Say It Forward

Creating a Brave and Safe Space for Storytelling

August 15th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Brave Stories, Narrators, Say It Forward, VOW Book Series, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

by VOW Staff We at Voice of Witness know well that the process of story sharing can be transformational and life-changing for both audience and storyteller. But behind the simple act of asking others to share their stories, there are nuanced and always-changing uncertainties related to story ownership, trust, retraumatization, and sometimes the very [...]

Meet Our Summer Interns Margaret and Eliana

August 8th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Education, Say It Forward|Tags: , , , , , |

This summer, we have been fortunate to have four wonderful interns join us to support our work. In this post, two of our interns Margaret O'Hare from Haverford College and Eliana Swerdlow from Yale reflect on their summer at VOW. Margaret O’Hare My internship at Voice of Witness this summer has been an incredible learning experience and [...]

Summer Reading List: Our Favorites for 2019

May 14th, 2019|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Refugees, Say It Forward, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , |

What are you reading this summer? The VOW staff put together a summer reading list of some of our favorites! 1. A sweeping history–and counter-narrative–of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present. In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the [...]

My Crossroads Moment

March 12th, 2019|Categories: Criminal Justice, Education, Say It Forward|Tags: , , , , |

by Troy Dunmore Troy Dunmore is a student at the Prison University Project (PUP) at San Quentin State Prison. His story is one in a series of oral histories that Voice of Witness has collected through collaborative storytelling workshops with PUP students. The moment of my life that I often think about is the [...]

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 [...]

Using Storytelling as a Public Health Tool

February 8th, 2019|Categories: Education, New Orleans, Public Health, Say It Forward, Volunteers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

by Praveena Fernes Photo from Our Voice Community Meeting I was 15 when I was first introduced to best practices in storytelling through Voice of Witness (VOW), an organization that illuminates contemporary human rights crises in an oral history book series. Through my seven years of working with VOW, I have learned [...]

Dad Deserved Better

January 31st, 2019|Categories: Criminal Justice, Narrators, Say It Forward|Tags: , , , |

by Joe Garcia Joe Garcia is a student at the Prison University Project (PUP) at San Quentin State Prison. His story is one in a series of oral histories that Voice of Witness has collected through collaborative storytelling workshops with PUP students. The sheriff’s voice crackled over the intercom on the wall of [...]

Oral History, Memory, and Aging

January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Consultancy, Education, Say It Forward|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Cliff Mayotte Our Education Team with the Global Brain Heath Institute's Atlantic Fellows at Trinity College, Dublin. Personal stories are a powerful way to share the rich, multi-dimensional nature of people’s experiences with aging, dementia, and caregiving. That’s why in 2016, Voice of Witness began a collaboration with the Memory and [...]

I Ran a Marathon in Prison

January 15th, 2019|Categories: Criminal Justice, Say It Forward, Witness|Tags: , , , |

by Steve Brooks Steve Brooks is a student at the Prison University Project (PUP) at San Quentin State Prison. His story is one in a series of oral histories that Voice of Witness has collected through collaborative storytelling workshops with PUP students. It was November 17, 2017. A day without glitz and glamour. [...]

Oral History as Social Justice

January 4th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education, Narrators, Say It Forward, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , |

2019 marks an exciting milestone for Voice of Witness, as we celebrate our ten-year anniversary as a nonprofit, and of our education program. We're proud to have grown our education program into a mighty team of oral history champions, who have taught our ethics-driven methodology widely and helped bring new storytelling projects to life in schools and organizations across [...]