Third Book in VOW Series to Cover First-Person Tales of Voter Disenfranchisement...
By Brad Friedman on 8/15/2007, 9:22am PT  

Blogged by Brad from St. Louis...

Were you disenfranchised in some way in a recent election? Did you have trouble casting your vote for some reason? Or do you know someone who had such a problem?

If so, the "Voice of Witness" program would like to hear your story and allow you to tell it to the world, in your own voice, in their latest book in their series of first-person stories. The VOW series "allows those most affected by contemporary social injustice to speak for themselves" in order to "illustrate human rights crises through the voices of the victims." After two books, one on the wrongfully convicted and the other on victims of Hurricane Katrina, the next book in their series will be on voter disenfranchisement.

One of the project's coordinators, Miranda Yaver, tells The BRAD BLOG that they are "focusing on interviewing Latinos, Native Americans, Arab Americans, people who had issues in New Mexico in 2004, and people who had issues in Florida in 2000, although if there are good stories in other areas or elections, I'd certainly be interested in talking with those people as well."

She's asked The BRAD BLOG to help her get out the word about this worthy project, and we're more than happy to help.

If you'd like to tell your story, please be the media and contact Yaver at myaver@berkeley.edu. Or pass this article or that email address on to someone you know who may have such a story to tell, or who might know some folks that do.

For more details on the VOW series, see their website at www.voiceofwitness.org.