Activism

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: Nadia’s Story in Out of Exile

June 25th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Brave Stories, Civil Rights and Security, Exile & Displacement, Narrators, Political Oppression, Poverty and Economic Rights, Refugees, Sudan, 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 [...]

RadGram: Weaving the Story of the Powerful Grandma

June 17th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Environmental Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights, Public Health|Tags: , , , , , , |

 By Zoe Swartz and Praveena Fernes Our story begins with a radical grandma, Ranong Kongsean, who had a vision for uniting her friends through weaving in order to support her community’s fight for environmental justice. Ten years ago, a gold mine was built near Ranong’s village, Na Nong Bong in Thailand. Pollution from [...]

Oral History as Social Justice

January 4th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education, Narrators, Say It Forward, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , |

2019 marks an exciting milestone for Voice of Witness, as we celebrate our ten-year anniversary as a nonprofit, and of our education program. We're proud to have grown our education program into a mighty team of oral history champions, who have taught our ethics-driven methodology widely and helped bring new storytelling projects to life in schools and organizations across [...]

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 [...]

Protected: Creating a Brave and Safe Space for Storytelling

July 9th, 2017|Categories: Activism, Brave Stories, Narrators, Say It Forward, VOW Book Series, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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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 & [...]