Poverty and Economic Rights

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 [...]

From the Archives: John’s Story in Hope Deferred

June 6th, 2019|Categories: Narrators, Poverty and Economic Rights, Zimbabwe|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. Nine [...]

From the Archives: Rhonda Sylvester in Voices from the Storm

February 21st, 2019|Categories: Bold Movements, Civil Rights and Security, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Narrators, New Orleans, Poverty and Economic Rights, Puerto Rico, Racial Inequality, Racial Justice, Say It Forward, VOW Book Series|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. 19 [...]

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 [...]

Announcing Our New Oral History Projects!

June 4th, 2018|Categories: Immigration, Narrators, Poverty and Economic Rights, Refugees, VOW Book Series, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , |

The Voice of Witness team is excited to introduce three new oral history projects incubating in the VOW Story Lab! From Puerto Rico, to San Francisco and Appalachia, the inspiring people behind these projects are determined to share the untold stories of their communities and change the mainstream narrative around some of our most pressing injustices. Support [...]

Eight Years After Haiti’s Earthquake, A Reflection on Life in Port-au-Prince

January 12th, 2018|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Home and Belonging, Narrators, Poverty and Economic Rights, VOW Book Series|

Eight years have passed since the devastating earthquake shook Haiti on January 12, 2010. Today, we're honoring the anniversary of Haiti's earthquake by sharing excerpts from our book Lavil: Life, Love, and Death in Port-au-Prince. The following stories give us a closer look at the life, culture, and incredible resiliance of the Haitian people. The current rhetoric around Haiti has [...]

Chasing the Harvest and Digital Delano – 10/25

September 28th, 2017|Categories: Education, Events, Immigration, Labor Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights|Tags: , |

EVENT Chasing the Harvest and Digital Delano Wednesday, October 25, 2017  |  6:00pm – 8:00pm Robert F. Kennedy High School (View map) 1401 Hiett Ave Delano, CA 93215 Free The Voice of Witness education team is partnering with Professor Oliver Rosales of Bakersfield College to present a community event celebrating [...]

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 [...]

Gabriel Thompson Discusses Chasing the Harvest at Copperfield’s Books 6/17

May 24th, 2017|Categories: Events, Immigration, Labor Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights|Tags: , |

EVENT Gabriel Thompson Discusses Chasing the Harvest at Copperfield's Books Saturday, June 17, 2017  |  7:00pm Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol Store (View map) 138 N. Main Street Sebastopol, CA 95472 Free RSVP on Facebook  |  RSVP on Eventbrite to receive 10% off the book at the event Gabriel Thompson will visit Copperfield’s Books to discuss [...]

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 [...]