Activism

A List of COVID-19 Community Resources from the VOW Team

March 20th, 2020|Categories: Activism, Education|Tags: , , , , |

We all need as much hope and inspiration as we can get right now. At Voice of Witness, our narrator communities—educators, students, and activists from and/or supporting those impacted by the criminal justice and immigration systems, including individuals facing displacement, financial uncertainty, and more—have been hit particularly hard. We are here for you during this [...]

A Conversation with Indigenous Activist Gladys Radek on International Women’s Day

March 5th, 2020|Categories: Activism, Gender Inequality, Indigenous Rights, Narrators, Racial Justice, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Photo Credit: Rachel Aiello Gladys Radek (Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en First Nations) is a tireless grassroots advocate fighting for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) in Canada. Herself a survivor of sexual violence in the foster system, Gladys also lost her niece Tamara who went missing in 2005 at age [...]

10 Dynamic Resources for Black History Month

February 4th, 2020|Categories: Activism, Education, Racial Inequality, Racial Justice, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

For Black History Month, Voice of Witness put together a list of 10 key resources for deepening understanding of black history and racial justice. The list includes a mix of organizations, resources, and nonfiction books (including oral history!), in no particular order: 1. Book: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson 2. Film: [...]

Looking Back at 2019 and Forward at 2020

December 15th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Puerto Rico, Say It Forward, Uncategorized, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , |

In 2019, Voice of Witness had a lot to celebrate. We released Say it Forward: A Guide to Social Justice Storytelling – our DIY guide that outlines our critical oral history methodology – and Solito, Solita: Crossing the Border With Youth Refugees From Central America, bringing VOW’s total books published to 20.  We also celebrated VOW’s 10 year [...]

From the Archives: Rosario’s Story of Farmworker Strikes in Chasing the Harvest

November 11th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Immigration, Labor Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

2019 marks 10 years for Voice of Witness as a nonprofit, and in celebration of this exciting milestone, we are 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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]