Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/longisl2/public_html/wp-content/themes/Newspaper/includes/wp_booster/td_block.php on line 338

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.


Grita Tu Nombre por Marcela Contreras

{:en}I grew up listening to the stories. Hushed whispers of taboo names and retellings of the pain and suffering of my people. Although the...

Yo era una Soñadora por Marcela Contreras

{:en}I Was a Dreamer By Marcela Contreras I was fifteen when I decided I knew what trust meant. This was to be considered revolutionary for me...

Se los llevan

{:en}They Take Them Away by Catalina Benavides My Barbie doll lived in such a perfect world. She had all the shoes and clothes she could ever...

Like a Heartbeat, Like a Drumbeat/ For Marcelo, for Our World

This week marks the 11th Anniversary of the murder of Marcelo Lucero. This essay comes from Erika Duncan, the founder of Herstory.  By: Erika Duncan “Why...

Herstory Freedom Forum at Stony Brook University Sat. Nov. 9

PLEASE JOIN US-- SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH  at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University  12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. To download our flyer, click here  What is it that...

La Vela

{:en}What does it mean to give a voice without a name? What does it mean to have one’s rights suddenly snatched away? What does...

Siempre serás parte de mí

{:en}Stories for Liberation: You Will Always Be Part of Me  We start the fall season with a story by just one of the nearly 200...

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.

Read previous introductions…