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Stories of Resistance and Solidarity: Bay Area Immigrant and Refugee Women Speak Out

re·sist·ance: the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument.

sol·i·dar·i·ty: unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest;
mutual support within a group
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Why?

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.

What?

We are partnering with the East Bay Refugee Forum, Wellness in Action, and University of San Francisco Migration Studies to support immigrant, refugee, and asylee women in speaking out through story; developing meaningful relationships with each other; 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.

When?

The project will hold a two-day digital storytelling workshop Sat.-Sun. Aug. 12-13, from 10 am - 5 pm each day, at the StoryCenter office in Berkeley. Stipends and childcare will be available. The stories will be screened in local communities and shared online, to highlight challenges that newcomers face and enhance networks of support and advocacy.

At the digital storytelling workshop, a small group of women will:

- Share stories from their own lives, about memories of home, challenges of their journeys to the United States, and moments of courage and change;

- Learn valuable skills for working with computers, digital media, and the internet, as they create videos based on these stories;

- Receive a Certificate of Participation documenting that they’ve created a story;

- Have opportunities to share their completed digital stories, to give visibility to the experiences and needs of immigrant and refugee women; and

- (optional) Participate in short interviews as part of research on the value of storytelling, for immigrants and refugees.

Get Involved!

If you or someone you know would like to create a story, please complete this online expression of interest. If you have questions, email Amy Hill or contact her by phone at 510.682.8311. Note: stories shared in the workshop CAN be anonymous, but in order to confirm participation, we will need an email address.

View a created in a StoryCenter workshop with immigrant and refugee youth last year: