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Intergenerational Storytelling Project: Seniors and Students Build Relationships Through Narrative Art

July 1st, 2020|Categories: Arts, Consultancy, Cultural and Personal Identity|Tags: , , , , |

Over the course of the 2019-2020 school year, Voice of Witness (VOW) engaged in a consultancy and collaboration with Sequoia Living, a local nonprofit organization that provides housing and services to impacted seniors in San Francisco, and Ida B. Wells High School. VOW supported an intergenerational storytelling project that focused on relationship building between [...]

Q&A: Students Continue “Human Dictionary” Storytelling Project During Pandemic

July 1st, 2020|Categories: Amplifying Unheard Voices of the Pandemic, Education|Tags: , , , |

Stagg VOW is a year-long, high school level English course, offered at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, IL. Students in the Stagg VOW class use oral history to collect and share out stories from the community. Teachers Lisa Thyer and Chris Wendelin developed the course in collaboration with the VOW education team, and this is [...]

Voice of Witness Summer Oral History Activity Packet for Students

June 30th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education|Tags: , |

Welcome to all students, parents, and educators! We hope you are enjoying your summer in any way you can, especially after the end of a strange school year. The Voice of Witness education team put together this oral history toolkit as a small project that can help students stretch their art and communication muscles while [...]

100cameras x Voice of Witness: A New Visual and Narrative Storytelling Program for Students

June 29th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Consultancy, Education|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: @wiiild.elle Apply now for the new program to support your students in telling their stories through photography and personal narrative. The 100cameras x Voice of Witness program collaboration is designed to work partnership with local schools, community centers, children’s homes, or enrichment programs to equip students with the tools they need [...]

San Francisco Students Share Stories of Life During the Pandemic

June 15th, 2020|Categories: Amplifying Unheard Voices of the Pandemic, Education|Tags: , , , , , |

Through an ongoing partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Voice of Witness has been supporting teacher-librarians and classroom teachers at middle and high schools across the city. As a response to school closures due to COVID-19, VOW is working with teacher-librarians to collect oral history interviews with students and their families and [...]

Resources for Learning About and Taking Action Against Racism and Police Violence

June 9th, 2020|Categories: Activism, Criminal Justice, Police Brutality, Racial Inequality, Racial Justice|Tags: , , , , |

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash Voice of Witness reiterates our full solidarity with Black communities and allies protesting against police brutality, mass incarceration, and the racial injustice inseparable from this country’s history and institutions. We demand accountability and justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and so many others whose names we [...]

Partner Spotlight: An Interview with Centro Legal de la Raza

June 9th, 2020|Categories: Dispatches from the Field, Immigration, Labor Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights, Refugees|Tags: , , , , , |

Founded in 1969, Centro Legal de la Raza is a legal services agency protecting and advancing the rights of low-income, immigrant, and Latino communities through bilingual legal representation, education, and advocacy. Voice of Witness spoke to Carolina Martin Ramos, Centro Legal’s Director of Programs and Advocacy, about how the pandemic has impacted their [...]

VOW Launches “Unheard Voices of the Pandemic” Storytelling Project

May 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Voice of Witness is currently working on a new, rapid-response oral history project called Unheard Voices of the Pandemic, which aims to—through critical, humanizing first-person narratives—illuminate how marginalized communities are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic. In the media, COVID-19 has been frequently described as a great equalizer, but the reality is that long-standing inequities have been further exacerbated. Voice of [...]

Perspectives on Connection and Care During the Pandemic

April 28th, 2020|Categories: Dispatches from the Field, Education, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a serious impact on teaching and learning in the US and around the world. Voice of Witness reached out to our Education Advisory Board for reflections on navigating this difficult moment. VOW asked the Education Advisory Board to share (a) methods of self-care and connection [...]

A List of COVID-19 Community Resources from the VOW Team

March 20th, 2020|Categories: Activism, Education|Tags: , , , , |

We all need as much hope and inspiration as we can get right now. At Voice of Witness, our narrator communities—educators, students, and activists from and/or supporting those impacted by the criminal justice and immigration systems, including individuals facing displacement, financial uncertainty, and more—have been hit particularly hard. We are here for you during this [...]