Solito, Solita Shortlisted for Award

Voice of Witness’s latest oral history book, Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America, has been shortlisted for the Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America.

Solito, Solita (“Alone, Alone”) is an urgent collection of oral histories that tells – in their own words – the stories of young migrants fleeing countries in Central America and traveling for hundreds of miles to seek safety and protection in the United States. Fifteen narrators describe why they fled their homes, what happened on their dangerous journeys through Mexico, how they crossed the borders, and for some, their ongoing struggles to survive in the United States. In an era of fear, xenophobia, and outright lies, these stories amplify the compelling voices of migrant youth. It's an honor to be shortlisted!
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Upcoming Events

Don't miss Voice of Witness at these two events in December!

Hear/say Vol. 2 Launch: 
On December 5, join us at a reading of stories about aging, dementia, art, work, and life from VOW’s collaboration with the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF. 

Howard Zinn Book Fair:
On December 8, join us at the 2019 Howard Zinn Book Fair, featuring panels with editors and narrators from two Voice of Witness books.

Welcome, Aneesha!

We are thrilled to welcome Aneesha Capur to our Board of Directors.

Aneesha also serves on the Board of the Homeless Prenatal Program as Governance Chair, on the San Francisco Committee/Global Council of Human Rights Watch, and on an advisory committee for a Paris-based human rights project that exhibits children’s drawings from conflict zones. Aneesha’s advisory work builds on her experience in university publishing and consulting in both nonprofit and private sectors. Her first novel was picked as Essential Reading in the Sunday Guardian and featured on CNN-IBN, and her second novel was a Finalist for the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Aneesha has an MFA from Warren Wilson College and an MBA from Wharton. She was born in India, spent her childhood in Kenya, and lives in San Francisco.

Educators: A Call for Arts-Based Oral History Projects

Voice of Witness is looking to incorporate more arts-based oral history projects into our curriculum, and we are in the process of creating an instructional guide/resource for teachers and community organizers. We would love to include your project in the guide! Examples of art projects could include podcasts, plays, murals, photos, graphic novels, and more. Please share information here:
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Voice of Witness (VOW) is an award-winning nonprofit that advances human rights by amplifying the voices of people impacted by injustice. Cofounded by Dave Eggers, Mimi Lok, and Dr. Lola Vollen, we explore issues of criminal justice, migration, and displacement, and forge space for marginalized voices to be heard. Our book series depicts these issues through the edited oral histories of people most closely affected by them. Our education program connects educators, students, and members of justice movements with oral history tools for storytelling and social change.

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