Borders and Boundaries

Art and Activism at the El Paso Border

July 15th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Bold Movements, Borders and Boundaries, Brave Stories, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Ela Banerjee “Thank you for joining us on this glorious day for America!” Hearing these words from our pilot, Solito, Solita narrator Gabriel Mendez and I both stiffened and shared an uncomfortable glance. It’s true that we were traveling from San Francisco to El Paso, Texas on the Fourth of July. Shades of [...]

10 Actions to Support Refugees from Central America

June 20th, 2019|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Brave Stories, English Language Learners, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Narrators, VOW Book Series, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , , |

They are a mass migration of thousands, yet each one travels solito, solita, alone, alone. While news of caravans and border walls has been top of mind for months, so rarely do we get to hear from the people most impacted - asylum seekers - about their experiences coming to the United States. Our new [...]

From the Archives: Yogesh’s Story in Underground America

March 25th, 2019|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Brave Stories, English Language Learners, Immigration, Narrators, VOW Book Series, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , |

2019 marks 10 years for Voice of Witness as a nonprofit, and in celebration of this exciting milestone, we're resurfacing powerful stories from every oral history book in our series. Though time has passed since these stories were first published, many of the themes and issues they address are as relevant and important as ever. Millions [...]

From Solito to Solidarity

November 27th, 2018|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees, VOW Book Series, VOW Editor Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

By Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman Gabriel and Soledad, narrators in Solito, Solita, unfurl the Honduran flag in support of refugees. When we began interviewing youth refugees from Central America four and a half years ago, we never imagined that a caravan of Honduran refugees would arrive in Tijuana the same day [...]

Fighting Words: Stories from the New York Sanctuary Movement

August 28th, 2018|Categories: Activism, Borders and Boundaries, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Jon Earle Image courtesy of The New Sanctuary Coalition A bride and groom are married in chains. A mother prepares her daughters for life without her. Two prison friends sing, "Lord, give us a big heart to love, and a strong heart to fight." These are the stories of immigrants facing [...]

Inside an Immigrant Detention Facility

August 15th, 2018|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Civil Rights and Security, Criminal Justice, English Language Learners, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , , |

The topic of immigration has been a critical political issue since borders were built, yet immigrant voices continue to be excluded from this ongoing story within the United States. Recently, we've seen a surge of media coverage discussing an appalling scene at our border: refugees are being arrested and locked away in immigrant detention facilities, and [...]

Nowhere to Turn: Hundreds of refugees stuck in Tijuana with no clear path forward

July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Refugees, VOW Editor Interviews, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Steven Mayers Hundreds gather each morning at El Chaparral port of entry in Tijuana                         Crossing from San Ysidro into Mexico on foot, I don’t even need to show my passport. After walking down a hallway for a few [...]

Razan Hussin: An Immigrant Student Inspired to Change Her Community through Oral History

December 26th, 2017|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education, Immigration|Tags: , , , , , , |

“There are times that I feel uncomfortable because of how people look at me as I’m wearing my headscarf. I’ve experienced some racism on campus.”—Razan Hussin, 19 Razan is a native Arabic speaker from Jordan who came to the U.S. when she was twelve. Being an immigrant student at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, [...]

New Americans Museum: Changing the Narrative on Immigration

December 14th, 2017|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

The New Americans Museum (NAM) in San Diego, CA has embraced a critical responsibility in American history and culture: promoting understanding and interaction between immigrants and native-born Americans. In the era of Trump, this is no easy feat. Shortly after the 2016 election, the museum was vandalized with anti-immigrant graffiti declaring, “Too much [...]

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 [...]