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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 [...]

On Indigenous Peoples Day, a Message from VOW Editor Sara Sinclair

October 11th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Home and Belonging, Indigenous Rights, Racial Justice, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Sara Sinclair is the editor of How We Go Home, one of Voice of Witness’s forthcoming oral history projects. How We Go Home shares the voices and experiences of Indigenous people in the US and Canada. Sara shared the update below with us for Indigenous Peoples Day, illuminating one of the injustices Native communities are [...]

Seeing the U.S.-Mexico Border through the Eyes of a Refugee

October 1st, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Borders and Boundaries, Events, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees, VOW Book Series, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

by Gabriel Mendez In early July, Voice of Witness reached out to me and told me about a protest in El Paso happening on July 5th, where artists would perform, talking about their experiences at the border and how the conditions in detention centers are inhumane. I got really interested because I feel that everything related to [...]

Puerto Rico, Two Years after Hurricane María

September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Environmental Issues, Exile & Displacement, Narrators, Puerto Rico, VOW Book Series, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , |

Two years ago, Hurricane María hit the island of Puerto Rico, and today, survivors across the island are still healing. Electricity goes in and out, buildings remain abandoned, and the lingering stress of recovery has weighed on the mental health of citizens. But the story of Hurricane María is about so much more [...]

“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 [...]