Borders and Boundaries

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 [...]

Inside an Immigrant Detention Facility

August 15th, 2018|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Civil Rights and Security, Criminal Justice, English Language Learners, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , , |

The topic of immigration has been a critical political issue since borders were built, yet immigrant voices continue to be excluded from this ongoing story within the United States. Recently, we've seen a surge of media coverage discussing an appalling scene at our border: refugees are being arrested and locked away in immigrant detention facilities, and [...]

Nowhere to Turn: Hundreds of refugees stuck in Tijuana with no clear path forward

July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Refugees, VOW Editor Interviews, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Steven Mayers Hundreds gather each morning at El Chaparral port of entry in Tijuana                         Crossing from San Ysidro into Mexico on foot, I don’t even need to show my passport. After walking down a hallway for a few [...]

Razan Hussin: An Immigrant Student Inspired to Change Her Community through Oral History

December 26th, 2017|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education, Immigration|Tags: , , , , , , |

“There are times that I feel uncomfortable because of how people look at me as I’m wearing my headscarf. I’ve experienced some racism on campus.”—Razan Hussin, 19 Razan is a native Arabic speaker from Jordan who came to the U.S. when she was twelve. Being an immigrant student at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, [...]

New Americans Museum: Changing the Narrative on Immigration

December 14th, 2017|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

The New Americans Museum (NAM) in San Diego, CA has embraced a critical responsibility in American history and culture: promoting understanding and interaction between immigrants and native-born Americans. In the era of Trump, this is no easy feat. Shortly after the 2016 election, the museum was vandalized with anti-immigrant graffiti declaring, “Too much [...]

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 [...]

“You Can’t Just Create a Beautiful Space. It Also Has to Feel Safe to Be There.”

May 12th, 2016|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Education, Home and Belonging, Indigenous Rights, Poverty and Economic Rights, Racial Inequality, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , |

A Q&A with How We Go Home editor Sara Sinclair We’re excited to share an inside look into one of the newest oral history projects from Voice of Witness: How We Go Home. How We Go Home will illuminate the experiences of Native peoples living on reservations in the U.S. and Canada. Narrators will describe [...]