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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.


Stories for Liberation: Where You Go, We All Go

{:en}This week a new shipment of 1000 copies of Brave Journeys was marked for distribution through First Book, an organization serving 400,000 educators throughout...

Stories for Liberation: Hope

{:en}“So much pain has made me stronger,” writes a student at Westbury High School, as she unravels the story of her father’s arrest and...

Stories for Liberation: He Didn’t Want to Kill Me

{:en}Each year in Central Islip High School, a small group of student volunteers leave their ENL classrooms to come together to write their stories...

Stories for Liberation: Fighting for a Dream

{:en}The author of this story is one of over 100 students from Hempstead High School who are working with Herstory this year to write...

Stories for Liberation: “Magi” by Belinda B Castiblanco

{:en}What happens when people cannot cross borders when tragedy strikes?  In this multilayered story in the form of a letter, Belinda Castiblanco reaches out to...

Stories For Liberation: Confession

{:en}"Confession" “Why are you sitting like that?” he asked with a shaky voice. “You’re making me feel nervous, like I did something wrong.” He let out a...

Stories For Liberation: No Hope Of A License

{:en}Stories For Liberation: No Hope Of A License By Gerson Sermeno I’m driving down the road, starting a brand new day, ready for school, not...

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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