Home and Belonging

[VIDEO] How VOW Editor Jimmie Briggs is Helping the People of Ferguson Take Back Their Stories

May 15th, 2017|Categories: Home and Belonging, Narrators, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , |

Dear Friends, Like many Americans, I spent much of late 2014 engulfed by the story of Ferguson, a small town in Missouri that emerged into the national spotlight after a young African-American man named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer. But as a journalist and a native of the [...]

Alia Malek at Green Apple Books on the Park

April 27th, 2017|Categories: Events, Home and Belonging|Tags: , , |

EVENT Alia Malek on The Home That Was Our Country Monday, May 8, 2017  |  7:30pm – 9:00pm Green Apple Books on the Park (View map) 1231 9th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94122 Free Alia Malek, editor of the VOW title Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice, discusses her new book, [...]

Q&A: Alia Malek on Syria, Narrative Journalism, and the Power of Making It Personal

April 14th, 2017|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Home and Belonging, VOW Editor Interviews|Tags: , , |

Photo: Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos In her new book The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria, journalist Alia Malek (editor of Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice) recounts her journey to reclaim and restore her grandmother's apartment in Damascus at the start of the Arab Spring. We recently had the chance to [...]

Podcast Feature: VOW on The Literary Life

October 21st, 2016|Categories: Home and Belonging, News, Poverty and Economic Rights, Racial Justice, VOW Editor Interviews|Tags: , |

Author Amy Hassinger (left) featured High Rise Stories on a recent episode of The Literary Life. Amy reads from the book's introduction by VOW editor Audrey Petty (center). Voice of Witness hit the airwaves this month on The Literary Life, a weekly micro-podcast on all things writing and literature-related, hosted by author Amy Hassinger. The episode [...]

Dispatch from the Field: The Latest on Current Projects

July 18th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Justice, Cultural and Personal Identity, Dispatches from the Field, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Labor Issues, News, Poverty and Economic Rights, Racial Inequality, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This summer, VOW's editors have been making big strides on their oral history projects. (Thanks in no small part to everyone who supported the Seed the VOW Story Fund Campaign this past spring!) Here are the latest updates on the next book in the VOW series, and the six projects currently incubating in the VOW Story Lab: [...]

“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 [...]

Ferguson: Another Side of the Story

May 10th, 2016|Categories: Civil Rights and Security, Dispatches from the Field, Home and Belonging, Poverty and Economic Rights, Racial Inequality, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , |

A Q&A with Ferguson Voices editor Jimmie Briggs We’re excited to share an inside look into one of our newest oral history projects: Ferguson Voices. Ferguson Voices turns to the people of Ferguson, Missouri—activists, pastors, police officers, elected officials, teachers—to explore what made their community such a flashpoint for the conversation around civil rights, racial justice, and equality following [...]