Narrators

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. [...]

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Amplifying Indigenous Voices

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 [...]

Rohingya in Burma: Fatima’s Oral History

September 12th, 2017|Categories: Burma, Narrators, Refugees|Tags: |

The human rights crisis occurring right now in Burma is nothing new. When we published Nowhere to be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma's Military Regime in 2011, one narrator, Fatima, recounted her experience as a Rohingya refugee living in Bangladesh, and the hardship she faced as a Muslim in Burma.  We must continue to share these [...]

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 & [...]

[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 [...]

[VIDEO] Meet Soledad, a Youth Migrant Determined to Take Back Her Story

May 10th, 2017|Categories: Immigration, Narrators, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , |

Dear Friends, A warm hello from VOW editors Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman! For over a year, we've been interviewing young people who are fleeing abuse, hunger, gangs, and corrupt authorities in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to seek a better life in the U.S. Teens risk life and limb clinging to Mexican [...]

Remembering Knoo Know

December 14th, 2015|Categories: Exile & Displacement, Narrators, Political Oppression|Tags: |

Knoo Know, Narrator, Nowhere to Be Home. Photo by Aung Myo Min We are posting this excerpt to honor the memory of Knoo Know, one of the narrators in Nowhere to Be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma’s Military Regime and a visionary human rights and LGBT rights activist from Burma. We [...]

Wrongful Conviction Day: Narrator Spotlight on Beverly Monroe of Surviving Justice

October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Criminal Justice, Narrators|Tags: |

 Beverly Monroe is the epitome of southern gentility— gracious, warm, and impeccably mannered. With a degree in organic chemistry and three grown children, Beverly is difficult to picture as an inmate. And yet in 1992 she was wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to twenty-two years in prison. Her story appeared in the very [...]

Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th, 2015|Categories: Activism, Indigenous Rights, Labor Issues, Narrators|Tags: |

A Narrator Shares His Hopes for What Activism and the Arts Will Do for His Hometown of Tehuacán Martín was raised in a family of activists in Tehuacán, Mexico. He has spent over twenty years working as a human rights advocate in the Mexican state of Puebla, and he has defended labor rights for over [...]