There are a lot of reasons why Cate and I wanted to work with VoW for the production and publication of Palestine Speaks. VoW's work is impactful and important, their staff is rad, and their audience cares about what's happening in the world. We knew we'd be in good hands.
But we also knew that working with VoW meant working with their outstanding Educational Program, which puts books in the hands of young people, and introduces students to the importance of oral history and listening in their own communities. The VoW Education Program does incredible work in classrooms around the country, and I'm pretty damn excited to get behind them on this campaign.
Officially, the Voice of Witness Education Program’s mission is to transform the way students see the world and their place within it. How cool is that? I wish I'd had that in high school.
Every day the education team helps students engage with some of the most crucial issues of our time through stories told by the people directly impacted by them. Students who read the oral history books in the VoW book series (like Palestine Speaks!) hear from undocumented immigrants, refugees, and the wrongfully convicted, among many others whose voices are rarely heard. They discover unexpected moments of connection and develop a more nuanced understanding of the world around them. To foster these experiences, the Education Program supports teachers with oral history training, books, lesson plans, and one-on-one curricular consulting.
With the Make History Campaign, our goal is to inspire more students—our next generation of leaders, teachers, history makers—to meaningfully engage with the world. We can achieve this by connecting them with important, unheard stories, and by empowering them to tell their own stories in their own voices.
Over the past five years, the Education Program has offered their services and resources for free to thousands of students and teachers around the U.S. who otherwise could not afford them. This would not be possible without the generous support of people like you.
Please donate $10 or $20 (or more) and help continue this work. I will thank you personally with hugs and/or vegan chocolate pie.