VOW COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

VOW’s relationships with community-based organizations and advocacy groups are critical to our goal of centering the marginalized voices and social justice movements reflected in our oral history book series.

Through building partnerships with grassroots organizations, we are better able to carry out our mission of amplifying the stories of people impacted by—and fighting against—injustice. Our vision is that “voices of witness” become “voices of authority” in mainstream discourse and meaningful reform that leads to material social change.

By connecting both VOW narrators and audiences to direct services, organizing, and advocacy movements, and by training and supporting partner organizations to use personal narrative and oral history storytelling for change, we aim to inform long-term efforts to advance human rights and dignity and dismantle systems of oppression.

For Voice of Witness, community partnerships can take many forms. Below are a handful of organizations we have partnered with around oral history, storytelling, and human rights advocacy work. To find out how your organization can get involved, please contact VOW Community Partnership Coordinator, Ela Banerjee: ela@voiceofwitness.org.

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East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC): Based in Berkeley, EBSC provides legal services, community organizing, and transformative education to support low-income immigrants and people fleeing violence and persecution. VOW is a proud member of the Amplifying Sanctuary Voices storytelling initiative led by EBSC and has collaborated with EBSC on campaigns to support immigrants and Temporary Protected Status holders.

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V-Day: The organization behind The Vagina Monologues, V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Voice of Witness collaborated with V-Day on the Artistic Uprising at the El Paso-Juarez Border. Read about VOW narrator Gabriel Mendéz’s experiences at this demonstration.