Environmental Issues

From the Archives: Sanjay’s Story of Activism After the Bhopal Chemical Disaster

December 4th, 2019|Categories: Environmental Issues, Labor Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights, Uncategorized, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , |

2019 marks 10 years for Voice of Witness as a nonprofit, and in celebration of this exciting milestone, we are 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. [...]

City Blossoms: Changing Narratives Around Green Spaces

November 4th, 2019|Categories: Environmental Issues, Public Health, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Guest Blog by Praveena Fernes  Praveena Fernes is a member of Voice of Witness’s education advisory board, which assists the education program with strategic goals, assessment, new initiatives, and outreach. Praveena’s long involvement with Voice of Witness began when she was a student at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. Praveena is a current [...]

Puerto Rico, Two Years after Hurricane María

September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Environmental Issues, Exile & Displacement, Narrators, Puerto Rico, VOW Book Series, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , |

Two years ago, Hurricane María hit the island of Puerto Rico, and today, survivors across the island are still healing. Electricity goes in and out, buildings remain abandoned, and the lingering stress of recovery has weighed on the mental health of citizens. But the story of Hurricane María is about so much more [...]

RadGram: Weaving the Story of the Powerful Grandma

June 17th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Environmental Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights, Public Health|Tags: , , , , , , |

 By Zoe Swartz and Praveena Fernes Our story begins with a radical grandma, Ranong Kongsean, who had a vision for uniting her friends through weaving in order to support her community’s fight for environmental justice. Ten years ago, a gold mine was built near Ranong’s village, Na Nong Bong in Thailand. Pollution from [...]

Puerto Rico, One Year After María

September 20th, 2018|Categories: Environmental Issues, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Poverty and Economic Rights, Puerto Rico, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , |

It’s been one year since Hurricane María battered Puerto Rico, destroying thousands of homes, killing nearly 3,000 people, and leaving many across the island without electricity, access to clean drinking water, food, and medical care. In the past year, the current administration has disregarded facts, crafted its own narrative of the aftermath, and withheld crucial [...]

An Oral History of Organic Farming

July 10th, 2018|Categories: Education, Environmental Issues, Labor Issues|Tags: , , , , |

Our Education Advisory Board member Katie Kuszmar has been collaborating with one of the founders of California Certified Organic Farmers to preserve the history of the organic farming movement and honor the voices of its pioneers by collecting oral history interviews from organic farmers. To contribute to the project, Katie interviewed an organics pioneer named Paul [...]

Grassroots Storytelling from Thailand’s Healthcare System

April 18th, 2018|Categories: Education, Environmental Issues, Indigenous Rights|Tags: , , , , , |

A guest post by Praveena Fernes, VOW Education Advisory Board Member. Read Part I of her full piece here, and Part II here. Last spring, I studied in rural Northeast Thailand and worked closely with human rights activists and healthcare providers to strengthen my understanding of sustainability and development. I met many villagers who have [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]