Activism

10 Actions to End Solitary Confinement

October 1st, 2018|Categories: Activism, Criminal Justice, Narrators, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Six by ten feet. That’s the average size of the cell in which tens of thousands of people incarcerated in the United States linger for weeks, months, and even decades in solitary confinement. With little stimulation and no meaningful human contact, these individuals struggle to preserve their identity, sanity, and even their lives. We've just released the latest oral history book in [...]

Fighting Words: Stories from the New York Sanctuary Movement

August 28th, 2018|Categories: Activism, Borders and Boundaries, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Jon Earle Image courtesy of The New Sanctuary Coalition A bride and groom are married in chains. A mother prepares her daughters for life without her. Two prison friends sing, "Lord, give us a big heart to love, and a strong heart to fight." These are the stories of immigrants facing [...]

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 [...]

Chasing the Harvest Book Party 5/31—A Celebration of the Men, Women, & Children Who Work in California’s Fields

May 19th, 2017|Categories: Activism, Events, Immigration, Labor Issues, Narrators|Tags: , |

Rosario Pelayo, Jose Saldivar, and Beatriz Machiche. Illustrations by Jose Cruz. EVENT Chasing the Harvest Book Party: A Celebration of the Men, Women, & Children Who Work in California's Fields Wednesday May 31, 2017  |  5:00pm – 7:00pm 496 West McCabe Road El Centro, CA 92243 (Home of Mario Bustamante & [...]

VOW on PBS Book View Now at 2017 AWP Conference

February 16th, 2017|Categories: Activism, Arts, News|Tags: |

In an interview with PBS Book View Now, VOW's executive director and co-founder Mimi Lok spoke about VOW's work at the intersection of literature and human rights. The interview took place at the 2017 Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Washington D.C., where over 12,000 writers gathered for panels, workshops, [...]

VOW Panel at the Bay Area Book Festival on Sunday, June 5, 2016

May 25th, 2016|Categories: Activism, Borders and Boundaries, Criminal Justice, Events, Gender Inequality, Palestine, Political Oppression, Poverty and Economic Rights|Tags: , , , , |

Amplifying Unheard Voices: Voice of Witness Editors on Social Justice Storytelling What: Panel & Discussion When: Sunday, June 5, 5:00 - 6:00 pm Where: Dharma College in Berkeley, CA Who: Ayelet Waldman, Mateo Hoke, and Robin S. Levi, moderated by Natalie Catasús In a climate where our news feeds are saturated with reports on the injustices [...]

Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th, 2015|Categories: Activism, Indigenous Rights, Labor Issues, Narrators|Tags: |

A Narrator Shares His Hopes for What Activism and the Arts Will Do for His Hometown of Tehuacán Martín was raised in a family of activists in Tehuacán, Mexico. He has spent over twenty years working as a human rights advocate in the Mexican state of Puebla, and he has defended labor rights for over [...]