VOW Story Lab

The VOW Story Lab: 2 New Projects!

2020-07-25T02:59:22+00:00February 15th, 2020|Categories: Civil Rights and Security, Criminal Justice, Poverty and Economic Rights, Racial Inequality, Uncategorized, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , |

We are thrilled to introduce two new oral history projects incubating in our Story Lab: The Digital Welfare State and From Incarceration to Reentry. The VOW Story Lab is a unique opportunity for storytellers working in human rights to receive holistic support for oral history projects that amplify the voices of people directly impacted [...]

Puerto Rico, Two Years after Hurricane María

2020-07-25T02:59:23+00:00September 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 than [...]

Creating a Brave and Safe Space for Storytelling

2020-07-25T02:59:23+00:00August 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 [...]

Puerto Rico, One Year After María

2020-07-25T02:59:31+00:00September 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 [...]

Resettlement Stories for World Refugee Day

2020-07-25T02:59:31+00:00June 20th, 2018|Categories: Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Refugees, VOW Book Series, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , |

A refugee's story does not end once they’ve reached a host country. In fact, that is often just the beginning of their journey. On World Refugee Day, join us in honoring the courage of refugees by amplifying their stories. Our new project, Resettled, explores the displacement, trauma, and community integration refugees face when resettling in rural Appalachia. By [...]

Our First San Francisco-Based Project!

2020-07-25T02:59:31+00:00June 12th, 2018|Categories: Home and Belonging, Immigration, Refugees, VOW Book Series, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , |

We're so excited about our first San Francisco-based VOW oral history project, Proyecto Santuario, a participatory, community-based project that explores the history of San Francisco as a "sanctuary city" through the voices of Central American immigrants and refugees. Proyecto Santuario is currently incubating through the VOW Story Lab, which provides oral history training, editorial guidance, and project funding [...]

Announcing Our New Oral History Projects!

2020-07-25T02:59:32+00:00June 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 [...]

[VIDEO] How VOW Editor Jimmie Briggs is Helping the People of Ferguson Take Back Their Stories

2020-07-25T02:59:34+00:00May 15th, 2017|Categories: Home and Belonging, Narrators, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , |

Dear Friends, Like many Americans, I spent much of late 2014 engulfed by the story of Ferguson, a small town in Missouri that emerged into the national spotlight after a young African-American man named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer. But as a journalist and a native of the [...]

[VIDEO] Meet Soledad, a Youth Migrant Determined to Take Back Her Story

2020-07-25T02:59:34+00:00May 10th, 2017|Categories: Immigration, Narrators, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , |

Dear Friends, A warm hello from VOW editors Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman! For over a year, we've been interviewing young people who are fleeing abuse, hunger, gangs, and corrupt authorities in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to seek a better life in the U.S. Teens risk life and limb clinging to Mexican [...]

From Our Cofounder: Help Us #TakeBackTheStory This May

2020-07-25T02:59:34+00:00May 1st, 2017|Categories: VOW Story Lab|Tags: , |

Dear Friends, We live in a time when stereotypes and dehumanizing labels like “criminal” or “illegal alien” are having devastating consequences for communities across the country. But in the face of injustice, the most marginalized among us are coming forward to say: Our voices will be heard. Today we launch the Take Back the Story [...]