Narrators

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 [...]

Announcing Our New Oral History Projects!

June 4th, 2018|Categories: Immigration, Narrators, Poverty and Economic Rights, Refugees, VOW Book Series, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , |

The Voice of Witness team is excited to introduce three new oral history projects incubating in the VOW Story Lab! From Puerto Rico, to San Francisco and Appalachia, the inspiring people behind these projects are determined to share the untold stories of their communities and change the mainstream narrative around some of our most pressing injustices. Support [...]

Introducing Our Oral History Resource Guide for English Language Learners

May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Education, Immigration, Narrators|Tags: , , , , , , |

As Voice of Witness continues to amplify a diversity of newcomer voices in our oral history book series, we are also committed to developing curriculum through our education program that directly supports students in migrant and English Language Learner (ELL) communities. Today, you can download our new Oral History Resource Guide for English Language Learners. ADDRESSING THE [...]

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. [...]

History through Black Voices

February 15th, 2018|Categories: Civil Rights and Security, Cultural and Personal Identity, Narrators, New Orleans, Racial Inequality, Racial Justice|Tags: , , , , |

We're proud of the diversity of Black voices around the country featured in our oral history book series. From places like Chicago to New Orleans, these first-person narratives challenge stereotypes and misrepresentations of Black history and culture that are all too pervasive in mainstream media. To celebrate Black history today and everyday, here is a glimpse [...]

Eight Years After Haiti’s Earthquake, A Reflection on Life in Port-au-Prince

January 12th, 2018|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Home and Belonging, Narrators, Poverty and Economic Rights, VOW Book Series|

Eight years have passed since the devastating earthquake shook Haiti on January 12, 2010. Today, we're honoring the anniversary of Haiti's earthquake by sharing excerpts from our book Lavil: Life, Love, and Death in Port-au-Prince. The following stories give us a closer look at the life, culture, and incredible resiliance of the Haitian people. The current rhetoric around Haiti has [...]

Oscar Ramos: Changing the Way Schools Support Immigrant Students

December 4th, 2017|Categories: Education, Immigration, Narrators, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , |

Photo: Oscar Ramos (right) with his student José, whose parents are migrant farm workers. Photo from PBS documentary East of Salinas, 2015. Oscar Ramos is a teacher at Sherwood Elementary School in East Salinas, California. His story appears in VOW's Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture. Oscar's students are often [...]

Bringing Farmworker Stories Back to Delano

November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Education, Events, Narrators, Sharing History Initiative|Tags: , , |

Chasing the Harvest editor Gabriel Thompson speaks to Delano community members. Two years ago, California officially recognized October 25 as Larry Itliong Day, honoring the Filipino-American advocate who was instrumental in advancing labor rights for farmworkers throughout the state. This year, 220 people gathered on this day at Robert F. [...]

Amplifying Indigenous Stories

October 5th, 2017|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Gender Inequality, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Narrators, Women in Prison|Tags: , , , |

What’s Indigenous Peoples' Day? In 1992, the city of Berkeley, CA declared that the second Monday of October, also known as Columbus Day, would become a day of solidarity with Indigenous peoples around the globe. Ever since, the movement has spread across the country, from Minneapolis, to Phoenix, and recently, Los Angeles. In honor of [...]