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Voice of Witness: 10k Campaign
$20,880 raised
209% of $10k goal
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Ended Jan 30, 2014
The Voice of Witness non-profit book series and education program illuminates human rights crises through the stories of men and women who experience them. Please make a tax-deductible donation today.

Voice of Witness hopes 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:

  • HAITI – complete an interview mission in January to conduct follow-ups and additional research for our book Hunger of the Soul: Voices from Post-Earthquake Haiti.
    Hunger of the Soul co-editor Peter Orner interviewing Haitian writer Lyonel Trouillot in Port-au-Prince.
  • EDUCATION – develop a resource guide for starting your own community-based oral history projects.

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. 

Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award

The people we interview for our books are essentially people who’ve not had the opportunity to share their narrative or 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.

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$50 USD
Exclusive Podcast Clip
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Donate $50 or more and receive an exclusive clip from the first episode of the new Voice of Witness podcast, hosted by Dave Eggers. This episode features Dave in conversation with Teresa Martinez, a narrator from Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons.
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$100 USD
Advance Copy of "Invisible Hands"
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Donate $100 or more and receive an advance copy of Invisible Hands: Human Rights in the Global Economy, which features the stories of electronics workers from China, garment activists in Bangladesh, and miners in the U.S., to name a few.
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$200 USD
Education Program Consultation
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Donate $200 or more and receive one book of your choosing, as well as the opportunity to pick a teacher to receive a copy of The Power of the Story and a 30 minute phone or Skype consultation with a Voice of Witness education program associate.
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