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Stories For Liberation

In collaboration with Herstory Writers Workshop, Stories for Liberation is a new series of poignant, individual stories from our immigrant communities. If you’d like to know more about Herstory, click here.


No olvides respirar una vez mas Yeny Carolina Guerrero Aguilar

{:en}Papi, remember that day I came to this country, that trip full of pain and what happened next. That disappointment I felt when I...


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Stories for Liberation: The Airport By Shahrzad Sajadi

I’m standing in line at the airport holding my passport close to my chest keeping the words “The Islamic Republic of Iran” printed in...

Join the Herstory Bilingual Book Club This Friday, Jan 29 on Zoom

THE DAY HAS COME Student-Led Bilingual Book Club Launches Friday, January 29th, 6:30- 8:30 PM Eastern Time, Via Zoom Click here to Register Three years ago, Dafny Irizarry, founder...

Recuerdo muy vividamente

{:en} We share this story from a college admissions counselor, whose work with immigrant and refugee students brings back her own memories from...

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By Madison Yinger Lopez, Project Coordinator Can a movement begin to form around the voices of the young people who risked their lives to pursue...

Ruido Blanco por Daneris Ortega

{:en}How long does hope last? What can the Dreamers of our times believe when the laws change at every moment? Can they continue dreaming?...

Available Now: Brave Journeys

Herstory Writers Workshop has released Brave Journeys, a collection of poignant stories told by young people, now living on Long Island, who risked their lives crossing borders to rejoin their parents here in the United States.

Long Island Wins has been partnering with Herstory to curate and publish several of the stories that will appear in Brave Journeys.

The writings are anonymous “because it wouldn’t be safe to share these stories in a traceable way,” explained Erika Duncan, founder and executive director of Herstory. “We share the hope and the light in their voices at this moment of time when, in the words of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, ‘the Statue of Liberty has tears in her eyes.’”

In an age where fear-mongering has driven the wedge of division in some of our Long Island communities, the stories told in Brave Journeys help shine a light on who our immigrants really are, and their struggles to live freely and safely. Blemished by the specter of MS-13, it is important to remember the fact that our young immigrants are here to learn, thrive, and give back. These firsthand accounts help illustrate the humanity behind their struggles, which echo those of native Long Islanders’ own ancestors. Earnest attempts to understand and connect with our immigrant community will help us eradicate gang violence and build stronger, more resilient neighborhoods across Nassau and Suffolk.

An important resource for students, teachers, activists and community members, Brave Journeys is a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. Most of the writers, ages 14 to 17, crossed mountains, deserts and rivers alone to rejoin their parents, who had come to this country to escape danger and to pursue the dream of a better life. All but two of the stories were penned by students at Central Islip High School, as part of a special project for English Language Learners first settling into their new homes.

Priced at $15 per copy, Brave Journeys can be obtained by contacting Herstory at 631-676- 7395 or contactus@herstorywriters.org

Storytelling is the passageway that enables us to share and preserve our culture and social norms. It humanizes the issue and is a way of instilling and strengthening our moral values. Storytelling can transform our perception of the world. This book is a tool that allows us to step into a world that teaches us the power of the human spirit.

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