We hope to raise $10,000 by Dec. 31st, 2013 and need your help to make this happen! Your support will help us achieve these 2 main goals:
TO ALL OUR PAST AND CURRENT SUPPORTERS, THANK YOU FOR MAKING 2013 AN INCREDIBLE YEAR FOR VOICE OF WITNESS.
We released an acclaimed new book, High Rise Stories, which has reinvigorated the national conversation about public housing. For upcoming book projects, we interviewed earthquake survivors in Haiti, garment activists in Bangladesh, and people living in the West Bank and Gaza, to name a few. Our education program connected thousands of students and educators across the U.S. with these stories and issues, and supported student oral history projects. We also launched a new VOW Learning Community in Chicago. Finally, we received an amazing recognition for our work—Voice of Witness is the 2013 recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Social Progress.
WHY WE DO THIS WORK
The people we interview for our books are essentially people who’ve not had the opportunity to share their narrative or worse had their narrative taken away from them. Sharing their story goes some way to restoring a sense of dignity, agency, and healing, and raises awareness and dialogue around under-reported issues. The Voice of Witness Education Program connects students and impacted communities with these stories, issues, and oral history resources.
Dear friends, readers, educators, and supporters,
Today marks day 1 of our annual End of Year fundraising campaign. By Dec. 31st, we hope to raise $10,000 to support 2 main goals for 2014:
HAITI – Voice of Witness hopes to complete an interview mission in January to conduct follow-ups and additional research for our book “Hunger of the Soul.”
EDUCATION – our Education staff hopes to develop a resource guide for starting your own community-based oral history projects to share with educators, community leaders, and the general public.
Voice of Witness is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit and we depend on a mix of grants, a small amount of revenue from book sales, and most importantly from direct contributions from individuals like you. If you value empathetic listening, amplifying unheard stories, social justice, and education, we hope you’ll support us by making a donation today.
Please click the link below to learn more and make a tax-deductible donation. Shares and likes also appreciated. We are grateful for all your support this year and beyond! Thank you.
The Voice of Witness team:
Mimi, Cliff, Claire, Mana, Luke, Alyson, & Juliana
Michelle Alexander is breaking the silence about racial injustice in the American legal system. In her book, The New Jim Crow, she explores the cultural biases that still exist, and how segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration. Join her at the Nourse auditorium in San Francisco on Thursday, October 17.