VOW Story Lab

[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 [...]

From Our Cofounder: Help Us #TakeBackTheStory This May

May 1st, 2017|Categories: VOW Story Lab|Tags: , |

Dear Friends, We live in a time when stereotypes and dehumanizing labels like “criminal” or “illegal alien” are having devastating consequences for communities across the country. But in the face of injustice, the most marginalized among us are coming forward to say: Our voices will be heard. Today we launch the Take Back the [...]

Dispatch from the Field: Planning our food sovereignty book with Thousand Currents

August 17th, 2016|Categories: Dispatches from the Field, Environmental Issues, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , |

Voice of Witness and Thousand Currents (formerly IDEX) staff at the Thousand Currents office in San Francisco, CA during a two-day oral history training and book planning session. On July 27 and 28, the VOW editorial and education staff met with the staff of Thousand Currents (formerly IDEX) in San Francisco, CA [...]

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: [...]

Dispatch from the Field: Interviewing Youth Migrants in Chicago

June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Dispatches from the Field, Immigration, Refugees, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , |

Cristhian, interviewed for Solito, Solita Following the success of the "Seed the VOW Story Fund" Campaign in May, our VOW Story Fund editors are hitting the ground running with their oral history projects. Editors Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman have just returned to San Francisco after a productive trip to Chicago, where they recorded [...]

His Life Hangs in the Balance

May 26th, 2016|Categories: Immigration, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , |

A Q&A with Solito, Solita Editors Steven Mayers & Jonathan Freedman We’re excited to share an inside look into one of our newest oral history projects: Solito, Solita: Youth Migrants from Central America. Solito, Solita (Alone, Alone) sheds light on the abuses that youth migrants from Central America face while seeking refuge from life-threatening conditions in their home countries. [...]

A Story That Would Never Make the Face of a Lawsuit

May 16th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Justice, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , |

A Q&A with Solitary Voices co-editor Taylor Pendergrass We’re excited to share an inside look into one of the newest oral history projects from Voice of Witness: Solitary Voices. Solitary Voices will examine the impact of solitary confinement on people who have experienced it firsthand, as well as families, communities, and even prison guards whose lives [...]

“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 [...]