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.

This month, we are focusing on the harrowing tales of crossing the border and the difficult, almost impossible, decisions, that lead up to such a journey. They’re told by anonymous students from Central Islip High School.


Stories For Liberation: ‘A Longed-For Reunion’

{:en}What allows hearts to grow, when they could be breaking? How do you dare a reading or listening stranger to walk in your shoes...

Stories For Liberation: ‘I Had To Do It’ & ‘Son, And What If I...

{:en}We continue this month’s series with more writings by young people from Central Islip High School who crossed the border by themselves. They worked...

Stories For Liberation: ‘Daughter, Do You Still Want To Go?’

{:en}When there is a listener for our stories, we find words that we never knew we had. This is what happened to a group...

Our New Herstory Collaboration: Students’ Accounts Of Crossing The Border

{:en}Long Island Wins and Herstory Writers Workshop are proud to present the first installment of Stories for Liberation, a new series of poignant, individual stories from...

Immigrant Long Islanders Tell Their Stories, New Series Coming November 1st

We are pleased to announce that Herstory Writers Workshop and Long Island Wins are partnering to bring you Stories for Liberation, a new series of...

A Message From Erika Duncan, Founder Of Herstory Writers Workshop

What does it mean to give voice without a name? At a time when writers are not safe to read their own stories, what will happen next?

It is with sadness, but also with urgency and pride, that we anonymously share the writing of five young people who crossed the border, most of them alone, because it wouldn’t be safe to share these stories in a traceable way.

We share the hope and the light in their voices at this moment of time when, in the words of Nancy Pelosi, “the Statue of Liberty has tears in her eyes.”

These young people are part of a movement to gather stories from those whose voices have been silenced and unsung—started 21 years ago by Herstory Writers Workshop, working with women and adolescent girls in Long Island’s three jails, with women in domestic violence shelters, with students struggling with poverty, racism and inequality of opportunity, and with communities torn apart by violence and hatred.

Can their stories help hold up the torch of compassion and welcome, and bring back the light that the oppressors are trying to extinguish? Can they help the most vulnerable among us hold on through the darkness, uncertainty, and danger?

As we read these brave stories, we are struck by the quiet and forceful wisdom that shines through, giving testimony to the strength of the human spirit and the hope within us all to be heard. We think of a time when the students will again be able to claim their own stories, with their names attached, when we will be able to bind these stories and many others into a book with photographs of these heroes and have a true celebration, of their heroism, spirit, and hope.