Poverty and Economic Rights

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 [...]

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 [...]

Chasing the Harvest and Digital Delano – 10/25

September 28th, 2017|Categories: Education, Events, Immigration, Labor Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights|Tags: , |

EVENT Chasing the Harvest and Digital Delano Wednesday, October 25, 2017  |  6:00pm – 8:00pm Robert F. Kennedy High School (View map) 1401 Hiett Ave Delano, CA 93215 Free The Voice of Witness education team is partnering with Professor Oliver Rosales of Bakersfield College to present a community event celebrating [...]

Lavil at Booksmith: 7/21

July 13th, 2017|Categories: Environmental Issues, Events, Poverty and Economic Rights|Tags: , , , |

EVENT San Francisco Launch for Lavil: Life, Love, and Death in Port-Au-Prince Friday, July 21, 2017  |  7:30pm – 9:00pm The Booksmith (View map) 1644 Haight St San Francisco, CA 94117 Free Join us as we celebrate the launch of Lavil: Life, Love, and Death in Port-au-Prince from Verso Press / Voice of [...]

Gabriel Thompson Discusses Chasing the Harvest at Copperfield’s Books 6/17

May 24th, 2017|Categories: Events, Immigration, Labor Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights|Tags: , |

EVENT Gabriel Thompson Discusses Chasing the Harvest at Copperfield's Books Saturday, June 17, 2017  |  7:00pm Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol Store (View map) 138 N. Main Street Sebastopol, CA 95472 Free RSVP on Facebook  |  RSVP on Eventbrite to receive 10% off the book at the event Gabriel Thompson will visit Copperfield’s Books to discuss [...]

Lavil at Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago 6/10

May 24th, 2017|Categories: Environmental Issues, Events, Poverty and Economic Rights|Tags: , , , |

EVENT Lavil / The City—Narrative and Oral History from Port-au-Prince with Evan Lyon, Audrey Petty, and Laura Lampton—2017 Printers Row Lit Fest Saturday, June 10, 2017  |  4:00pm – 4:45pm Jones College Prep/4th Floor/4030 (View map) 700 S State St Chicago, IL 60605 Free (Reserve your seat) Join us for [...]

Aesop LA Book Party 6/01—Chasing the Harvest, with Gabriel Thompson & Miriam Pawel

May 24th, 2017|Categories: Events, Immigration, Labor Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights|Tags: , |

EVENT Aesop LA Book Party—Chasing the Harvest, with Gabriel Thompson & Miriam Pawel Thursday, June 1, 2017  |  7:00pm – 9:00pm Aesop DTLA (View map) 862 S Broadway Los Angeles CA 90014 +1 213 265 7487 Free RSVP from Aesop's website Join us at Aesop DTLA to toast the launch of [...]

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: [...]

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 [...]