Advocacy

Storytelling for Advocacy: Trainings To Support Immigrant Justice
In recent months, VOW has continued our work with partner East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC) and the Amplifying Sanctuary Voices coalition. In May, we co-facilitated a training session with EBSC community members who were eager …


5 Ways To Take Action Against Educational Censorship
This month, we have continued to see increased efforts to suppress educational freedom and ban certain books. Legislation has been proposed in over 44 states to limit what educators can say and teach about homophobia, …


The 2023 Sharing History Initiative: Free Oral History Books & Lesson Plans
Apply for the 2023 Sharing History Initiative to combat educational censorship and center marginalized voices. The Sharing History Initiative brings oral history and social justice storytelling to classrooms and communities around the United States by …


Voice of Witness x The World As It Could Be
The World As It Could Be, an Alameda County human rights education program and long-term Voice of Witness partner, recently sat down with VOW staff to discuss human rights education, the Universal Declaration of Human …


Checking In With VOW Narrators: Where Are They Now?
Relationship building and co-creation with narrators and project partners are key to an ethical storytelling process. Recently, we checked in with two of VOW’s longterm collaborators to hear what they’ve been up to. Luz Hernandez …


10 Actions To Support Puerto Ricans in the Aftermath of Climate Disaster
While news of climate change has been top of mind for years, so rarely do we get to hear directly from the people most impacted—those on the frontlines of climate disaster—about their experiences. Last year, …


New Resource: VOW’s 7 Ethical Storytelling Principles
Much care and consideration are required to ensure storytelling practices are not extractive or harmful to those sharing their experiences. The following principles are informed by VOW’s nearly 15 years of experience conducting ethics-driven oral …


Bringing Light to Climate Migration
Climate change is a human rights issue affecting more people every day. Drought, famine, floods, sea level rise, wildfires, biodiversity loss, and many other environmental changes will displace an estimated 200 million people by 2050. …