Stories of Home and Solidarity: Bay Area Immigrant and Refugee Women Speak Out
sol·i·dar·i·ty: unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest;
mutual support within a group.
StoryCenter rejects the Trump administration’s punitive position on immigration and recognizes the need for storytelling efforts that can make newcomer experiences visible, connect people through strength rather than fear, and promote learning and action for change.
We are partnering with Wellness in Action to support immigrant, refugee, and asylee women (first and second generation) in the East Bay in sharing true, personal stories from their own lives; forging meaningful relationships with each other and with local women artists who will illustrate the stories; and building bridges of solidarity to the broader community of citizens from all walks of life in the Bay Area who support immigrant and refugee rights.
The project will hold a two-day digital storytelling workshop in September 2018 (dates to be determined), from 10 am - 5 pm each day, at the StoryCenter office in Berkeley. Stipends will be available on an as-needed basis. The stories will be screened in local communities and shared online, to highlight challenges that immigrants face and enhance networks of support and advocacy.
At this workshop, a small group of women will:
- Share stories from their own lives, about memories of "home" (from countries or origin or here in the U.S.);
- Connect with women artists in creative activities to outline a direction for the development of visual images, to illustrate their stories;
- Receive a Certificate of Participation; and
- Have opportunities to share their completed digital stories, to give visibility to the experiences and needs of immigrant and refugee women.
If you or someone you know would like to create a story, please complete this online expression of interest. If you have questions, email Patricia Rojas-Sambrano (Wellness in Action) or email Amy Hill (StoryCenter). Note: stories shared in the workshop CAN be anonymous, but in order to confirm participation, we will need an email address.
View a story created in our 2017 project with immigrant and refugee women: