connell High School This past year, we’ve been working on a consultancy project with San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to introduce our justice-driven oral history process to their teachers and students, and support them in creating storytelling projects in [...]

Art and Activism at the El Paso Border

July 15th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Bold Movements, Borders and Boundaries, Brave Stories, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Ela Banerjee “Thank you for joining us on this glorious day for America!” Hearing these words from our pilot, Solito, Solita narrator Gabriel Mendez and I both stiffened and shared an uncomfortable glance. It’s true that we were traveling from San Francisco to El Paso, Texas on the Fourth of July. Shades of [...]

From the Archives: Rima’s Story in Patriot Acts

July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Brave Stories, Civil Rights and Security, Criminal Justice, Cultural and Personal Identity, Immigration, Narrators, Police Brutality, 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. In [...]