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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: White Noise by 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?...

Stories for Liberation: What about Humanity? by Heydi Portillo

{:en}With all that is happening in our worlds, we must tune our hearts to the plight of the detained, unprotected from illness or danger. ...

“Dreamers Stories for Our Time” A New Free Online Workshop

Dreamers Stories for Our Time Announcing a New Free Online Workshop in Partnership with Long Island Wins Meeting Every Wednesday, 11 am to 1 pm Starting Wednesday,...

Stories for Liberation: “I Do It to Make Sure”

{:en}What happens to students who have always been unprotected? We believe that this story by Stony Brook University student whom circumstances have forced into...

Stories for Liberation: Ghosts

{:en}We share this story anonymously to protect the family in their grief, and to send it forth to all families who cannot properly come...

Stories for Liberation: Life, Listen to Me by Karla Canales

{:en}We dedicate this story to all students who will be missing public celebrations of their moments in the sun. Life, Listen to Me by Karla Canales No...

Free Online Summer Workshops for English Language Learners from Herstory

Free Online Summer Workshops  for English Language Learners  Dear Friends, As we approach the summer season and think about where we are most needed,  our hearts go...

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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